342 Warren St, Hudson
What better way to cap off a day spent hiking in and around the stunning Greenport Conservation than with some barbecue and beer at this Columbia County gastropub? Just a seven-minute drive down the road, American Glory blends traditional preparation methods with contemporary cooking techniques for elevated barbecue offerings. Get spicy with the Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich battered with cayenne panko breadcrumbs, or tour the South with choices of barbecue platters that range from North Carolina pulled pork to sliced Texas brisket to St. Louis-style ribs. Vegetarians and vegans, don’t fret — American Glory also serves a beet salad, veggie burger, and French onion soup.
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6009 Main St, Tannersville
After a day spent taking in the breathtaking views of Kaaterskill Falls, head over to the charming Last Chance Restaurant, which has been a fixture in the Catskills since 1971. Started by two antiquers, the restaurant is anything but boring. It’s decorated with eclectic finds and vintage knick-knacks, all for sale. The menu is just as exciting. With an array of international cheeses, start your dining experience by sharing a cheese platter or cheese fondue. For mains, there are even more options like the portabella and garlic goat cheese sandwich, smoked jalapeno burger with pepperjack, or a traditional meatloaf and mashed potatoes. What’s even more impressive than the extensive cheese and dining menu is the beer list of over 300 options.
549 Rt 17, Tuxedo Park
The darling of Tuxedo Park, Dottie Audrey’s is the place to stop for breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner. With options ranging from steel-cut oatmeal to smoked salmon toast to soups, salads, and sandwiches, you can keep it light and still feel full. If you’re starving for something more substantial, the Hudson Valley restaurant also serve dishes like shrimp and chorizo, fried chicken mac and cheese, and sirloin steak. And that’s not to mention the fresh-baked breads and pastries. Start the day off right and then take a hike — diner’s choice of Sterling Forest or Harriman State Park.
3123 US Rt 44, Gardiner
With the Shawangunk Mountains rising just across the road, this German restaurant serves lunch and dinner all day long. Come hungry, as authentic recipes make it easy to indulge. The Bavarian pretzel with warm smoked Gouda and horseradish dip, and pickled herring in sour cream and onion sauce are standout appetizers, while sauerbraten, seared pounded sirloin steaks, and various schnitzels comprise the entrees. Don’t forget to check out the beer and wine menus as well, which offer an interesting array of libations from Germany and beyond.
69 Spring St, Beacon
Whether you’ve conquered the trail at Mount Beacon or Breakneck Ridge, you’ll definitely be primed for a protein boost. Well-known for its selection of more than 40 meats, Barb’s Butchery also serves a smorgasbord of hot food. Specials rotate weekly, but at any given time you can choose from a variety of burgers and sandwiches, the latter of which includes hickory-smoked pastrami, pulled pork, or buffalo blue cheese chicken. Even a standard like sausage and peppers requires further specification: You’ll have to choose between pork, chicken, smoked, or lamb sausage. After eating, why not pick up a couple of brats for dinner?
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8373 State Rt 28, Big Indian
In the northwest corner of Ulster County sits this restaurant from New York City fine dining alums, Devin and Marybeth Mills. Surrounded on nearly all sides by Shandaken Wild Forest, Slide Mountain Wilderness, and Big Indian Wilderness, Peekamoose serves a frequently rotating menu built from simple ingredients served finely. Endive and pink grapefruit salad blend zip and zest, while house-made charcuterie lets you nibble before moving on to main courses like wild striped bass, the farmers’ vegetable and grain plate, or wood grilled hanger steak.