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.


Essie's Restaurant: Southern Fusion in Poughkeepsie's Little Italy

Why Brandon Walker's Poughkeepsie eatery has largely flown under the radar since it opened in 2016 is a mystery to us. Essie's Restaurant, in the Queen City's Little Italy neighborhood, is squarely in the farm-to-table, New American tradition, but with a nod to Walker’s Caribbean and Southern heritage.

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Trout is the New Salmon: Hudson-Based Fishery Champions Sustainable New York Steelhead

The market demand for trout and salmon has wreaked havoc on global aquatic ecosystems, but entrepreneur John Ng is aiming to stem the tide of damage and supply East Coast seafood markets with a sustainable, locally grown salmon alternative: New York Steelhead trout, raised humanely at a facility outside Hudson, NY.

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Will We Soon Be Allowed to Drink in New York Movie Theaters?

In his latest move to support New York's booming craft beverage industry, in early January 2020, Governor Cuomo released a proposal to replace outdated Prohibition-era drinking laws with more modern legislation that would allow for the purchase and consumption of craft beer, wine, mead, and spirits in New York cinemas, potentially offering a boost to theaters and craft producers.

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Zeus Brewing: Poughkeepsie's Newest Brewpub Aims for Beer Worthy of Gods

In Queen City, The King of Brewpubs Opens with a Bang
Located in the newly opened Queen City Lofts buildings, Zeus Brewing is Poughkeepsie's latest craft brewery destination. With a swanky interior; a rooftop bar offering panoramic vistas of the Hudson River, bridge, and surrounding city; and a commitment to god-like excellence, this brewpub is lining up to be the spot to be next summer.

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Fired Up: Lola Pizza is Kingston's Newest Eatery

New York City tastemakers (in exile) Taavo Somer and Zak Pelaccio's new wood-fired pizza shop takes Hudson Valley pies to the next level.

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10 of the Best Restaurants in Dutchess County

Cure that cabin fever and beat your winter blues with a fabulous meal on the town. Here are 10 Dutchess County dining destinations that will warm your heart, bliss out your taste buds and leave you very pleased indeed.

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Of Beer & Mountains: A Pilgrimage to West Kill Brewing

After hearing countless rave reviews, Massachusetts resident Hilary Russell decides to get in the car and make a 80-mile pilgrimage to West Kill Brewing, a Greene County craft beer destination of mythical proportions, where the beer is brewed with pure mountain water and the ambiance lends itself to neighborly chatter.

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Gunk Haus: A Slice of Bavaria in Clintondale

Tucked away in the quiet hamlet of Clintondale, in a renovated Jamaican dance hall painted gold, a native Bavarian and a CIA-schooled chef welcome visitors to their ample table. If it feels just a little enchanted at Gunk Hais, that's becuase it is.

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Hudson Valley Cheap Eats: The 2020 List

A Dinner Entree for Less than $15? Count Us In.
For when you’re saving for that tropical vacation, we’ve rounded up 15 Hudson Valley restaurants where you can get a respectable dinner entree for under $15.

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The Recess Bell: CBD-Infused Seltzer for Maximum Chill

This generation’s panacea-du-jour, CBD, now comes in its most effervescent form yet, thanks to this start-up.

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New Paltz Bar Hop with Chronogram Smartcard

A list of New Paltz bars accepting the Chronogram Smartcard app.

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5 Places to Dine and Drink in January 2020

Five spots where we’ll be dining and drinking.

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Chef Ric Orlando's Perfect Latke Recipe

Local celebrity chef Ric Orlando of New World Home Cooking and Food Network fame dishes up his favorite latke and chipotle apple sauce recipe for the holiday season. Whether or not you celebrate Hanukkah, this is one to make.

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Staff Picks: 6 of Our Favorite Hudson Valley Meals of 2019

We asked our fellow Chronogram employees to think back on their year in dining and pick a favorite meal out. Here are the six restaurants they picked in the Hudson Valley for the honor of best meal of 2019.

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New Year’s Eve Fun and More Among This Week’s Hudson Valley Events

Another assortment of delicious doings right here in the Hudson Valley—including.

