27 Hudson Valley Restaurants Earn Wine Spectator Awards

Wine Spectator recognizes the top restaurants for wine across the world, with many Hudson Valley establishments among this year's winners.

The Hudson Valley is a paradise for wine lovers. Between the beautiful wineries and growing list of restaurants with impressive wine programs, the region is the place to be for wine connoisseurs. The region’s wine-centric focus is certainly a focal point for Wine Spectator, which recently released the 2024 Restaurant Awards winners to showcase the world’s top restaurants for wine. This year’s list included well over 3,000 restaurants from across the country and the globe – including 27 winners right here in the Hudson Valley.

The awards are broken up into three categories: Award of Excellence, Best of Award of Excellence, and Grand Award. Seeing as how the Hudson Valley attracts the best and brightest in wine and dining, it’s no surprise that we have winners in all three.

Grand Award Winners

The Grand Award is the highest honor awarded by Wine Spectator, reserved for the restaurants that prove themselves to be the best of the best. According to Wine Spectator, restaurants must show “an uncompromising, passionate devotion to the quality of their wine programs” to be selected for this most prestigious award. 

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Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Pocantico Hills

 

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This upscale restaurant is one of 96 restaurants worldwide to receive the coveted Grand Award. Wine Spectator spotlights its strengths, which include vinos from Burgundy, California, Rhone, Bordeaux, Italy, Champagne, Loire, Germany, Austria, and Madeira. As one of the top restaurants in the world, Blue Hill boasts an impressive selection of around 2,970 bottles, which means diners can easily try something new each time they visit.

Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant & Inn

Chappaqua

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There’s no doubt that Crabtree’s Kittle House is not only one of the best wine destinations in the Hudson Valley, but one of the best in the world. Specializing in farm-to-table cuisine, Crabtree’s is dedicated to sustainable business practices and providing patrons with a one-of-a-kind dining experience. This venue stands out due to its selection of 4,500 vintages, with a total inventory of around 40,000 (yes, really). As for where the top pours are coming from, the Westchester restaurant is all about selections from Burgundy, California, Bordeaux, Piedmont, Rhône, Tuscany, Washington, Australia, Spain, Germany, Oregon, and Provence.

Best of Award of Excellence Winners

The Best Award of Excellence was given to 1,531 restaurants around the world, including eight in the Hudson Valley. Winners of this exclusive award go the extra mile, offering 350 or more selections of wine from top producers and a wide array of regions. These honorees take their love of wine to the next level by carefully curating the presentation of their wine lists and training their staff to provide guests with an illuminating tasting experience.

Clay

Gardiner

Leading the dining experience at Wildflower Farms, a luxury hotel destination that’s part of the Auberge Resorts Collection, Clay gained entry onto the Wine Spectator list as of 2023. The American eatery’s vino runs on the more expensive side, with standout pours coming from regions like New York, Burgundy, Bordeaux, Rhône, Italy, France, and California.

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Deer Mountain Inn

Tannersville

After receiving an Award of Excellence in 2022, Deer Mountain Inn progressed to a Best of Award of Excellence in 2023 and still carries that title today. Nestled in the Catskill region, this eatery serves seasonally inspired dishes made from local ingredients in a cozy, welcoming atmosphere.

La Bastide by Andrea Calstier

North Salem

A new addition on Wine Spectator‘s 2024 list, La Bastide by Andrea Calstier is a restaurant worthy of the title. With a whopping 510 bottles in the eatery’s curated collection, La Bastide is all about French wine and food.

Moderne Barn

Armonk

This rustic eatery is recognized for its elegant atmosphere and selection of 480 wines, specifically its lineup of bottles from France, Italy, and California.

Ocean Blue Prime

Rye

Ocean Blue Prime stands out not just due to the fact that it has a selection of 500 wines, but also because it places special emphasis on wines from California, France, and Italy.

The Restaurant at Kanopi

White Plains

Another 2024 winner of Wine Spectator‘s Best of Award of Excellence, The Restaurant at Kanopi serves up Portuguese cuisine alongside a selection of 350 bottles. Here, try wines from Portugal, Spain, and California.

Shadows on the Hudson

Poughkeepsie

Shadows earns accolades for its substantial selection of wines (does a selection of 490 vintages sound good?), with strengths including vintages from California, France, and Italy. Plus, who can resist sipping a glass of vino while admiring those Hudson River views?

The Supper Room at Glenmere Mansion

Chester

Inside the historic Glenmere Mansion, The Supper Room provides guests with an intimate, sophisticated dining experience. Wine Spectator applauds the wine list, which features selections from California, France, and Italy.

Award of Excellence Winners

The Award of Excellence highlights restaurants that offer a diverse selection of 90 or more wines. These venues earned the honor by ensuring their wine list includes quality selections from a variety of regions. This year, 2,150 restaurants received the Award of Excellence, and 17 of them are from the Hudson Valley.

1915 Wine Cellar

Poughkeepsie

Augustine’s Salumeria

Mamaroneck

Chazz Palminteri

White Plains

Cosimo’s on Union

Newburgh

Crew Restaurant & Bar

Poughkeepsie

Fogo de Chão

White Plains

Heritage 147

Larchmont

McKinney & Doyle Fine Foods

Pawling

Micheline

Scarsdale

Mohonk Mountain House

New Paltz

Morton’s, The Steakhouse

White Plains

Old Stone House Inn

Warwick

One Rare Italian Steakhouse

Scarsdale

Pharmacy Kitchen & Bar

Goshen

The Red Onion

Saugerties

The Roundhouse

Beacon

Shiraz Kitchen & Wine Bar

White Plains

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