Autumn in the Hudson Valley is a magical time. It’s a season defined by rainbow leaves, crisp breezes, piles of sweaters, and, of course, more than a few apple cider donuts. To cut straight to the chase, fall is a time for food, for beloved flavors like pumpkin and cinnamon, and for the reawakening of every nook and cranny in the kitchen.
It’s also a time for new restaurants. In fact, autumn might be the prime time for restaurant openings in the region (more so than during the new year, we dare add). To celebrate the arrival of all the exciting eats in the region, we rounded up all the incoming restaurants to add to your fall bucket list. Read on (perhaps with a pumpkin spice latte in hand), then scroll below for updates on which local spots closed their doors for good.
One of the most recent newcomers to the Hudson Valley, 225 Warren cut the ribbon at the start of September. Its location on Hudson’s main drag makes it a top spot to dip into for drinks at the extended bar counter, which leads back to small tables that are ideal for a bite after work or as fuel before game day.
As far as the menu goes, the grill keeps it classic with bar-style treats like garlic parmesan fries, Hudson Cobb salads, and pulled pork sandwiches.
Love Café Amarcord and Enoteca Ama in Beacon? The Mediterranean restaurant family keeps Dutchess County even more well-fed with its new sister spot in Fishkill. Open for lunch and dinner, the restaurant serves Italian-inspired entrees on par with Enoteca Ama.
Pizzas, which are labeled either “white” or “red,” are wood-fired and topped with gourmet ingredients like prosciutto, stracciatella, and porcini. Pair them with beer for an easy, gourmet meal during the week or, if you want to class it up, sip on one of the Italian-sourced red wines by the glass.
Chopped Cheese Sandwich on special at our Albany AND Troy locations: House made ground beef and cheddar with grilled onions, lettuce, tomato, banana peppers, steak sauce and garlic mayo on a toasted hero #vegan #veganfoodshare #veganfoodporn #plantbased #choppedcheese #berbenandwolffs #albany #troy #newyork
Already a favorite among the vegan and non-vegan crowd in Albany, Berben and Wolff’s now serves its unbelievably meat-free eats in Troy, too. Located conveniently on 4th Street, the delicatessen is a must for stacked sandwiches like the Popcorn Mushroom Po’ Boy, made with cornmeal-crusted oyster mushrooms, and the BBQ Pulled Jackfruit, a plant-based riff on pulled pork. Stop by on Wing Wednesdays to score six housemade seitan wings for just under $10.
We used the whole, non GMO feed, pasture raised egg from @darlindoefarm for these coconut macaroons. Can you see the difference? Stop in and you can taste it! Pairs well with coffee, or a glass of Hygge from @touseywinery next door. #macaroons #cookies #eatlocal #eggs #foodphotography #chef #foodandwine #love
Clermont Café may be a sweet new place to eat in Columbia County, but its location at Tousey Winery makes it a prime pick for drinks, too. With a curated, rotating menu, the café paints an edible picture of the ingredients of the season.
Go for snacks like maple-cinnamon pistachios and peach-walnut salads alongside one of Tousey’s top-rated wines. For a serious sit-down experience, meanwhile, the blue cheese, honey, and truffle flatbread paired with the local fruit cobbler for dessert is a wonderful way to experience Tousey’s riesling and rosé as well.
The newest addition to the Frank Guido family of restaurants, Front Street Tavern puts an upscale twist on comfort food in Kingston. Head to the magnificent rooftop bar in the warmer months for a Front Street cocktail or wine by the glass, then mix and match between seared pork belly with grilled watermelon, lobster roll sliders on New England buns, and an oven-roasted beet and burrata salad made more perfect with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon.
With a prime location on North Front Street, the tavern is just as ideal for #TGIT drinks as it is for Saturday lunches with friends.
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There’s so much to love about Goosefeather. Not only is it set inside the picturesque Tarrytown House Estate, but it’s also helmed by Chef Dale Talde, the Chicago foodie who’s made frequent appearances on Food Network and Top Chef. As for what to expect, the menu is an upscale take on modern Chinese cuisine.
It prioritizes dumplings, noodles, and Cantonese barbecue, mixing familiar concepts with unexpected ingredients like dry-aged beef and charred lemon to create flavorful pairings that your taste buds won’t forget anytime soon. Brunch – coming soon – is a must on the weekends (hello Kung Pao chicken wings!) and will feature a dim sum cart that makes the rounds from one table to the next.
