We had no intention of stopping at a steakhouse on our vacation East, but when we learned that the building was part of the Val-Kill Industries started by Eleanor Roosevelt, we were more interested in the cobbled together buildings that make up Joseph's. When someone on the tour of Val-Kill suggested we eat there, it was a done deal, and we were glad. Stepping in the bar-restaurant door, you'll find yourself in a time warp with a beautiful bar back and small bar area. Next is one dining room where the original beams are exposed and painted a rich nut brown. Photos on the wall show the beams in the room, along with the looms for weaving. Eleanor also used this place as a tea room, and this is where the Queen Mother, the current Queen Elizabeth's mother, had tea on her visit to America in the 1930s. Another dining room is attached, as well, helping to lend to the strange appearance of the building. From beginning to end, our experience here was fantastic. Joseph, the owner, came over to chat and share the history of the building, and the two waiters who took care of us were friendly, professional, and knew their food. Hubby had a steak, which was cooked to perfection, and I had a crab cake that had me murmuring with pleasure as I slipped every crab morsel into my mouth. For dessert we shared an apple crisp and locally made ice cream. While the food screams high class steakhouse, this is a casual place where shorts are as welcome as more dressed up people. The prices are in line with a good steakhouse, so if you're looking for a $10 steak, don't come in. Steaks were between $25 and $40 (ish), which is reasonable. The menu also offers other meals at different price points. We also ordered two cocktails and hubby had a glass of wine with dinner. All of this and outstanding food came in just over $90. I can't stress again the impeccable service, and hats off to Michael, our main server, who gave us enough tips about other activities to do up and down the Hudson River Valley to last another week. If you are in the area, do yourself a favor and eat here.
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