Fishkill’s latest dining destination, Sotano scores with tasty plates like chickpea-dusted calamari and lobster ravioli. Do try the lunchtime standout: garlic-roasted leg of lamb sandwich with rosemary fries. 845.897.1036
Fresh on our radar: Waffles served both sweet and savory at retro-chic Sweetbakes Café in Wappingers Falls. Get ’em with chocolate ganache or pulled pork and chicken. Order an espresso or latte while you’re at it. 845.632.1900
As cooler weather sets in, warm up by the fire with a coconutty coquito (aka Puerto Rican eggnog) at Haverstraw waterfront newcomer Don Coqui On The Hudson. Classic paella with all the seafood trimmings and grilled churrasco steak on a skewer top the menu. Live music and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights. 845.942.1616
Located in a refurbished building in Newburgh’s Downing Park, cozy and casual Shelter House Café dishes up a lunch menu of soup, salads, and sandwiches, plus coffee drinks. Current fave: curried chicken salad on a toasted baguette. Brunch is in the works. 845.762.5842
Pick up cooking, vintning, and brewing tips as you sample local fare in a family-friendly farm setting at A Taste of the Catskills. October 6-7, Delhi, 607.746.8866
The next weekend, CRAFT: Beer, Spirits & Food Festival showcases top beverage makers from across the region. October 13, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts, 866.781.2922
A couple of beer fans at the CRAFT festival in Bethel / Photo courtesy of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
October 6-7, $25 plus transaction fee
Sat 12–8 p.m., Sun 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sloop Brewing Co., East Fishkill; 845.297.3001
Hosted by Graceland Tattoo and Sloop Brewing Company, Tattoos and Brews is the perfect party for craft beer nerds and inkheads alike. Featuring local artisans, pub food, live music, and a limited release IPA from Sloop and Barrier Brewing, the party will have 20 tattoo artists on site, offering their services on a first-come, first-serve basis. General admission tickets include a collector’s glass and your first pour of beer. Getting inked will cost you a bit more. Grab a pint and grit your teeth!