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These Hudson Valley Restaurants Serve up Scrumptious Fall Flavors

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At these local restaurants, Hudson Valley chefs whip up inspired dishes that celebrate the season of autumn and fall flavors.

There’s more fall goodness to savor outside of apple cider donuts in the Hudson Valley.

For a true dining experience, head to these local eateries with fall menus that celebrate the season in special ways. From harvesttime farm-to-table fare to elevated comfort food, these iconic foodie destinations feel even better in sweater weather.

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Brasserie 292

Poughkeepsie

This French-inspired bistro embraces eating by the season, with a rotating menu from Hudson Valley culinary veteran Charlie Fells. Brasserie’s “farmhouse French” offerings also feature Northern Italian influences. Non-pretentious and approachable, this elevated comfort food showcases a bit of the familiar and a bit of the new, all while highlighting the fall bounty of the region. Oktoberfest fans will adore the Berkshire schnitzel, paired with spaetzle, bacon-brussels sprouts, and warm mushroom-paprika gravy. The charcuterie-cheese plate includes house-cured Hudson Valley duck “ham,” and the maison salad uses local pink lady apples to brighten a plate of Belgian endive, candied walnuts, and French blue cheese. Plus, when the weather starts to turn chilly, nothing warms the soul like wild boar ragu.

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Broadway Bistro

Nyack

This Rockland County staple is a fall classic for a reason. Sample your way through the season with harvest favorites like butternut squash-goat cheese ravioli (in a to-die-for brown butter sage sauce). Of course, the lighter end of the menu includes a beet salad with goat cheese fritters, a gorgonzola-stuffed pear salad, and steamed mussels. Seafood fans, come hungry! The mélange of sautéed shrimp and sea scallops, crispy pancetta, wild and shiitake mushrooms, mashed butternut squash, and fresh basil white wine perfectly mirrors the transition from summer to fall. Carnivores can dig into grilled pork chops or veal-mushroom meatloaf, two hearty meals for brisk autumn days.

Hudson Hil’s Café

Cold Spring 

Of course, no fall dining tour around the Hudson Valley would be complete without delicious baked treats. At Hudson Hil’s in Cold Spring, apple and pecan pies celebrate the season expertly. Seeking a country-style breakfast? Opt for a platter of over-easy eggs with fresh figs, prosciutto, green apples, leek hash, and country potatoes. The restaurant serves shirred eggs on a bed of wilted tri-colored Swiss chard and roasted mushrooms, sprinkled with fontina cheese. There’s even a Creole breakfast, featuring poached eggs over grilled cornbread and andouille sausage, a perfect way to get through a cold, autumn morning.

Jägerberg Beer Hall

Hunter

When it comes to fall flavors, we can’t forget about German food. The Hudson Valley’s Bavarian community comes alive during autumn with Oktoberfest celebrations and beer gardens galore. Jägerberg Beer Hall keeps tradition alive in the Catskills, with a range of big tent-ready nosh. Schnitzel comes in many forms here, with tofu, flounder, and coconut shrimp varieties. Wurst platters allow diners to explore the many sausages of the mountains. But, don’t skimp on the sides. House-made German potato salad, from-scratch sauerkraut, and hand-crafted spaetzle are not to be missed.

Lunch Nightly

Kingston

A trip to Kingston’s Lunch Nightly is always memorable. Part butcher shop, part hole-in-the-wall chef spot, Lunch Nightly treats visitors to some of the most creative carnivorous—and vegetarian—fare around. Take out loaded clubs and salads for tasty midday meals, but take a look at the dinner menu as well, since it tempts with fall flavors galore. Go small with the baba ghanoush plate, served with pattypan squash, radishes, roasted shishito peppers, and tomatoes. The spicy beef and pork meatballs are so delicious with fresh focaccia, and the whole roasted chicken with patatas bravas will cure even the most hulking hankerings. Plus, rotating specials like polenta with locally foraged and smoked chicken of the woods mushrooms keep things interesting.

Millstream Tavern

Woodstock

It’s no surprise that the team behind The Dutch Ale House would achieve a deeply satisfying slew of comfort food. “Golfer dogs” are great for a quick lunch at Millstream Tavern, but stick around for the real fall specialties. Does anything sound quite as pleasant on a crisp fall evening as buckwheat lasagna? Wild mushrooms, spinach, ricotta, and pine nut cream round out a delectable “peasant” dish. Hanger steaks with watercress, Beaverkill Fishery trout, and Coquille Saint Jacques scallops with cognac-roasted chanterelle mushrooms present a wonderful selection of seasonal suppers in a breathtaking setting.

McKinney and Doyle

Pawling

At McKinney and Doyle, even the cocktails ooze fall flavors. Lost in the Forest puts a woodsy spin on a rye Manhattan, featuring birch, walnut, maple, cinnamon, and orange oil. Plus, Sazeracs and Paper Planes just feel right when temperatures dip below 70 degrees. On the dinner side, the Pawling hotspot serves truffle honey shrimp, prosciutto-duck ravioli, and a root vegetable stir fry. For dessert, indulge in seasonal classics like old fashioned pecan pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and warm bread pudding.

Oak and Reed

Middletown

Oak and Reed pays homage to Middletown’s role in the Hudson Valley’s foodie renaissance, and plays on the mystical allure of the region in its menu. Off the bat, apple butter cornbread and soy-glazed pork belly whet one’s appetite for fall flavors. Lighter mains include a stacked harvest salad (roasted squash, pepitas, dried cranberries, and apple cider vinaigrette), shaved Brussels sprouts with Bartlett pear, and calamari-currant couscous. Main courses are over-the-top autumnal. The eatery plates espresso-rubbed venison with parsnip-apple puree, and pairs miso maple-glazed salmon with sweet potatoes and delicata squash. Plus, the vegan mushroom-tofu poke bowl is certainly worth a try.

Terrapin Restaurant

Rhinebeck

Chef Josh Kroner’s culinary creations at Terrapin warrant real attention from Hudson Valley foodies. Though many fall-tinged dishes grace Terrapin’s menu year-round, there’s something special about a visit to Rhinebeck when the leaves change color. Truffled fig, brie, and shallot quesadillas are perfect for sharing, as is the potato gnocchi with sautéed duck livers, shiitake mushrooms, and leeks in a sage cream sauce. Pumpkin ravioli and venison bolognese are seasonal classics, and do not underestimate the sheer decadence of farmers’ market crepes. Pair dinner with a movie at Upstate Films for the perfect fall date night.


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