Explore the Hudson Valley

Experience The Hudson Valley

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  |   November 1, 2017  |  Comment

Nothing keeps you warmer in the colder months than a hearty meal.  When you can’t have Mama’s chicken noodle soup, venture out to these Hudson Valley restaurants, which give fine dining another name.

Hyde Park is home to one of America’s most prestigious cooking schools, the Culinary Institute of America. With many restaurants to choose from, options range from modern French (Bocuse) to farm-to-table (American Bounty) authentic Italian (Caterina de Medici), and progressive patisserie (Apple Pie Bakery). Diners are part of the learning experience, journeying with students and instructors on the path of culinary excellence.

Just up Route 9, a Mediterranean feast awaits at Gigi Trattoria in Rhinebeck. Their menu thrives on elegant, seasonal, rustic ingredients for fresh-tasting delicacies. Choose from house-made pastas, skizza (Gigi’s take on “skinny” pizza), salads, and more.

For pub fare, 1850 House Inn & Tavern in historic Rosendale does classic favorites like fish and chips plus artisanal cocktails, 10 taps of craft beers plus a handpicked wine selection. The view of the Rondout Creek at the violet hour of sunset is worth the price of a cocktail alone.

To dine in the oldest continuously operated water-powered gristmill in New York, visit Tuthill House at the Mill. Go on a weekend, you can enjoy their extensive brunch menu. Dinner entrees are American-inspired—like grilled hanger steak with English peas, pearl onions, baby carrots, and bacon, or a spring vegetable cassoluet with haricot verts, Romano and fava bean stew, asparagus, artichoke, tomato, and olive oil bread crumbs.   

For a meaningful celebration of New York and different types of cuisines, head over to Wappingers newest farm-to-table joint, Heritage Food + Drink. Southern themed, they offer wood-fired meats like lamb ribs and skirt steak—using locally and responsibly sourced and humanely raised meat—cornmeal crusted flounder with crispy blue potatoes, and well-known dishes like fried chicken. Specialty cocktail and dessert menus are touted as well.

Soak up autumn or the first winter snow on the grounds of The Garrison with stunning river views and cozy country elegance while dining at Valley restaurant. The painted wood floors pave the way to a wall of windows overlooking an outdoor terrace. The dinner menu—featuring options like daily made pastas, local cheese boards, charcuterie, apps, small plates, and locally themed entrees—is just as lovely as the views.

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