Here's What's New in the Local Dining Scene in January

A board game café in Troy, a happening bar in Philmont, and a food truck transformation in Poughkeepsie add flavor to the Hudson Valley.

Inside Farmers & Chefs / Photo by Aaron Lacan


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Come out to play at Bard & Baker, a board game café in Troy offering hundreds of retro and contemporary games along with toasty sandwiches on homemade bread, just-baked goods, and the full beverage gamut. Try a bourbon milkshake made with their own ice cream. 518.948.6693

Philmont’s country-chic guesthouse Vanderbilt Lakeside draws a local and weekender crowd with a lively bar and ever-changing dishes: coconut curried shrimp, spicy duck-and-kielbasa chili cup, and lemongrass mussels, to name a few. 518.672.7070

Have you been to Wacky Cactus? This Mexican restaurant in Poughkeepsie is creating a buzz for its steak burritos, tortilla soup, and, of course, margaritas. Happy hour is every day from 2–6 p.m. See you there? 845.214.0000

Ferraro’s Bull’s Head Inn is the new incarnation of a beloved Campbell Hall restaurant, this time with an impressive wine cellar. Menu classics from the past like baked garlic bulb join forces with a stellar charcuterie board, portobello fries, and coffee-rubbed strip steak. 845.469.2256

A bistro version of the popular food truck, Farmers & Chefs is up and running at the former Andy’s Place near the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie. Top picks: lobster spaghetti (obviously) and the vegan farro bowl. 845.337.4949

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Outfitted with a cozy pellet stove and moody lighting, Lis Bar is a welcome newcomer to midtown Kingston, doing a brisk business in stylish drinks and Polish comfort food like pierogies, potato pancakes with trout roe, and kielbasa with sourdough toast. 845.514.2350


Vanderbilt Lakeside / Photo by Kristin Daliso

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