Local beef from Hemlock Hill Farms, local beer from Captain Lawrence: Birdsall House, named for the place across the street where General George Washington directed the Continental Army from 1776 to 1778, is taking its local heritage very serioiusly.
The tavern has an Art Deco feel, with black-and-white tile floor, and three hanging globe lights hanging over the mahogany bar that date from the late ’30s or early ‘40s and belonged to owner Tim Reinke’s grandfather. The chef, Matt Hutchins, has created a bold but straightforward menu with pork chops, charcuterie, burger and hearty vegetarian fare, too.
Reinke and his partner, John Sharp, also own the Blind Tiger Ale House in Manhattan, and have made Birdsall a beer mecca too: they built a 20-line draft system that focuses on New York state and American craft brews.
We’re heading up there to take some photos tomorrow, and once I see they’re in our system, I’ll post them for you all to see.
This is one on my can’t-wait-to-try list.