273 Main Street, Gladstone
The skinny: American fare at an 18th-century farmhouse with neighborly charm.
Peach shortcake is one of many homemade desserts that happy patrons return for season after season. At right, pumpkin strewn truck sets a harvest scene in the tavern’s front yard.
As crisp autumn winds begin to blow, grab your favorite sweater and head over to the charming Gladstone Tavern for warm mulled wine, Grandpa Chet’s pumpkin cake, and some neighborly cheer.
When chef/proprietor Tom Carlin purchased the 1847 colonial farmhouse in 2005, he spent one year meticulously transforming the former Chatfield’s Bar and Grill into what has become a favorite gathering spot for the local equestrian set.
For area foodies, Gladstone is clearly a one-horse town. On the front porch resides the resplendent Sir Pennysworth, a 120-year-old horse statue that has been greeting guests for decades.
Original and traditional American fare is served up in a spacious dining room graced by a massive stone fireplace. Or you can grab a bite at the bar, on the terrace, or on the old-fashioned veranda where an occasional canine secures a spot under his master’s table.
A veteran of Manhattan’s renowned Gotham Bar and Grill, Carlin puts his innovative twist on American cuisine, garnering critical acclaim from city slickers as well as country clientele. Signature dishes include handmade pumpkin ravioli, slow-roasted duck with maple glaze, and grilled steaks and chops.
Devotees swear by comfort food like bite-sized crab tots, Tavern burgers, farm salad, personal-size bar pizzas, individual apple pies, homemade ice cream, and fruit sorbet. If you have a youngster in tow, be a hero and order the kid-pleasing wagon- wheel pasta with a root beer float and house-made chocolate chunk cookie.
Al fresco dining (often with live music) runs until October 16. Expect a crowd if you come by on October 17, when the Tavern will be full of equestrian enthusiasts following the annual Far Hills Steeplechase Races. The pumpkin menu returns the week of October 26, and Halloween tricks and treats are planned for October 30 and 31.
The terrace seats 50 in front of a slate bar and a second stone fireplace, while an adjacent garden yields fresh herbs throughout warm-weather months. The cozy Upper Tavern room, a venue for special celebrations and corporate events, can accommodate up to 50 seated guests, or 75 merrymakers for a stand-up cocktail reception.
Giddy-up to the Gladstone Tavern for dinner—served daily from 5 pm—or enjoy lunch, offered Monday through Saturday from 11:30 am to 2:30 pm.
Spotlight on New York
THE GOURMET INSTITUTE’S FOODIE WEEKEND
Gourmands will want to book early for the demonstrations, tastings, and tours planned for this foodie-focused weekend, organized by Gourmet magazine, Oct 23-25. Some highlights include talks with star chefs Eric Ripert and Anthony Bourdain, and Mario Batali with respected critic and author Ruth Reichl; a sausage-making seminar with Daniel Boulud; a chocolate-recipe demonstration with François Payard; plus dinners, pairing seminars and much more. For complete schedule, venues and tickets, visit gourmetinstitute.com.
The fall season is heating up in Manhattan’s prestigious museums, and the spotlight is bright on three eagerly awaited exhibitions. To celebrate the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s voyage from Amsterdam to New York, the Rijksmuseum is lending the Metropolitan Museum of Art (metmuseum.org) Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid. The iconic masterpiece is on view Sept 10-Nov 29. The 50th anniversary celebration of the Guggenheim Museum (guggenheim.org) continues with a full-scale retrospective of Vasily Kandinsky, Sept 18-Jan 13. The survey of nearly 100 of the influential Russian abstract painter’s canvases features borrowed works rarely seen in New York. Finally, the Whitney Museum of American Art (whitney.org) celebrates the lovely yet often-overlooked abstractions of renowned representational artist Georgia O’Keeffe, Sept 17-Jan 17.
THE HIGH LINE—If you haven’t succumbed to the charms of the High Line yet, autumn should prove to be a cool and colorful time to do so. The one-of-a-kind park, ten years in the making, is built on a long-unused elevated train track on Manhattan’s West Side. The first section—from W. 20th St between 10th and 11th avenues in Chelsea to Gansevoort and Washington streets in the Meatpacking District—opened in June, and its myriad greenery, paths, seating, and other special features have made it one of the city’s hippest attractions. The second section, from W 20th St to W 30th St, is slated to open in 2010 (thehighline.org). —Liam Corell
Music & More
Cut it out
The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in New Brunswick presents “Blocks of Color: American Woodcuts from the 1980s to the Present” (Sept 1–Jan 3). This exhibition recognizes woodcutting artists who were inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement in England as well as early Japanese art. The show features more than 100 vibrant prints by artists including Arthur Wesley Dow, Blanche Lazzell, and Margaret Jordan Patterson (right). Gallery hours are Tues–Fri, 10 am to 4:30 pm; Sat–Sun, noon to 5 pm. Admission is $3 (732-932-7237; zamweb.rutgers.edu).
Bernie Williams, former star center-fielder of the New York Yankees, can do a lot more than just catch fly balls and hit grand slams. See Bernie play in another way, as he shows off his talent on the jazz guitar at Morristown’s Mayo Center for the Performing Arts on Oct 9. The classically trained musician is influenced by the Latin sounds of his native Puerto Rico, and will perform songs from his second album Moving Forward. The show starts at 8 pm and tickets are $37–$61 (973-539-8008; mayoarts.org).
Down on the farm
The new musical Little House on the Prairie transforms the classic series by Laura Ingalls Wilder into a full-scale song and dance production. Melissa Gilbert, who originally played Laura in the beloved 1970s television series, stars as Ma in this performance at the Paper Mill Playhouse (Sept 10–Oct 10). The show is prsented on Fridays at 7 pm, and Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 1:30 pm and 7 pm (973-376-4343; papermill.org).—Emily Faherty