I posted previously about my trip to Hyde Park in early September and I have another decision to make - I'm hoping you guys can help me.
I'm torn between Mercato and Madalin's Table for Sunday dinner. I would love to dine at both restaurants, but as neither are open on Monday (and I have reservations at American Bounty on Tuesday), I don't have that option. I adore pasta and Mercato sounds just delish, but the seasonal menu (granted, it's a sample menu only) on Madalin's Table website looks scrumptious. I love food that is seasonal and fresh - I can't get a lot of that on Long Island)).
From Hyde Park, both restaurants are about 30 or so minutes away, so it's a nice drive either way. If you had one restaurant to choose, which would it be? I understand they are completely different types of restaurants and either one would make me very happy.
Also, I have a question that may sound silly - if so, I apologize. Am I mistaken or does it seem as if people drive greater distances to go to restaurants in the Hudson Valley? On Long Island, most people that I know (my parents included) would very rarely drive 30-40 minutes to go to even a very good restaurant (figuring they can get good food much closer to home). Maybe that's because towns are closer together or maybe it's because I find myself having to do gymnastics of sorts to find good restaurants for my trip (this is no knock on HV restaurants; it's just that from now on, lol, I will make a point not to visit the Hudson Valley on a Monday or Tuesday). I personally don't mind driving for good food and a drive from Hyde Park to Rhinebeck/Red Hook is surely more beautiful than the lousy strip-mall scenery I am subjected to on a daily basis on Long Island. It just seems that more people are willing to drive for good food in HV - or at least it kind of looks that way to me in the limited research I have done.