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“Rustic old fashioned place that cares about the food”

Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub
Ranked #3 of 3 Restaurants in Palenville
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Pub
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Reviewed March 1, 2014

On route 32a leading up into the mountains there is an old lodge, now being updated, with an old restaurant that has also been updated. It is still rustic, on a mountain road, with open air dining for good seater. Inside there is a bar at one end that has OTB and its own enthusiastic clientele. On the other end is a logy restaurant area with open beams and high ceiling, a bar with lots of beers on tap, and a small bank stand with a tiny dance floor. We did not hear the band live, but the recording that was on shows they play great old fashioned cool jazz.
The service was friendly. The food we had, at lunch time, was very nicely prepared. I had a splendid dish of mussels and clams far diavolo, with sauce that tasted like someone who cared cooked it. Nicely spiced, but also with overall good flavor. Nights the menu includes several steaks, which we did not try but someone else reported to be quite good.
There are many restaurants in the area, and some super ones in Hudson, but this is certainly a good friendly place we are likely to visit again.

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Thank GilBagnell
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alguart, General Manager at Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded February 14, 2015

Thanks for your review. Kindred Spirits is a rustic-looking place that has been lovingly updated over the past eight years. It is a work in progress, having been transformed from a sleepy breakfast joint to a stekahouse & pub with culinary chefs, live Jazz, Off-Track Betting parlor, fireplace pub, 13 craft beers always on tap, outdoor seating and more. Thanks for taking time to point out some of these updates. Hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed February 21, 2014

I ate here when I visited the lodge in January and it was one of the best meal experiences I've ever had! The food is delicious and the entertainment was just the perfect addition to an amazing dinner. The night was full of good times, good music and amazing people. My steak was cooked perfectly with a unique blend of flavors that I've yet to taste anywhere else, and I was beyond statisfied with my generous portion. The chef was also very accommodating to my boyfriend's taste, which I found so very kind and caring! It's a rarity for customers to find such hospitality. I was also very happy to have had the experience of enjoying the company of the beautiful family that owns the lodge and steakhouse. The atmosphere was a welcoming combination of cozy and lively that made me never want to leave! Between the intoxicating jazz performance, the sweet staff and the very funny bartender it was a wonderful night I'll look forward to experiencing again! This was truly one of the few places where I've experienced such a rush of love, hospitality and dedication to the food, the fellow staff members and the visitors who dined here. I can't wait to dine here again during my next stay at the lodge!

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1  Thank Jhan128
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alguart, Owner at Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2014

Thank you for taking time from your busy day to say such nice things about our restaurant and hotel. We try to make our guests feel at home and it makes our family and staff feel appreciated when someone takes a moment to share their good experiences. You are the guest every establishment hopes will walk through the door. Thanks again.

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Reviewed January 8, 2014

Some out of town friends and I stopped to have a few cocktails and grab some appetizers. We had a blast, played pool ate burgers and danced to the jukebox. The bartender was sweet and helpful(teaching us how to use the jukebox) . Thank you Lily. We noticed there was also a small bar and a large dining room being entertained by a 3 pc jazz band on the other side of the building. There was also a nice looking lodge right across the street, how convenient if you had too much to drink. Not many people there during our visit but a great place, great fireplace, great fun!!!

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alguart, Owner at Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded January 10, 2014

Thank you for taking time to share your positive experience with other travelers. We appreciate your business and are glad you enjoyed our Pub. As you found out, one of our best kept secrets is we have a great chef and world class Jazz musicians perform here every Friday & Saturday evening. The Steakhouse is a great place to enjoy an intimate dinner and drinks as the acoustic (unamplified) music is often romantic.

We just earned an award from Talk of the Town, earning four-and-a-half stars for customer satisfaction based on a review of online reviews, business bureau data and so on. We look forward to seeing you again.

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Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Wow!! We are local people and this place has not changed at all except the prices !! Food is ok/ prices toooooo highhhh!! Come on this is not the city !! The overall atmosphere is blah !! Update it or sell the place !!! There are to many other restaurants in the area to eat!! Make it a challenge for all to compare !! Right now / we go to ssugerties for drinks/ dinner and watch sports events!!! Sorry!!

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alguart, Owner at Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded January 11, 2014

Wow indeed! This review might have been written by someone who never set foot in Kindred Spirits. For example, they state nothing has changed. Fact is the restaurant was transofrmed in 2007 from a sleepy breakfast spot to a steakhouse & pub with certified chefs and world class Jazz every Friday & Saturday. Our prices are reasonable on food and beverages. for example, bottled domestic beers are $3, call drinks $5, burgers $7.95, steaks range from $24.95 to $27.95 (filet mignon) and so on. In the city, you could double all these prices. Our guests love the atmosphere either listening to Jazz in the dining room or enjoying the array of tap beers and music in the fireplace pub.

The review does not mention a single dish or even a description of the dining room or pub. There's nothing about our staff, waiting times, actual prices for food or beverages. It seems this could have been written by anyone from anywhere with no knowledge of our restaurant.

The reviewer claims to have visited us in July, but didn't write until the next year, right after we won four-and-a-half stars for customer satisfaction from Talk of the Town. The star rating is based on an unsolicited analysis online reviews, better business status and so on. We had just gone public with this announcement when this poorly written and unbalanced review was posted.

We have reason to believe this review was posted by someone from a competing establishment. And even though this reviewer claims to be local, we do not recognize him or the other male in his photograph. Since we are in a hamlet with a population of 1100 people, that, in itself, is strange.

Bottom line: there is little detailed and useful information in the so-called review. The information it contains is false and the review seems suspicious. There are balanced reviews that offer great detail about food, service and music. And there is the almost five star rating Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub just earned for customer satisfaction, which speaks for itself.

We appreciate reviews that are fair, balanced, and detailed enough to offer potential customers insight into restaurants. They also may offer us hints on what we may improve. This review meets none of these criteria.

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Reviewed October 31, 2013

This is a nice place. We ate in the pub room as it was during the week off season. Here we got to listen to the locals at the bar where everyone really did know each others name. Bar tender was friendly and funny.

Thank tabhauser
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alguart, Owner at Kindred Spirits Steakhouse & Pub, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2014

Thanks for telling others about your experience at our Pub. It's here locals mingle with tourists from all over the world over great food and drinks, including 13 craft beers on tap. This is the part of Kindred Spirits that has a fireplace, pool table and juke box, not to mention an Off Track Betting parlor. The Pub is fun and we're glad you added to the friendly atmosphere.

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