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Phoenica Diner is one of the most popular stops in the Hudson Valley
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The Perfect Weekend Guide for Eating and Drinking in the Hudson Valley

There’s never been a better time to plan an escape to the Hudson Valley that’s all about the restaurants and bars

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Phoenica Diner is one of the most popular stops in the Hudson Valley
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The Hudson Valley region of New York and farm-to-table cuisine are fairly synonymous. After all, the area is blessed with award-winning farms that specialize in everything from apples to milk. But beyond the state’s strong locavore ethos, the cuisine of the valley is far from single-note. There are also spectacular pasta spots, bakeries with airy croissants that rival those from Paris, and even Jamaican restaurants boasting plates piled high with plantains and jerk chicken.

This map focuses on the Middle and Upper Hudson Valley, the areas that New Yorkers are most likely to visit on a day or weekend trip.

The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Bartlett House

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Located in a historic, restored railroad hotel from the 1800s, Bartlett House’s charm is surpassed only by the caliber of its food. The all-day bakery and café has both an impressive selection of breads and pastries (the cherry cornmeal scone is especially phenomenal), plus a satisfying menu of American classics like breakfast sandwiches on homemade English muffins, and hot, fried apple pie slices. Don’t leave without buying some of their incredible jams, in flavors like blueberry-rose or beet-blackberry.

A spread of pastries
Pastries from Bartlett House
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Kitty's Market

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Located steps from Hudson’s train station, this waterfront spot is ideal to hit on the way in or out of town. Currently, the space is a mix between a market and café (with a more proper restaurant forthcoming); dishes include everything from an upscale take on a yogurt parfait made with labne and citrus, to a whole roasted chicken served with sides like chicken fat-slicked potatoes. It’s also worth swinging by their sister business Grapefruit Wines, who sells natural wines, cider, and Amari.

Feast & Floret

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This new spot in Hudson is the rebirth of Fish & Game, one of the first restaurants in the Hudson Valley that piqued the interest of city folk enough to have them jump in the car and drive up. The new menu is modern Italian, with a focus on seasonality and local ingredients. Dishes range from a mezze maniche pasta served with meaty white beans and pecorino, to octopus with chili, potato, and olive. On your way out, pick up a bottle of smoked citrus honey to liven up the next day’s yogurt.

Breadfolks Bakery

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It’s not unusual to see a line snaking out of this bakery on Hudson’s Warren St., especially since it’s only open Thursday to Monday. But it is worth the wait to grab a loaf of their organic breads; sky-high, buttery croissants; or their decadent “cruffins” (a croissant-muffin, natch) in flavors like baklava or passion fruit. Fun fact: Breadfolks is run by famed photographer Norman Jean Roy, who opened the bakery last summer as a passion project with his wife Joanna.

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Breadfolks’s cruffin
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Talbott & Arding

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Long the favorite spot in Hudson for grab-and-go goodies, this July, Talbott & Arding will move to a new, 8,000 square-foot location two blocks from the original store. While the new spot will feature an expanded menu of seasonal salads and sandwiches (plus indoor customer seating for the first time), all the old favorites will still be available, like their perennially popular focaccia pizzas, plus exquisite pastries like rhubarb-frangipane galettes. This is also one of the best places to stock up on cheese in all of the Hudson Valley, especially for those looking for regional selections.

West Taghkanic Diner

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The history of this spot stretches all the way back to 1953, when it opened as a pit stop to serve drivers on the Taconic Parkway. Chef and owner Kristopher Schram has worked everywhere from Napa Valley to Copenhagen and his dishes have a worldly sensibility while still remaining comfort food. The star of the menu is the 12-hour-smoked pastrami reuben — the meat is brined for seven days before a half-day’s smoke in the nine-foot-long Lang smoker in the backyard.

Suarez Family Brewery

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While they may call themselves a “mom and pop” brewery, this spot in Hudson serves the most well-regarded beer in the Hudson Valley. Owner Dan Suarez (formerly of cult-favorite Hill Farmstead Brewery in Vermont) specializes in ales of mixed fermentation, unfiltered lagers, and other “crispy little beers.” We recommend picking up a four-pack of Palatine Pils, a hop-accented German-style pils, or a 500-ml bottle of Parlance, a plum country beer.

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Suarez specializes in ales of mixed fermentation, unfiltered lagers, and other craft beers
Natalie Chitwood / Suarez [Official]

Alleyway Ice Cream

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Alleway claims  that it is the “world’s smallest and hardest to find ice cream shop.” While they’re not far off, it is absolutely worth the effort to seek out this 80-square-foot spot, housed in a former linen closet down an alleyway in Saugerties. Owner Julian Hom draws from his world travels, specifically throughout Asia, to come up with flavors. Best-selling scoops include Ube Heath Bar Crunch, Thai Tea Cookies and Cream, and Sour Cream and Blueberry.

