Savor Outdoor Dining at These Hudson Valley Restaurants

Enjoy an al fresco meal while taking in the Hudson Valley views at these local eateries, which delight with farm-to-table fare and more.

Dreaming of a summery meal at your favorite Hudson Valley restaurant? Consider dining al fresco instead of venturing indoors. With beautiful days ahead of us, there’s no time like the present to lounge outdoors over a meal with friends, perhaps with a cocktail in hand. So what are you waiting for? Scroll through our list to scout out some of the finest outdoor dining in the region, then prepare your tastebuds for what’s bound to be an unforgettable foodie experience.

Albany County

Iron Gate Cafe

Albany

 

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Dine indoors or out for breakfast, lunch, or brunch at this family-owned and -operated Albany eatery. The aptly named restaurant has a picturesque garden patio tucked behind — you guessed it — an iron gate. It’s connected to the historic Holroyd Mansion, giving patrons a blend of history and eclectic taste thanks to the rock ’n’ roll-themed interior. The menu includes gluten-free and vegan-friendly café fare, and many of the ingredients are sourced from local farmers and businesses.

Nine Pin Cider Works

Albany

This cidery sits in the industrial warehouse district of New York’s capital city and has a modern-industrial feel. Walk around the side of the building and you’ll discover the patio decked out with ambient string lights and patio tents. The cider here is made with 100-percent New York State apples and fruits. Pair a glass of it with a charcuterie board or one of the gourmet sourdough pizzas, empanadas, or gluten-free hand pies.

Columbia County

Backbar

Hudson

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This Hudson favorite may boast a new manager and chef, but it still bears resemblance to the BackBar you already know and love—complete with its spacious al fresco eating area, casually decked out with picnic tables and string lights. The restaurant—which specializes in Southeast Asian dishes like chicken-lemongrass dumplings and veggie-loaded miso noodles—also aims to please outdoor and indoor diners alike with its spiked slushies (think: the tequila-fueled The Lucy with lime, agave, and cava floater) and local draft beer picks. Bonus points for the films that BackBar plans to project out on the patio this summer.

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The Greens at Copake Country Club

Craryville

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You don’t have to be a club member to eat here, but you’ll certainly feel like a VIP as you dine on the spacious outdoor deck and look out at the first tee and fairway of this historic 160-acre golf course. With casual seating and beautifully kept grounds, this spot is the perfect place to kick back and relax on a summer evening. Menu items such as the arugula salad and the pepper jack turkey burger are prepared by a CIA-trained chef and made with locally sourced produce, meats, and dairy. Check out the event page to see what fun activities or entertainment may be available during your dining experience.

Rivertown Lodge

Hudson

The Tavern at this rustic Hudson hotel features eclectic, seasonal menus and café seating. Start with a brunch option such as the spent grain biscuit with fig jam or go for a more filling dish like the focaccia egg sandwich. At dinnertime, dig into exceptional plates curated for summer weather like broccolini and littleneck clams.

Savona’s Trattoria

Hudson, Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook

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There’s nothing better than outdoor dining and Italian cuisine from one of Savona’s four locations this summer. Everything on the menu is delicious, but on hot days we recommend the fig and gorgonzola cheese pizza or the panzanella burrata salad to keep you feeling refreshed.

Dutchess County

Charlotte’s

Millbrook

Incredibly cozy outdoor dining is a major draw for this lovely space. Sit at a table surrounded by lush gardens, all while enjoying fare from Charlotte’s chefs. Menus change frequently, making each experience here a little different from the last.

Essie’s Restaurant

Poughkeepsie 

This restaurant and brunch café offers a cozy atmosphere inside and out. Sit at a window seat within the restaurant or head to the sidewalk seating to enjoy the full sunshine. Essie’s offers both brunch and dinner menus with options such as chicken and waffles, frittatas, vegetable pasta, and jerk ribs. The restaurant also has a variety of drinks including cocktails, wine, beer, whiskeys, bourbons, and specialty libations.

Farmers and Chefs

Poughkeepsie

If you are looking for a fun place to go when the weather gets warm, stop by Farmers and Chefs and opt for outdoor seating. With two different decks off of the restaurant, diners get views of the Walkway Over the Hudson and can bask in the sunlight while enjoying an extensive menu. Choose from sandwiches, burgers, pasta, seafood, salads, and desserts. Also enjoy the cocktails, house wine, or red and white wine by the bottle.

