Reynolds & Reynolds — Woodstock, NY

If you think “healthy” and “bar food” are never uttered in the same sentence (or offered in the same location) you haven’t been to Reynolds and Reynolds in Woodstock.  So go!

We (and by we I mean my friend Joan and I) went for a non-foodie reason. Megan, the owner and chef, is fond of opening the space for different events, and we attended “Art in the Bar: Embroidery.” Joan and I are crafters and couldn’t resist brushing up on our embroidery stitches with other people including the uber-talented Cal Patch of Hodge Podge Farm who led the informal workshop. While stitching and craft beer/local wine may seem like a disaster waiting to happen, everyone was extremely careful and well-behaved. Nary a drop was spilled on fabric or thread.

In the interest of Dishing, Joan and I went early to grab some lunch before the stitching began. R & R’s menu features casual bar dining that focuses on local and healthy. Salads, snacks, and even that ubiquitous bar selection nachos, are all sourced from local vendors and farms. Although they had me at pretzel bites with mustard, I hadn’t had lunch I selected the faro/apricot salad. Joan was eyeing the nachos, so we decided to share both. First bites of both led us to squeal with delight—good thing the others hadn’t arrived yet to hear us, although Megan seemed to take it as the compliment we meant.

The faro salad combined that crunchy grain with cabbage, almonds, apricots, and parmesan in a light citrus dressing; the Nachos featured house-made, thick, and crunchy tortilla chips topped with black beans, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. Rather than weighing us down heavily as most nachos do, these were almost light. No oily chips, no five pounds of toppings; instead these were perfectly portioned and filling without being greasy.

Because we were nervous about our impending stitching, not to mention driving back across the river from Woodstock, we passed on beer and wine. But we were impressed with both the selection and the set up.  Craft beers are plentiful and the menu featured a good selection of whites, reds, roses, and sparkling, both by the glass and bottle. We loved the draft taps and imagined having them in our dream kitchens. Our non-alcoholic selections (house-made root beer for Joan, pomegranate lime kombucha for me) were also pulled from draft taps-a whimsical touch! No matter what your libation, you’ll enjoy hanging at the R & R bar.

Reynolds and Reynolds may be a bit nondescript from the outside but features beautiful views from its back windows and patio (note to self: return in spring and sit outside). It’s well worth a stop in what sometimes seems to be a town overrun with cafes and restaurants. The ambiance, warm and inviting, holds its own against the truly excellent bar food. We’ll be back. Maybe to stitch….maybe just to eat.

Know Before You Go:

  • R & R is super casual and can be noisy depending on the number of people there
  • While it features craft beer and wine, it’s a great place for families. Lots of healthy juices and soft drinks. And there are cozy seating areas with games around for kids to play.
  • This is light food, perfect for sharing. Portions are perfect for one person so plan on one selection/person
  • It’s at the entrance to town, a bit away from the hubbub of Woodstock, especially during busy tourist times. You can easily walk through the entire town from R &R and you’ll avoid circling around for parking.
  • Beer selections come in three sizes: 5, 8, or 16 oz. The selections change periodically and seasonally, so if you are looking for something specific, give Megan a call to make sure it’s there.

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REYNOLDS AND REYNOLDS TAP ROOM 
104 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock NY 12498
845-217-7921
http://www.rrtaproom.com/

Hours of operation:
Monday and Thursday:   10AM – 4PM
Friday:  4PM – midnight, Saturday: 1PM -midnight, Sunday 1PM – 10PM
Closed:  Tuesday and Wednesday

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