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The finest French and Mediterranean (think Moroccan, Greek, and Italian) flavors distinguish the fare at Arielle’s Market Street brasserie. Here, the customer truly is king: The restaurant even goes so far as to divide its wine list into the easy-to-decipher categories “pretty good,” “very good,” and “exceptional.” Entrées include duck confit, grilled branzino, roasted salmon, and seared diver scallops. Pictured at left is the seafood paella special, a delectable dish that features saffron rice, mussels, shrimp, clams, scallops, and cod.• Arielle
51 E. Market St., Rhinebeck
845-876-5666 or
www.ariellerhinebeck.com» Hungry for more?Read our Table Talk review of ArielleSome say that this Pine Plains landmark — which dates back to 1782 — houses the longest-operating restaurant in the country. Fully restored with all its 18th-century colonial charm, Stissing House offers a French-influenced menu that changes seasonally, and concentrates on the use of locally raised produce, meats, and dairy products. The pan-seared halibut (shown), which is bathed in a lobster saffron broth and surrounded by mussels, clams, and spring peas, is typical of the restaurant’s simple but carefully prepared cuisine.• Stissing House
7801 S. Main St., Pine Plains
518-398-8800 or www.stissinghouse.com» Hungry for more?Read our Table Talk review of Stissing House

AriellePhotograph by Jennifer May

Stissing HousePhotograph by Michael Nelson

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