Heritage Food + Drink

Wappingers Falls

This farm-to-table restaurant hits indoor and outdoor dining out of the park with its ambiance and menu. Outside, the patio is just the place for digging into the restaurant’s comfort-food-with-a-twist fare.

Lolita’s Pizza

Poughkeepsie

Looking for great Neapolitan pizza and other Italian fare just a stone’s throw from the Walkway Over the Hudson? You’ll love this enticing oasis. The fenced-in patio offers a sweet escape from the outside world. Start with a vibrant cocktail, then dig into the sourdough pizza, homemade pasta dishes, and creative specials.

Melzingah Tap House

Beacon

Nothing says summer like a cold beer at Melzingah’s outdoor pavilion. Ask about the brews on tap, then pair them with the three-cheese mac and cheese or the mussel dish for starters. When it’s time for the main course, it’s impossible to go wrong with the crispy-skinned chicken and dumplings or the red coconut curry stew. It’s pub fare at its finest!

The Roundhouse

Beacon

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There’s something so soothing about the sound of cascading water—and no place better to enjoy it than the patio at the Roundhouse. Situated next to the Fishkill Creek, the coveted Beacon space shows off a small but powerful waterfall that’ll have you relaxing before your first round of drinks and appetizers arrives. Of course, the tranquil ambiance isn’t the only thing you’ll enjoy. From steamed chicken dumplings to pistachio crème brûlée, the Roundhouse offers plenty of creative dishes to keep you satisfied.

Shadows on the Hudson

Poughkeepsie

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Situated on a 40-foot cliff above the river, Shadows provides a beautiful view of the Mid-Hudson Bridge and Walkway Over the Hudson, plus a massive menu with seasonal seafood-centric dishes. Choose to sit in any of the restaurant’s five unique dining areas, each with its own ambiance. Select from a variety of seafood dishes on the menu, including the shrimp cocktail, crab cakes, and fried calamari.

Smoky Rock BBQ

Rhinebeck

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Lovingly outfitted with vibrant trees and flowers, a stone-walled patio sets the stage for outdoor dining at this much-loved barbecue joint in Rhinebeck, where you can tuck into savory staples like smoked brisket, pulled pork, and sausage under the shade of your very own canopy. Order up your favorites and unwind to the sounds of the patio’s trickling granite fountain while you sip a mango mai tai or watermelon mojito from Smoky Rock’s new signature cocktail list—the perfect complement to equally fruity summer dessert specials like lemon raspberry cake and banana cream pie.

The Tavern at The Beekman Arms

Rhinebeck

At this historic inn — which can boast “George Washington slept here” — enjoy an al fresco lunch, brunch, or dinner on the patio or lawn. Situated along Rhinebeck’s main intersection, the tavern invites diners to experience the atmosphere of the town while enjoying an exceptional meal (dinner offerings include slow-roasted prime rib and pan-roasted salmon) often accompanied by live music.

Zeus Brewing Company

Poughkeepsie

 

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For stunning views of the Hudson River, Mid-Hudson Bridge, and Walkway Over the Hudson, head up to the rooftop patio for outdoor dining. The menu tilts toward Italian, so if you’re down for grade-A fresh, local pastas and pizzas both red and white, you’ll be more than happy here. Also enjoy menu options such as shrimp tacos, Korean barbecue Brussels sprouts, and cheesy garlic bites. The rooftop and outdoor dining on the main level are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Greene County

1883 Tavern at The Stewart House

Athens

This trifecta restaurant, bar, and boutique hotel makes its home on the banks of the Hudson River. For select week days, the tavern offers music performances to go along with pub fare such as fish and chips and grass-fed burgers. Also enjoy inventive cocktails, fine wine, or local craft beer year-round.

Frank Guido’s Port of Call

Catskill

Stroll on over to the Catskill waterfront for seafood dining that will please any palate. Keep it American with the New England clam chowder and Maryland crab cakes or make a culinary journey to the Mediterranean with shrimp fresca, linguini aragosta in a creamy marinara, and broiled sea scallops served with rice. Feel free to arrive by car or boat, then keep the outdoor vibes going with a patio seat by the water.

Jessie’s Harvest House

Tannersville

Jessie’s opens its doors for indoor and outdoor dining this summer. Book a table at Jessie’s to sample a handful of small plates, or head straight to the main course. With offerings like charred octopus and pan-seared scallops, no one will go hungry here.

Prospect at Scribner’s

Hunter

Prospect at Scribner’s
Prospect at Scribner’s. Photo by Moriah Wolfe.

