These smoothie bowls are almost too pretty to eat. Dig into varieties like Mermaid, So Matcha, Good Vibes, and Soul. Our favorite perk is the “you pick two,” where you can pair an acai bowl with toast (like avocado, nutella and peanut butter, or pesto ricotta). Bonus: order a doggy bowl to go for your four-legged friend!
Albany County Restaurant
Artisanal Chocolate Shop
Artisanal Food Product
Eastdale Ave Bagels, Poughkeepsie
There’s elevated pub fare. And then there’s Melzingah, which always goes a step above delicious. Pair your favorite local beer with lunch options like crispy Bavarian pretzel bites with cheese dip or shrimp po’boy. Stick around for dinner to order the smoked pork belly or mussels and sausage. Still hungry? Order the peanut butter explosion cake.
If you step foot in any local grocery store, there’s a good chance that you’ll see at least a few loaves from Bread Alone—and if you’ve ever bought one, then you know that they’re the best around. All of the company’s products, from their sourdough to their nine mixed grain, are made with organic ingredients—healthy and delicious.
At this roastery, the goal is to offer something for everyone. On any given day, you’ll find elevated medium and dark house blends, plus four rotating, single-origin roasts from locations like Ethiopia and Guatemala. Beans to go are available in store, online, and soon—at their anticipated new location on Lander Street in downtown Newburgh.
Columbia County Restaurant
A sleek, moody interior (think black banquettes and marble counters), an ever-changing menu of fresh takes on American dishes, and creative craft cocktails. What’s not to love about this eatery? Don’t miss plant-forward entrees like fried lion’s mane mushroom tacos, and year-round favorites like baked mac ‘n’ cheese or house-made ice cream.
French macarons are hard to craft, but CIA-trained baker Amanda Giacalone has perfected them. Choose classic flavors like chocolate and vanilla or more unusual offerings like carrot cake and peach habanero—they are all delicious. We guarantee you’ll leave the shop with a dozen (at least) every time you visit!
This tiny, Euro-style spot bakes up the most delicious lemon bars around. The shortbread is light and melts in your mouth; the creamy lemon curd is tart and addictive. Violet’s buttery blueberry crumb bar is a very close second place.
This is the place to create your own perfect donut. With over a dozen toppings, glazes, and drizzles, the options are endless. Short on time? Order the donut of the day. Our fave combos are maple-graham cracker-caramel and lemon-sugar-raspberry. Of course, you can’t go wrong with the donut ice cream sandwich.
Dutchess County Restaurant
There are almost 25 varieties on the menu—and they’re all great. Must-tries include Komodo dragon (hot Italian sausage with Puerto Rican spices), Cajun shrimp, and truffle mac ‘n’ cheese. Dessert empanadas? Check! The apple pie pocket is excellent.
Fish & Chips
Prost! Tucked along The Gunks is a little slice of Germany where the staff wears dirndls and lederhosen and the pints are always flowing (there are over a dozen types of draught and bottled German beer). Go traditional with three styles of schnitzel with spaetzle, beef roulade, goulash, or a variety of savory wursts.
Girls Night Out
Gourmet Grocery Store
Greene County Restaurant
There’s one spot in the Valley that’s serving up authentic Big Island-style comfort food. The top-seller is the Aloha plate—your choice of a protein, sauce, and two sides like macaroni salad or pineapple fried rice—but we love the savory loco moco (beef, sunny side egg, rice). Over a dozen bubble teas is the icing on the cake.
Readers adore this cow-to-cone destination. The ice cream is made fresh with Hudson Valley dairy and their unique flavors of orange pineapple, chocolate peanut butter brownie, and lavender honey are addicting. (There’s classic soft serve, too!) Follow their Insta for the “shake of the month” and sundae specials.
Italian Cuisine (Not a Pizzeria)
After a trip to any of Cosimo’s four locations, you’ll be dreaming of their exceptional fried calamari, spaghetti with white clam sauce, and grilled pesto chicken salad. A smooth shot of their authentic Italian espresso (served with almond biscotti) and apple zeppoles with caramel sauce are not to be missed.
Late Night Menu
Made with regionally-sourced ingredients and absolutely delicious—what more could you ask for in a cheese? Their buttery triple crème, earthy camembert, and milky ricotta are all top-notch, and have won awards from the New York State Fair and the World Cheese Championship.
Latin Cuisine (Other Than Mexican)
Local Hot Sauce
These vinegar-free, fermented sauces pack a punch. From the mild Evil Possessor to the extra-hot Creeping Death—we love them all. Add a few dabs to spice up any sandwich, egg dish, or noodle bowl.
