Best Upstate Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner

  |  November 22, 2011

where to eat thanksgiving dinner upstateAre you getting out of the city for the holiday? Or maybe you have a place Upstate and just don’t want to cook…(that’s me). I LOVE cooking, but for some reason, cooking up an elaborate Thanksgiving meal for two or three people isn’t that appealing. If you are like me, or if you want to get out of the city with your family, a few friends, or your honeybun, you need to know where to get your turkey or Tofurkey.

With all of the amazing established restaurants available Upstate, and the ever-increasing presence of CIA grads opening new restaurants, there is a cornucopia of Thanksgiving dinner events happening.  Since most people Upstate still do the traditional Thanksgiving around a big table with extended family (unlike in Manhattan), there is typically still availability to eat out if you desire. You should still make reservations as soon as possible.

Ulster County


109 Mill Hill Road Woodstock, NY 12498 (845) 679-9800

Set in a renovated farmhouse with modern industrial touches, Cucina has a warmth and sophistication as well as consistently good food. They offer a la carte options as well as a prix-fixe menu, and, seasonally, a turkey dinner with sides, all for $57 per person.

Ship to Shore

15 West Strand Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 334-8887

Located in the Rondout district in Kingston, Ship To Shore is the Hudson Valley’s highest rated American Bistro according Zagat. It isn’t just the chops that are aged well here, the dining room itself has that elegant air of a fine wine. They are offering their Thanksgiving dinner for $50 a person with unlimited plating.

Henry’s Farm to Table

220 North Rd Milton, NY 12547 (845) 795-1310

Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, located in Milton, NY is home to this celebrated farm-to-table restaurant, where much of the produce comes from onsite gardens. Henry’s is the ideal Turkey Day destination for someone who wants to eat a delicious feast and then wobble back to their beautiful room and relax without having to do the dishes or argue with family members. For $69 a person you get Henry’s Farm to Table Thanksgiving dinner.

Aroma Thyme

165 Canal St Ellenville, NY 12428 (845) 647-3000

With numerous awards and glowing reviews in publications such as the New York Times and Forbes, Aroma Thyme of Ellenville is not to be overlooked. The farm-to-table cuisine is elevated by a rustic design and welcoming environment. Thanksgiving will feature a special $35 menu as well as access to the restaurants extensive regular menu.

Diamond Mills

25 South Partition Street Saugerties, NY 12477 (845) 247-0700

The tavern at Diamond Mills overlooks the Esopus Falls in Saugerties. The tavern is designed to be cozy and casual while also being elegant, and the menu matches the atmosphere. For $45 per adult and $22 for child age 5-12, you can attend their Thanksgiving buffet. Reservations are recommended as seating may be limited.

Mohonk Mountain House

1000 Mountain Rest Road New Paltz, NY 12561 (855) 883-3798

The famed Mohonk Mountain House of New Paltz has an equally famed dining hall. Their classic style cuisine is brought to guests by an award-winning team. Past years included traditional sides and desserts, as well as carved-to-order pork roast, prime rib, and of course turkey. The Thanksgiving Grand Luncheon Buffet has no announced price as of yet (in 2017 it was $80 a person).

Dutchess County


6426 Montgomery Street  Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-3330

Located in a former church in Rhinebeck, the sophisticated gothic setting is complemented by great service and an ever-changing seasonal menu. Thanksgiving dinner is to-go this year, with dish prices ranging from $30-$75.

LeChambord at Currey Estate

2737 Route 52 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (845) 221-1941

The Curry Estate houses SS Beverley Bar, a wedding and conference center, an outdoor Pavilion, an inn, and the restaurant LeChambord. The four-star eatery combines American cuisine and European ambience, with a balanced menu of both casual and fine dining options. They are offering a Thanksgiving buffet for $44 per adult and $15 per child age 5-12.


4258 US-44 Millbrook, NY 12545 (845) 677-5888

Charlotte’s of Millbrook is the expansion of Chef Moller’s successful New York City catering business into a Hudson Valley restaurant. The extensive menu is full of elevated takes on modern American cuisine. Their Thanksgiving dinner is $65 per adult and $32.50 for children under 10.

The Amsterdam

6380 Mill Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 516-5033

City meets country at The Amsterdam, a farm-to-table restaurant in Rhinebeck. The cuisine here adopts a French perspective of traditional American dishes, and the atmosphere is beautiful and spacious to complement. Their family-style Thanksgiving dinner is $75 per person.

Shadows on the Hudson

176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 486-9500

With award-winning cuisine and panoramic views of the Hudson River and the Mid-Hudson Bridge, Shadows is an impressive Thanksgiving destination. The restaurant is perched on a cliff 40 feet above the Hudson River. The cuisine offers an elevated take on traditional American dinner. Their Thanksgiving dinner is a la carte.

Columbia County

Fish & Game

13 South 3rd Street Hudson, NY 12534 (518) 822-1500

Housed in a former Hudson blacksmith shop, the seven-year-old Fish & Game is Chef Zak Pelaccio’s celebration of regional cuisine, farmed bounty, and foraged wild foods. The mix-and-match modern and Victorian design plays well with the intimate ambience, accented by a cozy fireplace that burns through the cold months.Their traditional-style fixed Thanksgiving dinner is $150 per person with the option of an additional $75 beverage pairing.

Greene County

The Stewart House

2 North Water Street, Athens, NY 12015 (518) 444-8317

Dining at the ca.1883 Tavern at the Stewart House, a chic, eight-room hotel in Athens, you can expect a blend of refined, locally sourced dishes, brews, and wines under the direction of CIA graduate Chef Bob TUrner. Served in a sophisticated setting, with calming mood lighting and an atmosphere of comfort, the three-course Thanksgiving dinner comes with a welcome drink and costs $65 per person.

Orange County

Anthony’s Pier 9

2975 US Route 9W New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 565-3390

Anthony’s Pier 9 is New Windsor’s premier catering and wedding reception venue. A lavish venue with cuisine to match, Anthony’s is an elegant atmosphere for special occasions. Their Thanksgiving buffet is only $36.95 per adult and $18 per child age 4-12.

Blu Pointe

120 Front Street Newburgh NY 12550 (845) 568-0100

On the Newburgh side of the Hudson River sits Blu Pointe. Fine dining in an upscale setting, Blu Pointe is the go-to Newburgh option if you prefer posh establishments. For $45.95 per adult and $22.98 per child 10 and under, experience their Thanksgiving feast.

Putnam County

Hudson House

2 Main Street Cold Spring, NY 10516 (845) 265 9355

In continuous operation since it was built in 1832, the Hudson House in Cold Spring is a historic inn with a highly rated dining room. The River room offers an elegant experience suited to special occasions, while the Tavern room is more casual cuisine to fit everyday meals. Their three-course Thanksgiving dinner is $48 per person.

Saratoga County

The Blue Hen

365 Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 678-6000

A part of the Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs, The Blue Hen by David Burke is fine dining in a glass conservatory. World-class cuisine and service are the features of this modern culinary experience. Taste Blue Hen’s modern take on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $68 per adult and $30 per child ages 5-12.

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