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Spice up Winter at These Hudson Valley Restaurants


A winery café in Germantown and a Portuguese barbecue spot in Tappan add spice to the region.

Located next door to the Tousey Winery tasting room in Germantown, Clermont Café is both a fresh community favorite and a destination for day trippers. Chef Mark Fredette turns locally sourced ingredients into chicken paninis, grass-fed burgers, and other wine-friendly offerings. Open year-round from Thursday through Sunday, it’s a lovely spot to celebrate Valentine’s Day, as this year it falls on a Friday! 518.537.5577

Patrons can’t gush enough about the succulent ribs, grilled meats, crispy fries, and shrimp ceviche at Tappan newcomer Portuguese Style BBQ. Round it all out with some delicious sangria. 845.848.2835

Chef Matty Hutchins (of Beacon culinary fame) continues to deliver inventive fare at Newburgh’s Mama Roux, where down-home Southern dishes like fried chicken with collard greens, gumbo, and biscuits meet more upscale offerings like wild mushroom poutine and pear-and-blue-cheese salad. Look for the patio to open as the weather warms up. 845.561.5363

Named for India’s most worldly city, Mumbai Dreams is not the usual vindaloo joint. Specializing in Maharashtrian fare, this colorful Nyack kitchen features East-meets-West pairings like chicken tikka tacos and vada pav, a spicy veggie burger topped with cilantro-mint chutney. Come for the buffet lunch so you can try a little bit of everything. 845.643.8333

Related: Here’s Where to Get the Most Magnificent Brunch in Albany

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