Go ahead and eat the cookie dough at Lissy’s Dough & Dairy in Poughkeepsie. They make it without raw eggs in standout flavors like chocolate chip and sugar cookie. You can have it in a bowl or a cone topped with sprinkles and candies — or mix it up with their many choices of ice cream. 845.473.7400
Sink into a booth or grab a bar seat at Hudson’s Mill Tavern & Catering, an atmospheric former textile factory in Garnerville. The menu ranges from classic tavern fare like sliders and pulled pork to such surprises as banh mi sandwiches and Cuban egg rolls. Local brews aplenty. 845.429.5700
It’s a wine bar, yes, but Woodstock’s Early Terrible is also great for grazing on lively olive, charcuterie, and cheese plates. You could plunk down $300 on a Napa Bordeaux or just savor a $13 cocktail. 845.684.7226
AMA Wood Burning Kitchen & Bar expands its empire beyond Beacon with a new location on busy Route 9. Stop in for the pistachio pizza with mortadella and Insalata con Scamorza with eggplant, zucchini, and more. 845.297.2300
Fun and festive drinks (with an emphasis on bourbons and ryes) star at The Bishop, founded by a collective of bartenders and managers. Diners fall for the asparagus tempura, duck fat fries, chilled seafood salad, and rotating specials. As you might expect from bartenders, there’s a late-night scene at this Albany spot. 518.512.5009
Fuchsia Tiki Bar, New Paltz
Dec 31, 9 p.m.–1 a.m.
215 Main St, 845.332.2109
With the Olympics, the census, and the election all set to return next year, 2020 is sure to be a doozy. But whatever lies in store, bid 2019 a stupendous adieu and ring in the New Year right at Fuchsia Tiki Bar’s New Year’s Eve Bash, a lively evening of food, music, and cocktails. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres and appetizers, an open bar, and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. And just to keep things classy, formalwear is not only encouraged — it’s required.