It’s all about the Catskills at this Hunter eatery, tucked inside Scribner’s Lodge hotel. Here, diners on the restaurant’s expansive cedar deck have front-row seats to stunning 270-degree mountain views. The food menu, which changes seasonally, takes its cues from the landscape, too. Pick the produce-powered meal that tempts you most and pair it with a Prospect espresso martini or maple Old-Fashioned—both staples of the restaurant’s cocktail list.

Orange County

Billy Joe’s Ribworks

Newburgh

Come for barbecue, American classics, live music, and a rollicking good time. With a large deck for outdoor dining, hungry diners can enjoy the sun or pop an umbrella up for some shade. At night, diners can enjoy the string light ambiance and head to the outdoor bar to grab a drink.

Blooming Hill Farm

Monroe

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Blooming Hill Farm. Photo by Joshua Brown.

Is there anything more enchanting than a classic Hudson Valley farmstead? We think not. At Blooming Hill Farm, gardens delight at every turn (to say nothing of the gentle stream running through the leafy site). Take in the view from the softly lit patio, where—in addition to supping on an ever-evolving roster of dishes inspired by the farm’s fresh fruits and vegetables—you’ll now be able to watch the chefs in action. Starting this spring, the sunny dining space will welcome a new garden from which the cooks will pluck some of the produce and herbs they’ll use to whip up your meals.

Blu Pointe

Newburgh

Blue Pointe offers one of the best views on the west side of the Hudson River. The restaurant features farm-to-table and seafood-focused fare in a sophisticated setting. The outdoor patio has intimate table settings, a fire pit, and a bar under the gazebo.

Café Pitti

Newburgh

This Newburgh eatery offers classic cuisine with eclectic twists. Its intimate, cozy charm is plucked straight from an Italian side-street restaurant. Sit outside and enjoy the views of the Hudson River while sipping on red wine. Find whatever you’re craving on the menu, which tempts with options such as steak, seafood, pasta, and the signature artisan thin-crust pizza.

City Winery Hudson Valley

Montgomery

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Get cozy on one of this Orange County destination’s two spacious patios. During the day, al fresco diners have access to serene views of the Wallkill River and the sprawling City Winery Hudson Valley property (once home to a historic knitting factory). Romantic evenings are extra-special with mood-setting string lights, cozy heat lamps, and outdoor fireplaces. The City Winery burger, homemade truffle fries, steak, and crispy chicken sandwich are just a few of the savory dishes guests pair with award-winning wines.

Clemson Bros. Brewery

Middletown and New Paltz

Dreaming of lazy summer afternoons filled with cold Hudson Valley beer and tons of sunshine? You can find just that at Clemson’s Middletown and New Paltz locations. The former has its own shaded beer garden, while the latter has a charming umbrella-ed patio. Wherever you go, lean into Clemson’s brewpub vibe with a hearty burger like the Big Bad Wolf, which comes with applewood-smoked bacon, bacon aioli, onion jam, Taylor ham, and smoked gouda.

Cosimo’s Brick Oven

Middltetown, Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Woodbury

As its many loyal customers can attest, any of Cosimo’s four restaurants are a must for Italian staples, from arancini to crispy polenta. Your meal can be as casual as a wood-fired pizza and a glass of white sangria made with Brotherhood’s Riesling, or as indulgent as the shrimp cappellini with a perfectly paired Italian pinot grigio. All locations have patio seating, and the Poughkeepsie restaurant even has a bocce court.

Hudson Taco

Newburgh

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Sit in the open-air sunroom in the back of the restaurant to get breathtaking views of the Hudson River and surrounding mountains while soaking up the sun. Since its opening in 2019, this venture from Cosimo’s Group consistently ranks among the best places for tacos in the Valley by critics and Hudson Valley readers alike. Indulge in a wide array of tacos, like fan favorites General Tso’s chicken and Korean barbecue short rib, or other fun starters.

Pamela’s on the Hudson

Newburgh

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Situated in a somewhat isolated, largely residential section of Newburgh’s waterfront, Pamela’s boasts a patio with some of the city’s best panoramic views of the Hudson River and Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. (The views from inside aren’t too shabby, either.) Going along with the view is the menu of elegant comfort foods, like duck breast, pan-seared salmon, and gourmet burgers.

Primo Waterfront

Newburgh

 

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Led by the team behind Heritage Food + Drink in Wappingers Falls, the focus of this restaurant is the Newburgh waterfront. The outside patio space features amazing views of the Hudson River, 170 seats, an outdoor bar, greenery, and a shaded pergola for summer days. For brunch, enjoy seafood, salads, bacon, and a variety of cocktails. For dinner, try out the salmon, chicken, veal, or any of the specialty pasta dishes.

