Autumn is easily my favorite season of the year. I love escaping NYC for a long hike in the woods to smell the crisp clean autumn air and check out the gorgeous leaves. I usually head to Saratoga for a few days to soak in the season at it's gorgeous state park. It also has a little downtown area with some cute bars and restaurants like The Merry Monk.
This lively little place isn't much to look at but what it lacks in decor it most certainly makes up for in the area of food and drink; specifically their Moules Frites.
Big bowls of steaming hot mussels in just about any flavor; Provencal with garlic, tomato and fried basil; Americana with bacon, blue cheese and shallots; Thai with red curry and coconut milk and of course the Classic a la Marienere with butter, white wine and garlic.
Of course mussels always need frites like these long, skinny house cut fries served with a choice of dipping sauces including a creamy pesto mayo and a spicy ketchup.
Add on a few big Belgian beers from their incredible list and this was just about the perfect autumn escape meal.
The Merry Monk
84 Henry Street
Saratoga, NY 12866