2938 Church Street, Pine Plains. (518) 398-1000 www.agriturismorestaurant.com
At this weekend-only restaurant, Mark Strausman draws inspiration from the small farms, butchers, and specialty food companies in the Hudson Valley. The rustic Italian menu changes almost daily depending on what's available. Products from regional growers and suppliers include butter and milk from Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, eggs from Feather Ridge Farm, and vegetables and herbs from Sol Flower Farms. The menu includes wild striped bass served with a sweet peperonata sauce and sauteed local French mallard duck breast served with a local pear and sherry sauce. Open Friday and Saturday 5-10pm. Sunday Farm breakfast, brunch, and all-day menu 10am-8pm.
119 Main Street, New Paltz. (845) 255-3800 www.grimaldispizzeria.com
Grimaldi's uses a coal-fired brick oven to give its pizza a smoky flavor and crisp crust. The building blocks of their pizza are all made in house, including mozzarella produced from free-range cows, secret recipe dough, and pizza sauce. There are no individual slices, but the pizza comes in three different sizes with a choice of plain, garlic, or pesto and over a dozen topping options. Open Monday through Thursday 11am-11pm; Friday and Saturday 11am-midnight; Sunday noon-11pm.
134 West Main Street, Goshen. (845) 294-2810 www.bistrolilly.com
Located just down the block from Goshen Gourmet Cafe is owners Rosie and Anatoly Shevchuk newly renovated restaurant Bistro Lilly. Chef Nick Kosinski, a CIA graduate, provides seasonal American fare such as seared scallops paired with zucchini, New York strip steak served with arugula salad, pan-seared salmon served with wild rice, French onion soup, and truffle fries. Open for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner Tuesday through Saturday at 5pm.
The Restaurant at Club Helsinki
405 Columbia Street, Hudson. (518) 828-4800 www.helsinkihudson.com
The Restaurant adjoins Club Helsinki in a refurbished 1860s industrial complex that includes an upstairs ballroom and private-events hall. Executive chef Hugh Horner brings his Southern roots to the table, offering rustic New American cuisine and comfort food like Low Country barbecue shrimp served with grits, local fried green tomato BLT, and seared tuna paired with tofu wontons. Dinner from 5 to 10pm. Closed Wednesday.
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Rusty's Farm Fresh Eatery
5 Old Farm Road, Suite D, Red Hook. (845) 758-8000 www.rustysfarmfresheatery.com
When Russel Baldwin's father switched from being a restaurant owner to an organic farmer, he began to understand the hard work, effort, and importance of producing farm-fresh products. Baldwin has made eating fresh not only a business, but also a lifestyle. Rusty's Farm Fresh Eatery serves local hand-picked ingredients. Some menu options are the buffalo chicken wrap or panini with bleu cheese, the Swiss and basil turkey sub, and the Big Tahuna tuna burger. Fresh juices and smoothies are also available. Open Sunday-Thursday 11am-8pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm.
2 Delafield Street, Poughkeepsie. (845) 849-9001
Delafields is located at the site where the historic restaurant Nick Beni's once stood and has been renovated into an elegant American bistro. After years of vacancy, Delafield co-owners Patrick McKenna and James Svetz wanted to put a restaurant back in the space. The menu is created by Chef Robert Nelson, formerly of Locust Tree in New Paltz and Touché in Woodstock. Options include crab cake served with apricot remoulade and a platter of chevre, asiago, and fontina cheeses served with candied currents. Open Sunday through Wednesday 5-10pm; Friday and Saturday 10am-11pm.
Charlie O's Hometown Bar and Grill
23 East Market Street, Red Hook. (845) 758-2123
Charlie O's, located in the old Lyceum Theatre, is a family-oriented restaurant serving Modern American cuisine. Though Charlie O's is known for their wings, they also have several original menu options. Charlie's Chili is homemade macaroni and four cheeses served with a crunchy chili topping. The Shmancy is a mixed-greens salad served with crab cake and a remoulade dressing. Rocky's Red Hook is a shaved prime rib served with carmelized onions, mozzarella cheese, and horseradish sauce. Open Sunday 12-9pm; Monday 11:30am-10pm; Wednesday and Thursday 4-10pm; Friday and Saturday 11:30am-11pm. Closed Tuesday.
Park Falafel and Pizza
11 North 7th Street, Hudson. (518) 828-5500 www.parkfalafelandpizza.com
Copake Town Justice and attorney Brian Herman and Alana Hauptmann, owner of Red Dot Bar and Restaurant, teamed up to bring Hudson a healthy and low-cost kosher restaurant. Every dish is meat-free and made with fresh vegetables, grains, and cheeses. Menu options include Beetroot Salad served with red beet, onion, pomegranate vinaigrette, and sour cream. Pita sandwich choices are falafel, hummus, or baba ghanouj. New York style pizza comes in two sizes with a dozen topping selections. Open every day 11am-9pm.