Located in Rhinebeck, New York, The Beekman Arms Inn is rich in history and full of antiquated charm.
Known as the oldest inn in America, this inn/restaurant has been a family favorite for travelers, locals and has even attracted notable politicians including The Clinton Family.
Having the opportunity to dine here was a wonderful experience from the moment I walked through the door as the smell of the Inn’s fireplace welcomed me with that wonderful sense of nostalgia!
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The restaurant’s Colonial Tap Room features overhead open beams, open hearth fireplace, and a charming bar. The staff was friendly, the menu appealing and the food delicious!
To start I ordered an Australian Shiraz (I suppose my recent trip to the land down under sparked my interest). The server immediately brought out bread, butter, and sesame crackers – a very nice start!
I also ordered their house salad which had an exciting mix of julienne English cucumber, tomato, radish, green beans, and carrot mixed with tossed greens and topped with a delicious emulsified dijon dressing – so tasty I asked for extra!
For my main course, I ordered the pistachio and goat cheese crusted lamb with Gorgonzola Au Gratin potatoes, maple glazed carrots and a mushroom demi glaze – delish!!! Cooked to a perfect, medium rare, the lamb just melted in my mouth perfectly blending with the goat cheese and pistachio. The demi glaze was rich and full flavored and the carrots al dente with just the right amount of sweetness. Of course, the Gorgonzola Au Gratin potatoes were amazing as well.
Dessert was a feat given my full belly, but how could I possibly turn down the chance to try their orange creme brulee topped with caramelized Grand Marnier? Home Run!