Pumpkin Picks

Area eateries making the most of our favorite fall flavor.

While gnarled and funky pumpkins make festive centerpieces, our favorite thing to do with this fall fruit (that’s right, they’re fruit) is eat it! Here are our go-to picks when it comes to getting our seasonal flavor fix:

Fresh Cornwall, Cornwall

Just for fall, this farm-to-table eatery offers a vegetarian take on its famous Hudson Valley Harvest lunch panini. Instead of turkey, they’ll pair roasted pumpkin with Brie, apple pear chutney, and cranberry mayonnaise — all pressed together on a ciabatta club.

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255 Main St; 845.534.2558

Cheesecake Heaven, Poughquag

Here you’ll find a dreamy, creamy pumpkin dessert available both by the slice and whole at farmers’ markets and fairs listed on the company’s website calendar. Alternatively, pre-order a whole cake for your fall get-togethers.

12 Gardner Hollow Rd; 845.453.8973

The New York Restaurant, Catskill

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Owner Natasha Witka goes all out for her favorite fall comfort food: Pumpkin pierogies with a savory whipped cream make the menu, while Sunday brunch features pumpkin pancakes with local cinnamon syrup and homemade apple butter. Barflies swear by the Pumpkin Pie-tini, a cocktail made with organic pumpkin liqueur and a dash of homemade orange simple syrup.

353 Main St; 518.943.5500

Zoe’s Ice Cream Barn, Lagrangeville

This area newcomer pays tribute to the season with a luscious pumpkin-pecan concoction made with Hudson Valley Fresh milk and local patch picks. Have a scoop or two in a waffle cone while you’re sitting on the big old tractor out front.

1181 Rt 55; 845.454.7108

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Pumped about having your own pumpkin feast? Head to hvmag.com/pumpedforpumpkin for a few of our favorite fall recipes from the Hudson Valley.

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