Beacon Is Calling


I need to make a reservation here:


I came across it <a href=”” 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=”” 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 — Hudson Valley, Montana, Florida, Guatemala, Tuscany — but it’s got things that I want to eat. Here are a couple dishes I saw on the Web site. <a href=”” 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
sautéed 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, jalapeño 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.


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. I checked this place out recently after reading several reviews.

    It is worth a trip. The food is well prepared, creative, and the by-the-glass wine list is worth the trip alone.

    I couldn’t help feeling, though, that the owners were trying just a bit too hard to be trendy. The water glasses there are so small, mine had to be refilled half a dozen times (hello, the food is SPICY!). The tables are close together, in typical bistro fashion, but so close I had to back my way into my seat (that must have been flattering to watch).

    Nonetheless, OII is a place to try.

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