Best of Hudson Valley: Food and Drinks in 2024

Our Best of Hudson Valley winners offer top-tier food, drinks, and dining experiences throughout the region.

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-Reader Picks-

Bar

Goodnight Kenny, Poughkeepsie

Reader Pick: Goodnight Kenny, Poughkeepsie
Reader Pick: Goodnight Kenny, Poughkeepsie. Photo courtesy of Goodnight Kenny.

Bar Food

The Bar on West & Main, Pleasant Valley

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Bar Staff

The Vinyl Room, Beacon

Bartender

Ben Friedman at Goodnight Kenny, Poughkeepsie

Beer Garden

Schatzi’s Pub and Bier Garden, Poughkeepsie

Beer Selection
(Restaurant/Bar)

Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie

Bloody Mary

Publick House 23, Pleasant Valley

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Brewery
(East of Hudson River)

Sloop Brewery, East Fishkill

Reader Picks: Sloop Brewing, East Fishkill
Reader Picks: Sloop Brewing, East Fishkill. Courtesy of Sloop Brewing.

Brewery
(West of Hudson River)

Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh

Canned Cocktails

Liquid Fables, Beacon

Cider Retailer

Boutique Wines, Spirits & Ciders, Fishkill

Reader Pick: Boutique Wines, Spirits & Ciders, Fishkill
Reader Pick: Boutique Wines, Spirits & Ciders, Fishkill. Photo by Francesca Furey.

Cidery

Angry Orchard, Walden

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Reader Pick: Angry Orchard, Walden
Reader Pick: Angry Orchard, Walden. Photo courtesy of Angry Orchard.

College Bar

Mahoney’s Irish Pub, Poughkeepsie

Craft Cocktails

Wonderbar, Beacon

Distillery

Hudson House Distillery, West Park

Dive Bar

Tavern 23, Poughkeepsie

Farm Brewery

Obercreek Brewing Co., Wappingers Falls

Frozen Drinks

The Roosevelt Bar, Beacon

Happy Hour

Jason Patrick’s on 44, Poughkeepsie

IPA
(Type)

Hudson Haze from King’s Court Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie

Liquor Store

Viscount Wines and Liquor, Wappingers Falls

Local Bourbon

Hudson House Distillery, West Park

Local Gin

Tuthilltown Spirits Distillery, Gardiner

Local Vodka

Viskill Vodka from Denning’s Point Distillery, Beacon

Reader Pick: Viskill Vodka from Denning's Point Distillery, Beacon
Reader Pick: Viskill Vodka from Denning’s Point Distillery, Beacon. Photo by Meghan Spiro Photography.

Local Whiskey

Taconic Distillery, Stanfordville

Margarita

Hudson Taco, Newburgh

Reader Pick: Hudson Taco, Newburgh
Reader Pick: Hudson Taco, Newburgh. Photo by HV Food Photography.

Martini

The Roosevelt Bar, Beacon

Mocktails

Wonderbar, Beacon

-Editor Pick-

Zero-Proof Bottle Shop

Stella’s Fine Market, Beacon

This cute and curated spot on Main Street was named one of the top non-alcoholic bottle shops in America according to Wine Enthusiast—and we understand why. Beyond the trendy pantry items and diverse cookbooks are over a dozen bottles and cans of zero-proof cocktails and drinks, like Best Day Brewing’s Kolsch-style beer, fruit-forward aperitifs by Ghia, and Töst rosé refresher. Stella’s even hosts NA pop-ups throughout the year and launched a dry bar cart for private events.

Stella's Fine Market
Photo courtesy of Stella’s Fine Market.

-Editor Pick-

Neighborhood Brewery

Subversive Malting + Brewing, Catskill

The lucky people who live in Catskill don’t have to travel far to visit a great brewery; in fact many can walk to Subversive’s taproom and beer garden on West Bridge Street. The beer —from hoppy IPAs to sours to their popular Dark Harvest—is brewed with locally sourced ingredients. They also serve NYS wine, cocktails, hard cider, and sodas as well as a food menu including sandwiches, salads, and smash burgers.

