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Weekend away from the City

sh82 | Feb 14, 201108:16 AM

While I don't exactly travel purely to eat, food plays a big role in my travel choices. So...I'd like to start a chain of places to go nearish to NYC (MetroNorth, LIRR, NJT-accessible a huge plus) for a day or a weekend where you can get great food. I will start with my recent trip to Beacon, NY.

Took the MetroNorth Train (about an hour and a half), and stayed at the Mt. Beacon B&B, which had a spectacular breakfast (and was pretty great all around, for a very decent price). We ate lunch the first day at Poppy's on Main Street. I had the egg head, a freakin delicious burger with a fried egg on top, and the husband had the sloppy Joseph, also awesome. Instead of fries they serve warm, mind blowing sweet potato chips. The truly amazing burger buns come from Crumb, a newish bakery across the street (not the cupcake place). We went there later, and had...I don't want to overstate it here, but...the BEST cookies I have ever had. Peanut butter, chocolate chip, snickerdoodle, chocolate peanut butter. They also have oatmeal raisin, but that's not really my thing. Texture and flavors were both spectacular.

Dinner the first night at Brother's Trattoria, which was surprisingly not good, considering the glowing reviews online. It's a very standard Italian American restaurant. Crappy bread, too-soft pasta, very friendly staff and a very happy local crowd. Not the worst thing in the world, but not worth choosing in a town with so many great options.

Second day returned to Crumb for potato leak soup (their only lunch offering for now). Kick ass. The fresh whole wheat role that came with it was also wonderful, which would make me think the loaves of bread would also be great. Dinner at Cafe Amarcord, a somewhat fancy Italian inspired place. Staff not quite so friendly as Brother's, but holy cow the food was great. I had pasta with crawfish, which had a tomato, cream and mint base. Life altering. My boo had duck, also great. People on other sites complained about the high prices, but they were comparable to Manhattan, so no big for a special night ($18 pastas, you get the idea).

Please share your ideas for quick get-outta-dodge excursions.

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Brother's Trattoria
465 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Cafe Amarcord
276 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Crumb
157 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

Poppy's
184 Main St, Beacon, NY 12508

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