B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | BR: Brunch | T: Take-out
Start the day at Bluestone Roasting Company, widely agreed to be the best cup of joe in town. This cozy little café also serves light brunch fare like breakfast paninis, sandwiches, French toast and waffles, juices, and soups.
845.247.3245, B, L, D
A lovely little spot, Love Bites Café does a bit of everything, whipping up breakfast, lunch, and even specialty cocktails. Lots of vegetarian and gluten-free friendly options here, like the Viva la Vegan burger, sweet and spicy cauliflower wings, and tofu scramble. Don’t sweat, meat lovers: The Filipino Beef with marinated skirt steak, garlic rice, eggs, and sugarcane vinegar will knock your socks off.
845.246.1795, B, L, T
Nearby newcomer Ohana Café aims to bring the Hawaiian sense of community to town with its selection of crêpes. On the savory side, influence ranges from French to Hawaiian, like the Lomi-lomi, stuffed with dill cream cheese, lox, and topped with lemon crème fraîche and capers. If you crave the sweet stuff, the Esopus Falls may prove hard to resist: chocolate crêpes stuffed with cannoli filling, finished with whipped cream and chocolate chips. Ohana also has more traditional breakfast offerings; come lunch, soup and wrap options are plentiful.
845.217.5750, B, L, T
Formerly Deli-cioso Deli & Bistro, this Middle Eastern and Indian-inspired restaurant features a large selection of halal entrees. With tons of vegan and vegetarian options, BINA’s Café is a winner. Get cozy with live entertainment while enjoying intricate dishes like chicken korma or chicken chollay (chickpeas). For a lighter meal, try the veggie or chicken pakora for just under $10.
845.217.5072, B, L, T
Saugerties has specialty shops as well. At Lucky Chocolates, you’ll find delectable organic treats, from almond bark to chocolate turtles, many of which are vegan. Just down the road, Best of Hudson Valley winner Krause’s Chocolates offers innumerable confections and 50 varieties of handmade chocolates at its flagship store. Don’t get salty if you’re not into the sweets; those craving a savory taste can head to Brine Barrel, where you can pick up your favorite pickles, as well as olives, sauerkraut, and deli sandwiches.
845.247.3134; 845.246.8377; 845.246.5181
Shareef will like it at Rock Da Casbah Tap & Eatery, a welcoming gastropub with a groovy vibe, a vegan-friendly menu, and sixteen beers on tap. Not only does the artwork and décor pay homage to kings of classic rock, but several furniture items are constructed from electric guitars. Word is the Fleetwood Mac & Cheese is made with five types of cheese, but who knows — that could just be Rumours.
845.247.3929, L, D, T
At Black Eyed Suzie’s Upstate, the charming contemporary interior is redolent of a quaint, Lower East Side bistro. The menu focuses on fresh comfort food like cornmeal-crusted chicken and salmon burgers with horseradish dill sauce. Black Eyed Suzie’s also offers family-style takeaway, so you don’t have to order a pizza when you don’t feel like turning on the stove. Keep it healthy with baby kale and avocado salad with carrots, radish, and sesame ginger dressing.
845.247.3069, D, T
Local hangout The Dutch Ale House has been around since 1953 under a variety of owners, but the latest incarnation has locals and locavores equally psyched. Their new menu honors the restaurant’s greatest hits, and also injects a bit of playful soul into dishes. Order the sausage roll and prepare for a delicious sandwich with toasted caraway kraut, IPA mustard, garlic scapes, and your choice of bratwurst or kielbasa. For a truly mind-blowing meal, splurge on the pastrami beef rib.
845.247.2337, L, D, Br, T
We’re all about the day trip, but if you’re planning to stay overnight, Diamond Mills Hotel and Spa provides a luxurious stay with a rustic European design overlooking the Esopus Creek. Regardless of how long you’re in town, their in-house restaurant The Tavern offers a prime taste of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Outdoor seating overlooks the Esopus Creek, but if you can’t snag a seat outside, the indoor dining room features lofted ceilings and a polished atmosphere. Savor the linguine vongole with fresh clams in a red or white sauce, Italian-braised lamb shank, or the Venetian style trout.
845.247.0700 ext. 2, L, D, BR
Best of Hudson Valley winner and farm-to-table whirlwind Miss Lucy’s Kitchen invites diners into a farmhouse-style dining room outfitted with aprons and cast-iron pans hanging on the walls. The seasonal menu leans heavily on local meat (grilled hanger steak) and duck (seared with braised red cabbage, mashed potatoes, and cherry demiglace). Smoked meats, fresh breads, and desserts are all done in-house, and man, you can taste it.
845.246.9240, L, D, T, BR
Saugerties has so many watering holes that you could stage a micro-bar crawl. Look for a storefront with a fat pig painted onto an overhead sign and you’ll find The Pig Bar & Grill, a snug pub filled with regulars. Locals love the weekly specials here, like Mussel and Martini Mondays and $6 burger night on Wednesdays. With a full menu until 12:45 a.m., this is a great spot to end the night. Hang at the bar or shoot some pool while you wait for your food.
845.246.6904, D, T
Set back from the street, The Partition brings an industrial, underground vibe to town. A seasonal outdoor bar outfitted with heat lamps, a projector screen, and backlit bar, The Partition also regularly hosts live music. Grab a drink and an order of mega-sliders and settle into a game of mega-Jenga, while the kids get their feet wet in lighted micro-fountains.
*Reopens for the summer season in May 2020.
Ice cream is the dessert of choice in Saugerties. Follow the glow of overhead string lights down a narrow alley to Alleyway Ice Cream, a walk-up window with irresistibly wacky flavors: lemon curd, sweet corn, monkey bread, Bluestone latte (made with Bluestone coffee), and sour cream with blueberry. Vegans rejoice — they have a sizable selection of ice cream flavors crafted with cashew milk like black sesame and salted caramel.
Across the street, Kylie’s Sweet Shoppe & Gelateria, crafts all kinds of creations from affogatos, to build-your-own ice cream sandwiches. Of course, you can always stick with the surefire satisfaction of Ronnybrook Farms’ rich ice cream.