Warwick Valley Winery & Distillery

Warwick

Manicured grounds, luscious rose gardens, and apple orchards span 120-plus acres at this granddaddy of New York State distilleries (it was home to the first distillery in the state following Prohibition). At the café, savor locally sourced, scratch-made food like wood-fired pizzas and a New England lobster roll paired with a cold glass of the award-winning Doc’s Cider. Enjoy live music every weekend year-round. Tables are first come, first served, but you’re welcome to bring your own blankets and chairs.

Zulu Time Rooftop Bar & Lounge

West Point

Outdoor dining
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For a one-of-a-kind outdoor dining experience in the Hudson Valley, venture over to the historic Thayer Hotel at West Point, spend some time in the lobby catching up on your military history, and then head up to Zulu Time for some R&R on a rooftop deck overlooking the Hudson River. Kick back a summery cocktail or two and dine on shared plates, handhelds, salads, and pizza. Make sure to leave room for a dessert cocktail: The Black Knight espresso martini is a top pick.

Putnam County

The Arch

Brewster

Don’t let the dress-code requirement at this longstanding Brewster spot dissuade you from making a reservation. Donning what the restaurant calls “business/country club casual” attire is worth the effort for a fine-dining experience at The Arch, where digging into house classics like honey-roasted duckling or the must-try chocolate soufflé on one of two patios gives major garden-party vibes.

Dolly’s Restaurant

Garrison

You can practically touch the water from the patio deck seating at this Garrison gem, named for the movie musical Hello Dolly!, which was filmed at the location. As you enjoy the West Point and river views, dine on dishes like sourdough focaccia, cauliflower nuggets, and broiled Gulf shrimp — and that’s just for starters. For the mains, Dolly’s grass-fed burger is a local icon, although the vegetarian burger is just as show-stopping. It’s all eclectic, international, bistro-style, and good!

Hudson House River Inn

Cold Spring

Fortify yourself before or after a day of antiquing in Cold Spring with a visit to this historic site. Built in 1832, the inn features a covered, outdoor porch with views of West Point, Storm King Mountain, and the Hudson River. Start the day with brunch and a walk outside at Dockside Park, or end the day with one of the prime, dry-aged, hand-cut steaks or market-fresh fish.

Iron & Wine

Patterson

 

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This local favorite serves up a fun mix of Mediterranean tapas — such as gochujang mac ‘n’ cheese, award-winning wings, and roasted Brussels sprouts — along with delicious sandwiches, flatbread pizzas, and entrées. It also boasts one of the largest gluten-free menus in the area. You can enjoy your tasty dishes on the restaurant’s casual outdoor patio.

Las Mañanitas

Brewster

 

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Looking for a Mexican restaurant that’s a cut above in so many ways? Try Las Mañanitas, with its large outdoor dining areas high above the East Branch Reservoir. Whether you’re seated on the sweeping lawn or the stone patio that overlooks it, you’ll enjoy chicken, pork, beef, fish tortillas, mole, and more. Start with a margarita and drink in the impressive view.

Riverview Restaurant

Cold Spring

This family-owned restaurant serves up an inviting contemporary American menu with a variety of flavors and cooking styles in a casual, friendly atmosphere. Enjoy the highest quality seafood, meats, and vegetables from local food producers, as well as a wide selection of brick-oven pizzas. Take in the views of the Hudson River, which are particularly stunning when the sun sets over Storm King Mountain.

Tilly’s Table

Brewster

Sit down to a farm-to-table dinner at this historic 19th-century farm that is also home to an educational institute. The restaurant’s large deck overlooks the impressive white barns and rolling fields, often dotted with sculptures from local artists. It’s a great place to sample baked clams, an organic roasted beet salad, or braised short rib, along with a seasonal cocktail from the full bar.

Valley Restaurant at The Garrison

Garrison
Closed until June 15

Valley Restaurant at The Garrison
Valley Restaurant at The Garrison. Courtesy of The Garrison.

One major perk of eating outside at the Valley Restaurant in Garrison? Not having to choose between stunning river and mountain panoramas. You’ll get to admire both when you dine at this seasonal establishment, part of the eight-room Garrison inn. The wraparound deck offers a prime vantage point for viewing the Hudson and the surrounding Highlands while you treat your tastebuds to upscale American cuisine.

