If you’re from the Big Apple, you know how difficult it can be to get away from the noise, the pollution, and the busy streets of New York City. With so many distractions around every corner, it’s hard to find any time to yourself—and even harder to remember what exactly you love about living in this city that never sleeps. But if you’re looking for some space to clear your head and recharge yourself, then it’s time to get out of town this weekend!
The best restaurants in Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley is an area that’s just south of New York City. It’s bordered by Massachusetts, Connecticut, and New Jersey. The region is known for its beautiful landscapes and some incredible restaurants to go along with it. Below are a few places we think you should consider checking out while visiting (or living) in Hudson Valley. This list is not meant to be exhaustive, but rather a representative sample of what can be found here on weekends (or weekdays if you work remotely). There are dozens more good options here! We’d love your input as well – feel free to suggest your favorite spots on our Instagram @hudsonvalleystylemag
Low key and romantic
The Shadows on the Hudson (Poughkeepsie, NY) – New American eats in a sprawling space with standout views, striking decor, and a serpentine bar makes it a great weekend getaway location for couples looking to explore outside of New York City. With delicious food and an amazing wine list, it’s no wonder that Shadows on the Hudson has won multiple awards and has been featured in local and national publications.
A place with a view
Newburgh waterfront has a lot of options for places with amazing views, but there are only a few that have both amazing food and views. If you’re looking to really indulge in your weekend getaway, head to Hudson Taco where their authentic tacos and drinks are combined with their breathtaking views. The glass windows lining the river side of the Hudson Taco let you see all of Newburgh’s waterfront and Beacon, NY, and its surrounding areas as you feast on your meal. Hudson Taco sources many products from local farms, cheesemakers, and wineries and we even collaborated with our neighbors, Newburgh Brewing Company, to create “aMAÍZing”, a delicious corn lager made from New York State-grown corn from Hudson Valley Malt that pairs beautifully with all of our dishes. To say that we are excited to share this menu and experience with all of you is an understatement.
A cozy spot to grab a drink
If you’re looking for a rustic escape, but don’t want to travel too far from New York City, The Round House in Beacon, NY is sure to please. Housed inside a historic mill house building, it offers high-quality steaks and seafood, along with a cozy bar that serves handcrafted cocktails made from local ingredients. The Roundhouse Restaurant serves modern American cuisine inspired by the agricultural richness of the Hudson Valley. Their menus highlight local farms, wineries, distilleries, and all of the amazing food and beverage craftsmen of the Hudson Valley. All of the tables have waterfall and creek views from the Roundhouse building’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
You’ll find a number of restaurants on our list that will appeal to families, thanks to their approachable menus and casual atmospheres. Many eateries even offer family-style meals, perfect for creating memories while enjoying your time with loved ones. Take Lola’s Cafe in New Paltz; featuring a cozy cafe setting, this informal restaurant offers inventive sandwiches, salads, burgers & bowls for dine-in or takeout.
The local favorite
Residents of Dutchess County and neighboring areas know that there’s one go-to place for a weekend getaway from NYC—it’s The Crew Restaurant and Bar. Stop by to have a pint of local beer, grab an appetizer like their wild salmon fritters, and enjoy it all while watching your favorite sporting event on one of several TVs.
Thomas is a 2001 Culinary Institute of America (CIA) graduate and has been recognized by Wine Spectator Magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, and Zagat. In addition, he has recently been inducted into the Chaîne des Rôtísseurs, the oldest and largest food and wine society in the world. As well as a member of the Society of Fellows at the Culinary Institute of America.