Hudson Valley Restaurants
Fish & Game
13 S. 3rd St., Hudson Valley
Still one of the hottest tickets in town (more than two years after opening), Fish & Game is a reservation worth nabbing. The warm, cozy tavern-like vibe (it’s housed in a former 19th-century blacksmith’s shop) is punctuated with mounted taxidermy, ornate velvet wallpaper, and a hearth. The menu draws from the surrounding valley’s freshest produce, fish, and livestock and changes daily. Look for sugar snap peas tossed with young garlic and herbs, grilled soft-shell crab and smoked eggplant, as well as a whole roast chicken, which is cooked to perfection.
2 Church Ave., Germantown
In nearby Germantown, owners Nick and Sarah Suarez have created a community gathering spot that's become a destination in its own right. (Between the two of them, they've worked at beloved New York restaurants like Gramercy Tavern, Roman's, and Marlow & Sons.) They tapped Brooklyn-based Studio Tack for a simple, pared-back design. (Think: penny-tiled flooring; dark, bentwood barstools; and big windows.) A cozy menu takes full advantage of nearby farmers, culling from the likes of Kinderhook and Whistle Down farms, and Otto's Market for its crowd-pleasing bucatini, roasted beets, and grass-fed burger (Nick bakes the sesame buns daily). The cocktail list riffs on classics like Negroni's and French 75. Photo: Mikael Kennedy
717 Warren St., Hudson Valley
Down the street from the Rivertown Lodge, Grazin’, opened by local farmer Dan Gibson of Angus Acres in nearby Ghent, is an organic burger joint in a throwback-y diner setting. The most popular burger (100 percent grass-fed beef) is the Uncle Dude, topped with house-made chipotle mayo, jalapeño relish, Hudson Valley cheddar, bacon from the farm, garden greens, and tomato (if they’re in season). For lighter appetites, there are smaller-sized portions, too.
119 Warren St., Hudson
After cutting their teeth for eleven years in Red Hook, Monica Byrne and Leisah Swenson of Home/Made decided to take their beloved café up north to the Hudson Valley. Smack dab in the center of the action on Warren Street, they're doubling down on the weekend brunch scene. Open on Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the surprisingly exhaustive seasonal offerings hit all the high notes: brioche cinnamon toast, granola parfaits, egg scrambles served with potatoes provencal and grilled walnut toast. There's also a small selection of freshly baked pastries and espresso to go.
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