The Amsterdam is the passion, and lifelong dream realized, of husband and wife owners Howard and Chris Jacobs. Having first fallen for the historic town of Rhinebeck as “weekenders,” in 2014 the Jacobs happened upon 6380 Mill Street just as it was going up for sale, and just as Howard was contemplating a departure from his 25+year career as a senior marketing and sales executive. As they toured through the space – an original 1798 Dutch townhouse that has been a fixture of the town’s center since Aaron Burr was headquartered across the street during his 1804 gubernatorial campaign – Howard and Chris called to mind their years spent living in Northern California, and the restaurants and boutique hotels of Sonoma, Healdsburg, St. Helena and Calistoga they loved for their celebration of the bountiful region. And they thought of their favorite restaurants in New York City, San Francisco, Washington, DC and Atlanta and of course Toronto (their home town), where service, design and hospitality come together in an unparalleled and magnetic way. They realized this special space, perfectly situated in their beloved community and Hudson Valley, was the idyllic neighborhood restaurant they’d talked about, in hypotheticals, for so many years. In that moment, the necessity of turning their dream into reality couldn’t have been more clear, and The Amsterdam was born.
In Spring 2017 The Amsterdam opened in the heart of Rhinebeck, serving elevated farm-to-table fare in a warm and welcoming environment, alongside craft cocktails, an international and thoughtfully curated wine list, a NY-centric craft beer list and more.
The restaurant’s main level features a handsome oversized bar and a stunning dining room with high ceilings and an open kitchen that welcomes onlookers. Beyond the dining room a backyard reveals a large dining patio and pergola, vintage picnic tables for more casual dining, a bocce court and a fire pit circled with cozy chairs. The second level is home to a lush lounge area and large private dining room that is completely customizable for private events from 12-40+ guests.
The Amsterdam’s kitchen is led by Chef Sara Lukasiewicz, a James Beard Award Rising Star Chef Nominee who first turned heads throughout the region as Executive Chef of the Red Devon in Bangall, NY. Originally from Wisconsin, Sara relocated to the Hudson Valley to attend the Culinary Institute of America, and never left! At The Amsterdam her menu of New American classics re-imagined draw on her deep relationships with local vendors and a keen understanding of the hyper locality of the rich agricultural region. Her dishes are classics with a twist, always imbued with a sense of place and purpose.
The locavore menu is accentuated by a wine list curated by General Manager and Wine Director James Jusseaume. The wine cellar is classically done, encompassing bottles from the New and Old World producers, many which are exclusively available in the region at The Amsterdam. Prohibition-era gin and whiskey cocktails are highlights on the cocktail list, crafted at the highest level from fresh ingredients and local spirits.