84 Best Restaurants in Hudson Valley, New York

Osaka

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You can count on a cheerful greeting when you venture into this immaculate sushi bar and restaurant. The fish is super-fresh, the presentation artistic, and the sake assortment excellent. In addition to sushi, the menu covers teriyaki, tempura, and udon-noodle dishes. The place isn't large and it tends to fill up on weekends, but it is worth the wait. Nearby Tivoli is home to an Osaka branch.

22 Garden St., Rhinebeck, NY, 12572, USA
845-876–7338
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Tues., Credit cards accepted, Reservations not accepted

Our Daily Bread Deli

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Baskets of fresh baguettes and focaccia greet you as you step inside. Glass counters hold lush chocolate temptations and bags of apricot rugelach. You can pick up goodies for a picnic or grab a table and dig into a sandwich with the house-smoked pastrami. Get here early, as the place is only open until 5 pm. The gluten-free chocolate chip cookies are as good they get.

116 Hudson Ave., Chatham, NY, 12037, USA
518-392–2233
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues. No dinner, No credit cards

Patisserie Didier Dumas

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For anyone who wants to imagine themselves on the streets of Paris, look no further than this bakery serving classic French pastries, crepes, and desserts. In the warmer months there are sidewalk bistro tables, a perfect spot for enjoying a croissant and gourmet cup of coffee, but beware the long weekend lines. For a quick and delicious lunch, you can't go wrong with a simply but tasty baguette sandwich.

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Pier 701

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At Pier 701, you'll find modern American fare with breathtaking views. During the spring and summer seasons, snag a table on the outdoor patio that overlooks the Hudson River for an outstanding brunch, lunch, or dinner. Or go for a drink at the tiki bar, a great location to watch the sunset over the river.

Pizzeria Posto

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Culinary Institute alum Patrick Amedeo may only serve six different pies and four different salads, but that's all you need at this exquisite artisanal pizzeria. There are traditional thin-crust Margherita and white Bianco pies, but for something more innovative try the Morandi topped with Grana Padano cheese, red onions, pistachios, and rosemary. The Mediterranean salad—romaine and arugula topped with wood oven-roasted eggplant, tomatoes, ricotta salata, and sherry vinaigrette—is sublime. A small selection of wines is available, and if you're in the mood for something sweet, ask Patrick to make his decadent calzone filled with melted Nutella.

Prima Pizza

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The pizzeria is well known for its long-distance service—it'll ship a pie anywhere overnight and promise it's never frozen. But it also serves out-of-the-ordinary pizzas like lemon chicken and eggplant rollatini, as well as pastas and subs. Gluten-free and whole wheat pies are also available.

Red Dot Bar & Grill

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A trendy spot in the heart of the gallery district, this sleek restaurant offers a varied menu, from hamburgers and quesadillas to soft-shell crabs. The dining room has a large picture window overlooking the garden. The bar is open until 2 am most nights.

Restaurant 1915 and Blue Roof Tapas Bar

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Restored stone hearths, exposed beams, and spectacular panoramic views make for an elegant country dining experience here. Enjoy a formal sit-down meal in Restaurant 1915, or head upstairs for lighter fare and stiffer drinks at the Blue Roof Tapas Bar. The menu is locally-inspired and includes standouts like slow-roasted herb chicken, portobello mushroom tart, and house-made charcuterie.

Ristorante Caterina de' Medici

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The Culinary Institute's terraced Colavita Center for Italian Food and Wine is the setting for this complex of Italian dining areas, each with its own character. The ornately decorated main dining room has Venetian light fixtures and is the most formal; the Al Forno room has an open kitchen with a colorfully painted wood-fired oven. Antipasti choices are plentiful, followed by first and second courses. Panna cotta with strawberries and aged balsamic vinegar is a good dessert pick.

Riverview

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This popular village restaurant offers great views of the Hudson River to accompany its "modern Continental" fare. Handblown sconces lend a golden glow to the dining room. The wood-oven pizzas are praiseworthy, as are the grilled rib-eye steaks, fusilli Bolognese, and fresh fish. Reservations are essential for the highly coveted terrace tables.

Runcible Spoon Bakery

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Day-tripping bicyclists and locals favor this popular bakery, where you can sip gourmet coffee and nibble on omelets or "Hubwiches" (tasty breakfast sandwiches named after various bicycle brands), as well as scones, muffins, and pastries that will satisfy any sweet tooth. Lunch offerings include hot and cold sandwiches, and a variety of hearty soups.

37 N. Broadway, Nyack, NY, 10960, USA
845-358–9398
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No dinner, Credit cards accepted

Saigon Café

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This tiny Vietnamese restaurant serves delicious noodle dishes and soups in a friendly atmosphere with prices that don't break the bank. Choices include crispy spring rolls, tender marinated steak bits, beef soup with vermicelli, lemon-marinated chicken, calamari with ginger, and a few vegetarian options. Vassar College is around the corner.

