The Hudson Valley, with its stunning vistas and rich cultural heritage, is a beacon for travelers seeking a blend of nature, history, and gastronomy. Our picturesque region boasts sprawling farms, vibrant orchards, and vineyards that produce aromatic wines. As a dedicated travel lifestyle photographer, I've had the privilege of chronicling the Hudson Valley's multifaceted allure, bringing its many narratives to Hudson Valley Style Magazine's global audience.
Savoring Highland, NY: A Photographer's Review of the Gunk Haus Restaurant and the Culinary Delights of Hudson Valley – Restaurant Reviews with Photographer Maxwell Alexander – Presented by Alluvion Vacations
Among the many things to do in the Hudson Valley, immersing oneself in its diverse culinary landscape remains a standout experience. One of such culinary sojourns, shared with my husband Dino, was to the esteemed Gunk Haus in Highland, NY. This restaurant, with its impressive menu filled with classic German and European dishes like schnitzel, Hungarian Goulash, and pretzels, embodies the heart and soul of German fare. Its location, cocooned by lush orchards, offers not just an epicurean delight but also a visual treat.
The Mojito: My chosen refreshment, the Mojito, was like sipping on distilled sunshine. The fresh mint leaves that adorned it added a fragrant aroma, invoking the very spirit of summer in every sip. It was a celebration of the season in a glass.
The Blood Orange Margarita: Dino's selection took us on a different journey. The Blood Orange Margarita was a dance of flavors – the boldness of tequila intertwined with the bittersweet nuances of Campari. The spark of blood orange soda lent a fizzy delight, with a slice of blood orange providing a tangy culmination.
Mussels in White Wine Sauce: Venturing into appetizers, the mussels enveloped in a white wine sauce set the tone. Expertly steamed, the mussels held within them the whispers of the sea. The wine sauce, delicate yet flavorful, partnered exquisitely with the mussels. The accompanying toasted bread was perfect for savoring every last drop of this oceanic nectar.
Cheesy Flatbreads: An ode to simplicity, the cheesy flatbreads epitomized comfort food. Their crispy edges and soft centers were a playground of textures, while the molten cheese draping them added a layer of indulgent warmth.
Crunchy Skin Salmon on Zucchini Noodles: For mains, the salmon was a masterclass in culinary finesse. The skin, delightfully crispy, guarded the succulent flesh beneath. Paired with zucchini noodles, it was a dish that spoke of freshness and innovation, with each component elevating the other.
Haus Burger with Gorgonzola: The Haus Burger was a tribute to boldness. The beef, juicy and perfectly grilled, was accentuated by the sharp tang of melting gorgonzola. Every bite was an explosion of flavors, a symphony of savory elements coming together.
For those drawn to the myriad flavors and experiences of the Hudson Valley, Gunk Haus stands as a compelling chapter in a broader gastronomic story. As you plan your next escapade in this enchanting region, consider diving deeper into my meticulously curated collection of restaurant reviews and Airbnb reviews. Each narrative not only captures the essence of the Hudson Valley and the Catskills but also offers insights and recommendations to elevate your next visit. Your journey through this magical expanse is waiting to be enriched.