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Hudson Valley Restaurant Openings We're Looking Forward To in 2023 

Last Updated: 01/26/2023 7:40 pm
click to enlarge A rendering of Chleo's entryway. The design removes a number of walls separating the dining room and kitchen, opening up a formerly dark and chopped-up space.

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A rendering of Chleo's entryway. The design removes a number of walls separating the dining room and kitchen, opening up a formerly dark and chopped-up space.

As restaurant fanatics, our early January round-up of anticipated Hudson Valley restaurant openings for the coming year is a very exciting piece to write. We’re happy to report that It appears the region’s gastronomic scene has fully rebounded from the pandemic with over a dozen new eateries, bars, and craft beverage destinations slated to open in 2023. The spate of openings span the culinary gamut from pizza to Puerto Rican to Indian, Sri Lankan, omakase, and plant-based fast food. We’re drooling at the thought. So without further ado, here are the 2023 Hudson Valley restaurant and bar openings we are looking forward to.

Restaurants

Red Pepper Diner | Beacon

IYKYK. Despite its less-than-glamorous location on the side of Route 9D, since opening in 2015 Red Pepper Diner has become a favorite of locals. Owners Saman and Thanuka Munaweera originally planned to exclusively serve classic American diner fare but they ended up expanding the menu to honor their Sri Lankan roots offering a menu of their island nation’s staple dishes. In addition to short order offerings there is an array of dishes like complex, aromatic curries with meat, seafood, and vegetables; roti with sambal; and egg hoppers. By late January or February, Red Pepper will relocate to a spot on Route 52 or Beacon.

Dandelion at Eastwind Oliverea Valley | Big Indian

Following the success of their Windham glamping destination, hotel group Eastwind has just completed its first full ground-up buildout in Big Indian. Eastwind Oliverea Valley is a complex of 30 Scandinavian-inspired rooms nestled into the wooded mountainside, including the freestanding A-frame Lushna cabins.. The property also has an outdoor pool, sauna, fire pits, hammocks, and, soon, Dandelion Restaurant and Bar. The onsite eatery is headed up by Eastwind Hotels cofounder, Daniel Cipriani, whose resume includes Urban Rustic, Sea Wolf, Playland Motel, Lodge, and Gemelli. He aims to establish a veggie-forward, “forage-to-table” menu of globally inspired comfort food with dishes like house-made wild mushroom cavatelli, steelhead trout chowder, and braised short ribs. Cocktails and small plates will be available daily, with dinner served Thursdays through Sundays. Dandelion's opening is slated for early February.

Cinnamon | Woodstock

Whereas most Indian restaurants ply you with a predictable list of Sub-Continental All Stars (ahem, tikka masala), Rhinebeck’s Cinnamon has earned its sterling reputation by offering a tour of almost every Indian state. The menu boasts perfectly executed dishes from Goa, Kerala, Rajasthan, and Punjab to name a few, plus great cocktails, good wine, and white tablecloth service. It’s worth crossing the bridge, but Ulster County residents will rejoice to know that Cinnamon owners Chaminda and Shiwanti Widyarathna are opening a second location in Woodstock in the old Mountain Gate location. The planning opening date is TBD.

Moonburger | New Paltz

Kingston's mold-breaking vegetarian fast food drive-through Moonburger was an instant hit with locals, weekenders, and passing Thruway motorists alike. The plant-based burgers hit a sweet spot we didn’t know we had, with lines forming around the block for the griddled Impossible patties with American cheese, crispy onions, special sauce, and seasoned fries. This spring, Moonburger will open a second location in New Paltz. Set in the old Mexicali Blue location, between P&Gs and Manny's Art Supplies, Moonburger 2.0 will be in the heart of the village, and will offer counter service and, eventually, delivery with retro-futuristic vibes that play on the nostalgia of the drive-through.

Ollie's | Kingston

In March 2022, the team behind High Falls’ wood-fired pizzeria Ollie's bought the building on Broadway that housed Tony's Pizzeria for decades. After renovations to the pizzeria and adjacent two retail spaces, the team plans to open a bistro-style restaurant in the old Tony's spot, next door an Ollie's slice shop, and in the third, a provisions market/commissary kitchen. The project was originally slated for completion in late fall of last year, but as has come to be expected, there were delays. Now the owners are aiming for a late spring opening, with possible staggering of the different operations Stay tuned to the Ollie’s Instagram for updates on timing.

Chleo | Kingston

After long delays, the much-anticipated Uptown Kingston wine bar Chleo will finally throw open its doors on February 7. The renovated spot at the corner of John and Fair streets, formerly Ecce Terra, sports an elegant, neutral color palette and serves up locally sourced eats and a global wine list. The menu will feature inventive, vegetarian friendly options like carrot ‘nduja spread and charred cabbage, as well as meat options like grilled short rib. The natural-leaning wine list ranges from an Oregon syrah to a Catalonian malvasia with some 30 selections, almost half of which will be available by the glass.

The Academy Kitchen | Poughkeepsie

The $13 million mixed-use development the Academy Food Hall opened last summer, revitalizing two vacant buildings in downtown Poughkeepsie. Open daily, the location includes a slew of vendor “stalls,” serving up everything from burgers to bao and baked goods, plus a provisions market, bar, and event space. But the owners' own namesake restaurant The Academy Kitchen only just opened on January 18. A 75-seat American-style bistro, the Kitchen offers a range of salads, entrees, and sides, along with craft cocktails, an international wine list, and local craft beer. Pull up a stool at the massive circular bar or grab a seat at one of the tables. The Kitchen is open Wednesday through Sunday.