Neighborhood Brewery
Photo by Diane Stredicke

-Reader Picks-

Negroni

Goodnight Kenny, Poughkeepsie

New Bar

The Vinyl Room, Beacon

New Brewery
(Opened 2023)

Aspire Brewing, Middletown

Old Fashioned

Jason Patrick’s on 44, Poughkeepsie

Restaurant Wine List

1915 Wine Cellar, Poughkeepsie

Rooftop Bar

Zeus Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie

Sommelier

Heather Barr at Homespun Foods, Beacon

Sports Bar

Tavern 23, Poughkeepsie

Taproom / Tasting Room

Newburgh Brewing Company, Newburgh

Newburgh Brewing
Reader Pick: Newburgh Brewing, Newburgh. Courtesy of Newburgh Brewing.

Wine & Food Pairing

Magnanini Winery, Wallkill

Wine
(Type)

Riesling, Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville

Wine Bar

Di’Vine Wine Bar, Wappingers Falls

Wine Store

Viscount Wines & Liquor, Wappingers Falls

Wine Tasting

Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook

Winery

Milea Estate Vineyard, Staatsburg

Food

-Reader Picks-

Acai Bowls

Chakra Bowls, Poughkeepsie

Reader Pick: Chakra Bowls, Poughkeepsie
Reader Pick: Chakra Bowls, Poughkeepsie. Photo courtesy of Chakra Bowls.

Albany County Restaurant

Druthers Brewing Company, Albany

American Cuisine

Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie

Reader Pick: Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie
Reader Pick: Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie. Photo by Shot by Kimberly.

Apple Cider Donuts

Barton Orchards, Poughquag

Artisanal Chocolate Shop

Krause’s Chocolates, New Paltz and Saugerties

Asian Fusion

Bonsai, Poughkeepsie

Bagel

Eastdale Bagels, Poughkeepsie

Bakery

The Pastry Garden, Poughkeepsie

Barbecue

Smoky Rock Barbeque, Rhinebeck

-Editor Pick-

Food at a Winery

Milea Estate Vineyard, Staatsburg

We are thrilled that our readers selected Milea as Best Winery in the Hudson Valley—the wine is spectacular, but so is the food. The seasonal small bites menu, created by talented chef David Kim, features fresh, local ingredients sourced from local farms and the winery’s own organic gardens. Several options are Asian inspired, like the delicious Korean fried chicken with gochujang glaze; there’s also a cheese plate featuring HV fromage.

Milea Estate Vineyard
Photo by Meghan Spiro Photography.

-Editor Pick-

Original Ice Cream Flavors

Fortunes Ice Cream, Tivoli

Whenever you are anywhere near Tivoli, make sure you make time for a stop at Fortunes. Yes, there are plenty of ice cream shops around the Valley that scoop up lots of varieties made with fresh, local ingredients but we bet you won’t find flavors like rosewater saffron pistachio, halva honeycomb, and labne sour cherry. There are delicious vegan options as well.

Ice Cream
Photo courtesy of Fortunes Ice Cream.

-Editor Pick-

British Food

Moreish, Beacon

Take all the stereotypes about British food being bland and boring—and throw them out the window. English expat Michael Johnson (who’s worked in Michelin-starred kitchens and for British Airways) is serving up fresh, authentic dishes, from always-popular bangers and mash to full English breakfasts, in his stall at the Hudson Valley Food Hall. Moreish’s savory and sweet menus rival those of British pubs; and, once you try their sausage roll, you’ll be craving it weekly.

Moreish Beacon
Photo by Meghan Spiro Photography.

-Reader Picks-

Bread

Bread Alone, multiple locations

Brisket

Brothers BBQ, New Windsor

Brunch

Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie

Bubble Tea

Tea Talk, Poughkeepsie

Buffet

Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie

Burger
(Beef)

21 Burgers & Wings, Wappingers Falls

Burger
(Meat-Free)

Moonburger, multiple locations

Burger Joint

Buns Burgers, multiple locations

Burrito

Cafe Maya, Wappingers Falls

Butcher Shop

Frankie’s Superette, Hopewell Junction

Calzones

Cosimo’s, multiple locations

Candy Store

Samuel’s Sweet Shop, Rhinebeck

Reader Picks: Samuel’s Sweet Shop, Rhinebeck
Reader Picks: Samuel’s Sweet Shop, Rhinebeck. Courtesy of Samuel’s Sweet Shop.

