A Modern Twist on Farm-to-Table at The Amsterdam in Rhinebeck, NY
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Welcome to The Amsterdam, a multi-story farm-to-table restaurant in picture perfect Rhinebeck, just a 20-minute drive from Kingston across the Hudson River. Set in a 1798 Dutch townhouse, the restaurant, open since spring, has become an exciting new gathering place where local food and exceptional hospitality shine; it is the exact neighborhood establishment that husband-and-wife owners Chris and Howard Jacobs sought to create with their very first culinary venture. “We fell in love with the building’s history and warmth, and felt it was just calling for the right hospitality offering. It had soul and grandeur without being serious; it felt like a gathering place for community,” says Howard, an executive from New York City who left his marketing career to pursue his passion for hospitality in Rhinebeck, a town the two fell instantly in love with one summer while vacationing at Mohonk Mountain House.

Chef Sara Lukasiewicz, a James Beard Rising Star Chef semifinalist who gained recognition at Red Devon in Bangall, NY, is behind the menu, which Howard describes as “soulful, New American comfort food reimagined, and everything from scratch.” Diners have taken to ordering her charcuterie board, which features a rotating selection of specialty meats all made in-house, relying on old-school restaurant favorites that are nowadays often forgotten, such as seasonally changing terrines, chicken liver parfait, and pâté made with all local ingredients.

Restored and designed by hospitality design veteran Siobhan Barry, The Amsterdam’s aesthetic blends industrial details, like exposed metal beams, with a comforting and old world color palette of blue, brass, and wood. Sophisticated furnishings fill up a spacious, loft-like dining area, barroom, and upper level cocktail lounge that doubles as a private event space. Behind the restaurant, the dining experience spills out into a sprawling backyard, complete with vintage garden furniture and picnic tables, string lights, a bocce court and a fire pit to linger around in all seasons.

Modern comforts are undeniably present, yet there is something decidedly old-fashioned about eating at The Amsterdam, whose name pays homage to the town’s early Dutch settlers. Maybe it’s the etching by Rembrandt, the first thing you see when you walk through the door; or the Prohibition-inspired cocktails; or the fact that George Washington, Philip Schuyler, Benedict Arnold, and Alexander Hamilton spent many nights across the street at Beekman Arms, America’s oldest inn. “We want our guests to feel warm, welcomed, and embraced,” says Howard. “Maybe a little transported, as if you were entering a gracious neighborhood home for a night out with hospitable friends.”

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  Touches of a bygone New York are evident throughout the two-level space, such as the main dining room’s central light fixture, which was sourced from a 75-year-old upstate New York factory. “We loved the idea of the grand, curated parlor room,” says Howard, who preserved old fireplace mantels, procured vintage armoires and dressers to use as serving pieces, and found architectural elements like century-old glass and old factory lights to add to the aesthetic vision. “We also found some terrific old Dutch paintings to finish the decor, including one given to my father from a Dutch family following his service in World War II.”

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  Chef Sara Lukasiewicz takes on daring dishes such as rabbit mousse, terrines and charcuterie all made in house; her “snout to tail” menu is entirely local, sustainable, even personal, seeing as house pickles are made with a recipe passed down through generations of Sara’s family.

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  Diners can choose from a full suite of beverages, including Prohibition-inspired cocktails, NY-centric craft beers, and a well-balanced mix of old and new world wines.

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  Each drink is made with the same level of care that Sara takes with her food menu. Offering bold flavors and unexpected garnishes, gin- and whiskey-focused concoctions feature winking names like Andy’s Askin’ For Ya, which of course leads to A Rye Smile.

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  While the menu is filled with new flavors and old-fashioned favorites, there are also perfectly executed classics imbued with a sense of place and purpose — like The Amsterdam Burger.

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  The open kitchen, inspired by a 400-year-old Dutch painting by Gabriël Metsu titled A Baker Blowing His Horn, “is the soul of the restaurant,” says Howard. Contrary to open kitchen preconceptions, this one miraculously seems to operate without too much noise, though the theatrics of meal-making are on full display.

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  Sara strives to honor flavors that have been staples of upstate New York cuisine for generations, to wit the pork chop with sautéed local radishes and radish greens, atop a bed of polenta.

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  Inventiveness shines through on every plate to make classics new again, like with this beet romesco which serves as the base of the roasted beet salad.

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  This fall, The Amsterdam will be busy with a slew of events, from weddings and private parties, to a one-night-only Harvest Dinner Celebration on October 28th, in collaboration with famed sommelier and founder of La Paulée, Daniel Johnnes. Their second floor dining room is a lovely place to host or attend an intimate event, complete with long wooden tables, handsome fireplaces, and windows to capture outdoor views.

A Modern Twist on Farm-to-Table at The Amsterdam in Rhinebeck, NY. andnorth.com
A Modern Twist on Farm-to-Table at The Amsterdam in Rhinebeck, NY. andnorth.com
A Modern Twist on Farm-to-Table at The Amsterdam in Rhinebeck, NY. andnorth.com