Phoenicia Diner

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One of the original “hickster” restaurants, Phoenicia Diner is now simply known as one of the most famous spots west of the Hudson River. And with good reason: the traditional diner food here features local, seasonal ingredients. While the buttermilk pancakes are by far their best seller, the breakfast skillets are also ideal to scarf down before a day of exploring. Don’t sleep on their dinner menu, either: there’s everything from chicken pot pie to the less-traditional loaded mac and cheese topped with fried chicken, bacon, and a hot honey drizzle.

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Phoenicia Diner puts a spin on diner food
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GioBatta Alimentari

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When Francesco Buitoni’s beloved Mercato Osteria Enoteca in Red Hook closed, the Hudson Valley mourned the loss of one its best Italian restaurants. But luckily, the James Beard nominee just moved up the road to Tivoli, where he opened the already-popular GioBatta. The pasta is the star of the show here, especially dishes like the hand-cut tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce, or the spaghetti carbonara topped with guanciale and egg. Pro tip: the restaurant also stocks many dishes to go, including their incredible lasagna Emiliana made with spinach pasta.

This ethereal spot in Woodstock specializes in wood-fired and grilled dishes, like their popular smoked and brined pork chop served with rice noodles and chili-garlic sauce. There is also a heavy emphasis on vegetable-focused dishes, from a mushroom and lentil pate with horseradish mustard, to the vegetarian bibimbap (but feel free to the Korean BBQ beef to that one). Ask for a table on the lovely, plant-filled side patio.

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Silvia specializes in wood-fired and grilled dishes
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Restaurant Kinsley

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With a New American menu developed by Zac Pelaccio (formerly of Fish & Game, Backbar) and run by Taavo Somer and Charles Blaichman, this sunlit spot inside Hotel Kinsley has been a magnet for diners since opening in 2019. The dinner menu changes seasonally, but currently features spring favorites like asparagus with lemon ricotta, and arctic char with cultured cream and horseradish. The chic environs are also ideal for just popping in for a drink, especially for cocktails like the Garden Party, made with gin, rhubarb, salted lemon-lime cordial, and celery bitters.

LOLA Pizza

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From restaurateur Taavo Somer (Freeman’s, The Rusty Knot), this pizza spot located in a historic building in Kingston’s Stockade District brings a bit of New York City avant-garde to upstate. The menu is pizza- and pasta-focused, with standouts including the Tiger Paw pie made with pepperoni, provolone and mozzarella cheeses, and chili honey; and a fun build-your-own soft serve ice cream option. The cocktail menu is also worth a taste: it’s from Natasha David and Jeremy Oertel (Donna, Nitecap).

Top Taste

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Come hungry to this unassuming Jamaican spot located on a quiet corner in Kingston. Every entrée comes with a heaping pile of rice, beans, and fat, fried plantains, along with a generous portion of meat, like a classic jerk chicken or the fall-off-the-bone-tender oxtail. Top Taste also stocks many hard-to-find Jamaican pantry staples, like flavored soup mixes, Easter bun, and hot pepper sauce.

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Jamaican fare from Top Taste
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Bia is not only one of the sole Irish restaurants in the Hudson Valley, but — even rarer — one of the only places serving high-end cuisine from the Emerald Isle. The menu is a revelation; from the Irish stout and treacle brown bread served with cultured butter and toasted Irish seaweed, to the tender and flavorful gin-and-juniper-cured Irish salmon. If you feel like drinking, however, never fear: their Irish coffee is superb.

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Poached and chilled local asparagus
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The Amsterdam

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Since opening in 2017, “The A” has been one of Rhinebeck’s most sought-after places for farm-to-table cuisine. The team here takes great pride in cooking with local ingredients as well as working with vendors who employ sustainable and ecologically sensitive practices. Since the pandemic began, the restaurant has also opened up a market, where customers can pick up local goods as well as imported items that are hard to find in town. One standout entree is the roasted Hudson Valley duck breast, served with spring cherries, wheat berries, and Swiss chard.

Brunette

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Located in the historic waterfront district of downtown Kingston, this chic natural wine bar has been a magnet for both weekenders and locals. The by-the-glass list here rotates weekly, and features wines from all over the world, including from the Republic of Georgia, Chile, and Armenia, along with local wines from New York State. One of the goals of owners Jessie Harris and Max Botwick is to dispel the misconception that all natural wines are “funky” in flavor. Find some lighter dishes like country pate and chilled ramen as well.

