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Kingston, N.Y., a lay-by in the Hudson Valley
The one-and-a-half year-old Stockade Tavern is the embodiment of coctail chicken, from the pre-Prohibition meal prepared with homemade syrup to the backdrop of a carefully renovated 1880' engine shop. However, you won't find it in the centre of Manhattan or across the Brooklyn riverbank; instead, drive about two hrs to Kingston, a humble town in the Hudson Valley of New York.
Though Kingston is home to some of the most stunning and historical buildings in the state, it has been a mostly overslept place since the factory shut down in the mid-1990s. However, this is about to change thanks to a recent harvest of pubs and restuarants that have been influenced by the old charm of the town and the increasing number of young local people.
"We just felt like the rural community could use a proper drink," said Giovanna Vis, who owned Stockade Tavern (313 Fair Street; 845-514-2649; stockadetavern.com) with her man Paul Maloney and her associate Don Johnson. Its name comes from the district Stockade, which was built in the middle of the 17th c...
Boitson's (47 North Front Street; 845-339-2333; boitsons.com), a classy US style café with marbled desks and banquets, opened in June 2010, is another newcomer. The proprietor, Maria Philippis, called it after her patron, her former Brooklyn tenant, who passed away in 2007 and donated Mrs. Philippis funds to realize her dreams of opening a restaurant.
"Mr. Boitson was a seaman in World War II, and I wanted the restaurant to look like a place he was hanging out," she said. There is Elephant (310 Wall Street; 845-339-9310; elephantwinebar.com), a winebar and tappas shop around the nook from the Stockade in Kingston's Up Town, and a kind of pioneer: it was opened five years ago in the former Mercury Rev. record studios of the iconic Indian group when the place became available, landlord Joe Concra and Denise Orzo, a pair (both artists), named their boyfriend Rich Reeve, a cook.
It is opened by Fleisher's Grass-Fed and Organic Meats (307 Wall St; 845-338-6666; fleishers.com), the local grocer across the road who opened a second store in Brooklyn last months and is planning to open a Burgerplatz in Kingston nextpring.