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DePuy Canal House

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DePuy Canal House Review

The food at this 1797 stone tavern, a National Historic Landmark, is eclectic and elaborate. Chef-owner John Novi opened the place in 1969, and in 1984 was referred to as "the father of new American cooking" in a Time magazine article. After all these years he still manages to be creative. The menu is seasonal and often incorporates Hudson Valley ingredients. You might find chicken-and-fish consommé with salmon-mousse wonton or sautéed lobster with steamed spinach, caramelized-shallot beurre blanc, and mango salsa. The restaurant has five antiques-jammed dining rooms; you can also dine at a balcony table overlooking the kitchen.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1315 Rte. 213, High Falls, NY 12440 | Map It
  • Phone: 845/687–7700
  • Location: High Falls

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • Credit cards accepted.
  • Closed Mon.–Wed. No lunch.

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    Lovely spot but disappointing food

    This is a charming old building and feels like a cosy place for a nice meal. The menu is pretty eclectic, with quite a lot of interesting Asian twists to traditional dishes, e.g. we tried a very tasty "Japanese bouillabaisse". Overall, however, the food was not outstanding (well short of what we would expect from a "Fodor's Choice" restaurant). Our Alaskan halibut was overcooked when we first received and (after reluctantly sending it back) it was distinctly under-cooked second time round. The dessert selection is somewhat unexciting - mostly variations on "chocolate cake". Service is friendly/casual but not overly attentive.

    by jlcp, 8/22/09

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