When you live in the Hudson Valley, how can you not want to head to the river to dine? In olden times (read: the ’90s), that usually meant so-so food served on paper plates with a big emphasis on the view. Although the view remains spectacular, nowadays you have so many more options, and they don’t necessarily involve spending tons of money or making elaborate plans. These days, you can have just a glass of wine and some bar fare, or savor an easy-breezy al fresco lunch. At some of these places, you can even pull your boat right up to the front of the restaurant and dine onboard. Thanks to the popularity of waterside eateries, it seems that new places are popping up all the time.
One of our favorite spots is the Stewart House at the Athens Hotel in Greene County. Opened in 1883, the trifecta restaurant, bar, and boutique hotel makes its home on the bank of the Hudson River in Athens. In season, take advantage of a ride on the Spirit on Hudson ferry, which drops you off right across from the restaurant. On select weekends, the eatery offers music performances to go along with its delectable fare.
The location of the Stewart House is especially magical. It is situated near an island that shields diners from the main river traffic, offering instead a view of moored pleasure boats bobbing placidly in the water. The building itself has a taproom/restaurant, too, so you have a backup plan if it starts to sprinkle. But even if the sun is shining, take a peek inside anyway: You never know who you’ll see — film directors like to house their casts at the hotel when they’re on location. On starlit evenings, lounge by the fire pit, cocktail in hand. If a better moment exists than this, we’re hard pressed to think of one.
When Pier 701 Restaurant & Bar opened in 2013 in the chichi Rockland County town of Piermont, the crowds immediately poured in, hungry to soak up the sun’s rays on the enormous deck, gather around the tiki bar, and enjoy the spectacular view of the Tappan Zee Bridge. “It was like opening on New Year’s Eve for five weeks straight!” recalls executive chef-owner Denis Whitton — who worked in this exact location (when it was another restaurant) as a teenage cook before moving to Manhattan to be mentored by European chefs. Expect a “very Mediterranean” lunch and dinner menu dominated by fresh fish dishes, such as grilled Atlantic salmon with a kale, ratatouille, and roasted red pepper sauce. A lively bar menu accommodates late night diners. The seafood theme continues at Sunday brunch, when a raw bar overflows with oysters, clams, mussels, and shrimp. Come autumn, Whitton launches a Wild Game and Wine dinner to highlight the change to a heartier menu.
Stewart House at the Athens Hotel Athens
2 North Water St, 518.947.1587
Frank Guido’s Port of Call Catskill
7 Main St, 518.943.5088
Stroll on over to the Catskill waterfront for seafood dining that will please any palate. Keep it American with the New England clam chowder and Maryland crab cakes or make a metaphorical journey to the Mediterranean with Shrimp Fresca, a shrimp scampi pasta in roasted garlic oil, and the Swordfish Piccata, grilled with lemon, butter, and white wine. Feel free to arrive by car or by boat, then keep the outdoor vibes going with a seat on the waterfront patio.
River Station Restaurant Poughkeepsie
1 North Water St, 845.452.9207
As the oldest continually operating restaurant in Poughkeepsie (it started as a saloon in 1866), River Station treats diners to seafood specials like steamed clams, refreshing shrimp cocktails, and the famed chowder bar. The eatery resides a short stroll away from the the Walkway Over the Hudson, making it the perfect spot to grab a bite after a morning walk. Retractable awnings ensure outdoor dining is available rain or shine. Look out for the half price burgers every Monday and the happy hour specials from 4 to 6 p.m. during the work week.
Poughkeepsie Ice House Poughkeepsie
1 Main St, 845.232.5783
Located between the Walkway Over the Hudson and the Mid-Hudson Bridge, the Poughkeepsie Ice House is literally steps from the water’s edge. Dine inside or out (your pooch is welcome outside), or park your boat at the public dock and enjoy the extensive seasonal menu. Chef John Heineke trained under famed restaurateur Joes Andres, so expect only the best of the best here. The menu changes seasonally, but seafood remains a staple all year long.
Shadows on the Hudson Poughkeepsie
176 Rinaldi Blvd, 845.486.9500
Situated on a 40-foot cliff above the river, Shadows provides a beautiful view of the Mid-Hudson Bridge and the Walkway Over the Hudson, as well as a massive menu which rotates with the seasons. Guests can opt to sit in any of the five unique dining areas, each of which has its own unique ambience. CIA trained executive chef Nick Brower charms visitors with seafood-centric dishes. Try the Faroe Island salmon, with a yellow pepper coulis and summer succotash or the Ahi tuna, with grilled shishitos and ginger scallion basmati rice.
Mariner’s Harbor Kingston
1 Broadway, 845.340.8051
This nautically themed restaurant on the Rondout Creek features entrees that will delight fish lovers across the Valley. Imagine fresh lobsters, broiled or steamed with an option to add savory crab meat stuffing, or pan seared sea scallops, with gingered peas and lemongrass rice. The Kingston city marina is located directly in front of the eatery, so guests can enjoy a picturesque view as they savor every last bite. Outdoor patio dining is available, and visitors have the option of arriving by car or by boat.