Middle Eastern Cuisine
New Restaurant (East of Hudson River)
New Restaurant (West of Hudson River)
Onigiri (Rice Balls)
This versatile Japanese delicacy can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner—but it’s hard to find in the HV. Lucky for us, Chef Yasuyo Hibino is an onigiri pro and packs her rice balls with fillings like grilled salmon, kimchi tuna mayonnaise, and salted plum at her lunchtime pop-up at Lodger on Liberty Street. Pro tip: pre-order on Instagram—they sell out fast!
A delicious meal of Bavarian schnitzel and spaetzle at the Gunk Haus is only enhanced by the stunning mountain views. Their spacious patio affords panoramic vistas of the Shawangunks and adjacent apple orchards. Pro tip: make reservations at golden hour to watch the sunset over the ridge.
Orange County Restaurant
Culinary magic is alive on North Street. This farm-to-table spot consistently serves up unique, seasonal dishes. Anything with cheese is a winner from the burrata with grilled apricot and honey vinaigrette to ricotta dumplings stuffed with wild mushrooms and spinach-walnut pesto.
Discover the taste of Italy in Dutchess, where Chef Patrick Amedeo cooks Neapolitan-style pies (no slices!) in a wood-fire oven. Cult faves include the Mama Mia (mozzarella, onions, fennel sausage) and Terra Bianca (mozzarella, Grana Padano, ricotta, arugula). Even Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports and host of the acclaimed Barstool Pizza Review, declared Posto to be “spectacular.”
Putnam County Restaurant
Restaurant and Bakery
A bakery by morning and fine foods café by night, we love this spot because they do it all. Grab a still-warm, fresh Danish or muffin for a sweet breakfast, and come back for dinner to enjoy best-selling dishes like the creamy lobster risotto or the brook trout with lemon and capers. Bonus: the bakery features an old-fashioned soda fountain.
Rensselaer County Restaurant
Restaurant for College Kids
Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying
Restaurant With Live Music
Rockland County Restaurant
Elevated American fare shines at this fine-dining hotspot. Regulars rave about the selection of prime steak and signature sides like crispy Brussels sprouts with bacon and bourbon-maple glaze and truffle Parmesan pomme frites. Save room for dessert: the chocolate chip croissant bread pudding is amazing.
With six locations around the HV—and a new shop opening in Newburgh—Blend has the recipe for success. Choose from six nutrient-packed smoothies, like Love My Body (pineapple, mango, orange, vanilla yogurt) and Energy Booster (pineapple, apple, blueberry, grape, almond milk). Or make your own drink with three fruits and a base of choice, plus supplements such as chia seeds and cacao nibs.
Ulster County Restaurant
Vegan Fried Chicken
Who says delicious, Southern food can’t be vegan? While Darlings’ classic fried chicken is great—their plant-based version (made with local oyster mushrooms)is the best around. Pair with sides like poblano mac ‘n’ cheese, grits, and corn muffins.
Westchester County Restaurant
Beer Selection (Restaurant/Bar)
Beer Selection (Retail Store; Not a Chain)
Brewery (East of Hudson River)
Brewery (West of Hudson River)
The beers aren’t the only thing that make this brewery great—its large taproom overlooking the Hudson is always hopping with entertainment and events. In addition to live music Friday–Sunday, Newburgh offers happy hour specials every Wednesday and Thursday (plus trivia and karaoke) and monthly concerts in partnership with station WRRV.
Start with an antique barn that has a roomy bar, plenty of tables, and features live music on Sundays; add 140 acres of apple trees, wildflowers, and hops which you can gaze upon while enjoying excellent craft beers (from IPAs to lagers to stouts) in the outdoor garden; mix in food trucks and comfy Adirondack chairs—and you’ve got the recipe for the region’s most outstanding farm brewery.
Every flavor of margarita you could imagine is on the menu and offered frozen, on the rocks, or straight-up. Top picks are de la casa (house), hibiscus, blood orange, mango, and pomegranate. Go big with the Bulldog—it’s made with Casa Noble tequila and topped with an upside-down Corona.
This art-deco spot goes above and beyond with its cocktail offerings, so it should come as no surprise that the bartenders can mix a mean classic martini. Order it dirty and relax in the uber-cool lounge.
You can find over 225 types of bottled and canned cider here. Not sure where to start? Taste-test a dozen ciders at the taproom and share your flavor preferences with staff. We promise you’ll leave with a smile and a growler (or two). And don’t miss their cider events throughout the year.
Milea’s winemakers craft rosé with terroir (specifically shale and slate soils) in mind: grapes are picked on a specific schedule to maintain acidity and freshness. It’s blended with cabernet franc, Bordeaux, and muscat grapes and fermented without sugar. The result is a crisp flavor with aromas of orange, lemon, lime, and rose petals—a perfect sip for summer.