240 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY
Chef Tom Valenti has a cabin upstate and fly fishes the Beaverkill and Willowemoc rivers with his farmer friends. He is stellar chef. When I met him he was at Le Cirque, but had previous local fame and Upper West Side adoration as the owner and chef at Oest. Now, Valenti has opened another Upper West hit, Oxbow Tavern on Columbus and 67th Street.
While the food is American French, it has a delicious upstate vibe with a connection to the idea of Hudson River School's Thomas Cole and his Oxbow masterpiece. Plus, they make a good cocktail and the bar is a great spot to escape the city for a while.
XOXO Farm Girl