CLARKSVILLE — Tucked away in the foothills of the Helderberg Mountains is the Jake Moon Restaurant and Café.
In addition to featuring the work of Chef Dan Smith, who offers an eclectic mix of fresh foods and restaurant-baked goods, the restaurant makes every effort to give back to the local economy by buying its supplies from local farmers and vendors.
The restaurant also offers a full line of specialty items for your party needs — from simple barbecue dishes to elegant selections that are proven crowd pleasers and make your event special. They can also create special occasion cakes and centerpieces.
Smith grew up in Ulster County and has lived in the Capital District since 1997, when he took a job as executive chef at Nicole’s Bistro in downtown Albany.
He moved to Clarksville in 2007, and hopes Jake Moon will “serve as a focal point and meeting place for the local community while drawing people from farther away to appreciate the beauty and unique worth of Clarksville and the wider hilltown community.”
Some of the local businesses Smith purchases supplies from include: Meadowbrook Arms Dairy, Champlain Valley Flour, Schoharie Farms, Harney & Son Tea Trader, Capital City Coffee Roasters, Charles Groesbeck Grassfed Beef, Randy Rapp Maple Syrup and Windy Hill Farm.
“Jake Moon is a place where dollars spent on great food are passed back to local farmers, helping to keep farming a viable economic activity right here in the greater Capital District,” according to the restaurant’s website. “In supporting us you are also supporting area farmers, and voting with your dollars to preserve the agrarian values that have defined the character of this region since time immemorial.”
Hours of operation are breakfast and lunch on Wednesday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; breakfast and brunch Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; dinner Thursday through Saturday 5 to 9 p.m.; drinks and light fare Thursday through Saturday 3 to 5 p.m.
The restaurant is located on Route 443, 2082 Delaware Turnpike, 7.5 miles from the four corners in Delmar headed towards Thacher Park.