Story by Anne Maxfield, Accidental Locavore
Photo: Courtesy of Anne Maxfield
Canoe Hill has what a lot of former New Yorkers will tell you was missing food-wise from the Hudson Valley: oysters. And not just one or two types; there are generally about six choices on the menu, ranging from East Coast to West Coast varieties.
Michael DelGrosso opened Canoe Hill last December. It’s tucked next to the Millbrook Diner, at 3264 Franklin Street in Millbrook. Like a lot of us city transplants, he saw a need for a casual place where people could go and hang out, have some oysters and share a few small plates, and that’s what he’s created.
The restaurant is a long, narrow space, white and bright, with an assortment of wooden tables and banquettes just past the bar. For the warmer months, there’s a small garden with additional seating, and when it gets cold, he’ll probably be firing up the old cast-iron stove inside. A big blackboard is along one of the walls, listing all the available oysters, wines by the glass and beers.