Piaule333 Mossy Hill Road, Catskill
When chef Ryan Tate helped open TriBeCa's Le Restaurant, his food—artful, adventurous, and surprising dishes offered exclusively as a five-course tasting menu—earned him a star from Michelin. Up here, he's better known for running the food program at Deer Mountain Inn for a number of years and then for his stint at Millstream Tavern. Earlier this year, self-styled "landscape hotel" Piaule scooped up this decorated culinary figure as their executive chef to oversee the onsite restaurant, which opened to the public for dining in November. The menu showcases the area's producers, as is Tate's forte, and features three courses for $95. The dishes are playful, creative reinterpretations of well-known menu items. In December, duck breast with brown butter foie gras and suckling pig with rutabaga mostarda were served as mains. For dessert, "Burnt Wood Ice Cream" is an elegant and ethereal take on 'smores.
West Kill Supply602 Broadway, Kingston
Founded in 2017 at the foot of a mountain and at the edge of 19,250 acres of forever wild forest, West Kill Brewing rapidly earned a place of honor in the crowded field of upstate craft breweries for its crisp, balanced beers, made with mountain water and locally sourced ingredients. In early December, West Kill opened its satellite tasting room on Broadway in Kingston. The rustic space serves hunting cabin-meets-early-20th-century-Catskills-boarding-house vibes with antler taps and tasteful taxidermy, tempered by a bright floral wallpaper and a marble bar. There are 14 West Kill beers on tap plus a selection of New York wines and ciders. In the backyard, Kingston Bread + Bar's food cart is turning out falafel and chicken shawarma.
Rubirosa Cucina & Bar5 New Paltz Plaza, New Paltz
The reclamation of strip mall storefronts as mom-and-pop shops is a beautiful trend in retail. In the former Radio Shack location in the New Paltz Plaza, you'll now find Dominican eatery Rubirosa Cucina & Bar, co-owned by Ingrid Carvajal, Albin Infante, and chef Pedro Luis Sosa. Named for famous playboy Porfirio Rubirosa, the restaurant aims to serve up some of the glitz and glamor associated with the politician-cum-casanova's lifestyle in addition to a solid menu of globetrotting dishes. The apps span American bar classics like wings ($12) and calamari ($13) to Latin favorites like crab empanadas ($15) and Chef Sosa's "signature dish," grilled octopus ($22), plus fun fusion options like tuna poke nachos ($14). There are a handful of salads, burgers, and sandwiches, and mains that range from a crispy salmon ($27) to Caribbean seafood pasta ($28) and twin petit filet mignon with mushroom cream sauce ($28).
The Mud Club Beacon305 Main Street, Beacon
In Woodstock, the Mud Club is a beloved fixture for its wood-fired offerings—bagels and sourdough pizza; tasty pastries; organic, Fair Trade coffee; and bluestone hardscaped patio. The modest menu of evergreen favorites now comes to Beacon with a second location. And though there is no lawn with a view of bustling Mill Hill Road, the new spot brings the rustic Woodstock-y charm with a wooden facade, vintage bistro tables, and a mosaic, plus all the favorites. Pizzas range from the classic margherita ($16) to loaded Sweet Devil, with spicy salami, shaved parm, honey, mozzarella, and tomato sauce ($23). On Fridays and Saturdays from 5 to 9pm, there are weekly specials. On the brekkie side, get your bagel with simple cream cheese (+$4); avocado, whitefish, and cheese (+$3 each); or loaded with ham, turkey, bacon, or salmon ($7-$9). Or splurge on a punny sandwich. Favorites include Green Eggs and Ham with a fried egg, sauteed garlic and spinach, bistro ham, and sharp cheddar; a Fool on Mill Hill with avocado, egg, chevre, sprouts, and apple cider vin; or the Tinker Tuesday with hickory-smoked bacon, egg, sharp cheddar, tomato jam, and horseradish aioli (all $15).
Little Rico437 Warren Street, Hudson
Cold-pressed juices are just the starters to a meal at Little Rico on Warren Street in Hudson. Owner Angelica Hernandez's dishes capture the nostalgic warmth of Latin American bodega staples with high-quality ingredients—many from her own garden. Following the death of her aunt 12 years ago, Hernandez's attitude toward food transformed, and the menu reflects her focus on health-centric eating. The offerings at Little Rico are entirely gluten free and primarily vegetarian. Sandwiches, named for her aunts, include ingredients like avocado crema and chili flakes, sofrito beans, and a cassava-wrapped burrito. There's also lighter fare like coconut yogurt parfaits ($7) and overnight sunrise oats with coconut milk, sunflower butter and fresh fruit ($7). In addition to bistro tables, the pastel-toned space offers a small market section with grab-and-go cups of fruit or vegetables, and grains and items from local farms and food makers.