Dining & Drinking in the Hudson Valley

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.

Blooming Hill Farm Celebrates 45 Years of Organic Growth

Blooming Hill Farm Celebrates 45 Years of Organic Growth

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Hudson Valley Malt Makes Grain-to-Glass Local Brews A Reality

One of the major turning points in the Hudson Valley craft beverage surge took place in 2015, when husband and wife Dennis Nesel and Jeanette Spaeth opened Hudson Valley Malt, paving the way for truly local grain-to-glass production.

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Farm-to-Table Chinese Food at Lucky Dragon Restaurant in Rhinebeck

Lucky Dragon, which had its grand opening last night, Thursday, April 11, is a celebration of classic Chinese restaurant fare and of the Hudson Valley’s bounty. Like Cinnamon before it, this “farm-to-chopsticks” restaurant in Rhinebeck broadens the scope of farm-to-table into ethnic cuisine.

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Go Fish: Two Hudson Valley Businesses Producing Ethical Seafood

Indoor recirculating aquaculture systems resolve the heavy resource draw and sustainability issues associated with other kinds of fish farming, leaving only the tasty harvest. Whether you’re looking to saute, grill, or bake at home, or find a restaurant whose seafood dishes you’ll love, ECO Shrimp in Newburgh and the Hudson Valley Fish Farm provide the real thing, and shopping with them supports the research that will fix the problem and feed the planet.

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Mead: The Oldest & Latest Trend in Craft Beverage

Slate Point in Dutchess County Leads the Local Mead Industry
With a more than 7,000-year legacy, mead, a fermented beverage made from honey, is likely humanity's original alcoholic drink. The golden-hued elixir is coming back around for a victory run, with the ancient art form meeting cutting edge of craft beverage expertise. Like cider before it, mead is way different than what you thought. Get ready for your new favorite drink.

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New Paltz's Iconic Gilded Otter Bought by Middletown-Based Brewery Clemson Bros.

After 20 years, the iconic Gilded Otter in New Paltz sells to Middletown-based brewery Clemson Bros., who will keep many of the same menu items and traditions, while also introducing new flair to the beer list.

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Whitecliff Vineyard: Come for the View, Stay for the Wine

This Pioneering Gardiner Wine-Maker Celebrates 20 Years
In the fall of 1998, long before the Hudson Valley was national craft beverage mecca, before the words “Napa of the East” had ever been uttered, husband and wife Michael Migliore and Yancey Stanforth-Migliore produced their first vintage on the nascent Whitecliff Vineyard in Gardiner. This year, the Migliore family celebrates 20 years in the Hudson Valley wine-making business. “We are still going strong, an accomplishment we are proud of in a challenging farm-based business,” Yancey says. Originally intended as Michael’s retirement plan after a career in engineering at IBM, the vineyard quickly turned into an obsession. Raised in the Bronx, Michael grew up with European grandparents who made wine in their basements, and was eager to see what flavors he could coax from the fertile land of a former dairy farm. He began planting small amounts of different varieties to test what would work well in this Northeastern climate. In July ’99, the tasting room opened to the public, boasting homemade wine and epic views of the Shawangunk Ridge. Over the years the operation has grown steadily. Twenty-six of the 70 acres in Gardiner are planted with grape varieties, and they recently planted six acres at a new riverside property in Hudson, where they are also opening a second tasting room. Whitecliff has been an essential pioneer of the Hudson Valley wine industry, earning global recognition for their vintages. In 2018, they started and ended the year with a bang, earning double gold for estate wines at both the Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (Gamay Noir) and at San Francisco International Wine Competition (Cabernet Franc). Yancey says candidly, “I’ve had customers tell me, ‘I came for the view, but I stayed for the wine.’” Gold Standard Tastings “Over the years, we’ve seen a lot of changes in how people approach and enjoy our wine tastings,” Yancey says. “More groups, bachelorette parties. It’s not just a quick taste—people are looking for an experience.” In response to the changing demand, in addition to their standard tasting flights, Whitecliff has developed the Gold Tasting. These private, seated tastings feature a guided sampling of eight of Whitecliff’s 30 wines, chosen in discussion with the guests; cheese and crackers; and a tour of the winery. Through an in-depth conversation, participants learn about the wines themselves and the art of tasting, while developing a keener sense of their own preferences. “People can easily be intimidated by wine. But the only thing that matters is a good sense of what you like and how to ask for it,” Yancey says. “People have said to me, ‘I’ve toured in Napa and learned more in 20 minutes here.' We really enjoy the educational aspect.” Gold tastings are $35-40 a person, depending on group size, and only by reservation. Call (845) 255-4613 to reserve. Whitecliff Wine Club Another way to develop an in-depth appreciation of the full range of Whitecliff’s award-winning wines is to join their wine club. Unlike other oenophile memberships, this one is free to join, flexible, and you get to choose all your wines. Whether you sign up for the half-case or full-case club, you buy twice a year in February and August, plus you receive discounts on wine purchases and free tastings all year round. It’s like having a savings card for your local supermarket. Members can either pick up at the tasting room or get their bottles delivered by mail. They also get to participate in exclusive events all year round, like an education wine blending seminar. Visiting the Vineyard While the Gold Tasting and the Wine Club allow you to cultivate a deep familiarity with Whitecliff's vintages, anyone can stop by the tasting room during opening hours for a spur-of-the-moment taste. “In a way, the blooming of the craft beer and spirits industries has distracted from Hudson Valley wines, but the quality of the wine is there,” Yancey says. “When people are ready to discover it, we’ll be waiting.” Through the end of May, Whitecliff Vineyard is open Thursday through Monday, 11:30am-5:30pm; and Saturday, 11:30am-6pm. June through October, the tasting room is open Sundays through Fridays, 11:30am-5:30pm and 11am-6pm on Saturdays....

