Happy Jake’s at the Stewart House, Athens

On the western bank of the Hudson River, the Stewart House at the Athens Hotel is home to one of the best-kept secrets in the Hudson Valley: Happy Jake’s garden restaurant. Shaded by beautiful willow trees, guests can enjoy tasty food, live entertainment, and exceptional river views on the patio or in the garden.

The atmosphere is lively at Happy Jake’s. If the weather allows, there is a bonfire every night at dusk. A great way to make fast friends is to order a s’mores kit from the menu. You’ll receive enough ingredients to make four s’mores, including the sticks! The restaurant hosts open-mic night on Thursday evenings and provides a variety of live music on Fridays and Saturdays. Happy Hour specials take place Thursday and Friday from 3 pm to 6 pm, and, on Sundays, you can enjoy $6 Bloody Marys all day.

Happy Jake’s serves locally sourced, seasonal,  American comfort food with a global flair. Popular summer dishes include grilled Tuscan chicken with sautéed fresh spinach, garlic, roasted red pepper, and parmigiana, with Romano couscous, and vegetables; the smoked-salmon flatbread with Atlantic salmon, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onion, cilantro greens, and tzatziki sauce on grilled artisan flatbread; and the New York strip steak, charbroiled with a garlic-herb butter and served with cilantro greens, seasonal vegetables, and Yukon Gold mashed potatoes.

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Tables fill up fast for dinner, but you can enjoy a cocktail at the gazebo bar or stroll through the gardens while you wait. Should you run into inclement weather, the Stewart House’s first floor also has a dining room.

The Stewart House, which was established in 1883, suffered damage from Hurricane Irene in 2011 and underwent an extensive restoration to repair the building. The nine guestrooms were also remodeled, to reflect a boutique hotel atmosphere, and ammenities were upgraded to accommodate modern-day needs.

A ferry runs between Hudson and Athens Friday and Saturday evenings from 5 pm to 10:30 pm. If you bring your ticket to the restaurant, you’ll receive a complimentary second drink. Reservations may be made for parties of six or more.                                                                  

 

Stewart House at the Athens Hotel, Athens

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2 N Water St, Athens

(518) 947-1587; www.stewarthouse.com

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