This review is very long overdue, mainly because the Palmer House Cafe is absolutely my favorite restaurant in the Capital District, and we have been going there for so many years. In all those years, we have never been disappointed. The staff is always friendly and helpful, the atmosphere always welcoming, and the food totally fabulous.
As he learned from Chefs Bill Benson (sp?) and Susan Lenane, Chef Micah Kuhar uses primarily seasonal, locally sourced meats, vegetables and fruits. The menu changes frequently depending upon what is in season and fresh. The meals (from appetizer to dessert) are always imaginatively prepared, frequently combining foods that one would never have thought would work together -- but they do, and brilliantly.
While the decor might be called spare, there is always work by local artists decorating the walls. The Tavern area is cozy and friendly; from the main dining area one can see into the busy kitchen, and in the warmer months, the patio is delightful. And the restaurant's location in the middle of tiny Rensselaerville, NY, makes for a lovely drive.
Lately they have been hosting Thursday Open Jam sessions, and they are also serving lunch on Saturdays while the town hosts a Farmers Market. On occasion they have a Stammtisch -- a prix fixe meal served family style reflecting the cuisine of a particular country or area.
I cannot possibly stress how much I love the Palmer House Cafe. This wonderful restaurant is a gem and well worth the trip from anywhere!
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