I need to make a reservation here:
I came across it <a href=”http://lizjohnson.lohudblogs.com/2006/07/27/even-bad-pizza/” target=”_blank”> on my pizza travels yesterday, </a> when I covered the west side of Putnam. Basically that means Cold Spring. But as I was driving north, looking for more pizza, I hit Beacon. Yes, yes: It’s in Dutchess County. But from Cold Spring, it’s only 15 minutes drive.
My friend who lives in Cold Spring goes to the health food store in Beacon as often as she hits Foodtown on 9D. All her friends are talking about <a href=”http://www.muddycup.com/mudlane/” target=”_blank”> Muddy Cup, </a> the new coffee shop that opened at the Dia: end of town. And she introduced me to this spot, which is now high on my to-visit list.
(BTW, off food topic here, but if you’ve never been to Dia:Beacon, the modern art musuem, make it a point. It’s fascinating and makes a good day trip.)
OII (pronounced like water, without the H), has a cool modern vibe. Check out some of the photos.
The menu seems all over the place Ã¢â‚¬â€ Hudson Valley, Montana, Florida, Guatemala, Tuscany Ã¢â‚¬â€ but it’s got things that I want to eat. Here are a couple dishes I saw on the Web site. <a href=”http://www.oiiny.com/” target=”_blank”> Click here to see it.</a>
Braised Short Rib and Green Chili Soft Tacos
blue corn tortilla, tequila marinated jicama & mango salad, warm grape tomato jam, lime avocado foam
Hudson Valley Wild Mushrooms in Puff Pastry
sautÃƒÂ©ed Wiltbank Farm Mushrooms, fresh peas, finished
with sherry, white truffle oil, cream and fresh herbs
Oven roasted Stuffed Hudson Valley Chicken Breast
lobster and crawfish stuffing, fresh pecorino and house made
mozzarella, creole tomato sauce, jalapeÃƒÂ±o chive gnocchi
Grilled Montana Ranch Pork Chop Milanese
marinated with fresh herbs and baby green garlic, white corn and fresh pecorino polenta, rustic tuscan kale & tomato condimento
Has anyone been to this place? (It’s at 240 Main St. in Beacon. 845-231-1084.)
Does it fulfill the promise its decor and menu project? Let me know.