Make the most of the season by eating al fresco – with a cocktail, of course.
Tucked back from Church Street, Huckleberry is home to a sprawling outdoor patio complete with heat lamps, fire pits, string lights, and an outdoor bar. It’s one of those spots to bring a few friends and post-up for the night. On the menu you’ll find A+ pub fare and stellar cocktails to boot. Split an appetizer of blistered shishito peppers, then move on to the mains which include burger options for everyone: beef or white bean and quinoa. Other highlights include the vegetarian “pulled pork,” Korean pulled pork tacos, and a refreshing cocktail called the Lightning Bug.
New Paltz — 21 Church St, 845.633.8443
There’s plenty of great dining to be had at Stewart House, but come summertime, you can’t beat a seat at their seasonal outdoor restaurant, The River Grill. With the Hudson drifting lazily past and a nearby weeping willow blowing in the breeze, this restaurant could just as easily be situated on a Southern creek. Order from a selection of flavorful American fare like a one-flip double burger with special sauce or a salmon salad sandwich with kale pesto yogurt. In the mood for a drink? The River Grill bar pours everything from specialty cocktails (try the Rhubarb Collins) and beer to cold brew and kombucha.
Athens — 2 North Water St, 518.444.8317
Who said patio dining requires expensive wine and three forks? For an open-air, down-home meal, there’s nothing better than some barbecue. Smoky Rock has plenty of seating, so there’s no need to worry about scoring a table. Heck, bring the whole family and order one of their signature combo platters with up to five meats and five sides, the likes of which include brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, and sausage with sides of collard greens, cornbread, sweet potato fries and — you know what? Save us a couple of seats.
Rhinebeck — 6367 Mill St, 845.876.5232
Best Kept Secret would be a misnomer for this popular spot where the view of Beacon Falls is just as elegant as the food. The patio menu consists of a mix of snacks, sandwiches, and entrees. Pair one of their light bites like deviled eggs or farm radishes to enjoy with a pre-dinner cocktail like the Lady Glamis: gin, rhubarb and ginger liqueur, St. Germaine, Meyer lemon, and strawberry. But save room for main plates, which will appeal to those who favor American fare with flavors from around the country: grass-fed ribeye, pan-roasted chicken shakshuka with broccolini, not to mention seaside favorites like pan-seared branzino and fish & chips.
Beacon — 2 East Main St, 845.765.8369
A beloved spot inspired by the cafés of Tel Aviv, Art Café serves an array of Israeli staples, smooth Counter Culture coffee, and evening cocktails. Grab a table on their stone patio, enclosed by lush greenery, and let the morning pass into afternoon. Art Café does a little bit of everything, from salads and rice bowls to malawach (a thin, flaky Israeli dough with fillings) and stuffed grape leaves. Don’t skip their shakshuka, a gorgeous dish of eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce, topped with Bulgarian feta and herbs.
Nyack — 65 South Broadway, 845.353.4230