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776 Route 45, Earlton, NY 12058
+1 518-269-1009
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776 Route 45, Earlton, NY 12058
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is the first restaurant review I ever written. I have been on the waiting list for over 5 years, and my wife and I were lucky to get a reservation to dine with Damon last Monday. It was THE BEST MEAL OF MY LIFE!!!...More

Thank jcohen1857
Reviewed October 29, 2016

My date and I had dinner exclusively last night with Damon...I mean, as luck would have it due to an already very busy day for Damon, it was only the 2 of us. We had Damon and the entire restaurant to ourselves. Damon was the...More

Thank D1234NewYork
Reviewed September 5, 2016

I was able to dine at this unusual restaurant in late 2015 by joining a friend who had obtained a group reservation. The restaurant is in an isolated building a couple of hours drive north of Manhattan, and is notoriously difficult to get into. This...More

4  Thank Andy Hayler
Reviewed August 28, 2016

What an experience! Yes, he the chef, but also the waiter, dishwasher, cheesemaker, forager, and grower. Food alone was about a Michelin 2-star standard, but the overall experience has to be one of my most memorable of all time! It wasn’t merely Damon’s stories that...More

2  Thank FineDiningExplorer
Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

We felt so privileged to have the opportunity to dine at Damon Baehrel's and to be in the presence of an individual with unsurpassed passion for nature's gifts and his exceptional attention to detail. We were blown away by all of the techniques he had...More

1  Thank Valerie K
Reviewed December 27, 2015

Chef Damon Baehrel is AMAZING. He is truly a GENIUS when it comes to the concept of 'farm-to-table.' The father of Native Harvest Cuisine, if you are fortunate enough to come to this wonderful gem of a restaurant in upstate New York, you are in...More

2  Thank thegogigirl
Reviewed December 26, 2015

I can't believe that I forgot to review this restaurant. We have dined there twice and both times were memorable. If you're looking for the ultimate dining experience, this is it. Chef Baehrel started the farm to table movement years ago, before it was fashionable....More

2  Thank Jabloomf1230
Reviewed November 14, 2015

In a tiny town in a big forest near Albany sits this culinary treasure. Damon Baehrel forages all of the vegetables, flowers and herbs from the 12 acre woods surrounding his house - restaurant. Many of the "sauces" are made from oils and sap that...More

5  Thank Jeffrey M
Reviewed August 14, 2015

My wife and I lived in New York city and travelled around the world, so who would have thought the finest meal we would ever enjoy would be at a restaurant just a couple of edits north on the New York State thruway from our...More

9  Thank Mitchtr25068
Reviewed July 10, 2015

The Gastronomy of Trust – Damon Baehrel at the Basement Bistro – Earlton, NY As diners, we often forget the trust that we place in those who prepare and serve us sustenance. But on occasion this rises to the surface when we choose to dine...More

17  Thank GAF11
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 776 Route 45, Earlton, NY 12058
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Earlton
  • Phone Number: +1 518-269-1009
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Since 1989,DAMON BAEHREL has worked completely alone at his home, which is where his small, handbuilt, 20 seat restaurant & 12 acre property/farm, that is the only source of ingredients for his original NATIVE HARVEST CUISINE, is located. Having no suppliers, Damon also creates all of the flours, fresh pressed oils, cheeses, pineneedle cured meats and vinegars from cultivated & native ingredients found on the property. Formally known as Damon Baehrel at The Basement Bistro, the restaurant has become a destination for food enthusiasts from around the world, often waiting years for their reservation, excited to take in the 4-5 hour Native Harvest experience.
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