Casual enough for lunch after soccer practice, but nice enough for a date, Cold Spring’s recently opened Grano Focacceria is not your average slice joint. Already a local mainstay, this stylish spot offers imaginative thin-crust pizzas that range from classic margherita to the insanely popular Piccantona (tomatoes, mozzarella, applewood smoked bacon, roasted mushrooms, and spicy cherry peppers).
3182 Rte 9, 845-666-7007
Support the arts while pleasing your palate at the 3rd Annual Vassar Street BrewFest, sponsored by Cunneen Hackett Arts Center. Toss back artisan craft brews and hard ciders from local purveyors like Hyde Park Brewery, Mill House Brewing Company, and Yankee Folly Cider while munching on pub grub and enjoying local music. Don’t forget your commemorative pilsner glass!
September 24, 9 Vassar St, Poughkeepsie, 845-486-4571
A new vegan Asian-fusion gem in northern Dutchess, Plantae draws raves for its crave-inducing salads topped with crispy tofu croutons (soba noodle salad with seasonal greens and peanut dressing is a fave). You can get everything to go, but it’s also nice to dine outdoors surrounded by organic veggie beds.
55 Broadway, Tivoli, 845-757-2200
No more searches in parking lots: Though the Rockland Roots food truck is still making the rounds, it now has a brick-and-mortar home where you can enjoy truck standbys like short ribs with polenta, sweet-potato home fries, herb-infused lemonade, and chocolate-coffee cupcakes.
753 Rte 9W, Valley Cottage, 845-671-1144
The Saugerties Steamboat Co.’s Harbor Restaurant features a rustic American feel
Come by boat or car to the Saugerties Steamboat Company’s weekend-only Harbor Restaurant, located along the quiet waters of the Esopus Creek. Dine dockside on casual fare like Cuban panini with habanero pickles and barbecued chicken salad—and remember to save room for the jumbo cupcake of the day!
Fri.-Sun; 2 Ferry St, Saugerties, 845-247-3146
For a taste of New Orleans with a view of the Gunks, check out The Parish. Smoked gouda grits fly off the menu, but the oyster po-boy and blackened catfish also get the thumbs up.
10 Main St, New Paltz, 845-255-4205