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Dine Outdoors at These Hudson Valley Restaurants

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Enjoy an al fresco meal while taking in the Hudson Valley views at these local eateries, which keep diners safe via well-spaced patios and picnic tables.

By Sabrina Sucato and Samantha Garbarini

Dreaming of a summery meal at your favorite Hudson Valley restaurant? Consider dining al fresco instead of venturing indoors. Due to the COVID-19 crisis in the region, outdoor dining thrives like never before, thanks to distanced tables and open patios spaces.

Ready for a meal that features some of the loveliest views the area has to offer? Remember you’ll need to wear a mask to get to your table. Then, once you’re seated, turn your attention to the menu for seasonal flavors that define spring and summer in the Hudson Valley.

The ’76 House

Tappan

The ’76 House’s outdoor patio is ready to welcome Hudson Valley diners for Americana meals that echo back to the history of the space. Even so, the menu is happily seasonal, with fresh bites like Chinoise salad, citrusy octopus and shrimp ceviche, and pan-roasted wild caught salmon hitting all the right notes. For traditionalists, the classic Caesar is a great way to start things off, while the cherry wood smoked baby back ribs will leave you stuffed and smiling.

14 & Hudson

Piermont

Open for limited indoor and outdoor dining, 14 & Hudson boasts the sweetest little patio space that’s just waiting for diners to enjoy. As far as the menu goes, dishes lean toward gourmet twists on approachable favorites. Make a beeline for any of the burgers (the NYC, featuring mushrooms, Applewood-smoked bacon, and truffle aioli, is a favorite), and don’t forget to order an app to start. The roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon and a shallot mustard seed marmalade will convert even the most diehard sprouts naysayers into believers.

Charlotte’s

Millbrook

This Dutchess County spot has incredibly cozy outdoor dining. Sit at a table surrounded by lush gardens, all the while enjoying fare from Charlotte’s culinary mastermind, Chef Möller of Sweden. Menus change frequently, making each experience at Charlotte’s a little different. Past main courses have included wild-caught Chilean sea bass with a pomegranate sauce, Creole-style jumbalaya, and a mushroom-centric take on the classic Wellington.

Clemson Bros. Brewery

Middletown and New Paltz (Open for outdoor dining, food must be ordered inside)

Dreaming of lazy summer afternoons filled with cold Hudson Valley beer and tons of sunshine? You can find just that at Clemson’s Middletown and New Paltz locations. The former has its own shaded beer garden while the latter has a charming umbrella-ed patio. Wherever you go, lean into Clemson’s brewpub vibe with a hearty burger like the Big Bad Wolf, which comes with Applewood-smoked bacon, bacon aioli, onion jam, Taylor ham, and smoked gouda. Yeah, we’re hungry just thinking about it.

Clermont Café

Germantown

The Columbia County eatery is just the place to go for outdoor dining during a lazy weekend in the Hudson Valley. The menu is streamlined, although the flavors are not. Keep it light with purple broccolette or octopus with Moroccan olives, and don’t forget to sip on a glass of vino from Tousey Winery right next-door.

The Columbia Grill

Claverack

Located at the Columbia Golf & Country Club, the Grill has a gorgeous outdoor deck that overlooks the Hudson Valley golf course. The menu changes weekly, but look out for dishes like avocado and tomato gazpacho or the wonderfully summery watermelon and arugula salad. Meat and seafood feature prominently on the entrée listings, although vegan offerings are readily available upon request.

Cosimo’s Brick Oven

Newburgh, Poughkeepsie, Woodbury

Three of the Cosimo’s locations are open for outdoor seating, in addition to takeout and limited indoor dining (the Middletown location will soon host al fresco dining as well). As anyone who’s been to the Best of Hudson Valley-winning eatery can attest, it’s a must for Italian staples from arancini to crispy polenta. Meals can be as casual as a wood-fired pizza and a glass of white sangria, which is made with Brotherhood’s Riesling, or as indulgent as the lobster risotto with a perfectly paired Italian pinot grigio.

Diamond Mills Hotel & Tavern

Saugerties

The Saugerties eatery is open for indoor and outdoor dining, with a CIA-trained executive chef on the team. Expect a menu that is fresh, seasonal, and oh so delicious. Specials can include anything from sautéed shrimp and scallops with creamy polenta to spring vegetable pot pies. Enjoy them while taking in the breathtaking view of the falls along which Diamond Mills resides.

Dolly’s Restaurant

Garrison

Dolly’s is a treat to visit for outdoor dining, since tables come with views of West Point and the Hudson River beyond.  As far as what to eat goes, we wish you luck deciding between dishes like sourdough focaccia, spicy noodles, and Savage Blonde oysters – and that’s just to start. For mains, Dolly’s grass-fed burger is a locally iconic, although the vegetarian burger is just as show-stopping.

Heritage Food + Drink

Wappingers Falls

Heritage hits indoor and outdoor dining in the Hudson Valley out of the park with spacious table setups. Outside, the patio is just the place for digging into the restaurant’s comfort-food-with-a-twist fare. Get the party started with chili honey pork belly bites and a plate of the highly addictive General Tso’s cauliflower, but don’t forget to save room for the the main course. The succulent truffle-bacon-ranch burger is back on the menu and, let us just say, it is most definitely worth the hype.