Rensselaer County

Brown’s Brewing Company

Troy

Sip on award-winning beer alongside the Collar City’s bank of the Hudson River. On a deck adorned with twinkling, vine-strung lights, enjoy summer classics like Joann IPA with a creamy artichoke dip or pulled pork sandwich, which pairs exceptionally well with Cherry Razz fruit beer.

Donna’s

Troy

Outdoor dining options at this intimate Italian restaurant include sidewalk seating on Broadway and a rooftop patio. Have Donna’s sling you some popular pies, like The Barback, drowning in vodka sauce, mozzarella cheese, and ‘nduja sausage; or treat yourself to a refreshing chicory salad. Throughout the summer months, catch live jazz or summer concerts from the nearby Troy Summer Square.

Little Peck’s

Troy

Right next-door to Donna’s is this all-day café, bursting with caffeinated drinks and Instagrammable breakfast and brunch bites. Morning person or not, dig into egg and cheese biscuit sandwiches and breakfast burritos until 4 p.m. If you are looking for a quick outdoor lunch, the beans and greens panini or tuna melt will hit the spot.

Rockland County

Hudson Water Club

West Haverstraw

Outdoor dining
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Set alongside the Haverstraw Marina, the Water Club offers serene views of the river and a comfortable, elegant atmosphere. The kitchen whirls out contemporary American cuisine with a strong emphasis on seafood. Indulge in steamed mussels or little neck clams. There are many other non-seafood options, too, including wood-fired pizza, gluten-free fried chicken wings, and beef short ribs.

La Fontana

Nyack

An atmospheric stone patio filled with flowers and greenery enhances the casual Italian fare you’ll savor at this family-owned favorite. The sculpted Italian fountain is the centerpiece of the outdoor area, where you can relax under colorful striped umbrellas while dining on soups, pastas, chicken, veal, seafood, and steaks from the extensive menu.

The Old ’76 House

Tappan

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The outdoor patio is ready to welcome you for Americana meals that echo back to the history of this space. The menu is happily seasonal, with fresh bites like Chinois salad, crab cakes, and baked stuffed clams. If you’re a traditionalist, the classic chicken cordon bleu will leave you stuffed and smiling.

Valley Rock Cantina at Valley Rock Inn

Sloatsburg

The Ramapo Mountains, Harriman State Park, and Sterling Forest join forces to form the backdrop for Valley Rock Inn—a woodsy slice of Hudson Valley heaven in Sloatsburg. And the inn’s popular restaurant, the Valley Rock Cantina, takes full advantage of the idyllic setting. Sporting a vaulted ceiling with exposed-wood beams, its covered deck makes a prime perch for soaking up the greenery-forward surrounds and fresh air.

Ulster County

Blackbarn Hudson Valley at Diamond Mills Hotel

Saugerties

Expect a menu that is fresh, seasonal, and oh-so-delicious from Blackbarn’s executive chef, with selections highlighting the fabulous bounty of the Hudson Valley. Specials may include anything from roasted Faroe Island salmon to dry-aged New York strip steak or seared crab cakes. Enjoy the cuisine while taking in the gorgeous view of Cantine Falls on the Esopus Creek, which lights up with festive colors.

Harana Market

Accord

 

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Dining en plein air takes a playful approach at Harana Market’s brand-new home in Accord, which opened in December 2023. Harana Market’s pet-friendly outdoor area will feature lawn games alongside ample space for filling up on homestyle Filipino bites like lumpiang shanghai (pork and beef spring rolls) and citrus-fried chicken—all prepared by chef-owner Chris Mauricio, a 2024 James Beard award finalist, with ingredients sourced from local vendors. Don’t miss sweet treats like halo-halo, a layered shaved ice dessert with various toppings. Snag a picnic table or choose a strategic spot to roll out a picnic blanket.

Henry’s Restaurant

Milton

A major bonus of enjoying a meal on the terrace of Henry’s Restaurant at Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa is the verdant view of the bucolic Hudson Valley below. Choose from savory menu options like the crispy duck breasts and New Zealand rack of lamb.

LOLA Pizza

Kingston

Stop by this Kingston eatery for Italian-inspired bites on the patio. Standouts include the dreamy zucchini pie topped with ricotta, taleggio, and zucchini. Another favorite is the Fun Guy, a pie topped with ricotta, provolone, fontina, mozzarella, and mushrooms. The wines here are equally delectable.

Millstream

Woodstock

Situated on the verdant grounds of the nearly 100-year-old Woodstock Golf Club, this regional standout—located within a renovated 18th-century millhouse—charms with views of the Sawkill Creek. And the menu, anchored by farm-to-table fare, is just as impressive. Grab a seat at an umbrella-shaded table on Millstream’s roomy deck and enjoy seasonal offerings like grilled branzino or double-cut pork chops.