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Brunette’s bar seating
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Four Brothers Drive-in

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It’s hard not to love this place: not only are there outdoor movies, of course, but the food and drinks are far better than the typical popcorn and soda. For a main meal, there aretwo (equally stellar) options: the superb, gooey pizza at Four Brothers Pizza Inn, or the classic diner fare at The Grand Shack, like juicy double cheeseburgers or the TJ’s dog with bacon sauce. Save room for dessert: the Nutella milkshakes are famous for good reason.

Butterfield

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Located at the welcoming Hasbrouck House hotel, Butterfield gets its name from the surrounding area of the Hudson Valley; the lands were often compared to fields of butter due to the rich soil. The menu here is fancy farm-to-table, with an ever-changing roster of seasonal dishes like ricotta gnocchi with asparagus, morels, and fiddleheads, to a slow-braised lamb shank served alongside polenta, olives, and preserved lemons. The brunch menu is also strong: make sure to ask for a table outside on the picturesque patio.

Westwind Orchard

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The debate: is it the pizza or the cider that draws the crowds here? Luckily, it doesn’t matter, as they’re both excellent. Run by Fabio Chizzola, who hails from Rome, Westwind slings top rate, thin-crust pies in flavors traditional (Margherita) and unique (Ortolana, topped with in-season vegetables sourced from the farm). Cider-wise, they make both bubbly and still varieties, neither of which use any sulfites or sugar. It’s also just a lovely place to spend an afternoon: there are plentiful outdoor tables and it’s even dog-friendly.

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Pizza and cider are in order at Westwind Orchard
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The Roundhouse

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With one of the prettiest views of any restaurant in the Hudson Valley — it overlooks a waterfall from floor-to-ceiling windows — the menu here is worth a stop all on its own. Standouts include three different types of macaroni and cheese (including one with spicy lobster), gnocchi with grilled corn and heirloom tomato, and a large selection of Pat Frieda steaks. There is also more casual barbecue fare served at Smoke on the Water, The Roundhouse Hotel’s other on-site restaurant.

Bartlett House

A spread of pastries
Pastries from Bartlett House
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Located in a historic, restored railroad hotel from the 1800s, Bartlett House’s charm is surpassed only by the caliber of its food. The all-day bakery and café has both an impressive selection of breads and pastries (the cherry cornmeal scone is especially phenomenal), plus a satisfying menu of American classics like breakfast sandwiches on homemade English muffins, and hot, fried apple pie slices. Don’t leave without buying some of their incredible jams, in flavors like blueberry-rose or beet-blackberry.

A spread of pastries
Pastries from Bartlett House
Courtesy of Bartlett House

Kitty's Market

Located steps from Hudson’s train station, this waterfront spot is ideal to hit on the way in or out of town. Currently, the space is a mix between a market and café (with a more proper restaurant forthcoming); dishes include everything from an upscale take on a yogurt parfait made with labne and citrus, to a whole roasted chicken served with sides like chicken fat-slicked potatoes. It’s also worth swinging by their sister business Grapefruit Wines, who sells natural wines, cider, and Amari.

Feast & Floret

This new spot in Hudson is the rebirth of Fish & Game, one of the first restaurants in the Hudson Valley that piqued the interest of city folk enough to have them jump in the car and drive up. The new menu is modern Italian, with a focus on seasonality and local ingredients. Dishes range from a mezze maniche pasta served with meaty white beans and pecorino, to octopus with chili, potato, and olive. On your way out, pick up a bottle of smoked citrus honey to liven up the next day’s yogurt.

Breadfolks Bakery

A cruffin
Breadfolks’s cruffin
Courtesy of Breadfolks

It’s not unusual to see a line snaking out of this bakery on Hudson’s Warren St., especially since it’s only open Thursday to Monday. But it is worth the wait to grab a loaf of their organic breads; sky-high, buttery croissants; or their decadent “cruffins” (a croissant-muffin, natch) in flavors like baklava or passion fruit. Fun fact: Breadfolks is run by famed photographer Norman Jean Roy, who opened the bakery last summer as a passion project with his wife Joanna.

A cruffin
Breadfolks’s cruffin
Courtesy of Breadfolks

Talbott & Arding

Long the favorite spot in Hudson for grab-and-go goodies, this July, Talbott & Arding will move to a new, 8,000 square-foot location two blocks from the original store. While the new spot will feature an expanded menu of seasonal salads and sandwiches (plus indoor customer seating for the first time), all the old favorites will still be available, like their perennially popular focaccia pizzas, plus exquisite pastries like rhubarb-frangipane galettes. This is also one of the best places to stock up on cheese in all of the Hudson Valley, especially for those looking for regional selections.