Caribbean Cuisine

Cafe con Leche, Rhinebeck and Wappingers Falls

Charcuterie

Rossi & Sons, Poughkeepsie

Cheap Eats

The Beacon Daily, Beacon

Cheese Shop

Cold Spring Cheese Shop, Cold Spring

Cheesesteak

Jason Patrick’s on 44, Poughkeepsie

Chef
(Private/Catering)

Chef Stef, Poughkeepsie

Chef
(Restaurant)

Danny Crocco at Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie

Chicken Wings

Handshakes Bar & Grill, Poughkeepsie

Chinese Cuisine

Chan’s Peking, Poughkeepsie

Cinnamon Rolls

Barton Orchards, Poughquag

Coffee

Ready Coffee, multiple locations

Coffee Barista

Andy at Ready Coffee, Newburgh

Coffee Beans/Roaster

Ready Coffee, multiple locations

-Reader Picks-

Coffeehouse

The Crafted Kup, Poughkeepsie

Columbia County Restaurant

WM Farmer & Sons, Hudson

Reader Pick: WM Farmer & Sons, Hudson
Reader Pick: WM Farmer & Sons, Hudson. Photo by Mendy Waits.

Cookies

Amanda’s Macaron Shoppe, Poughkeepsie

Deli

Rossi & Sons, Poughkeepsie

Desserts

The Pastry Garden, Poughkeepsie

Diner

Red Line Diner, Fishkill

Dinner and a Show

Daryl’s House Club, Pawling

Donuts

Glazed Over Donuts, Beacon

Dumplings

Palace Dumplings, Wappingers Falls

Dutchess County Restaurant

Il Figlio Enoteca, Fishkill

Empanada

Empanada Mama, East Fishkill

Family Restaurant

Cosimo’s, multiple locations

Farmers Market

Beacon Farmers Market, Beacon

Farm-to-Table Restaurant

Farmers & Chefs, Poughkeepsie

First Date Spot

Melzingah Tap House, Beacon

Fish & Chips

Joe Willy’s Seafood House, Wappingers Falls

Fish Market

Gadaleto’s Seafood Market & Eatery, New Paltz

Fondue

Di’Vine Wine Bar, Wappingers Falls

Food Truck

Empanada Mama, East Fishkill

French Cuisine

Brasserie 292, Poughkeepsie

French Fries

Sugar & Spice Café, Poughkeepsie

Fried Chicken

The Beacon Daily, Beacon

Fun Vibe

Happy Valley Arcade Bar, Beacon

Gelato

Village Pizza, New Paltz

German Cuisine

Mountain Brauhaus, Gardiner

Girls Night Out

Coupe Champagne Bar, Wappingers Falls

Gluten-Free Menu

110 Grill, Poughkeepsie

Gourmet Grocery Store

Adams Fairacre Farms, multiple locations

Greek Cuisine

Athena Gyro, Fishkill, Lagrangeville

Greene County Restaurant

Frank Guido’s Port of Call, Catskill

Gyro

Athena Gyro, Fishkill, Lagrangeville

Hibachi

Kobe, Poughkeepsie

Hot Dogs

Pete’s Hot Dogs, Newburgh

Hotel Restaurant

Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz

Ice Cream

Joe’s Dairy Bar, Hopewell Junction

Indian Cuisine

Tamarind, Poughkeepsie

Reader Pick: Tamarind, Poughkeepsie
Reader Pick: Tamarind, Poughkeepsie. Photo courtesy of Tamarind.

Italian Cuisine
(Not a Pizzeria)

Savona’s Trattoria & Bar, multiple locations

Japanese Cuisine

Kobe, Poughkeepsie

Juice Bar

Blend Smoothie & Salad Bar, multiple locations

Korean Cuisine

KorPot, Poughkeepsie

Reader Picks: KorPot, Poughkeepsie
Reader Picks: KorPot, Poughkeepsie. Photo by Francesca Furey.