Ole Savannah Southern Table & Bar

Kingston

This Rondout waterfront hotspot is a destination for barbecue and comfort food classics. On the patio overlooking the Rondout Creek, feast on some of the best fried chicken in the Valley. The sides, such as cole slaw, baked beans, mac and cheese, and asparagus, are perfect pairings. In addition, diners can enjoy Southern-style cocktails like the blood orange margarita and a mezcal paloma.

Ollie’s Pizza

High Falls

Outdoor dining
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A renovated 1850s barn is the setting for Ollie’s, where the pizza is made with imported Italian ingredients, Hudson Valley milled flour, and farm-fresh organic toppings. Dine outdoors at picnic tables and enjoy wood-fired white pie or margherita pizza with an array of toppings that include shallots, fresh basil, and chilis. (Word to the wise: Vegan cheese is an option.)

Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room

Big Indian

A pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, Peekamoose remains a popular and picturesque outdoor dining destination in the Catskills. Take in the crisp mountain air on the deck as you choose menu favorites like caramelized jumbo sea scallops and house-made rigatoni Bolognese. For dessert, try the brioche donut with apple cider glaze and vanilla ice cream.

The River Pavilion at Hutton Brickyards

Kingston

You might find it hard to believe you’re dining so close to the banks of the Hudson at this open-air beauty. As if the gorgeous river views weren’t enough, the superb Hudson Valley-inspired menu has one appealing flavor after another — wood-fired pizzas, juicy burgers, and fresh salads are just a few of the choices. With the entire restaurant open to the woods and the water, every table is an outdoor experience.

Silvia

Woodstock

The ambiance for dining at Silvia is universally stylish and cool, extending to the pergola-shaded outdoor deck surrounded by lush greenery. You’ll find the menu is equally chill and summery, with free-flowing wines, local craft beers, and farm-driven fare.

Twin Star Orchards

New Paltz

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At this New Paltz orchard and cidery, you’ll find the artisanal wood-fired pizza and burgers are just as good as the Brooklyn Cider House cider. The venue also offers a completely vegan pizza with tomato sauce, broccoli rabe, mushrooms, onions, and truffle oil. Grab a seat at the outdoor pavilion or bring a blanket for a picnic on the lawn. Don’t forget to save room for the delicious cider donuts.

Westchester County

Amore Italian Kitchen

Armonk

Taking the family out for pizza is always a good bet, but it’s even better when the place has a great atmosphere. That’s what you’ll find at Amore, where you can enjoy your pizza — along with good wine, excellent salads, and lots of other Italian specialties — on a lovely wraparound backyard patio bordered by a stream. Colorful umbrellas, pots of flowers, and a wooden pergola complete the pretty picture.

Dubrovnik Restaurant

New Rochelle

Outdoor dining
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The two-tier backyard dining area of this Croatian restaurant is a beautiful surprise: on the top level you’re overlooking the garden, and the lower level puts you right next to towering grapevines, fig trees, and the restaurant’s own vegetable garden. The menu features roasted meats, grilled fish, fresh vegetables, and more.

Fin & Brew

Peekskill

Outdoor dining
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When The Factoria at Charles Point opened in 2018, it was a much-welcomed addition to the lower Hudson Valley dining, drinking, events, and entertainment scene. Fin & Brew serves upscale pub food both outdoors on the lower level of a two-tier deck overlooking the Hudson River and inside. This trendy New American restaurant creates flavorful powerhouses like marinated skirt steak and chicken Milanese.

Harvest on Hudson

Hastings-on-Hudson

 

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If you’re after the feel of dining on the grounds of an Italian villa — warm breezes rolling off the lake (well, river, in this instance), lush gardens, brick patios, and someone bringing you hand-cut, al dente pasta — you definitely want to take advantage of the vibe at Harvest on Hudson. Don’t forget the perfect river views (or the ricotta gnocchi pasta with basil pesto, sun-dried peppers, and pine nuts).

Red Hat on the River

Irvington-on-Hudson

It’s all about the river at this outdoor dining destination! Nearly every seat inside and outside this former factory —including on the lounge rooftop bar — is positioned to accentuate the sweeping sight of the majestic Hudson. OK, it’s about the food, too. The French-American menu offers dishes such as pan-roasted North-Atlantic salmon, grilled branzino, and steak frites.

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