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Hudson Valley Restaurant Openings and Closings to Bookmark in 2021

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These are the most exciting newcomers to the Hudson Valley’s delicious food and beverage scene. Plus, eateries that closed their doors for good.

By Raphael Beretta and Sabrina Sucato

Goodbye, 2020! In the Hudson Valley, there is a lot to be excited about in 2021, including many new businesses opening their doors after temporary delays. Everything from decorative vegan donuts to imaginative and over-the-top mac and cheese is on the way.

Scroll below for every edible opening in the Hudson Valley, then let us know which new-in locales are on your hit list in the comments. Happy dining!

Openings

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Mix N Mac

When: Opened in January
Where: Wappingers Falls

Everyone’s favorite mac and cheese restaurant (and winner of multiple Best of Hudson Valley awards) brings cheesy goodness to Wappingers Falls with its much-anticipated second location this spring. Right on Route 9, the new outpost delivers just as much cheddar as the Middletown original, with everything from gumbo and white cheddar varieties to the unreasonably addictive mac and cheese balls on rotation. For cheese lovers with dietary restrictions, Mix N Mac has gluten-free and vegan offerings as well.

Toasted Newburgh

When: April
Where: Newburgh

The latest in a long line of eateries to hit Newburgh’s beloved Liberty Street, Toasted takes a simple approach to food where local ingredients speak the loudest. Upon opening, Toasted’s savory bites will be available during lunch hours and for takeout through Doordash. Eventually, owner Sam Satanovsky will expand the lunch concept into brunch and dinner menus as well. Look for updates on Toasted’s backyard space, which will feature drinks, live music, and other outdoor events as early as the summer.

Ready Coffee

When: Opened in February
Where: Newburgh

One of the Hudson Valley’s many home-grown coffee brands, Ready Coffee is adding another location, this time in Newburgh. The Wappingers Falls coffee stand has become a fan-favorite, drawing large lines of drive-through customers throughout the seasons. Top-notch customer service and delicious, locally themed flavors — the Storm King is a dark hazelnut mocha and Trail Mix features a combination of chocolate and raspberry — have coffee lovers returning over and over again.

Bistro Mashriq

When: Open for takeout, Spring for dine-in
Where: Hudson

A brand-new Arabian food concept is hitting Hudson. Bistro Mashriq recently opened for takeout only, offering its mix of Middle Eastern classics and reimagined recipes alike. Diners should order a variety of mezze options off the menu for a beautiful and delicious spread at home. Baba ghannouj, mutabal shawandar, tabbouleh, and hummus round out some of the classic cold options, perfect for sharing within the family. Lebanese street food makes a cameo in the form of areyas, and the lamb croquettes are a must-try.

Grainne and the Market at Grainne

When: Open for dine-in and takeout
Where: Kingston

Stepping into the shoes of beloved gourmet haven Duo Bistro, Grainne (and its inventive market) is not short of character or personality. The women-owned restaurant boasts several menus full of interesting takes on food that people will adore. Menu highlights include roasted duck Pho, pickle-brined fried chicken, and their outstanding hot pretzels. Find baked delights like walnut-cardamom-chocolate-chip scones, peppery Kardemummabullar (Swedish-style cinnamon rolls), and earl gray-lavender macarons coming out of Grainne’s creative market.

Foreign Objects Nerve Center

When: TBA
Where: Monroe

For Hudson Valley beer company Foreign Objects, beer is as much about art as it is about the hops that power it. For the brand’s first brick-and-mortar flagship in Monroe, it invites locals to understand the creative process behind the beautifully labeled brews through samples in the tasting room and shopping in the “retail cerebellum.” Anyone who can’t get enough of the art-forward can designs will want to stop by early, since the nerve center will stock special can releases and exclusive themed concoctions.

Peaceful Provisions Donuts

When: April/May
Where: Beacon

Beacon will soon have not one, but two extremely Instagrammable donut shops. Peaceful Provisions puts a vegan twist on the classic fried dessert, and has been a favorite in Croton-on-Hudson for some time. In Dutchess County, it plans to expand the menu to include soups, salads, and sandwiches, along with other locally produced vegan goods. Oatmeal cream pie, coffee cake, and maple pecan are a few of the sweet and tasty flavors Peaceful Provisions serves to the lower Hudson Valley.

Il Figlio Enoteca

When: Open for Dine-in and Takeout
Where: Fishkill

Fans of Italian food in the Hudson Valley have shown their love for Il Barilotto Enoteca for the last 19 years, and Il Figlio Enoteca will quite literally be its “son.” Owner Scott Rosenberg launched “on the fly” takeout menus in December to give locals a taste before they officially opened for dine-in. The menu places a heavy emphasis on fresh pasta and the clean, simple flavors that define Mediterranean cuisine. Many ingredients will come from local farms and vendors, like the nearby Meadowbrook Farm Market in Wappingers Falls. Fishkill’s Main Street hosts an impressive number of bars and restaurants, and has another must-visit with Il Figlio Enoteca.

Prime Rhinebeck

When: TBA
Where: Rhinebeck

Constantly on the move? Prime Rhinebeck Deli, Meat, and Provisions promises fast and satisfying lunches. The northern Dutchess eatery will utilize local, fresh ingredients to create gorgeously colorful sandwiches. Located in the heart of the village, Prime’s offerings will keep fridges stocked long after curious customers stop by.

Old Factory Brewing Company

When: Open for beer, kitchen TBA
Where: Cairo

Old Factory Brewing Company launched last year and has impressed the community of Cairo with bold red, brown, and blonde ales. For those stopping in for a pint (or a tasting flight), Old Factory Brewing encourages outside food to be brought in. Soon, it will offer a full menu of its own to accompany fresh brews. A gorgeous, century-old bottling plant with a rich Hudson Valley history houses the brewing facility. A father-and-son team own and operate the newcomer to regional craft beer, and they are here to stay.

Closings

Albany

Debbie’s Kitchen 
Fish & Game
Fujiya Ramen
The Illium Cafe & Bistro
Lark Tavern
Skyline Coffee Co.

Dutchess County

Il Barilotto
Michael’s
Cousins Ale Works
Amici’s

Orange County

Cena 2000 
Famous Deli-licious Pork Store
Pine Island Brewing Co.

Rockland County

Pie Lady & Sons
DVine Pie
O’Donoghue’s Tavern
O Lar

Did we miss an up-and-coming (or recently closed) eatery in the Hudson Valley? Send us a tip to edit@hvmag.com.


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