Jessie’s Harvest House

Tannersville

Jessie’s opens its doors for indoor and outdoor dining, with takeout still running as well. Book a table inside one of Jessie’s unique dining igloos to sample a handful of small plates, or head straight to the main course. With offerings like wild boar Bolognese over cavatelli pasta or a deconstructed eggplant parmigiana with creamy burrata, no one will go hungry here.

Liberty Street Bistro

Newburgh

If you missed the charm of Liberty Street during the COVID-19 closures, it’s time to head back to the Bistro to experience its menu in an al fresco setting. On the menu, the Bistro Burger with sesame pickled mushrooms is always a favorite, while the roasted garlic mussels with lemon-oregano jam are perfect for those craving something a little different. P.S. No matter what you order, it all goes perfectly with the Bistro’s list of signature cocktails.

 

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LOLA Pizza

Kingston

LOLA’s patio space is so serene that Hudson Valley diners will want to savor meals here all year long. Stop by the Kingston eatery for Italian-inspired bites like the brisket pizza with caramelized shallots and smoked brisket or the Fun Guy, a pie topped with ricotta, caciocavallo, fontina, mozzarella, and mushrooms. The cocktails here are equally delectable, and the Night Animal — with jalapeno-infused mezcal, St. Germain, cucumber, and lime — sounds like a dream for outdoor dining.

Melzingah Tap House

Beacon

Melzingah Tap House welcomes visitors for dining under its outdoor pavilion in Beacon. Ask about the brews on tap, then pair them with the three-cheese mac and cheese or the sausage duo appetizer for starters. When it’s time for dinner, it’s impossible to go wrong with the crispy-skinned chicken and dumplings or the red coconut curry stew.

Pamela's on the Hudson

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Pamela’s on the Hudson

Newburgh

Situated in a somewhat isolated, largely residential section of Newburgh’s waterfront, Pamela’s boasts a patio with some of the city’s best panoramic views of the Hudson River and Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. (The views from inside aren’t too shabby, either.) Going along with the view is the menu of elegant comfort foods, like rack of lamb, pan-seared crab cakes, and gourmet burgers.

The Roundhouse

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The Roundhouse

Beacon

It’s no secret that The Roundhouse’s stunning waterside patio boasts one of the best mealtime views in the Hudson Valley. Creative and elegant offerings include braised short rib steam buns, oxtail tater tots, pan-seared octopus, and totally Instagrammable ramen. Plus, the cocktails here are seriously swoonworthy.

Shadows on the Hudson

Poughkeepsie

 

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Savona’s Trattoria

Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Red Hook

Patio dining is back at all three Savona’s locations, which means there’s no time like the present to grab a bite of mouthwatering Italian fare in the Hudson Valley. Do dinner right with the restaurant’s melted gorgonzola steak salad or maybe Nonna’s famous Sunday sauce. And did we mention the pizzas? They’re wood-fired at 700 degrees and available gluten-free, too. For summer, the pesto shrimp pizza with house-made mozzarella and pesto serve as a base for shrimp, cherry tomato bruschetta, and torn garden basil.

 

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Silvia

Woodstock

The ambience at Silvia, which opened in 2017, is universally stylish and cool, extending to the pergola-shaded outdoor deck surrounded by lush greenery. The menu is equally chill and summery, with free-flowing wines, local craft beers, and farm-driven, vegetable-forward fare like seared seared brussels sprouts in a chili-garlic sauce; juicy smoked and brined chicken; and a gorgeous bibimbap mushroom, greens, zucchini, cucumber slaw, kimchi, brown rice, fried egg, and gochujang.

Smoky Rock BBQ

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Smoky Rock BBQ

Rhinebeck

With its striped umbrellas, leafy shade trees, and burbling stone fountain, the spacious, pet- and family-friendly patio at this self-proclaimed New York-style ’cue joint is prime seating. On chilly nights, stay warm in the Hudson Valley establishment’s cozy dining bubbles. While the vibe is relatively casual, the attention to smoked meats is anything but, from the grass-fed brisket ends to the St. Louis-cut ribs, rubbed with a proprietary blend of 19 spices and slow smoked for at least seven hours. Rounding out the menu are sides and appetizers like golden brown corn fritters.

Twin Star Orchards

New Paltz

Twin Star Orchards welcomes Hudson Valleyites for pizza, burgers, and beverages. To eat onsite, diners can order online ahead of time or at the outdoor pavilion. Food in hand, visitors can grab a seat and enjoy the panoramic local views. P.S. The cider here is perfectly sippable, too.

 

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Zeus Brewing Company

Poughkeepsie (Main level open now, rooftop patio opens in late spring)

The Poughkeepsie brewery will soon open its stunning rooftop patio for spring and summer dining. The space is available by reservation only, so visit the website to book a spot. Outdoor dining on the main level is offered on a first come, first served basis. The menu tilts toward Italian, so anyone who’s down for grade-A pastas and pizzas will be more than happy here.