From the moment that we entered Schatzi's, we enjoyed everything! The decor is cleanly neutral, and features bright young waiters in crisp black and white uniforms. Immediately one approached our table and took a drink order. The indoor and outdoor bars feature a dozen taps with some of the best beers in the area, such as Captain Lawrence and Sloop from Poughkeepsie. German and other American micro beers round out the offerings. A good wine menu is also available.
Sourdough and pumpernickel breads soon followed with the drinks. The kitchen is small but efficient, with a Culinary Institute of America chef. My husband ordered baked chicken wings, and I had locally made potato and farmer cheese pierogies. The wings were just right, served with raw baby carrots and blue cheese. The pierogies had a delicate green chive sauce on them and were exquisite. My husband ordered the Potato Leek Soup, followed by the Grilled Veggie Sandwich, featuring zuccini, yellow squash, Portobello mushrooms, asparagus, onions, arugula, and goat cheese. A great soup, a substantial and tasty sandwich. I opted for the Beer Poached Bratwurst, and ordered them without bread and with a mixed green salad. Two yummy brats, well-grilled, appeared with beer mustard and a sizable mixed green salad. German potato salad is also available as are fries. For dessert I had a berry tart and my husband had vanilla ice cream, fitting ends to a really great meal. Although we sat inside next to the bar area, we checked out the beer garden. It has several different seating areas, wrought iron, and a gurgling waterfall. Live music had been featured outside the weekend before. We were surprised by one other fact: across from the restaurant, a historical plaque features Matthew Vassar, who originally funded Vassar College--and was a brewer! So take the time to get off the main drag, and visit Schatzi's on Main Street.
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