Cafe Con Leche | Rhinebeck

The former Halcyon Cafe space on Mill Street next to Old Mill Wine and Spirits in Rhinebeck has a new tenant, Cafe Con Leche. It will be the second location for Phil Cordero’s Puerto Rican restaurant, which opened in Wappingers Falls in 2018. The Rhinebeck outpost of Cafe Con Leche will be smaller in scale than the original location and focus on cafe items—coffee and baked goods—while also serving beloved menu items like empanadas and margaritas. Owner Phil Cordero aiming to open the Rhinebeck space in February or March.

Tlahco Taqueria | Pleasant Valley

From his grandmother’s kitchen in Mexico to restaurant kitchens in New York City, chef Fermin Ortega long dreamed of opening his own restaurant. In 2021 he opened Casa Ortega in Wappingers Falls serving up a mix of traditional Mexican dishes and other more modern takes along with cocktails. The spot has been well received and this spring, he’ll open a second location dubbed Tlahco Taqueria in Pleasant Valley.

Nama Omakase in Hudson

With Barnfox moving into the old Etsy building in Hudson, their former location at 320 Warren Street became available. It’ll soon be home to Nama, a Japanese restaurant offering a sushi omakase experience at the highest level. The owners plan on sourcing the highest grade, hand-picked market fish of the day, prepared by in-house shokunin sushi chef. The anticipated opening is early to mid-spring.

Casa Susanna at Camptown | Leeds

Following a $12 million makeover, Camptown will open in Leeds on March 1 as a 50-room accommodation with 26 log cabins and 24 hotel rooms on 22 acres. The reimagined 1930s motor house is the first solo project of Ray Pirkle and Kim Bucci, owners of Hudson's Rivertown Lodge. The soon-coming onsite restaurant, Casa Susanna, plans to offer “Mexican farm food, organic spirits, real ale, and natural wine.” Under chef Efrén Hernández, the food will blend Jaliscan flavors and fresh local produce from area farms with everything made in house from the corn tortillas to the sauces. On the drinks front, expect a natural wine program and cocktails using Mexican spirits and fermented drinks like tejuino, made from corn dough. Casa Susanna's opening will coincide with the hotel.

Patricks Henry’s | Coxsackie

In a project that has ruffled more than a few feathers, developer Aaron Flach has undertaken the $15 million project to create the James R. Newbury Hotel and Wire Event Center on Coxsackie’s waterfront. As part of this initiative, Flach’s team is refurbishing the 19th-century Dolan Block and the beloved Patrick Henry’s Tavern, including preserving and restoring the tin walls and ceilings and the original bar. The early-20th-century building has a long history as an eatery; before its tenure as Patrick Henry and post-Prohibition, it was Costello restaurant and bar. Under Capitol Region restauranteur Dominick Purnomo, Patrick Henry’s is slated to reopen at the end of January serving pubfare and wood-fired pizza. The sunroom on the second floor of the restaurant, the patio, and back decks will all offer river views, while inside the bar will have 12 stools and the floor can seat around 50.

Nat’s Mountain House | Tannersville

Headed up by restaurateur Natalie Freihon, Strange Bird Hospitality is the group behind New York City bars Nat's on Bank, Nat's on Bleecker, and The Orchard Townhouse. This year, the group will inaugurate its first upstate project with Nat’s Mountain House in Tannersville. The spaces in the Strange Bird portfolio are colorful and whimsical, and the Hunter location will be no different. Think geometric shapes and electric colors with a menu of place and year-round programming. The projected soft opening for Nat’s Mountain House is sometime in March with an anticipated grand opening in May.

Craft Beverage

Asahi Shuzo Sake Distillery | Hyde Park

Back in 2018, we announced that the Culinary Institute of America would be teaming up with premiere Japanese sake brand Asahi Shuzo to build the company’s first US facility in Hyde Park. The brewery and visitor center, a $28-million project that will create 32 jobs, was slated to open in Spring 2019. But you know how things go. A pandemic and several years later, the project is now slated to open in November. The 15-acre brewery property will be lined with rows of cherry trees, so people can participate in the tradition of hanami come springtime. The 52,000-square-foot facility, in the former site of Stop & Shop, will be retrofitted to house a rice refinery and brewing tanks, a tasting room, and a retail shop.

Return Brewing

For Mikey Lenane and two of his co-founders, brewer JD Linderman and head of creative Jack Liakas, Return Brewing was the logical next step in their combined two decades of brewing experience. Chomping at the bit, the partners started brewing at Crossroads in Catskill in 2021 before their own facility and taproom in Hudson was ready. Their beers, already well known at local bars and restaurants, use a mixture of local ingredients and internationally sourced hops to craft Eastern European-inspired brews. Later this spring, Return will finally unveil their production facility and bar on State Street, across from the newly opened Upper Depot Brewing. Do I hear a “beer alley!”?

Other Rumblings & Rumors

The owners of Old Savannah are taking over the former Boitson’s space on Front Street in Uptown Kingston to open Brickmen.

Salt Box, a casual bar, will open at 10 Crown Street in Uptown Kingston at the former location of Crown Lounge.

A Mexican restaurant is opening on Albany Post Road at the former Hyde Park Brewery location. The name is still TBD.

The owners of cult-favorite Phoenicia Diner have purchased a diner and are currently looking for a site to build out another location.

The Terrace Motel in Ellenville is undergoing a massive New York Times-worthy renovation. It’s had its fair share of delays, but when it does open (whether that is 2023 or 2024 there are rumors that there will be a cocktail bar onsite.

Also in Ellenville, the recently purchased Norbury Theater will be reinvented as an event space *possibly* with a bar on the top floor.

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