Canal House Station
A little bit about Canal House… Melissa Hamilton and Christopher Hirsheimer are cooks who write about home cooking. In 2007 they founded Canal House, which includes a publishing venture and a culinary, photography, and design studio. Their cookbook Canal House Cooks Every Day received a James Beard Award, and their blog, Canal House Cooks Lunch, is followed by thousands of readers who find inspiration in what they cook up each day.
Canal House Station Café & Restaurant, their latest endeavor, makes the food that fills the pages of their cookbooks come to life for everybody to enjoy!
The ladies created the perfect brunch of corned beef hash and poached eggs. Don’t expect a lot of choice...but do expect perfection.
Beautiful, atmospheric setting by the river in a lovingly restored train station. Open kitchen where you can see Melissa and Christopher working their magic. The staff is friendly and helpful. The food is perfect!! This was my second visit in 1 week and I’ll be back soon!!! I particularly recommend the Sunday super...12-4 it revives the greatly missed tradition of a leisurely Sunday afternoon feast in warm surroundings with great conversation. It’s pre fix set menu multiple course...my favorite because I didn’t have to choose.
After reading rave review in WSJ, we made a reservation and were completely "wowed" by our experience. We had the "Sunday night dinner" and every course was wonderful. Preparation used the highest ingredients, presentation was beautiful and service was great. We are already planning our return.
We've never had a better meal, absolutely everything is done to perfection
The wonderful ladies of the Canal House Station have created a gorgeous space. The chefs in the open kitchen are a pleasure to watch. The food is elegant and delicious. We feel so lucky to have this gem in our neighborhood. Can't wait to become a regular.
One of the finest, freshest and best meals in a long while. Simple dishes yet all perfect. Perfect green leafy lettuce with the perfect vinaigrette- just like in Paris. Generous serving of pate. Omelette was fluffy and filling. Fried chicken sandwich was crunchy, juicy and again, perfect. Avocado soup was creamy with a hint of chili oil - delicious. Unfortunately I can’t have gluten so could not sample the bread but it looked delicious - thick and hearty. It is hard to get fruit for dessert these days but thank you thank you – the perfect peaches and cantaloupes. Sophisticated, urbane country vibe. Open kitchen with the masterful Melissa and Christopher at the helm. Worth the drive and can’t wait to go back.
Went for “Sunday Supper” lovely table, delicious food, but we waited close to an hour for main course with not to much staff concern. When we asked about food told it was being plated then more waiting. When I reconfirmed reservation I mentioned to gentlemen who called it was our 40th wedding celebration dinner. This was never acknowledged throughout our meal for 4. I was disappointed and note you will be charged for coffee in this price fixed meal. Thanks for reading
The omelet was incredible!!! Homemade jam, delicious bread! Yummy.
I came to the Canal House Station on a Saturday with a few my family and friends, and we absolutely loved it here. We had the bottomless pancakes, which were so light and fluffy, and I would’ve had more if it weren’t for a full stomach. The whole atmosphere was pleasant and I especially loved the open kitchen. I’ve only been there once, but I’m already planning for the next time there.
This was one of the most amazing lunches I have had! There were three of us and we were lucky enough to be seated inside next to the kitchen. The ingredients are all locally sourced and could not be fresher. The avocado and corn soup was superb! I am not a lover of kale, but we ordered and shared and the kale salad was delicious. I have been a subscriber to Melissa and Christoper’s Canal House cookbook series and their Canal House Cooks Lunch e-mail for years. They took time out to chat with us after our meal and were delightful. The restaurant setting is wonderful. Don’t miss this gem!!
We sat at a long table, one of two in the kitchen area. The breakfast menu is VERY limited- An omelet, yogurt, and maybe one other item.
Lunch had more offerings. I chose roasted eggplant, my companion-the omelet. The food was delicious.
It was the quietest kitchen/dining experience ever. To the point that it somehow felt awkward, as if we were intruding.
We will try it again, the servers were attentive and pleasant.
You can expect the best of every season here!
After having the plum tart for dessert I had to seek out the book with the recipe because the crust was incredible. Service was pleasant and well versed on the menu.
Will return soon!
Terrific food, wonderful space. Go, you won't be disappointed.
Melissa and Christopher have not missed a detail with the new Canal House Cafe, both with the delicious food and the design of the space. Bowls of produce and flowers throughout compliment the crisp white shelving and service ware in the communal table dining/kitchen area. The other rooms have retained some of the old rail station details, but updated with gorgeous wallpaper and art.
Our lunch was seasonal and delicious (corn soup and perfect summer tomatoes "all dressed up") and my husband loved his fried chicken sandwich (fried to order).
The proprietors were welcoming and warm
We are just sorry Canal House Cafe isn't closer, however, we will be back!
Food: Innovative and delicious, Kudos to the chef(s) for the cougeres, corn and lobster soup, chicken and grits
Ambiance: One of the most tasteful and well-appointed dining rooms in the area.
There are a few places which I have gone back to on multiple occasions, especially in as short time period of just 6 weeks. The Canal House Cafe is one of those unique places. We have taken all of our best friends to it and all have raved. The incredible quality of the food and the nature by which the food is prepared- fresh , hand selected local ingredients (with the exception of the Sullivan Street Bakery breads from NYC) are perfectly matched with whatever accompanies the dish. When the bill arrives you might think there is a mistake and there should be an extra 0 at the end. The value of your meal is unquestionable. Am already planning my next visit which will not be soon enough.
Thoughtful, attentive service and delicious food. They made my friend feel special on her birthday. Beautiful place.
My husband and I and another couple had an outstanding meal at Canal House Station. We had the Sunday fixed menu. Every aspect of the experience was wonderful. The host who sat us, the waiter who served us and the beautifully restored station house all led up to an excellent meal which utilized fresh seasonal ingredients. The meal, service and ambiance equaled those we've had at some of our other favorite restaurants such as Gotham Bar & Grill and Gramercy Park Tavern in Manhattan and 90 Acres in Peapack. We'll be back. All four of us would highly recommend a visit!
We've enjoyed the Sundy "supper' twice now, and each time the fixed menu included very fresh and local ingredients (chanterelles, local tomatoes, local blueberries). The dining room space is best described as casual, imaginative elegance and the servers are exceptionally friendly and knowledgable. The whole Canal House restaurant experience is just a class act!
The place was outstanding! I know folks who love the books, of which I know nothing. But I do know that the food was delicious and insanely reasonable for what it is.
The food was amazing. So many vegetarian choices - can't thank you enough!!!
Fresh. Thoughtful. Simple. Perfect.
We had the loveliest Sunday afternoon meal! Amazing food and ambiance, that’s perfect for both special occasions and every day. Can’t wait to come back!
Great all around. Going to be a solid success!