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Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner at These Hudson Valley Restaurants

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Hudson River restaurants serve up new takes on seasonal flavors alongside classic turkey dinners and pumpkin pie for the holiday.

By Sabrina Sucato, Norma Brickner, and Raphael Beretta

Does the thought of turning on your oven induce fear?

Are there too many people in your dinner party to even attempt a turkey roast?

Do you crave something besides turkey and pumpkin pie?

Whatever your dilemma is this Thanksgiving, find a solution in the form of the Hudson Valley’s restaurant scene. This year, local eateries delight with seasonal ingredients and artful preparations that turn even the most uninspiring turkey and mashed potato traditions into multi-course culinary affairs.

Be warned, however. Socially distant reservations for lunch and dinner fly as the holiday approaches, so call in a spot sooner rather than later if you plan to eat out for Turkey Day.

The ’76 House

For a truly American Thanksgiving, look to The ’76 House for a lunch or dinner that infuses history into the turkey-filled to-do. The three-course prix fixe structure allows diners to choose one appetizer, one main, and one dessert from the Americana offerings. Our picks? Try the seafood Newburg bouchon, gulf shrimp cocktail, or the Thanksgiving spring roll for the first course, then move onto the roasted native “Tom” turkey with all the expected accoutrements or the cranberry braised short rib. After rounding out dinner with baked apple crunch or pumpkin pie, don’t forget to give thanks to the Founding Fathers for a delightfully decadent meal.

110 Main St, Tappan
12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m. seatings
$76/person

Blu Pointe

Craving seafood with your turkey? Call in a reservation at Blu Pointe for a fish-friendly dinner that provides surf options to pair with the traditional turf spread. Although classics like turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy are on the lineup, swap them out this year for grilled marinated vegetables, spinach-stuffed sole, and orecchiette with broccoli rabe. Eaters who swoon over Italian fare can eat happy here, thanks to a full station dedicated to dishes like eggplant parmesan, Sicilian meatballs, and seafood fra diavolo. Note, this event has sold out.

120 Front St, Newburgh
12-5 p.m.
$49.95/adult, $24.95/children 10 and under

Le Chambord

Forgoing prix fixe in favor of a buffet, Le Chambord brings French influences to the longstanding American celebration. Fill up on traditional roast turkey, chicken francaise, baked salmon, chestnut stuffing, rice pilaf, and maple-walnut sweet potatoes. Be sure to save room for the elaborate dessert spread. If you’re dining a la carte, make a detour from the same ol’ fare with European staples like escargot in puff pastry or roasted duck breast with mashed sweet potatoes, port wine orange, and lingonberry sauce. Of course, Le Chambord takes it to the next level with sweets with an almond tulipe with Chantilly cream, an apple-cranberry walnut strudel, or a pecan-crusted chocolate ganache tart.

2737 Rte 52, Hopewell Junction
12 and 3 p.m. for buffet, 1-6 p.m. for a la carte
$59/person for four-course prix fixe menu, or a la carte

 

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Cucina

In Woodstock, Cucina serves both a four-course prix fixe Thanksgiving feast and a slew of a la carte specials. The fixed menu kicks things off with an artisanal bread basket, featuring fresh focaccia, cornbread, biscuits, and more. Then choose between succulent starters like the endive salad with pear, apple, crumbled blue cheese, and toasted walnuts or the pan-seared scallops. Then, opt for the rich lobster risotto, 14 oz prime rib, or halibut for a twist on a Thanksgiving main. However, you can still get turkey with all the fixings, namely roasted Brussels sprouts, sausage stuffing, potato puree, and orange cranberry sauce. Finally, it’s time for pie: apple, pumpkin, or pecan. If you’d rather take a choose-your-own-adventure approach, browse the massive a la carte menu, and construct an even more elaborate Thanksgiving spread.

