Our Picks for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

  |  November 6, 2014
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Black truffle soup served at Bocuse Restaurant. Photo by Jennifer May

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is upon us, and with almost 200 restaurants to pick from, it’s not possible to hit them all. So, in an effort to help you narrow down your options, we here at Upstater, Upstate House, and Chronogram have compiled our list of favorite participating restaurants. Enjoy lunch for $20.95, or a three course prix fixe dinner for $29.95 through November 16. Obligatory disclaimer: These are places we’ve been to and can vouch for, and we understand we may have left out some good ones. If you have additional recommendations, please reveal them to us in the comments section below.

Bocuse Restaurant at the CIA – Hyde Park, Dutchess County (GMAP): Bocuse at the Culinary Institute serves up French cuisine in a sophisticated yet casual setting. Check out their lunch and dinner menus here, and read more about it here in the Chronogram.

American Bounty Farm to Table at the CIA – Hyde Park: Another option from the Culinary Institute. American Bounty is a locavore’s dream with a seasonal menu showcasing food grown in the Hudson Valley. Here’s the lunch and dinner menus.

Crave Restaurant and Lounge – Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County (GMAP): Chefs Ed Kowalski and Zachary Kelly both graduated from the CIA, so you know the food will be exceptional. Crave’s eclectic menu features Italian as well as comfort food-inspired dishes. Practically walking distance from the Metro-North station.

Mill House Brewing Company – Poughkeepsie (GMAP): Here’s another Poughkeepsie option convenient to the train station, and this one offers an extensive house-crafted beer menu.  But not too fear. There are also plenty of burgers, entrees, and desserts to fill your belly. Find their fall menu here and more info here from  Chronogram.

The Artist’s Palate – Poughkeepsie (GMAP): Don’t leave Poughkeepsie just yet. Stick around and try seasonal fare from the Artist’s Palate’s lunch or dinner menu, because you know you need more lobster mac & cheese in your life.
Terrapin Restaurant and Bistro/Bar – Rhinebeck, Dutchess County (GMAP): Not trip to charming Rhinebeck would be complete without a meal from Terrapin. Lots of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available, as well as an optional two-course Restaurant Week dinner for $24.95. Here’s their Restaurant Week menu.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse – Tarrytown, Westchester County (GMAP): An American classic. Straight-up meat for the carnivores out there, plus all the trimmings.

The Huguenot – New Paltz, Ulster County (GMAP): Chef Nathan Snow serves up local meat from the Karl Family Farms in Modena, making the Huguenot a true Hudson Valley “farmer-chef-food” experience. Lots of delicious-looking options available here on their special Restaurant Week menu.

Henry’s at the Farm, Buttermilk Falls Inn – Milton, Ulster County (GMAP): We had one of our most favorite meals ever at Henry’s. Combine with a weekend at the Buttermilk Falls Inn and have yourself one unforgettable Date Night. Peruse the lunch and dinner menus.

Duo Bistro – Kingston, Ulster County (GMAP): Hudson Valley Mag readers named Duo in uptown Kingston the best bistro of 2013, and it’s no wonder. Their “Ameropean” cuisine sources their mouthwatering menu items from local farms.

Frogmore Tavern, Kingston (GMAP): And finally, our new kid on the block. The Frogmore is located in uptown Kingston and not only serves standard (and tasty!) bar fare, but also rice bowls, charcutarie, burgers, entrees, and (drool) poutine. POUTINE, you guys. Check out their dinner menu here.

For the full list of of participating restaurants, visit the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week website. Reservations suggested for many, so plan accordingly. And, of course, save room for dessert.

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