Food & Drink

The Hudson Valley is one of the most important and dynamic culinary regions in the country. Once considered the breadbasket of America during the Revolutionary War, the Hudson Valley’s deep agricultural roots and distinctive tenor contribute to the region’s locally sourced food ethos. Hudson Valley restaurants offer local ingredients, like fresh produce and grass-fed beef, and farms provide sustainable food throughout the region through farmers’ markets and CSA’s.

General Food & Drink

Spill the Beans

Hudson Valley Coffee Culture
Thomas Smith explores the Hudson Valley coffee community in New Paltz, Beacon, Peekskill, and Cornwall-on-Hudson.

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Ready, Set, Goat!

Raising and eating goat meat is on the rise in the Hudson Valley.

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Culinary Adventures

The Best of the Wurst

Gunk Haus in Highland
Jeff Crane eats authentic German cuisine, including sauerbraten, schnitzel, and spaetzle.

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Hudson Valley Beer and Cheese Fest

Tommy Keegan of Keegan Ales and Aroma Thyme’s Marcus Giulano join forces for the fourth annual Hudson Valley Beer and Cheese Fest on March 22 from 1pm to 4pm at Keegan Ales in Kingston.

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Two Dosas, Twice Daily

Nimai's Bliss Kitchen in Newburgh
Newburgh is basically the last place you’d expect to find a restaurant like Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen. The building that once housed a dingy diner now serves fresh, farm-to-table, all-vegetarian meals based on the ancient dietary practices of Ayurveda.

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Pop Goes the Restaurant

An exploration of the growing trend of pop-up restaurants, a new style of rough-and-ready, run-and-gun restauranteering.

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Locally Grown

The Animal Welfare Approved Burger

The Hudson branch of the farm-to-table restaurant, Grazin' Hudson, was the first Animal Welfare Approved (AWA) restaurant in the world. As of March 2015, the second is Grazin’ TriBeCa, the latest locally-sourced eatery from farmer/owner Dan Gibson.

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The Huguenot

Call it "Farmer-Chef-Food"
The Huguenot raises the bar on farm-to-table to a symbiotic level that's been dubbed "farmer-chef-food." Chef Nathan Snow writes his menu based on what Karl Family Farm in Modena has available at the farm.

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Hudson Valley Events

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Luminous Ragas: Indian Classical Music Concert @ SUNY Ulster

Luminous Ragas: Indian Classical Music Concert

Thu., March 26, 7:30-8:30 p.m. — SUNY Ulster’s Spring Artist in Residence Steve Gorn on the bansuri flute...
Art Foray @ Mohonk Mountain House

Art Foray

March 23-26 — Affordable art show of hundreds of works by mid-Hudson Valley artists presented...

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Hudson Valley Tweets

Hudson Valley Food

Focus on locally sourced food at restaurants in the Hudson Valley allows for fresh, seasonal, and diverse farm-to-table offerings year-round. A dining experience in the Hudson Valley gives you a taste of the region itself—what fruits and vegetables are in season and what artisanal products are made in the area. The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park is one of the top cooking schools in the world, and many Hudson Valley restaurants are staffed with CIA graduates. From modern gastropubs to old-world cafés, Hudson Valley restaurants include a wide variety of culinary styles, applying innovative techniques to the local palette.

Hudson Valley Drink

From wineries to breweries to distilleries, the Hudson Valley is home to a thriving craft-beverage industry. Historically, the Hudson Valley is an important place for wine and spirits, home to places like Tuthilltown—the first microdistillery to open in New York since Prohibition. The Hudson Valley offers a vibrant scene for locally made artisanal wine, beer, hard cider, and spirits, and many facilities offer tours and tastings for a behind-the-scenes look into the handcrafted process. Hudson Valley restaurants and bars also offer regional beer and wine and artisanal cocktails made with local spirits.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

During Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, the region's finest culinary creations are available at bargain prices. The region-wide food event includes more than 190 participating restaurants offering three-course prix-fixe dinners and lunches. These restaurants are located in seven counties along the Hudson River from north of New York City to just south of Albany. Restaurants, the farmers who supply them, and the surrounding businesses all benefit from increased neighborhood traffic during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, making it an important event for the local economy.