I love everything about the Hudson Valley region. The gorgeous hills, the crisp clean air and all of the wonderful restaurants that source their food directly from farms in the area. 121 Restaurant is one of these fine places and with the return of their chef Beck Bolender from Jean Georges this place is really hitting its stride. Normally I would avoid any kind of Americanized empanada but not here...
...these were so buttery and crisp I almost didn't want to delve into the ham and cheese goodness in the middle. They came with hot sauce and salsa verde but these didn't need anything...they were perfection on their own. Instead I used the hot sauce on my incredible Breakfast Tacos filled with nuggets of crisp chorizo and fresh avocado.
And although this salad doesn't exactly look pretty it was awesome. That long crust is actually filled with a creamy goat cheese fondue...
...mixed with bitter greens and a pear vinaigrette. We were too full for dessert but a quick drink by the fireplace bar and I was ready to settle in for another round. 121 was delicious and definitely worth the hike up to North Salem.
2 Dingle Ridge Road
North Salem, NY 10560