Manned by a husband-and-wife team, Lawrence Park made its grand debut in Hudson on September 20. A chic new bar on Warren Street, Lawrence Park stands out from the crowd with an incredible selection of natural wines that are hand-selected by the couple, who boast a combined 30 years of industry experience. Alongside the clean vino, the cozy locale hits a home run with a cocktail program led by mixologist Tyler Zielinski and a selection of farm-sourced charcuterie and small bites.
Formerly known as Vintage, No-Ware changed its name in August as an ode to Albany’s warehouse district. At the same time, the Broadway restaurant debuted a refreshed menu with bites that pair wonderfully with the curated selection of drafts and cans from Bad Seed, Nine Pin, Sloop, and Druthers, to name a few local brews.
Dig into panko-fried mac and cheese bites and Thai chili chicken wings to start, then get your napkins ready for the Bizzarro Burger, topped with blackberry jam and candied bacon, at lunch or the smoky and sweet St. Louis ribs at dinner.
A must for authentic pizza and pasta in Middletown, Pizza e Birra transports the flavors of Italy to Poughkeepsie when it opens a second location at 830 Main Street. A combination restaurant with Planet Wings, the space will find new life following the closure of Catskill Hudson Bank at that location.
Upon completion, the site will welcome a 975 sq. ft. addition, along with an outdoor dining area for visitors who want to eat al fresco.
Previously located around the corner on Hasbrouck Avenue, Ruby Mae relocated to Broadway at the end of August. While the building may have changed, the restaurant’s signature soul food specials remain just as tempting as ever. Check the hours for the week on the store’s Facebook page, then stop by for mouthwatering hushpuppies, catfish po’boys, collard greens, and grits.
Passing by around lunchtime? The $10 lunch box special features your choice of chicken, catfish, shrimp, or wings and comes with one house side and the perfect slice of cornbread to finish.
Where: New Windsor
After a big move this summer, Sazón Boricua is now happily ensconced inside its new home on Blooming Grove Turnpike in New Windsor. A community go-to for authentic Puerto Rican fare in the Hudson Valley, the eatery switches up its menu regularly to spotlight plates like six-hour slow-cooked pork belly, tostones, chicken stew, and loaded, thin-pressed Cubano sandwiches so crispy and golden you’ll be dreaming about them for days.
Willow by Charlie Palmer will feature a Progressive American cuisine, while staying true to Mirbeau’s signature items. Grilled oysters, The Mirbeau Burger and our exclusive cookie sundae! #charliepalmer #hudsonvalleyeats #hudsonvalleyfood #rhinebeck #upstateny #burger #oysters #foodislife #mirbeauinnandspa #lifeclassicallybalanced
When: Fall 2019
When the much-anticipated Mirbeau Inn & Spa Rhinebeck opens this autumn, it brings with it Willow by Charlie Palmer, a progressive American restaurant located on the grounds of the inn. Led by James Beard winner Charlie Palmer, the eatery highlights the menus of Mirbeau’s other resort locations in Skaneateles and Plymouth, MA, while featuring the new American flavors for which Palmer is known.
Dishes run the gamut from veggie-forward dishes like cauliflower velouté with Macintosh apples to meaty mains like Long Island duck à l’orange with farro and mushroom puree. While the eatery is part of the spa, its central location in Rhinebeck makes it an accessible breakfast, lunch, and dinner destination for Hudson Valleyites as well.
Everyone’s favorite meat-filled vending machine bring its signature whole animal butchery to its new Hudson location. As anyone who’s been to the Stone Ridge spot knows, the vending machines are open 24/7 with options for onsite assistance from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. In Hudson, seven machines stock a range of beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and sausage cuts, and all products are stocked fresh daily and free from added hormones and antibiotics. As for Applestone’s original Accord location, the setup is currently relocating to a new space that will open later this year. Coming up, the vending machines will make their mark on Eastchester this winter, with an expansion in New York City to come.
