By Sabrina Sucato and Norma Brickner
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 fly as the holiday approaches, so call in a spot sooner rather than later if you plan to eat out for Turkey Day.
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 butternut squash ravioli or the Hudson Valley spring roll for the first course, then move onto the roasted native “Tom” turkey or the house-made sweet potato gnocchi. 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
12–3 p.m., 5-9 p.m.
If a classic Thanksgiving dinner, sans stress, is calling your name this year, take a look at the menu at Anthony’s Pier 9. The New Windsor eatery melds traditional dishes with international flavors for a dining experience that features the best of sweet and savory. Diners can score turkey, maple-glazed ham, and prime rib au jus at the carving stations, then snack on an assortment of homemade soups and salads alongside them. Italian influences in the form of chicken Madeira, pasta a la vodka, and tilapia piccata add a welcome twist to the Turkey Day essentials.
2975 Rte 9W, New Windsor
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Aroma Thyme is a saving grace for vegans and vegetarians who want to eat out for Thanksgiving. The “think green” establishment keeps dishes as local and organic as possible on both its regular menu and its prix fixe turkey dinner special. For a set price, diners can choose a soup or salad as an appetizer, then dig into a roast Plainville free-range turkey, creamed organic corn, mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables, and Bread Alone whole wheat and raisin bread stuffing. For vegans, skip the turkey and go straight for the tofurky in mushroom sauce. Gluten-free stuffing is also available upon request.
165 Canal St, Ellenville
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, sole francaise, and penne pasta. 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.
120 Front St, Newburgh
$49.95/adult, $24.95/children 10 and under
Forgoing prix fixe in favor of a la carte, Le Chambord brings French influences to the longstanding American celebration. Make a detour from the same ol’ fare with European staples like escargot in puff pastry, roasted duck breast with mashed sweet potatoes, port wine orange, and lingonberry sauce. Of course, mainstays like roasted butternut squash soup, turkey with chestnut stuffing, and pumpkin tarts make an appearance on the menu to satisfy picky and adventurous eaters alike.
2737 Rte 52, Hopewell Junction
Hoping to hold the Turkey Day feast in the afternoon so there’s time for football, napping, and early Black Friday shopping later? Hit Charlotte’s in Millbrook for a no-frills prix fixe luncheon that features staples destined to please every eater. The brunchy Thanksgiving fare includes lighter plates like Maryland lump crab cakes and broccoli with oyster mushrooms and cheddar alongside heartier mushroom and bean bourguignon cremini and Charlotte’s double-cut pork chop brined, smoked, and grilled with honey whiskey sauce, potato gratin, and harvest vegetables.
4258 Rte 44, Millbrook
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
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 station-style fete that seats until 3 p.m. Quench your thirst with house-made mulled apple cider, then savor root vegetable gratin, sliced roasted turkey breast, classic brioche stuffing, and more. For a sweet finale, sample assorted chef-selected dessert platters.
25 South Partition St, Saugerties
11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
$50/person, $25/children 12 and under
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For a true Thanksgiving treat, book a reservation at Glenmere Mansion in Chester. The menu, crafted by executive chef Gunnar Thompson, is a multicourse affair begins with amuse bouche samplers and concludes with sweet mignardises. In between, diners can savor dishes like warm Edgwick Farm goat cheese with organic mixed greens, house vinaigrette, poached pear, and dried fruit and nuts and seasonal Hudson Valley foie gras with brioche, brandied apples, and an apple radish salad. For the third course. keep it traditional with roasted turkey breast or experiment with pan-seared filet mignon medallions. When it comes time for dessert, make a beeline for the mansion’s gourmet take on pumpkin pie, which is cradled by a maple pecan crust and topped with butter pecan ice cream.
634 Pine Hill Rd, Chester
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, 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 sip roasted mushroom and chestnut soup topped with glazed bacon and crispy shallots. For the main course, pass on the go-to turkey and stuffing (it’s there if you really want it) and trade it for cider-braised pork flavored with herbed chicharrones and cranberry mostarda. Share some heirloom apple and sourdough stuffing topped with mushroom gravy with a side of brussels sprouts and bourbon cranberry sauce with the dinner party. Dessert, of course, is the shining star of the occasion. For the finale, Goosefeather offers traditional desserts like apple pie, pumpkin pie, cinnamon crumble, or vanilla ice cream. Hungry yet?
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown
12:00–2 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
Experience the finest of farm-to-table in the Hudson Valley at Henry’s this year. The Milton eatery packs gourmet treats into a full foodie lineup of starters, soups, carving and buffet stations, and desserts. Anyone who books a reservation for the holiday meal will be treated to bites of butternut squash soup, Faroe Island salmon, baked Virginia ham, and chocolate banana caramel bread pudding, to name only a few highlights. With hyper-local ingredients on the table and serene views of Buttermilk Falls in the background, It’s hard to imagine a more quintessentially Hudson Valley Thanksgiving.
220 North Rd, Milton
12 p.m., 3 p.m., and 6 p.m.
$64/person, $39.99/children 12 and under
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
Mohonk makes its name on unforgettable overnights, retreats, and day trips in the Hudson Valley, so it comes as no surprise 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
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Thanksgiving at The Roundhouse is tempting as it is. But did you know that the Beacon eatery’s new Smoke on the Water Steakhouse pop-up is hosting a Turkey Day shindig, too? Book a reservation for 1-9 p.m., then prepare yourself to dig into a mix of holiday classics and regular menu favorites. The Thanksgiving offerings run the gamut from roasted pumpkin bisque with an espresso glaze to Hudson Valley apple pie with vanilla ice cream and cinnamon chantilly. Of course, there are also muffuletta sandwiches, Korean rice bowls, and Meyer lemon bars for diners who crave something a little different this year.
2 E. Main St, Beacon
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 crumbled goat cheese appetizer, the pumpkin ravioli with sage cream sauce and grana padano main, and the caramel macchiato cheesecake for dessert. 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.