Restaurant Openings and Closings and Hudson Valley Food and Dining News in January 2014

News and notes from the Valley’s dining scene in January 2014

New branches of two growing chains have landed in our midst. In November, Nanuet welcomed a Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar. The upscale burger joint is known for pairing wines with its high quality, made-to-order patties (for $5 any Angus burger can be upgraded to a Kobe burger). The Zinburger with Manchego cheese and Zinfandel-braised onions may be the best-known offering, but there are many more, including gourmet salads, sides, “the shake of the day,” and desserts. Every Wednesday, all bottles of wine are half price…

hurricane wings

Hurricane Grill & Wings burst onto the Poughkeepsie scene this summer. The sports bar-style eatery offers 30 flavors of wings, which are lumped into categories with names like “Calm Before the Storm,” “Proceed With Caution,” and “Seek Shelter” to denote their level of heat… The Grange recently opened in Warwick. Focusing on produce from local Black Dirt farms, the establishment is part retail market, part restaurant. The menu changes daily depending on which ingredients are available. Open for both lunch and dinner, the restaurant did not yet have its liquor license as we went to press… Hats off to the Shawangunk Wine Trail, whose member wineries took home a grand total of 30 awards at the September Hudson Valley Wine and Spirits Competition. Baldwin Vineyards, Benmarl Winery, Robibero Family Vineyards, and Brotherhood Winery all won gold for their various vintages, and six additional wine trail members also received honors. Other big winners included Dutchess County’s Millbrook Vineyards & Winery — which bagged both the “Winery of the Year” and “Best Overall Hudson Valley Wine” — and Columbia County’s Hudson-Chatham Winery, which took home “Best in Show.” To all this we say, cheers!

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