Burger Night at Grand Cru!!! Tonight, July 19th 5:30 to 8:30pm or till the burgers (beef, pork or veggie) run out. @heatherridgefarm raises all their own herds, humanly, naturally and grass fed. Everything made fresh this morning. Join us!! Bring chairs to enjoy the lawn. Horse Shoe Pit is ready, plus cornhole and can jam! #burgernight #newlocationrocks #kidfriendly #grandcrurhinebeck #rhinebeck #craftbeerlife
We know, we know, Grand Cru isn’t exactly a “new” business in the Hudson Valley. At the end of May, however, the bottle shop and tap room moved out of its longtime home in the village and into a larger space in the Town of Rhinebeck. A hybrid storefront/venue, Grand Cru feels like a brewery, thanks to lawn games and seats that invite visitors to camp out for the afternoon. Add to that programming like Friday night dinners and live music from regional groups, and visitors have every excuse to plan a grand day in Rhinebeck.
Willy Wonka has nothing on Monroe’s new chocolate shop. Open since June, the quaint storefront on Lake Street is a veritable treasure trove for sweet teeth in the Hudson Valley. With menu options that range from apple pie shakes and waffle sundaes to s’mores chocolate-covered apples, Oreo chocolate cake, and peanut butter cups, the only thing to do is to let your sweet tooth be your guide.
When: September 21
Where: Wappingers Falls
A mainstay in Wappingers Falls, West Main Kitchen & Bar announced its plans to close on Facebook in August. After more than five years in business, the restaurant says a teary farewell on September 21. Stop by before then for fried chicken thigh sandwiches, sautéed Brussels sprouts, and one last #PizzaThursday. While you’re there, don’t forget to order one of the next-level cocktails. After all, who knows if you’ll ever be able to sip a P.B. & J O.F. (with house peanut butter bourbon, raspberry jam, bitters, and smoke water) again?
Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to share my love of Greek food, wine and music with you for the past three years. I am handing over 43 N. Front St to a new crew. Watch as they transform the space into their dream this winter. Thanks again, and I’ll see you at Boitson’s! Much love, Maria.
When: September 2
A go-to for authentic Greek fare in the Hudson Valley, Kovo said its permanent farewell at the beginning of September, just a month after celebrating its third anniversary. Owner Maria Philippis, who also helms Boitson’s in town, is passing the space to a new, yet unnamed group, which she hints will launch a new restaurant in winter. Stay tuned!
It is with very heavy hearts that after over 16 years of operation we must sadly announce the permanent closing of Mexican Radio Hudson. We would like to thank all the folks who have supported us along the way (far too many to list here). Please see our website for a longer message and directions to visit us at our Schenectady location. We love you all – and thank you!!
The loss of Hudson’s fan-favorite Mexican eatery hit the Valley hard in August. Known for the bright colors and full flavors of its dishes, the restaurant developed a cult following with chile rellenos, chimichangas, and flautas con crema that spoke to the soul. Although the closure is a tough one to bear for the Hudson Valley, it does have one silver lining. If you’re in the Schenectady area, the eatery now headquarters on State Street in town.
A morning favorite for City of Poughkeepsie employees, the Civic Center Plaza deli fed the Hudson Valley since 1982. Known for its unpretentious sandwiches and convenience store prices, Take 5 was a passion project for Michael Signorelli, who announced his plans to close in July on the store’s website.
Scoping out the competition. Nah just kidding. @tikitemplepk are good folks and are doing amazing thing! Their #bonecollector is a blend of aged rum, cinnamon, caramel, ginger, pineapple and grapefruit soda. They’re the first tiki bar in the #hudsonvalley and they’re a shining example of how versatile rum as a spirit is…psssst I might have another. . . . . . . . . . . . . #tiki #tikitemple #poughkeepsie #bars #tikibar #cocktailporn #tikimug #sharingiscaring #yum
Less than a year after its opening in October, Poughkeepsie’s downtown tropical bar is closed. Known for its Asian fusion fare and tiki-style drinks, the short-lived hotspot stopped posting on social media at the end of June.
Once a popular watering hole in Fishkill, Whistling Willie’s made the decision to shut up shop in July. In an announcement on Facebook, the restaurant cited its decision to focus on its Cold Spring location as the main incentive to close.
Although the Route 9 hotspot might be gone for good, the Cold Spring locale continues to function as a hub for local bands and beer lovers throughout the region.
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