Brunch at Market Street
Ours is a mixed marriage. I’m a lover of brunch, so much so that in a perfect world, my meals would consist EVERY DAY of brunch around 11 and dinner at 5. Lew? Not so much. Sundays are reserved for golf (spring, summer, and early fall) and endless hours of watching football (late fall, winter). But when our new friends Warren and Joan asked us to meet them at Market Street for Sunday brunch, he willingly gave up Red Zone for a few hours.
Market Street is a favorite of ours at dinner time. We concur with the description on their website describing its “breezy vibe” and “contemporary Italian menu, featuring seasonal, local ingredients combined with the highest quality Italian products.”
We met the manager, Luciano, after our first visit there through writing to Bon Appetit’s “Can you get the chef to part with this recipe” column. When they contacted him he not only circled back to us with thanks, but also gave us the recipe so we wouldn’t have to wait months for publication. His commitment to service extends to the wait staff who are always helpful, pleasant, and willing to make substitutions of sides, even during the busy dinner hour. So we were eager to see what they had in store for us at brunch.
Normally we start off with a mimosa or bloody mary, but our friends had plans later that afternoon and we had to drive back to Manhattan, so we demurred. Lew was served the largest latte we’ve ever seen, followed by a perusal of their varied menu. Brunch at Market Street offers both breakfast AND lunch options, and we sampled both. From the “Eggs and Not So Italian” list, Lew chose the roasted cauliflower topped with eggs and parmesan cheese, and I had the frittata made with eggs, butternut squash, kale, caramelized onions and podana cheese. Both came with roasted potatoes and a small salad. My frittata confirmed that roasted squash makes EVERYTHING better.
Lew raved about the combination of cauliflower and perfectly poached eggs.
Joan and Warren picked from the lunch side: baked salmon with potato puree, snap peas, and truffle vinaigrette; and rigatoni with sausage, peas, cream and red pepper flakes respectively. As friends do, we offered tastes all around.
The restaurant is loaded with bright natural light and well distributed tables; far enough apart that you can carry on a conversation but not so distant that eavesdropping is out of the question. Like other restaurants in the Valley, there is an active and popular bar scene, even at brunch; and unique to Market Street is their large wood burning brick oven in the back section.
Market Street is in the heart of Rhinebeck, an easy walk to the Farmer’s Market during the spring/summer/fall, and great shopping and people watching year-round. And if you’re so inclined, check out the Upstate Theater around the corner for current indie movies which play during the day/evenings on weekends; and evenings on week days.
Know Before You Go:
Reservations are recommended year-round. Since the restaurant is across the street from the Beekman Arms Inn and around the corner from several B n Bs, it’s usually crowded.
The restaurant is known for its Happy Hour specials, notably $1.00 oysters on Monday. The disclaimer “While They Last” is not to be taken lightly—if you get there after 6, you’ll probably be out of luck.
The pizza oven area is very lively, and can get very warm. It’s also popular with families, so if you prefer a quiet table, request the front of the restaurant.
Good weather when you go? Sit outside. It’s intimate and it’s fun to watch the world go by on Market Street.