Santa Fe

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Brightly painted walls and a lively vibe prevail at this funky Mexican eatery in the center of Tivoli. Tricolor chips and salsa greet you when you sit down. Grilled fish tacos and the fajita Champaneca made with chorizo, chicken, and steak are deservedly popular while vegetarians love the enchiladas de San Miguel filled with mushrooms, spinach, tomatoes, and salsa verde. All entrées come with rice, black beans, and a salad topped with a lemony vinaigrette. The excellent frozen margaritas are made from scratch and the front porch is a key spot for people-watching.

Ship to Shore

$$ | Rondout District

This cozy storefront restaurant is owned by a Culinary Institute alum. The seasonally changing menu might include salmon fillet with fingerling potatoes and citrus-basil glaze, local goat cheese brûlée, or a 12-ounce filet mignon in a black pepper–Chianti reduction. The space—warm and inviting, with exposed-brick walls and dark-wood trim—includes a bar area. The service, friendly and professional, does the food justice.

Swoon Kitchenbar

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Ask locals where to eat and most will say Swoon, where James Beard Award–nominated chef Jeffrey Gimmel can create a delicious delight from a simple carrot as easily as from freshly-caught black bass. Gimmel is justly famed for his seafood dishes. The menu changes daily but the popular roasted beet salad with local goat cheese and spice rubbed skirt steak are always available. The country-chic brasserie design is elegant and comfortable; the staff is friendly and attentive.

Taste Budd's Cafe

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Before opening this comfortable café, Dan Budd was a James Beard Award–nominated pastry chef in both New York and Chicago. Bard students and locals can hang out for hours enjoying the relaxed vibe and wide-ranging menu that includes breakfast items, sandwiches, salads, and gourmet beverages. Everything is casual except the exquisite pastries like the flour-free Red Hooker—a brilliant concoction of Belgian chocolate mousse, chocolate cake, and raspberries.

Thai House

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Chicken with basil, red-curry stews, and seafood steamed in banana leaf are standouts at this Thai place in an old silver diner. The dining room is often packed on weekends during prime dinner hours, but tables turn over quickly. Dishes labeled "hot" are not for the faint of heart.

The Crimson Sparrow

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Lured by the bountiful produce available in the Hudson Valley, chefs John McCarthy and Ben Freemole moved to Hudson to open the Crimson Sparrow, where they now serve a tasting menu filled with exotic ingredients like foie gras, sweetbreads, and octopus. There's a wide range of wines as well as an interesting cocktail and sake list. Brunch, with your choice of four small plates for $16, is a steal.

The Egg's Nest

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Playfully cluttered and wildly painted, the Egg's Nest is fun, whether for a casual meal or a couple of drinks. "Praeseux" are house favorites—crisp, pizzalike dishes with various toppings baked on flour tortillas. A popular choice is "The Thanksgiving," which piles on all the typical Turkey Day fixings between two slices of egg-battered whole-wheat bread. Pasta dishes, burgers, wraps, soups, and chili also are offered.

The Gilded Otter

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A gleaming copper brewery, tasty pub grub and more-substantial food, and views of the Gunks—what could be better after a day of rock climbing or hiking? Just don't expect much quiet on weekends. Two brews to try are the Dusseldorf Albier and Stone House Irish Stout. Among the more unusual dishes here is pizza topped with caramelized pear, bacon, onions, Gorgonzola, fontina, mozzarella, and mesclun.

The Would

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This white-tablecloth restaurant was once a resort catering to Italian families from New York City; boccie is still played here on summer evenings. The food is no throwback, however; organic produce and poultry blend with ingredients and techniques from around the world. Grilled salmon is served with a cucumber-jalapeno salsa, pan-seared chicken is complemented by shiitake mushrooms, and grilled tuna is accompanied by sweet soy and wasabi. In winter a fireplace warms the dining room.

120 North Rd., Highland, NY, 12528, USA
845-691–9883
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun. and Mon. No lunch., Credit cards accepted, Reservations essential

Valley Restaurant

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The seasonal menu of regional American fare features meats, produce, and cheeses from artisanal area farms as well as from the restaurant's own kitchen garden. Ravioli are filled with Hudson Valley foie gras and scallops and served with wild-chervil-and-wine sauce; jumbo crab cakes are dressed with grainy mustard sauce and tea leaves; and organic pork gets an Asian barbecue glaze. There is also a raw bar. Sunday brunch is à la carte and includes omelets, crepes, smoked fish, and scones. Large windows frame swoon-inducing valley views.

Wasabi

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The stylish surroundings are a match for the hip, Asian-fusion cuisine served at this spot. The menu includes an innovative selection of sushi and rolls; tasty small plates such as black cod with miso; and such refined main courses as crispy salmon with pomegranate reduction. Reservations are essential on weekends.

Wunderbar & Bistro

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The restaurant is a casual place to mix and mingle without putting too much of a dent in your wallet. The menu includes hearty Austrian dishes, including braised beef with potato dumplings as well as chicken and sirloin burgers and pasta combos. There's live music on Saturdays.