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7 Stellar Hudson Valley Diners

Lifelong diner enthusiasts Tom and Alecia Eberhardt-Smith dish on their seven favorite Hudson Valley diners.

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Cocktail Recipe: Apple Car Named Desire

At Gardiner Liquid Mercantile, the Applecar Named Desire offers a pomme-forward brandy spin on the classic cognac Sidecar.

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Kapow! Vitality Bowls Brings Superfood Bowls & Smoothies to Dutchess County

Vitality Bowls, a superfood cafe franchise begun in San Ramon, California, has come to the Hudson Valley. The Wappingers Falls Vitality Bowls location, owned by Lesa and Mickey Bloom, serves made-to-order, antioxidant-rich smoothies, fresh juices, soups, salads, and paninis.

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The Big List: Hudson Valley Food & Drink Festivals

As the season starts to warm up it's time to start planning your summer. Here is a list of 28 of the Hudson Valley's biggest and best food and drink festivals.

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Dutchess BBQ Brings the Mouthwatering Taste of the South to Poughkeepsie

Since opening in October 2018, Dutchess BBQ in Poughkeepsie has been delighting area residents with fall-off-the-bone, melt-in-your mouth Southern dishes like brisket, shrimp and grits, and pulled pork.

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Not-So-Lil' Deb's Oasis in Hudson Named 2019 James Beard Award Nominee

A Nomination, A Renovation, A Gala and a Pop-Up Tour, Lil' Deb's Dives into 2019 with a Splash
Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, a tropical comfort food eatery that’s been making waves in Hudson, New York for the past few years, is headed towards another jam-packed year. Coming up: a recognition, a renovation, a gala.

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The Full Irish and Where to Find It in Upstate New York

Ahead of Saint Patrick's Day, Carrie Dykes hunts down eateries serving a Full Irish breakfast in the Hudson Valley.

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A Conversation with Liberty Street Bistro Chef Michael Kelly

A conversation with Liberty Bistro chef/owner Michael Kelly as he prepares to expand the restaurant.

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Nibble Your Way into Spring at these 4 Hudson Valley Restaurants

Four places to sip and sup in the Hudson Valley this March.

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Gaskin's Ox Eye Cocktail Recipe

A Balanced Mezcal Margarita
At Gaskin’s, the Ox Eye cocktail offers a smoky mezcal play on the classic margarita.

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A Buffet A Day: 8 Superior Hudson Valley Buffets

We’ve rounded up a delectable Hudson Valley buffet for every day of the week, so whenever the itch for a bottomless meal strikes, you can go forth and eat to your heart’s content. Happy feasting.

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Women's Studio Workshop 22nd Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta Fundraiser

Women's Studio Workshop invites you to enjoy local art and a hearty helping of chili at their Annual Chili Bowl Fiesta Fundraiser this Saturday, February 23.

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Cozy Corners: 12 Upstate Restaurants with Fireplaces

We've rounded up 12 Hudson Valley bars and restaurants with fireplaces so you can stay cozy while sippin’ and suppin’ on the town (and getting your much needed winter socialization).

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Random Harvest Market in Craryville Gets New Life and A New Model

After standing empty for nearly 10 years, the late-1800s farm market building in Craryville hums with new life and flavor thanks to a five-member collective. The market offers local goods and produce from over 80 local vendors, who get to set their own prices and keep 75% of profits from their sales.

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Spend Valentine's Day at Fruition Chocolate Works Maker Space

A Window into the World of Chocolate
This Valentine's Day offer your loved one a window into the world of chocolate with a visit to Fruition Chocolate's bean-to-bar factory in Shokan, NY. Taste a range of flavors, while the educated staff explain the chocolate-making process.

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10 Romantic Restaurants in the Hudson Valley

Looking to celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic dinner? We've compiled a list of 10 of the Hudson Valley's most romantic restaurants.

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6 Hudson Valley Chocolatiers to Sweeten Your Valentine's Day

Visit some of the Hudson Valley's artisanal chocolate shops this Valentine's Day to find the perfect sweets for your sweetie.

