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For an elegant country meal after a day of antiquing in the Hudson Valley, this gem is a well-kept secret.

Dinner Wed.-Mon.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cripple Creek, Rhinebeck, NY

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cripple Creek Restaurant Review

: Cripple Creek, a small country-chic restaurant, offers some of the best-prepared food and most professional service in the Hudson Valley. In an unassuming location across from a huge health food store, Cripple Creek is a sophisticated oasis with gray carpeting and walls covered with original Chagall lithographs. Partners Patrick Hays, Bing Yang and Dennis Giauque are most accommodating hosts whose attention to detail is part of what makes this a superb dining experience. For example, as you sit down, a rose petal waits on each napkin, and if you're wearing black, they suggest switching the white cloth napkins to black, so there won't be any lint. If you've forgotten your glasses, three strengths of reading glasses are available for your use. Chef-consultant David Bruno and chef de cuisine Benjamin Mauk (Culinary Institute of America grads) make creative use of the organically raised meats, grains and produce from the lush farmland of the Hudson Valley. We like to begin with the beautifully presented roasted pumpkin soup, duck leg confit with garlicky white beans, or sausage-stuffed quail. Two knockout options: grilled filet of beef with rattlesnake beans and leek sauce, and lamb shank braised with orange and lemongrass, served with basmati rice. A warm caramelized banana tart topped with banana ice cream is a delicately light and fitting end to a lovely dining experience. The wine list is intriguing with select international labels paired carefully with the food.
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