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9 Best Restaurants in the Catskills and Hudson Valley

NYC may get the majority of New York state’s culinary cred, but you’re doing yourself a major disservice if you sleep on the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Just an hour or so out of the city, our quainter northern neighbors are overflowing with farm-to-table sustainable eats, New American innovators, and...celebrity diners? Here, just 9 of the Catskills and Hudson Valley restaurants hot on our radar.

A Brooklyn-based writer and editor, Chelsea's work has appeared in Matador Network, The Huffington Post, the TripAdvisor blog, and more. When not planning her next trip, you'll usually find her drinking way too much iced coffee (always iced—she’s from New England) or bingeing a Netflix original series.

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Boro6 Wine Bar, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY

For those times when you need a small dish or two to accompany a couple of glasses of after-work wine, Boro6 has you covered. With 20 wines by the glass – plus craft beers and ciders – locally sourced charcuterie and cheese plates, open-faced sandwiches, and light seasonal salads really do the trick. Stay and talk (drink) awhile as the European-inspired taverna encourages the same type of un-rushed meal you’d find in a traditional village abroad.

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Kitchen Sink Food & Drink, Beacon, NY

In the heart of Beacon, Kitchen Sink Food & Drink is a pretty self-sustaining operation. Chef Brian Arnoff sources his restaurant’s fresh produce from Truckload Farm and Orchard – his family’s own micro farm in Hyde Park. While a revolving seasonal menu means fluctuating plates, common dinner dishes include butternut squash lasagna, Fazio Farms duck breast, and sides of local greens. That said, drop by on Monday – aka Fried Chicken Monday – and we promise you’ll find nothin’ but crispy birds with all the fixins.

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Brushland Eating House, Bovina, NY

Bovina is about as pastoral as American towns come, what with a bounty of farm stands and rambling hills, and a frozen in time Main Street set against a Catskill Mountains backdrop. For the best meal in town, roll up to Brushland, a combined restaurant and boutique stay (check out Above Brushland and Behind Brushland – both straight out of Country Living). Contemporary takes on classic comfort foods like burgers, pork schnitzel, and hand rolled pasta come out of the kitchen plated on dainty gold-rimmed porcelain.

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The Roundhouse by terrance brennan, Beacon, NY

Michelin-starred chef Terrance Brennan brings a highly-sustainable menu of locally produced fare to the historic, recently-restored Roundhouse restaurant and hotel in Beacon. Overlooking a tumbling waterfall and creek, guests dine on plates divvied up between Fields and Woods, Nose to Tail, Farmland, and Sea and Pasture. Glaze over the menu and you’ll find options like pear and endive alad, pigs ears, patés, bone marrow, and whey poached black sea bass. Discounted killer meals are also served up almost every day of the week; designated half price nights means small plates, snacks, ramen, burgers and sandwiches, and nose to tail deliciousness for far less.

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Cafe of Love, Mount Kisco, NY

Elevated farm fare at Cafe of Love comes straight from Leslie Lampert – the chef and owner behind beloved Mt. Kisco soup shop, Ladle of Love. Making the menu at her rustic, contemporary sit-down endeavor are starters of melted raclette, confit duck chili dip, and porcini, pear and pancetta flatbread. While its hard to stop yourself from straight-up gorging on first courses, keep in mind that they make way for enticing mains like seafood bouillabaisse and crispy pork fazzoletti.

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Crabtree’s Kittle House Restaurant & Inn, Chappaqua, NY

True (not alternative) fact: when Hillary Clinton isn’t trail hiking with her dog or taking a stroll around her expansive Chappaqua estate, she’s keen to grab a bite Crabtree’s Kittle House. Turns out, HRC even secured her historic presidential nomination whilst at the eatery, cause what’s better than breaking bread and glass ceilings? Stop by yourself and you’ll find farm-to-table breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner, happy hour, tap room, and chef’s tasting menus all chock full of sustainable, naturally-grown ingredients from local HV producers. We’re a brunch bunch, so the brioche “Bananas Foster” french toast and wild mushroom frittatas are perpetually calling our name.

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Saltaire Oyster Bar & Fish House, Port Chester, NY

Happy Hour hunters rejoice! The Saltaire Oyster Bar & Fish House – in a historic grain warehouse on Port Chester’s section of the Byram River – hosts Wine and Brine 4pm-6:30pm every damn day of the week. That means sangria, Muscadet, and good ol’ Narragansett side-by-side with crab cakes, half a buck-a-shuck little and top neck clams, and chicken fritters. If you’re saddling up to the marble oyster bar outside these hours, no worries – you’ll still find 12 varieties of oysters, raw options like chilled lobster and snow crab claws, and plates of coconut curry mahi mahi and grilled mediterranean octopus.

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Peekamoose, Big Indian, NY

When Peekamoose owners Devin and Marybeth Mills decided to restore an old farmhouse in Big Indian and convert it into humble country kitchen, they had quite a bit of know-how. The two had already cut their teeth in some of NYC’s most impressive institutions – the Hudson River Club, Le Bernardin, Gramercy Tavern, etc. – after all. Traverse the starters, salads, and specialties – warm honey glazed beets, caramelized onion tarts, wood grilled octopus, and slow braised beef short ribs, among them – and you’ll realize what a tough decision lies ahead.

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Rivermarket Bar & Kitchen, Tarrytown, NY

Unpretentious high-end dining, from the same team behind Crabtree’s Kittle House, is what you’ll find in Tarrytown’s Rivermarket Bar & Kitchen. The eatery nails that reclaimed look that’s become synonymous with cool kid spots in Brooklyn (think: walls and floors done up in salvaged 200-year-old beams and soil boxes) which only complement the wood-fired pizzas, handmade pappardelle with lamb ragu and fresh mint, and grass-fed burgers hitting eager tables around the dining room.

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