Featuring upmarket takes on Creole comfort food, this Newburgh spot is the place to spend your weekend cheat day. Share a plate of apple beignets or waffle-fries poutine draped in gravy and cheese curds, then indulge in Southern classics like biscuits and sausage gravy, blackened shrimp and Wild Hive grits with cider-braised collards and tasso ham, chicken and cornmeal waffles, or a savory shaved rib-eye sandwich with bright kale-almond pesto. Prefer to start your day with something sweet? Don’t sleep on the peach-and-pecan French toast.
Newburgh — 96 Broadway; 845.561.5363
With an extensive menu — banana bread French toast, raspberry-oatmeal pancakes, breakfast burgers, omelets, and more — it’s no wonder this award-winning brunch spot has two Albany locations. The AM Cocktails menu is the lengthiest day-drinking list we’ve seen in the Valley, with multiple types of mimosas, bloody marys, and coffee-infused libations. Even vegans will find something to love, with selections like crispy Buffalo seitan sandwiches, tofu scrambles, and vegan French toast.
Albany — 1108 Madison Ave; 518.935.1094; 359 Northern Blvd; 518.898.9630
The perfect spot to brunch with your bubble, Heritage’s menu goes big on shareable plates, like honey-butter biscuit sliders with ham and beer cheese, smoked salmon deviled eggs, and cheddar-scallion polenta nuggets. Adding to the lazy weekend vibes are $19 bottomless mimosas with the purchase of any brunch entrée — an easy sell when choices include crème brûlée French toast, country gravy-smothered eggs Benedict (add a side of honey-glazed bacon), steak and eggs au poivre, and a hot chicken sandwich.
Wappingers Falls — 1379 U.S. 9; 845.298.1555
Not-your-all-American brunch spot, this hip Hudson hotel gives the meal a modern, global spin. Poached eggs trade hollandaise for aji amarillo-spiked tzatziki. Yogurt is scented with cardamom and served alongside seasonal preserves. Grapefruit halves boast a crackly brûléed top and sprinkle of Aleppo pepper. And in place of the ubiquitous omelet is kuku sabzi, an herb-packed Persian frittata. For the traditionalists, there’s also plenty to love, including a classic two-egg plate, spent grain biscuits with cultured butter and jam, and a puffy Dutch baby with ricotta and maple.
Hudson — 731 Warren St, Hudson; 518.512.0954
For a special occasion splurge, you can’t beat Chef Peter Kelly’s formal brunch. The $45 prix-fixe includes a choice of three courses, such as black truffle risotto, poached eggs with crab-meat hollandaise, and lemon-shortbread tart with fresh strawberries. What elevates the experience are the extras: unlimited prosecco, mimosas, and kir royale (with generous pours and frequent refills) and passed items, including Kelly’s signature coconut shrimp, baby lamb chops, and wild mushroom ravioli.
Congers — 117 N Rte 303; 845.268.6555
For their laid-back brunch, Christina and Matt Safarowic take a playful approach. Start with the everything bagel-spiced deviled eggs or tater tots with crème fraîche and caviar. Follow with eggs Benedict served on crispy potato latkes or one of the three burgers — a house-made veggie patty, a local CM Meats beef blend, or the restaurant’s popular chorizo-shrimp burger with Oaxaca cheese, avocado, and lemon aioli. Can’t get in without a wait? Head around the corner to Jay Street Café, the pair’s modern luncheonette, for more playful breakfast fare and old-school fountain drinks, like egg creams and chocolate-cherry Pepsi floats.
Katonah — 17 Katonah Ave; 914.232.8030