Late Night Menu

Red Line Diner, Fishkill

Latin Cuisine
(Other Than Mexican)

Cafe con Leche, Rhinebeck and Wappingers Falls

Latte

The Crafted Kup, Poughkeepsie

Mediterranean Cuisine

Athena Gyro, multiple locations

Mexican Cuisine

Cafe Maya, Wappingers Falls

Middle Eastern Cuisine

Ziatun, Beacon

Milk Shakes

Holy Cow, Red Hook

Nachos

Maya Café, Fishkill

New Restaurant
(East of Hudson River) – Opened in 2023

The Vinyl Room, Beacon

New Restaurant
(West of Hudson River) – Opened in 2023

The Angry Chef, Marlboro

-Reader Picks-

Orange County Restaurant

Hudson Taco, Newburgh

Outdoor Dining
(Non-Waterside)

Cosimo’s, multiple locations

Oysters

Blu Pointe, Newburgh

Pasta

Il Figlio Enoteca, Fishkill

Patio

Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Newburgh

Pho

Miss Saigon Pho, Wappingers Falls

Pitmaster

Chris at Brothers BBQ, New Windsor

Pizza
(Gourmet)

Hudson & Packard, Poughkeepsie

Pizza
(Traditional)

Pizza Shop, Newburgh

Poke

Sushi Village, Fishkill and Poughkeepsie

Putnam County Restaurant

The Bird & Bottle Inn, Garrison

Ramen

Yum Yum Noodle Bar, multiple locations

Raw Bar

Blu Pointe, Newburgh

Rensselaer County Restaurant

Donna’s, Troy

Restaurant When Someone Else Is Paying

Ship Lantern Inn, Milton

Restaurant With Live Music

The Falcon, Marlboro

Ribs

Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Newburgh

Rockland County Restaurant

Hudson’s Mill Tavern, Garnerville

Romantic Restaurant

Ship Lantern Inn, Milton

Salad

Double O Grill, Wappingers Falls

Sandwiches/Subs

Rossi & Sons, Poughkeepsie

Seafood Restaurant

Blu Pointe, Newburgh

Smoothies

Blend Smoothie & Salad Bar, multiple locations

Soul Food

Essie’s Restaurant, Poughkeepsie

Southern Food

Ole Savannah, Kingston

Specialty Food Shop

Adams Fairacre Farms, multiple locations

-Editor Pick-

Cheese-Forward Menu

Bimi’s Canteen & Bar, Chatham

Calling all fromage fans! This Columbia County bistro highlights all things cheese on its rotating menu—from charcuterie slates with assortments of local or international wedges to apple toast with house-made ricotta to pimento mac ‘n’ cheese. (It’s really no surprise, since it’s attached to sister location Bimi’s Cheese Shop.) If there’s ravioli on the menu, order it. We love the mushroom version with charred radicchio, pumpkin espuma (foam), and Gorgonzola.

Cheese-forward Menu
Photo by Christian Harder.

-Reader Picks-

Steakhouse

Joseph’s Italian Steakhouse, Poughkeepsie

Sushi

Bonsai, Poughkeepsie

Tacos

Hudson Taco, Newburgh

Tapas

Terrapin, Rhinebeck

Tea House

Harney & Sons, Millerton

Reader Pick: Harney & Sons, Millerton
Reader Pick: Harney & Sons, Millerton. Photo courtesy of Harney & Sons.

Thai Cuisine

Sukhothai, Beacon

Ulster County Restaurant

Ship Lantern Inn, Milton

Vegan Menu

Peaceful Provisions, Beacon

Reader Pick: Peaceful Provisions, Beacon
Reader Pick: Peaceful Provisions, Beacon. Photo courtesy of Peaceful Provisions.

Vegetarian Menu

Chakra Bowls, Poughkeepsie

Vietnamese

Miss Saigon Pho, Wappingers Falls

Waterfront Dining

Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie

Westchester County Restaurant

Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish, North Salem

-Editor Pick-

Bar for Coffee & Cocktails

Camp Kingston, Kingston

Café with craft espresso by day, bar with inventive drinks and local beer by night—Camp Kingston does it all. Opened at the end of last year, the space has already amassed a loyal following, and it’s easy to see why. Stop by in the morning to sip on a latte and get some work done, then come back later for a cocktail and a game of pool.

Camp Kingston
Courtesy of Camp Kingston.

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