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Learn to Cook in a 15th-Century Italian Castle

Food Writer Peter Barrett Leads a Culinary Tour of Umbria March 17-27
Former Chronogram food editor Peter Barrett leads a culinary tour and workshop in the province of Umbria—Italy's green heart—this coming March 17-27.

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5 Warming Winter Cocktails & Where to Find Them

Bartender and writer Tyler Zielinski scouts the Hudson Valley for the best winter cocktails to warm your bones.

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Prospect at Scribner's Catskill Lodge

Catskills Farm-to-Table
From drool-worthy brunch fixings (see above) to apres-ski cocktails to hearty farm-to-table entrees, Prospect has something apropos for every occasion (with mountain views to boot!).

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4 Places to Dine & Drink this February

From cozy Italian in Millbrook to vegan comfort food in Port Jervis, here are four Hudson Valley restaurants to stake out this February.

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The Hudson Standard's Evergreen Cocktail

A Taste of Winter
“The Evergreen is a bright cocktail with perky citrus notes and deep, woodsy aromatics,” Worthman says. Three Pines Shrub, which forms the base of this drink, is brewed with Balsam Fir, Red Spruce, and White Pine foraged high in the Catskills. These coniferous clippings are infused in organic apple cider vinegar and combined with local honey to create the earthy, zesty shrub.

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5 Best Breweries in Dutchess County

With over a dozen breweries and more cropping up all the time, Dutchess County has more than enough on tap to keep beer lovers happy (and busy!). To get you started on your way to hoppy heaven, here is a subjective guide to the top 5 breweries in Dutchess County.

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Most Anticipated Hudson Valley Restaurant Openings of 2019

2019 is shaping up to be a big year for the Hudson Valley culinary landscape. From Beacon to Kingston to Rhinebeck, here are the 7 restaurant openings we are most looking forward to.

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Top 5 Breweries in Columbia County

With the proliferation of breweries over the past decade, it can be hard to know where to start. Stick with Chronogram as we tour the region's brewing facilities and taprooms to bring you the top 5 in each county of the Mid-Hudson Valley. Here are the can't-miss breweries in Columbia County.

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From Udon to Dandan, Our Fave Noodle Bars in the Hudson Valley

The Top 6 Spots to Slurp Hot Noodle Soup
In the dead of winter in the Hudson Valley, we set out to find the best hot noodle soup. Here are our 7 favorite places to throw back a steaming bowl of pho, ramen, and udon.

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The Hudson Standard's Moscow Mule Recipe

A Local Twist on a Bar Classic
The Hudson Standard's cocktail recipes offer a twist on timeless drinks made with regionally appropriate flavors. In their variation on a Moscow mule, the Hudson Standard uses a blend of liqueur and bitters to achieve the ginger flavor, plus a pepper-packed turmeric switchel to give it a bit of heat.

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Industrial Arts Brewing Opens a Second Facility & Taproom in Beacon

In Spring 2019, Industrial Arts Brewing will unveil a second production facility, taproom, and event space on Fishkill Avenue in Beacon. The repurposed 150,000-square-foot warehouse will have ample outdoor seating and panoramic mountain views, a New York State-focused beverage program, beer to-go, and food truck partners.

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Farmers & Chefs: Farm-to-Table Fare with Global Flair

Poughkeepsie Restaurateur John Lekic Thinks Big
John Lekic, chef and owner of Farmers & Chefs, serves up more than farm-to-table fare at his Poughkeepsie eatery.

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Molly's List: Hudson Valley's Best Dive Bars

Sometimes, only a dive bar will do. Here are 10 of the best lowbrow watering holes in the Hudson Valley, from our expert resident expert and moonlight bartender Molly Sterrs.

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The Barking Goose: Hudson Valley's Next Bar and Bookstore

Lovers of beer and books, hark! In March 2019, Newburgh will get its very own bar and bookstore—the Barking Goose. We're counting down the days.

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8 Places to Eat Oysters in the Hudson Valley

Wintertime is prime oyster feastin' season, But you shouldn't eat these tasty crustaceans just anywhere. So, we've rounded up seven of the best restaurants for slurping down some freshly shucked goodness without worries of getting oyster sick.

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Hudson Hemp: Pioneers of Regenerative Agriculture

Columbia County-based Hudson Hemp occupies an intersection of stewardship and wellness. Using regenerative agriculture practices, the company is producing organic hemp and full-spectrum CBD oil for the booming wholesale market, while pioneering research into the benefits of sustainable farming and the healing properties of the hemp plant.

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Mercato Chef Competes on "Beat Bobby Flay" on January 3

On January 3, beloved Hudson Valley chef Francesco Buitoni, of Mercato in Red Hook, faces off against farmer/chef Duskie Estes on "Beat Bobby Flay" for a chance to challenge the master himself.

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