This Baltimore 'hound and his girlfriend spent the weekend in Duchess County, visiting an alma mater and seeing the sights. Based on two good reviews from Mike and Lucia below, I made reservations at 40 West in Rhinebeck.
I'm glad I did my research here, because it was great. Classy but not snobby, in an attractive setting. Service was friendly and professional.
We started with Coach Farm chevre wrapped in crispy phyllo dough, served warm with fig reduction, pickled onions and greens. Entrees were the farfalle du jour (shrimp, portabello, roasted peppers, sheep's cheese) and the pork scalloppine w/ Jarlsburg mashies and mustard sauce. As Mike said in his earlier review, the pork was much better than one might expect. I call it upscale comfort food, which is exactly what I was in the mood for. As for the pasta, the chef might have overreached a tad with the number of contents, but it was delicious nonetheless.
We were too stuffed for anything more substantial than lemon sorbet to finish the meal, and it was delightful.
Kudos as well for the thoughtful wine list. Though it is not my normal preference, we stuck with the by-the-glass list for variety's sake, and enjoyed a blood orange mimosa, sancerre, Alsatian gewurtz, and Cali syrah. All were great matches.
Thanks again for the good tip. It was obvious that most if not all of the patrons at 40 West were locals, and that is what I look for when dining out of town. If anybody is heading down to Baltimore, stop by the Mid-Atlantic board first and we'll be happy to help as well. We don't just eat crabs!