West Taghkanic Diner

The history of this spot stretches all the way back to 1953, when it opened as a pit stop to serve drivers on the Taconic Parkway. Chef and owner Kristopher Schram has worked everywhere from Napa Valley to Copenhagen and his dishes have a worldly sensibility while still remaining comfort food. The star of the menu is the 12-hour-smoked pastrami reuben — the meat is brined for seven days before a half-day’s smoke in the nine-foot-long Lang smoker in the backyard.

Suarez Family Brewery

A beer with foam head in glass
Suarez specializes in ales of mixed fermentation, unfiltered lagers, and other craft beers
Natalie Chitwood / Suarez [Official]

While they may call themselves a “mom and pop” brewery, this spot in Hudson serves the most well-regarded beer in the Hudson Valley. Owner Dan Suarez (formerly of cult-favorite Hill Farmstead Brewery in Vermont) specializes in ales of mixed fermentation, unfiltered lagers, and other “crispy little beers.” We recommend picking up a four-pack of Palatine Pils, a hop-accented German-style pils, or a 500-ml bottle of Parlance, a plum country beer.

A beer with foam head in glass
Suarez specializes in ales of mixed fermentation, unfiltered lagers, and other craft beers
Natalie Chitwood / Suarez [Official]

Alleyway Ice Cream

Alleway claims  that it is the “world’s smallest and hardest to find ice cream shop.” While they’re not far off, it is absolutely worth the effort to seek out this 80-square-foot spot, housed in a former linen closet down an alleyway in Saugerties. Owner Julian Hom draws from his world travels, specifically throughout Asia, to come up with flavors. Best-selling scoops include Ube Heath Bar Crunch, Thai Tea Cookies and Cream, and Sour Cream and Blueberry.

Phoenicia Diner

eggs and bread
Phoenicia Diner puts a spin on diner food
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One of the original “hickster” restaurants, Phoenicia Diner is now simply known as one of the most famous spots west of the Hudson River. And with good reason: the traditional diner food here features local, seasonal ingredients. While the buttermilk pancakes are by far their best seller, the breakfast skillets are also ideal to scarf down before a day of exploring. Don’t sleep on their dinner menu, either: there’s everything from chicken pot pie to the less-traditional loaded mac and cheese topped with fried chicken, bacon, and a hot honey drizzle.

eggs and bread
Phoenicia Diner puts a spin on diner food
Courtesy of Phoencia Diner

GioBatta Alimentari

When Francesco Buitoni’s beloved Mercato Osteria Enoteca in Red Hook closed, the Hudson Valley mourned the loss of one its best Italian restaurants. But luckily, the James Beard nominee just moved up the road to Tivoli, where he opened the already-popular GioBatta. The pasta is the star of the show here, especially dishes like the hand-cut tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce, or the spaghetti carbonara topped with guanciale and egg. Pro tip: the restaurant also stocks many dishes to go, including their incredible lasagna Emiliana made with spinach pasta.

Silvia

A dining room in Woodstock, New York
Silvia specializes in wood-fired and grilled dishes
Courtesy of Silvia

This ethereal spot in Woodstock specializes in wood-fired and grilled dishes, like their popular smoked and brined pork chop served with rice noodles and chili-garlic sauce. There is also a heavy emphasis on vegetable-focused dishes, from a mushroom and lentil pate with horseradish mustard, to the vegetarian bibimbap (but feel free to the Korean BBQ beef to that one). Ask for a table on the lovely, plant-filled side patio.

A dining room in Woodstock, New York
Silvia specializes in wood-fired and grilled dishes
Courtesy of Silvia

Restaurant Kinsley

With a New American menu developed by Zac Pelaccio (formerly of Fish & Game, Backbar) and run by Taavo Somer and Charles Blaichman, this sunlit spot inside Hotel Kinsley has been a magnet for diners since opening in 2019. The dinner menu changes seasonally, but currently features spring favorites like asparagus with lemon ricotta, and arctic char with cultured cream and horseradish. The chic environs are also ideal for just popping in for a drink, especially for cocktails like the Garden Party, made with gin, rhubarb, salted lemon-lime cordial, and celery bitters.

LOLA Pizza

From restaurateur Taavo Somer (Freeman’s, The Rusty Knot), this pizza spot located in a historic building in Kingston’s Stockade District brings a bit of New York City avant-garde to upstate. The menu is pizza- and pasta-focused, with standouts including the Tiger Paw pie made with pepperoni, provolone and mozzarella cheeses, and chili honey; and a fun build-your-own soft serve ice cream option. The cocktail menu is also worth a taste: it’s from Natasha David and Jeremy Oertel (Donna, Nitecap).