Ole Savannah Kingston
100 Rondout Landing, 845.331.4283
Ole Savannah in Kingston is a delight for barbecue lovers and anyone on the hunt for honest-to-goodness comfort food classics. Hit the Rondout waterfront hotspot for craving-inducing roasted Brussels sprouts or downright delicious fried chicken, brined in buttermilk for 24 hours. Fridays are Country Nights, while happy hours are held from 4 to 7 p.m. every night during the week.
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Blu Pointe Newburgh
120 Front St, 845.568.0100
Blu Pointe effortlessly melds riverside eats with a farm-to-table menu to achieve a hybrid between ease and elegance that wins over locals and out-of-towners alike. The onsite temperature controlled walk-in wine room is an excellent excuse to order your favorite vintage off the extensive list. Add to that a lobster cocktail and some Italian hot peppers and you have everything you need to while away the evening hours by the shore.
Cafe Pitti Newburgh
40 Front St, 845.565.1444
With a colorful decor and affordable menu filled with Italian-American favorites (think individual pizzette or toasted Italian panini), this casual trattoria also has a delicious selection of gelato and sorbet.
Cena 2000 Newburgh
50 Front St, 845.561.7676
Dine on traditional Italian specialties under the canopy overlooking the Hudson. Top choices for the summer include the smoked salmon with mascarpone and the polipi alla griglia con cipolle, or the grilled octopus with diced onions.
Billy Joe’s Ribworks Newburgh
26 Front St, 845.565.1560
Barbecue is a summer staple, and Billy Joe’s has perfected its recipe. Kitchen staff kick things into high gear by prepare all meat with a hand rub before smoking them. A jam-packed entertainment schedule includes a quiz show, country line dancing, and rock and acoustic performances. This funky, sprawling space has menu options that are ideal for a waterside setting. Start with the Western Sunset, a tropical cocktail that fuses coconut and spiced run with fruity flavors to evoke that island feeling. Pair it with snack style bites like the St. Louis pit smoked ribs or the mouthwatering Cajun spiced fried shrimp.
With a tagline that declares, “One bite and you’ll be hooked,” Captain Jake’s is a longstanding waterfront eatery in the Valley. Order the clams oreganato or the mussels fra diavolo to start, then follow it up with the to-die-for lobster mac and cheese or the oh-so-savory fish tacos.
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The River Grill Newburgh
40 Front St, 845.561.9444
Open for lunch, dinner, and Sunday brunch, this spot highlights sandwiches, seafood, and a raw bar. Dine on the riverside patio or in the elegant dining room. Standouts include the lobster sliders, packed on a plush potato roll, and the hickory shrimp, filled with zingy horseradish and wrapped in hickory smoked bacon. Yes, it is as delicious as it sounds.
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Pamela’s on the Hudson Newburgh
1 Park Pl, 845.562.4505
Skip the indoor seating in favor of a top deck table at Pamela’s. Hit the happy hour on Wednesdays and Thursdays for half priced bar specials. On Fridays, enjoy live music and a complimentary buffet to go with your early weekend celebrations. Prefer to dine by boat? Ask about the Newburgh Yacht Club partnership when you make your reservation.
Fin & Brew Peekskill
â€‹5 John Walsh Blvd, 914.788.4555
This trendy New American restaurant in Peekskill has prime Hudson River real estate at Charles Point. If you love seafood and Americana comfort food, you’ll fall head over heels for the menu, which includes flavorful powerhouses like charred asparagus with herb goat ricotta and a fisherman’s stew with Aleppo pepper aioli. If you’re around on a Sunday, check out the happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. for seafood bites and daily drink specials.
Harvest on Hudson Hastings
1 River St, 914.478.2800
Nestled on the shores of the Hudson River in Westchester, Harvest on Hudson allows diners to experience al fresco dining on the outdoor patio and savor produce grown in the organic herb and vegetable garden. Chef David Amorelli designs the Italian-influenced dishes, which highlight seasonal, local ingredients. Sample the tuna and white bean salad for a lighter meal, then follow it up with the house made cookies and cannoli for dessert.
Hudson Water Club West Haverstraw
â€‹606 Beach Rd, 845.271.4046
Located at the Haverstraw Marina, the Water Club offers serene views of the river and a comfortable, elegant atmosphere. Rhythm and blues and rock musicians perform at the outdoor tiki bar on weekends. CIA trained executive chef Michael Dobias leads the way in the kitchen, whirling out contemporary American cuisine with local ingredients that are prepared at the peak for freshness. Indulge with the raw bar or oyster of the day selections. For those who are not so keen about seafood, the wood fired antipasti platter is just as beautiful as it is tasty. P.S. It’s also gluten-free.
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Pier 701 Restaurant & Bar Piermont
701 Piermont Ave, 845.848.2550