109 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock
4-10 p.m.
$70/person for four-course prix fixe menu, or a la carte

Diamond Mills

Celebrate the bounty of autumn in the Hudson Valley by inviting family and friends to dine at Diamond Mills on Thanksgiving. Executive Chef Marcos delivers all the best fall flavors in a five-course fete. Elaborate cheese and charcuterie boards, fig-balsamic arugula salads, and a butternut squash bisque start things out right. Then, courses take a turn for the savory. Dig into your choice of turkey breast with mushroom pudding, Hudson Valley prime rib, stuffed rainbow trout, or local duck confit with ratatouille. Of course, plenty of sides like green beans and brioche stuffing are available. For a sweet finale, sample a pumpkin spice cheesecake or an apple cider bourbon cake.

25 South Partition St, Saugerties
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$95/person, $22/children 12 and under

 

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Goosefeather

Thanksgiving may be a tried-and-true American event, but Goosefeather is here to infuse it with the flavors of traditional Hong Kong dishes. Chef Dale Talde, a two- time chef-testant on Bravo’s culinary show Top Chef, brings traditional Cantonese fair to the Hudson Valley with his three-course Thanksgiving prix fixe meal. Diners can start with roasted butternut squash and gala apples. For the main course, stay classic with a crispy fried turkey, or trade it for a pork shoulder with apples and gravy. Share cornbread dressing, green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, and bourbon cranberry sauce with the dinner party. For the finale, Goosefeather offers traditional desserts like apple cobbler and sweet potato pie. Hungry yet?

49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown
2-6:30 p.m.
$85/person, $40/kids

 

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The Greekish

Chef Constantine Kalandranis consistently brings creativity and fresh takes to classic cuisine at The Greekish. His Mediterranean twist on Thanksgiving is no different. The Nyack hotspot serves up lemon-oregano brined turkey, bone broth gravy, sumac cranberry sauce, roasted cauliflower, Greek yogurt and dill whipped potatoes, chicory and cabbage salad, and, of course, hummus with tzatziki. End this entire affair right with a warm, toasty roasted pear cobbler with a sesame-halvah crumble.

8 N Broadway, Nyack
12-8 p.m.
$60/person, call ahead for reservations

Hudson House

One look at Hudson House’s Thanksgiving dinner menu and you might permanently forgo eating the holiday dinner at home. Executive Chef John Guerrero takes standby dishes to the next level with the help of seasonal ingredients and thoughtful preparation. Although everything on the menu sounds sumptuous, standouts include the house-made burrata with beefsteak tomatoes and truffle balsamic syrup, the New Zealand rack of lamb that’s coated with whole-grain mustard and dusted with porcini mushrooms, and the pumpkin pie topped with vanilla bean whipped cream and raspberry coulis.

2 Main St, Cold Spring
$75/person

Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk makes its name on unforgettable overnights, retreats, and day trips in the Hudson Valley, so it comes as no surprise that its Thanksgiving luncheon buffet — available exclusively for overnight guests — is one for the books. Diners have the best of Thanksgiving fare at their fingertips here. Think spiced pumpkin bisque for the first course, and roasted turkey breast with glazed sweet potatoes, stuffing, green beans, cranberry chutney, and natural pan gravy for the main course. Dessert, meanwhile, is the cherry on top. Family-favorites like pecan tarts, caramel apple pie, bread pudding, and raspberry swirl cheesecake offer a sweet end to a delectable dining experience.

1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz

Shadows on the Hudson

Anyone who wants to turn Thanksgiving into a large group affair should take a look at Shadows. The riverfront eatery offers an a la carte holiday menu instead of a prix fixe one so diners can eat according to personal preference. Fall flavors shine across the board in dishes like the roasted beet salad with gorgonzola and toasted hazelnuts, the pumpkin ravioli with sage cream sauce, and the caramel macchiato cheesecake for dessert. Mains range from cherry bourbon salmon to delicata squash risotto. Kids can enjoy some pretty fine dining, too. For $12, eaters under 12 can score a turkey dinner with mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, or chicken tenders and fries, plus a scoop of ice cream at the end.

176 Rinaldi Blvd, Poughkeepsie
11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
A la carte

Related: Here’s Where to Order Thanksgiving Dinner in the Hudson Valley

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