Top Taste

Containers of Jamaican fare
Jamaican fare from Top Taste
Juliet Izon

Come hungry to this unassuming Jamaican spot located on a quiet corner in Kingston. Every entrée comes with a heaping pile of rice, beans, and fat, fried plantains, along with a generous portion of meat, like a classic jerk chicken or the fall-off-the-bone-tender oxtail. Top Taste also stocks many hard-to-find Jamaican pantry staples, like flavored soup mixes, Easter bun, and hot pepper sauce.

Containers of Jamaican fare
Jamaican fare from Top Taste
Juliet Izon

Bia

asparagus
Poached and chilled local asparagus
Courtesy of Bai

Bia is not only one of the sole Irish restaurants in the Hudson Valley, but — even rarer — one of the only places serving high-end cuisine from the Emerald Isle. The menu is a revelation; from the Irish stout and treacle brown bread served with cultured butter and toasted Irish seaweed, to the tender and flavorful gin-and-juniper-cured Irish salmon. If you feel like drinking, however, never fear: their Irish coffee is superb.

asparagus
Poached and chilled local asparagus
Courtesy of Bai

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The Amsterdam

Since opening in 2017, “The A” has been one of Rhinebeck’s most sought-after places for farm-to-table cuisine. The team here takes great pride in cooking with local ingredients as well as working with vendors who employ sustainable and ecologically sensitive practices. Since the pandemic began, the restaurant has also opened up a market, where customers can pick up local goods as well as imported items that are hard to find in town. One standout entree is the roasted Hudson Valley duck breast, served with spring cherries, wheat berries, and Swiss chard.

Brunette

A marble bar
Brunette’s bar seating
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Located in the historic waterfront district of downtown Kingston, this chic natural wine bar has been a magnet for both weekenders and locals. The by-the-glass list here rotates weekly, and features wines from all over the world, including from the Republic of Georgia, Chile, and Armenia, along with local wines from New York State. One of the goals of owners Jessie Harris and Max Botwick is to dispel the misconception that all natural wines are “funky” in flavor. Find some lighter dishes like country pate and chilled ramen as well.

A marble bar
Brunette’s bar seating
Courtesy of Brunette

Four Brothers Drive-in

It’s hard not to love this place: not only are there outdoor movies, of course, but the food and drinks are far better than the typical popcorn and soda. For a main meal, there aretwo (equally stellar) options: the superb, gooey pizza at Four Brothers Pizza Inn, or the classic diner fare at The Grand Shack, like juicy double cheeseburgers or the TJ’s dog with bacon sauce. Save room for dessert: the Nutella milkshakes are famous for good reason.

Butterfield

Located at the welcoming Hasbrouck House hotel, Butterfield gets its name from the surrounding area of the Hudson Valley; the lands were often compared to fields of butter due to the rich soil. The menu here is fancy farm-to-table, with an ever-changing roster of seasonal dishes like ricotta gnocchi with asparagus, morels, and fiddleheads, to a slow-braised lamb shank served alongside polenta, olives, and preserved lemons. The brunch menu is also strong: make sure to ask for a table outside on the picturesque patio.

Westwind Orchard

Dining outdoors at an orchard
Pizza and cider are in order at Westwind Orchard
Courtesy of Westwind Orchard

The debate: is it the pizza or the cider that draws the crowds here? Luckily, it doesn’t matter, as they’re both excellent. Run by Fabio Chizzola, who hails from Rome, Westwind slings top rate, thin-crust pies in flavors traditional (Margherita) and unique (Ortolana, topped with in-season vegetables sourced from the farm). Cider-wise, they make both bubbly and still varieties, neither of which use any sulfites or sugar. It’s also just a lovely place to spend an afternoon: there are plentiful outdoor tables and it’s even dog-friendly.

Dining outdoors at an orchard
Pizza and cider are in order at Westwind Orchard
Courtesy of Westwind Orchard

The Roundhouse

With one of the prettiest views of any restaurant in the Hudson Valley — it overlooks a waterfall from floor-to-ceiling windows — the menu here is worth a stop all on its own. Standouts include three different types of macaroni and cheese (including one with spicy lobster), gnocchi with grilled corn and heirloom tomato, and a large selection of Pat Frieda steaks. There is also more casual barbecue fare served at Smoke on the Water, The Roundhouse Hotel’s other on-site restaurant.

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