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At Flores Tapas Bar in Wappingers Falls, pulpo a la plancha (grilled octopus) is just one of a handful of traditional Spanish tapas.

Looking for a light bite while you chat with friends over a cocktail or a glass of wine? Whether you’re hungry for a classic charcuterie board or want to try some grilled octopus, the Hudson Valley has plenty of tapas options. These restaurants span American cuisine to Brazilian food and classic Spanish tapas, from laid back bingo nights to upscale experiences. There’s barbecue joints and wine bars, serving up creative cocktails, local IPAs, and organic wine. Read on to choose which Hudson Valley tapas bar is right for you.

Marbella | Ellenville

Marbella’s specialty is American cuisine with Mediterranean influencesThe tapas are divided by land and sea. Seafood offerings include traditional Spanish offerings like gambas al ajillo, shrimp grilled in olive oil with garlic, sautéed octopus served with a tomato garlic sofrito, paella with saffron rice and heaps of mussels and shrimp. The land side covers both meat and vegetables, with picks like pork sliders, Spanish meatballs, chorizo slow-braised in cider, and olives marinated in citrus and garlic. When you’re done with your meal, try desserts like churros or cheesecake. For drinks, Marbella has an extensive wine selection, separated by color, body, and taste. With its brick walls and exposed Edison lighting, Marbella offers an industrial but chic atmosphere.

Flores Tapas Bar | Wappingers Falls

Food truckers Austin and Danielle Flores focus on their roots with the authentic Spanish food offered at Flores Tapas Bar. This Wappingers Falls spot features funky neon lights and occasional live music. The menu includes classics like pulpo a la plancha (grilled octopus), sauteed Spanish chorizo drizzled with a red wine reduction, and your choice of jamon or chicken croquetas. Choose from vegetarian tapas like crispy potatoes and salsa (patatas bravas), grilled bread with tomatoes and garlicshishito peppers, or and espinacas, a mix of sautéed spinach, garbanzo beans, and green apples. If it’s tough to decide, try the Flores Experience, the chef’s selection of seasonal specials. Flores also offers craft cocktails, like the bullets and bees, with Bulleit bourbon, coconut black tea, lemonade, and chili-honey syrup.

Tomas Tapas Bar | Wappingers Falls

Another Wappingers Falls eatery, Tomas specializes in tapas and barbeque, in case you’re hungry for a little more than small plates. Their tapas take an American comfort food spin on the concept of small bites, like parmesan fries, mini steaks, crostinis with brie and tomato jam, and beef and sharp cheddar empanadas. There are also plenty of seafood options like the tuna tartare, shrimp cocktail, and Tuscan clams. Their drink menu has the same cozy feel, with hard ciders and beer, as well as an ample wine list. If alcohol isn’t your thing, espresso drinks are also available.Tomas holds bingo night on Wednesdays and trivia on Tuesdays, blending an elegant setting with a fun attitude. And with 20 day’s notice, Tomas will roast you an entire pig. Yes, seriously.

Somni | Monroe

Family-owned Monroe restaurant Somni serves up authentic Mediterranean food from a variety of countries. Tapas include risotto bites, short rib steamed buns, and tuna tacos. There’s also plenty to enjoy after your meal, like pistachio baklava and deep fried ice cream, along with coffee. If you prefer to drink your dessert, opt for a cocktail like the banana cream pie, which features Jameson, banana, coconut cream, Baileys, and cinnamon. Tapas also make appearances on the brunch menu. Take your mimosa with some traditional guacamole or an empanada. Stick around on Friday nights for some dancing and retro music.

52 Main | Millerton

52 Main offers Spanish cuisine with an American twist. With its cozy seating and hand drawn menu boards, this spot has a laid back vibe. Choose from casual tapas like nachos, curried chicken pot pie empanadas, and Swedish meatballs, or opt for more refined choices like roasted Brussels sprouts with apples, bleu cheese, and whole grain mustard, or a classic cheese and charcuterie platter. 52 Main features a hearty beer and wine selection. The real stars of the show are the creative cocktails like the Amelia, made with vodka, elderflower liqueur, blackberry purée, and fresh lemon, served with a sprig of mint. For a warm beverage, 52 Main has a wide selection of tea, in case coffee isn’t your thing.

Early Terrible | Woodstock

Designed in the style of a rustic wine bar, Early Terrible was built out to look like the inside of a barn with wooden siding and repurposed beams as counters. In addition to their succinct wine list, the bar offers classic cocktails like mules, margaritas, and hot spiced cider. Laid-back tapas on offer include bagel chips with your choice of hummus, tzatziki, or olive tapenade for dipping. Share a plate of braised carrots served with garlic confit, pine nuts, and a coconut mint cream; grilled brie with green apple and walnut chutney; or Bigger but still highly shareable plates include meatball sliders, grilled bratwurst, or the Merguez platter with sausage, assorted dips, rosemary potatoes, and fresh vegetables. Take your drink outside and sit around one of Early Terrible’s bonfires, or, sink into one of the leather couches or armchairs in the dimly lit lounge and take in the vintage decor.

Tabla | Tannersville

Opened in Fall 2021, Tabla is a farm-to-table pan-Mediterranean spot in the shadow of Hunter Mountain. Their seafood tapas include cockles, octopus, mussels, and sardines. They also offer olives two ways: either with tangerine and chili or with a classic gilda pintxo, on a skewer with white anchovy and pickled pepper. Though tapas are the focus, and an easy pick for apres ski, the restaurant doesn’t limit itself to small plates. There are a handful of entrees, plus a selection of red and white pizzas to choose from. There are plenty of beer options on the menu, mostly from upstate breweries, as well as a low-intervention wine list, with options by the glass for anywhere from $9 to $16. When you’re done eating choose from a list of after dinner drinks, like coffee liqueur or housemade limoncello. Each bill includes an 18% charge as a livable wage charge.

Lawrence Park | Hudson

Natural wine bar Lawrence Park goes casual with their tapas, with options like pretzels, hot crab dip, and potato gratin. But if you feel like splurging, they make room for that too, with picks like the en croute Lobster Newburgh served with a sherry cream sauce of the duck breast, which comes with celeriac slaw and pomegranate molasses. Or keep it simple with a cheese or charcuterie board, which include goodies like nuts, olives, local honey and jams, and a fresh baguette. They offer Hudson Valley craft beers and artful cocktails like the leaf peeper, with whiskey, allspice dram, Faccia Brutto Nocino, simple syrup, lemon, and mole bitters. Look out for events like Big Gay Bingo Night and karaoke. With wide windows and bright decor and a charming patio, Lawrence Park has a welcoming atmosphere all year round.

Reserva | Beacon

The newly opened Reserva Wine Bar on Beacon’s Main Street is an inviting and elevated spot, with leather stools, brick walls, and photos from the co-owners’s travels lining the walls. Co-owner Pedro Sousa dips into his Brazilian heritage with tapas like the pão de queijo, Brazilian cheese bread, with guava confit. You can also get that as sliders with a chef’s selection of fillings. Or go with the Reserva board, a charcuterie board with cheeses, cured meats, olives, nuts, and crackers. For drinks, choose from a list of lesser known wine varities with plenty of organic and sustainable options. Reserva hosts live music every weekend, so be sure to check their website for upcoming performances.

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