Explore the Hudson Valley

Experience The Hudson Valley

Garden of Eatin’

  |   May 2, 2017  |  Comment

For food lovers, the Hudson Valley is a culinary paradise. With its growing food scene and bounty of local produce and delights, it’s hard to not find something for everyone. Here are some of our personal must-eats in towns across the Valley.

New Paltz

Yes, this college town has more than just late-night pizza. There is a plethora of inexpensive ethnic options. If you fancy traditional Japanese delights, try Gomen Kudasai, which is known for its noodle bowls. Or maybe you’re in the mood for a pad thai over at Lemongrass? And it wouldn’t be a college town without some gastropubs. Garvan’s has classic pub entrees with a culinary twist: Enjoy gorgonzola sliders before your vegetable Napoleon. Huckleberry is another option for a cozy cocktail. If you prefer to look at the Gunks while you dine, try the Gilded Otter Brewery or the Parish. For a more upscale meal, check out Italian favorites like A Tavola or La Stazione. Or maybe you want gourmet to go from Main Course or the Cheese Plate for a nice picnic at Lake Minnewaska?


Hudson has some inventive upscale options like Zak Pelaccio’s Fish & Game, or Crimson Sparrow, where WD-50 alum John McCarthy curates Asian-influenced plates. New American favorites can be enjoyed at Swoon—think bacon-wrapped dates or red-curried turnips. Or maybe a day of antiquing has you in need of a restorative—try Wm. Farmer & Sons for a nosh and a craft cocktail. For some French-baked treats, try Café Le Perche. But don’t leave without scooping a loaf from Bonfiglio Bread.


Part of the reason this city is now dubbed Brooklyn North is because of its expanding culinary scene. For an eclectic twist on classic Mexican, try Diego’s smoky beet taco, or for a more traditional flavor, the barbacoa, coffee and chili rubbed braised brisket. If it’s a particularly nice day and you’re in the mood for New-American contemporary dishes, walk up the block to Redwood and dine on the rooftop. You’ll find everything from burgers to duck Bolognese on their menu, plus a full bar. For more old-American/ Southern outdoor dining, check out Boitson’s—don’t miss their $10 Blue Plate Special on Mondays. Before leaving Uptown, stop into Elephant and enjoy wine and Spanish-inspired fare. If you venture down to the Rondout area of town, check out Ole Savannah and dine a-la-cart while gazing at the creek. For another take on classic Southern food, like a Catfish sandwich or fried green tomatoes, head over to Pakt in Midtown.

Above: Huckleberry, New Paltz

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