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