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Wild For The Holidays: A New Foraging Mini-Series from Master Herbalist Dina Falconi

Have you always wished you knew a little more about foraging and herbals? Our area's preniere wild-food expert and clinical herbalist has collaborated with her award-winning vieographer son to create a gift to the world in this series of warm and informative video lessons. Herbal truffles? Yes you can!

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5 Hudson Valley New Year's Eve Feasts to Ring in 2020

There's something about dressing up and sitting down to a sumptuous dinner that just sends the old year out right. This year's Hudson Valley New Year's dinner events run the gamut from a Roaring 20s gala complete with butlers passing around bite-sized seafood to a rockin' band, from intimate spaces to exuberant crowds. But one thing you'll find everywhere: lots and lots of beautiful food.,

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Gingerly Exploring: Cultivating Ginger in the Hudson Valley

Healthy and delicious, ginger is a tropical rhizome that doesn't take well to our local growing season — but our farmers are working on a homegrown supply. And some artisanal makers have used it in ways you'll fall in love with and want to have handy all year long. Here's the local story of this versatile rhizome.

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Kitchen at Shale Hill Farm: Michelin-Caliber Catering Comes to the Hudson Valley

Planning an occasion that needs to be nothing short of superb? You might want to look at the catering service offered by the brand-new Kitchen at Shale Hill Farm, ia joint venture of Michelin-starred Chef Patti Jackson and the owners of the Dutch Ale House iand Windmill Wine and Spirits. Their goal: Your sophisticated guests will enjoy the finest meal of their lives on a Hudson valley farm.

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8 Columbia County Restaurants that are Worth the Trip

From the streets of downtown Hudson to the tiny wayside villages, Columbia County offers some truly outstanding eats. Fine local ingredients, both farmed and foraged, are transformed by artful chefs into fanciful original concepts and updated classics. Warm hospitality amid artful surroundings transport you from the everyday. Craft beverage and creative cocktailing? But of course. If you're hungry or thirsty anywhere near Columbia County, you're in for a treat at any of these places.

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A Beef and Beer-Fueled Bash: The Culinary Institute of America’s 7th Annual Beefsteak

The Culinary Institute of America is hosting its 7th Beefsteak dinner, a throwback bash inspired by the raucous, men-only parties from the late-1800s.

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Move Over Hygge, It's Time to Get Koselig This Winter with Hetta Glogg

Hetta Glogg is a Norwegian-style mulled wine perfect for embracing your inner koselig, or feelings of coziness, this winter.

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Music Venue and Bistro the Avalon Lounge Brings Cool Vibe to Catskill

The chilled-out nightspot was opened last August by local creative couple Liam and Laura Singer.

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Come for the Crepes, Stay for the Good Vibes: Ms. Fairfax

Since opening its doors on Liberty Steet in 2015, Ms. Fairfax has become the cozy go-to brunch place in Newburgh, serving up savory buckwheat crepes and American-bistro fare in a modern, laid-back setting.

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Meet Yesfolk Tonics: A Look Inside Troy's Church of Perpetual Fermentation

Together with a crew of family members, West Coast transplants Yiyi Mendoza and Adam Elabd are building out their fermented beverage biz Yesfolk Tonics, brewing probiotic, beyond-organic kombucha and kefir in the basement of former church in Troy.

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Cultivating a Resilient Future for Farmers: Glynwood's Farm Incubator Program

Launched in 2014, Glynwood’s Farm Business Incubator program offers its participants a variety of resources—like equipment sharing or training to develop wholesaler relationships—that can improve their businesses in real-time. To supplement the day-to-day business assistance, the program’s mission has recently focused on creating intentional moments of reflection among members.

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Second Line Fever: New Orleans Flavor at Mama Roux in Newburgh

Dishing up hearty, affordable neo-Creole cuisine, the nascent Mama Roux in Newburgh already feels like an old favorite.

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Mighty Nutrition in Mini Form: Hudson Valley Microgreens Producers

Back in the 80s, foodies wer first discovering microgreens — and here in the Hudson Valley we've got some OG legacy growers, as well as some innovative startups. Dilicious and nutritious, microgreens add a special pizzazz and a whole lot of nutrional power to almost any dish. We looked around to see who's doing what and how, and where you can get your fix.

