The husband-wife team of Dallas and Ted Gilpin did what lots of people dream of doing—they purchased their favorite Friday-night hangout. The restored, 85-year-old Dutch Ale House in Saugerties reopened in March, its exposed brick walls and rich, dark wood bar providing the 82-seat space with all the warmth and hospitality expected of a traditional tavern. A new seasonal menu from chef Jonathan Botta, formerly of Harry & Ida’s, Colicchio & Sons and Ducks Eatery in New York, includes revamped versions of house favorites alongside new dishes highlighting local ingredients, farms and purveyors, including the Dutch sausage plate (with house-made, smoked kielbasa or bratwurst), the smoked chili burger (with smoked guajillo and ancho chili mayo), and house-made panna cotta for dessert. The bar’s 16 taps favor New York State beers (including Woodstock, West Kill, New Belgium and Sloop), and there’s a new cocktail program from Derek Williams, formerly of A Tavola Trattoria in New Paltz.
Dutch Ale House
253 Main St, Saugerties
Mon-Sat 11:30 – 11; Sun noon – 10