DINERS HAVE BEEN RAVING about the gorgeous tastes in this creative, contemporary Woodstock restaurant, opened this summer. Located in Joyous Lake, the legendary 1970’s music venue where musicians such as The Rolling Stones and The Band performed, the dining area is balanced with warm touches of wood, stone, bright metals, natural light, original artwork and views across a broad, wood-beamed porch. Owners Betty and Doris Choi, Betty’s husband Craig Leonard and Doris’ brother-in-law Niall Grant, draw on their Korean roots for many of the items on the inspired menu (including a special Korean menu on Thursdays), but there is much that goes beyond tradition.
Chef Doris, author of The Fresh Energy Cookbook (Skirt! 2012; $29.95 hardcover), is a well-known raw and plant-based food guru. Her seasonal menus feature dishes like grass-fed Korean BBQ beef lettuce wraps, cucumber salad, kimchi, fermented miso garlic paste; seafood and pumpkin bouillabaisse with Thai red curry, coconut milk, Thai basil, cilantro and lime; and butternut squash pudding with coconut milk, ginger, pumpkin pie spices, date molasses and candied walnuts. Tuesday is “vegan night”—expect creative dishes like ash-roasted kuri squash—and don’t be surprised at the Middle-Eastern touches to classics, like grilled halloumi with a tomato salad. Ingredients are sourced within the Hudson Valley when possible.
42 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock