Halcyon All Day Cafe makes breakfast and lunch classics in Rhinebeck | Restaurants | Hudson Valley
Rhinebeck’s newest breakfast and lunch spot, Halcyon All Day Cafe, brings a piece of the sunny West Coast to the Hudson Valley. California-native owner Daniel Bagnall channels the bright, upbeat vibe of his home state cafes into his latest restaurant. âThe cafes there are all painted white and offer cheerful art, great coffee and a great atmosphere,â Bagnall explains. “That’s kind of our goal too, just to be a place you could settle down and stay if you wanted to.”
A story in the kitchen
This quaint cafe was long in the making for Bagnall, who has worked in professional kitchens for over 15 years, since he was a teenager. âI’ve always been cooking,â says Bagnall. âHonestly, I started because I needed a job, because I didn’t have an allowance. I just stayed. Eventually, he moved to New York City and worked as a cook at Eleven Madison Park, then as an executive chef at the Public Records cocktail bar and restaurant.
When the pandemic hit, Bagnall felt tired after being in the industry for so long. âI kind of burned myself out of town, like I think a lot of people did,â he says. He had divided his time between town and his home in Germantown for eight years and decided to move full time to the Hudson Valley town. In August 2020, he opened Sonder, a natural wine bar in Hudson. The facility closed last September, but will move to a new location in Rhinebeck in the coming months.
Even while he was busy running Sonder, Bagnall was figuring out what he wanted to do next. âI always dream of the next type of business to open. There is a sandwich shop which I hope will be in the future, and a $ 1 slice shop which I hope will be in the future, and an Indian restaurant which I hope will be in the future. will be in the future, âhe laughs. “But one of the things I’ve always wanted to open is a cafe.” Bagnall thought about the idea for a while and finally decided to open Halcyon in November. A storefront had been for rent for a few months, and he took the plunge. âI kept walking alongside, saying to myself ‘no, not at the right time, not at the right time,” says Bagnall. âThen one day, I was walking around the village and I said to myself: ‘you know what? I have to call them.
Coffee price focused on quality
After securing the space, Bagnall set out to create a relaxed place that could nurture the strong local community, any time of the day. âI call it an all-day cafe, which is kind of a lie right now because we’re only open until 3pm,â Bagnall jokes. âIt’s a place that I envision, in the long term, where people can stop in the morning for coffee and take a walk home from work to grab a bite to eat for dinner, and everything in between. The menu was developed in collaboration with Chef Clyde Woodstock, who has worked with Bagnell for years, most recently at Sonder. It consists of breakfast and lunch staples including toast topped with ricotta and homemade jam, salads and bowls of rice. âThese are all classic coffee dishes with a slight twist,â says Bagnall.
The boutique’s sandwiches, served on bread pudding baked on site, are the stars of the menu. âWe joke that we accidentally opened a sandwich shop,â Bagnall explains. Their most popular dish, a classic egg with bacon and cheese, is made from roasted bacon with agave nectar. For a hearty lunch, check out the Grilled Skirted Steak Sandwich topped with Chimichurri and Roasted Garlic Aioli.
Another option – and Bagnall’s favorite dish – is the Halcyon Rice Bowl, which features jasmine rice mixed with capers, apple cider vinegar and other herbs, served hot and topped with a poached egg, d ‘an avocado, sweet potatoes, pickled carrots and a macerated kale. Bagnall tries to source locally whenever he can, shopping at Tivoli’s Migliorelli Farm and other local farmers’ markets. âWe do our best to provide great ingredients,â says Bagnall.
For those looking for a sweet treat, Halcyon has a cafÃ©-bar and a range of baked goods made on site. The beans come from Touchy Coffee in Troy, and the baked selections change often. Two mainstays are the oatmeal and hemp cookies, as well as a salty chocolate chip cookie. âI think every cafe needs its own chocolate chip cookie,â Bagnall says. The food is simple and Bagnall wants it to stay that way. âOur goal is quality, and just making something tasty,â he says.
Creation of a community hub
In addition to light and classic fare, the quaint cafe is teeming with plants and artwork, creating what Bagnell describes as a “super breezy, cheerful and fun” environment. Halcyon has just extended its opening hours and will now be open five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bagnall hopes to be open seven days a week soon and eventually expand the restaurant’s opening hours to include dinner service.
Since the restaurant opened in November, Bagnall says the weekends have been busy with residents of Rhinebeck and locals alike. Their positive reception of the cafe motivates Bagnell to continue preparing the food he loves. “It’s just a fun little cafe, and I think people really enjoy it.”
Halcyon All Day Cafe is open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out their Instagram for updates on future daylight saving time changes.
Halcyon all day coffee
6384 Mill Street, Rhinebeck