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 the space – an original 1798 Dutch townhouse – Howard and Chris called to mind their years spent living in Northern California and the charming restaurants of Sonoma, Healdsburg and St. Helena, as well as their favorite restaurants in New York City and Toronto (their hometown), where service, design and hospitality come together in a magnetic way. They realized this space was the 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.
The Amsterdam opened in Spring 2017 in the heart of Rhinebeck, serving contemporary farm-to-table fare in a beautifully renovated city-meets-country space. In its first year The Amsterdam was named Best New Restaurant by HV Magazine and instantly became a local favorite, as well as a destination in the region. In early 2018, Executive Chef Alex Burger joined The Amsterdam team – from legendary French chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant group – furthering the Jacobs’ commitment to being the best possible version of their Hudson Valley dream restaurant.
The Amsterdam’s menu of elevated farm-to-table fare is based in relationships with local farmers and a deep appreciation for the rich agricultural region. Chef Alex Burger brings a fine dining and French perspective to American classics. The locavore menu is complemented 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, made from fresh ingredients and local spirits.
The restaurant’s main level features a handsome 16-seat bar, a beautiful dining room with high ceilings and an open kitchen, and a sprawling backyard with a pergola-covered patio. The backyard is Rhinebeck’s backyard during the warm weather months: guests dine al fresco on the patio, meet for drinks around the picnic tables, or gather for a game of bocce. At night, after-dinner drinks are enjoyed around the fire pit, circled with Adirondack chairs.
The Amsterdam’s second floor was designed specifically for private events -- a lounge opens into a dining room that is completely customizable for events from 12-40+ guests. It's the perfect place in Rhinebeck for bridal/baby showers, rehearsal dinners, birthdays and more.