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The Brunchies: Where to Get Your Brunch Fix in the Hudson Valley

Brunch might just be our very favorite meal for its unique ability to turn an ordinary day into a celebration. It's all about the options, which gives the great chefs of the Hudson Valley a great deal of scope to get creative. It pairs equally well with superb fresh roasted coffee, fine wine or a specialty cocktail.And it's a great way to spend time with the ones you love or celebrate almost anything. Where to go? We've got options for you.

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Celebrate a Sumptuous Harvest with Hudson Valley Farmhouse Ciders at Stone Ridge Orchard

Hudson Valley Farmhouse Cider is an unfiltered, European-style cider made by Elizabeth Ryan, owner of Breezy Hill Orchard and Stone Ridge Orchard. The Farm Bar at Stone Ridge Orchard will have a barrel tasting on December 8, 2019.

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Great Eats in Greene County: The Best Restaurants in the Northern Catskills

Heading for the hillls for a ski excursion, or looking to break up a drive to Albany? Greene County may bear an enormously charming resemblance to the middle of nowhere in spots, but it's seasoned with Michelin-starred cooking, best-of winners and one-of-a-kind eateries that'll earn a permanent spot on your personal map of all things delicious.

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3 Rich (Secretly) Vegan Recipes to Dish Up for a Plant-Based Thanksgiving Dinner

From the perfect vegan pie crust to a creamy plant-based mac n cheese, here are three deliciously indulgent recipes to slip into the Thanksgiving rotation for

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Hudson Valley Businesses Make Good Food Awards Shortlist

Announcing five upstate food makers that made the 2020 Good Food Awards shortlist.

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Food as Self Care: Oliver Weston Cooks the Healing Foods You Don't Have Time to Make

A woman-owned startup begun by an entrepreneurial homeschooler, the Oliver Weston Company now brews its Booklyn-born bone broth—along with a range of five-star Paleo-licious, probiotic and obsessively organic goodies on South Broadway in Red Hook. You can text the chef and arrange to stop in and pick some up or set up a delivery; devoted customers say this is just what the doctor ordered.

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Red Line Diner Serves up a Heaping Helping of the Holidays

Owned by the Vanikiotis family, the Red Line Diner in Fishkill serves holiday specials on Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, New Years' Eve, and New Years' Day.

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Burning Down the House: 5 Hudson Valley Hot Sauce Brands

Ohhh, I'm on fire. OK, so Bruce Springsteen wasn't singing about hot sauce—but we are. We love when Hudson Valley makers and artisan food producers set their sights on creating a local version of a classic. Here we've rounded up five Hudson Valley hot sauce producers to bring the heat to the table.

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Follow that Spark: Brooklyn Designer Turns Farm Visit into Book that Gives Back

In August, Brooklyn-based digital designer Michelle Layne Lawson read an article on Chronogram's website about Tomorrow, Tomorrow, a 150-acre farm animal sanctuary in Columbia County that was struggling to raise funds to stay afloat. Within a few days, Lawson was on her way up to Hudson to visit the farm. And what began as casual cute animal pics turned into a coffee table book that is being sold to raise funds for the sanctuary and a renewed sense of creative vocation. Don't mind us, we're just sobbing over here.

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Fine Dining at its Best: 8 Ulster County Restaurants Worth Their Salt

If you're on the hunt for that perfect spot for a fancy meal out, look no further. We've eaten our way through Ulster County and rounded up the tried-and-true best fine dining restaurants for your gustatory pleasure.

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Sloop Brewing x Tuthilltown Spirits: Cocktails on Tap at The Factory

The New Draft Cocktail Program Launches 11/8
Tuthilltown Spirits and Sloop Brewing Co. team up to bring you cocktails on tap, launching tonight at The Factory at Sloop Brewing Co. in East Fishkill.

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Sound-to-Table: Sustainably Grown Oysters Delivered to Your Doorstep

For going on 40 years, the family-run business Fishers Island Oysters has been sustainably growing oysters for restaurants using suspension culture, a non-invasive form of aquaculture. They are now delivering their delicious salt water-grown briny bivalves directly to your doorstep with online ordering.

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