Where to Dine and Take out Christmas Dinner in the Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley restaurants offer special menus for cozy Christmas Eve dinners and festive takeout platters to make your holidays merry.

Is a no-cook Christmas at the top of your wish list? Does the thought of having to turn on the oven for Christmas Eve dinner have you shaking in your slippers? Fear not! We’re unwrapping the best Hudson Valley venues open during Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, just for you. This December, you deserve an unforgettable holiday meal with all the trimmings and none of the stress.

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Order entire family meals for pickup or reserve a date night for two at some of the Hudson Valley’s finest establishments. Place orders and make reservations soon since restaurants book fast. These are the tastiest menus to savor local fare for the holidays.

Takeout

An Artistic Taste

Order by December 22, pickup on December 23, 5-7 p.m.
Harriman

 

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With a motto like “Let us wow you,” it’s no surprise that An Artistic Taste serves up a delicious and unique Christmas dinner. Savor the eatery’s culinary stylings this Christmas Eve with dishes like curry chickpeas, glazed oxtails, smoked gouda mac and cheese, red snapper, and chocolate pecan pie for dessert.

Honest Weight Food Co-Op

Order by December 21, pickup on December 24
Albany

Honest Weight Food Co-Op in Albany assembled a massive holiday catering menu with a slew of gluten-free and vegan dishes. Vegan crab dip and plant-based mozzarella sticks round out the meatless appetizers. For main courses, check out the lentil loaf glazed with maple balsamic ketchup, Spanish chicken, and pineapple sage pork loin dishes. Plus, gluten-free treats like cranberry-orange tea cake, blueberry crumb pie, and a vegan cookie platter end the night before the big day on a sweet note.

Rossi & Sons

Pickup December 23 & 24
Eastdale Village, Poughkeepsie

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There is something exceptionally traditional about Rossi’s delicious Italian food and the holidays. This year, customize your Christmas Eve and Day dinners with a vast array of hearty options. Feasts complete with antipasti, pasta, entrées, sides, and old-world desserts are available in small, medium, and large sizes. The team at Rossi’s serves mouthwatering trays of penne alla vodka, rigatoni Bolognese, and veggie lasagna alongside chicken francese, eggplant parmigiana, and a Christmas Eve staple, zuppa di pesce.

Dine-In

Blu Pointe 

Christmas Eve dinner, 2 p.m.
A la carte
Newburgh

 

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For ambiance and fresh, delicious seafood this Christmas Eve, ship out to Newburgh to enjoy Blu Pointe’s chef specials. Alongside the regular dinner menu, the waterfront restaurant will serve seasonal picks like an Italian seafood salad, zuppa de pesce, stuffed Islandic sole, and pan-roasted red snapper. Hit up the raw bar for all things surf, and check out the charbroiled steak selection if you’re more into turf.

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BLACKBARN Hudson Valley at Diamond Mills Hotel and Tavern

Christmas Eve dinner, 4-7:45 p.m.
A la carte
Saugerties

When you can’t deal with the hassle of preparing a multi-course feast for December 24, do yourself a favor and bring the family to Diamond Mills. Kick things off with BLACKBARN’s seared crab cakes, charcuterie, grilled sweet potato panzanella, or country pate. For your main, try the butternut squash ravioli, eight-hour barbecue beef ribs, vegan wild mushroom ragout, or pan-seared diver scallops. Finish things off with rum butterscotch bread pudding, chai tea cheesecake, or mocha mousse.

Goosefeather

Christmas Eve dinner, 2-7 p.m.
A la carte
Tarrytown

 

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At Goosefeather, Christmas Eve dinner is a delicious and nontraditional affair. Choose a la carte options from the regular dinner menu made of exciting, local ingredients. Start with salads like shaved snow pea or local market mushroom, then move onto interesting vegetables appetizers like wok charred greens, crispy Brussels sprouts, red braised delicata squash, and smashed crispy fingerling potatoes. Dine on dim sum before your entree of barbecue beef short rib, walnut shrimp, halibut, or flowering cauliflower. Dessert is equally delightful with options like a peanut butter and jelly mochi waffle, Vietnamese coffee tiramisu, and a Goosefeather autumn sundae.

Hudson House River Inn

Christmas Eve dinner, 4-9 p.m.
Three-course dinner, $54 per person
Cold Spring

The holidays are a tradition at Cold Spring’s Hudson House River Inn, a local institution since 1832. Enjoy a savory starter in the way of the New England crab and corn chowder or homemade burrata, then move to mains like the Faroe Island salmon, zuppa de pesce, or surf and turf. To finish, choose between apple tartine, pumpkin cheesecake, and Belgian chocolate mousse cake.

Shadows on the Hudson

Christmas Eve dinner, 2:30-6 p.m.
A la carte
Poughkeepsie

If you’re in the market for glorious Hudson River views to complement your meal, Shadows offers riverside dining to die for in Poughkeepsie. Seafood favorites and hearty pastas are sure to satisfy diners, alongside land favorites like filet mignon and New York strip. The Hudson Valley restaurant also has an assortment of fun appetizers and desserts to top off the night.

Smoky Rock Barbecue

Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
A la carte
Rhinebeck

Rhinebeck’s Smoky Rock Barbecue is open this year for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals, so call to make your reservations. If you’re a meat lover, head to this barbecue joint for the best of smoked meats, combo platters, burgers, and sides like mac and cheese, collard greens, baked beans, fries, and much more. The in-house bakery also has an extensive dessert list featuring items like maple bourbon pecan pie, baklava cheesecake, and chocolate layer cake.

Stagecoach Inn

Christmas Eve dinner, 4-8 p.m.
Three-course dinner, $90 per person
Goshen

On Christmas Eve, Stagecoach Inn treats diners to a showstopper of a December dinner. With reservations starting in late afternoon and three-course meals available, this is an excellent option for families. Pair signature dishes with one of the inn’s specialty cocktails for a meal made in holiday heaven. Start with decadent appetizers like fried burrata and lobster bisque. Then, move onto duck confit, filet mignon, seared red snapper, or roasted half chicken. Dessert delights with options like limoncello raspberry cake, warm brownie sundae, and house-made chocolate mousse.

Terrapin

Christmas Eve dinner, 5-8 p.m.
Tapas and an entrée, $69 per person
Rhinebeck

This popular Rhinebeck eatery decks the halls for the holiday with twinkle lights and garlands galore. The prix-fixe experience entitles patrons to a tapas platter—complete with grilled lamb chops, goat cheese wontons, crispy artichokes, and a duck quesadilla—plus an entrée. Dishes like pumpkin ravioli, asiago cheese-crusted chicken breast, braised boneless beef short ribs, and grilled organic king salmon round out the seasonal offerings. Tack on one of Terrapin’s tasty cocktails, and this year’s dinner is one to remember.

Troutbeck

Christmas Eve dinner
A la carte
Amenia

This holiday season, Troutbeck offers an a la carte menu for Christmas Eve dinner, with options for poultry and meat lovers, as well as vegetarians. The fixings include smoked steelhead trout dip, roasted lobster, savory “fish waffle” brandade, and Weir squid salad. To end the night, try cookies (shaped like fish, of course) served with milk from local farms.

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