Are you ready to explore local eateries through Hudson Valley Restaurant Week? This May 10-23, the region’s beloved dining event returns with new restaurants, new menus, and socially distant dining options available for everyone. Dutchess County hotspots serve up creative dishes with high-quality local ingredients. Plus, many of the county’s restaurants offer outdoor al fresco seating. So what are you waiting for? Browse through some of our top picks in Dutchess County, then take a look at our full list of participating restaurants here.
276 Main St, Beacon
Take a trip to the Italian seaside in this Fellini-inspired restaurant. Café Amarcord now has pizza and small-plate offshoots in Fishkill and Beacon, but for the full Hudson Valley Restaurant Week experience, head to the original Main St. Beacon locale. A prix fixe dinner menu will be served Tuesday through Sunday from May 10 to May 23. Before the full Restaurant Week menu is announced, peruse some of Café Amarcord’s classic Mediterrannean fare. European specialties like branzino, Florentine-style steak, and braised rabbit with polenta are perfect for introducing new cuisines, while shrimp fettuccine pasta and baby back ribs are excellent familiar choices to lean back on.
12710 W Main St, Wappingers Falls
Passionately authentic cuisine and an unbeatable atmosphere make Café Con Leche a destination for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Enjoy eclectic fare from this Dutchess County hotspot for lunch Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, or dinner on Wednesday and Thursday. While the full prix fixe menu has not been announced, an open mind and empty stomach are two things to bring to Main Street. Expect classic dishes like tostones, chicharon de pollo, mofongo (green fried plantains), and so much more. Of course, if pressed sandwiches are on the table, they are out-of-this-world delicious. Explore Puerto Rican cuisine, getting a real exposure to signature food from La Isla del Encanto.
32 Market St, Wappingers Falls
Family-owned and family-operated, this modern Mexican kitchen brings delicious food and creative cocktails to the Village of Wappingers’ vibrant dining scene. Their menu features a twist on common classics: the Market Street burger is topped with chihuahua and Oaxaca cheese alongside ripe avocado, and the pan-roasted Atlantic salmon sits next to corn poblano-mashed potatoes. Try the ever-trendy birria tacos, and don’t forget to order fresh palomas, a mezcal-elderflower margarita, and kiwi-based drink for those that would rather sip on vodka cocktails. Stay tuned for their prix fixe Hudson Valley Restaurant Week menu, and enjoy a day in a gorgeous part of Dutchess County.
120 Delafield St, Poughkeepsie
With beautiful outdoor dining options, Cosimo’s Trattoria is the place to be for a May Restaurant Week. Enjoy Tuscan dishes al fresco for lunch and dinner, Sunday through Thursday. From the prix fixe menu, expect classic starters like an antipasti misti spread, arancini, and baby clams casino. Cosimo’s is known for its wood-fired pizzas and flatbreads, but boasts “old world” specialties as well. Veal Milanese, pork cacciatore, San Marzano tomato-glazed snapper, and more will transport the senses across the Atlantic.
1099 U.S. Rte 9, Fishkill
Equal parts seafood restaurant and steakhouse, Hudson’s Ribs & Fish is a Hudson Valley mainstay. Stop in for a special Restaurant Week dinner Tuesday through Sunday in the nautical-themed space. The yet-to-be-announced prix fixe menu will give a taste of Hudson’s delicious dishes. If your taste buds are land-locked, Danish-style baby back ribs, a 14-oz ribeye, or the black angus filet mignon will have your mouth watering. Garlic-crusted scallops, Brazilian lobster tails, and a complete raw bar will please anyone craving fresh ocean catches. Patrons with expansive palates for wine will adore Hudson’s massive wine-by-the-glass list.
728 Violet Ave, Hyde Park
Joseph’s Steakhouse sits just next to the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site at Val-Kill in Hyde Park. While indoor dining is available for lunch and dinner seven days a week, the open-air patio garden is absolute bliss. A gorgeous waterfall and full outdoor bar sweeten the space. Joseph’s dry-aged T-bones, porterhouses, and ribeyes endure a 21- to 28-day flavor-enhancing process. Filet mignon, NY strips, and slow-cooked prime rib will please any lover of all things meat. Stay tuned for the full prix fixe Restaurant Week menu, but prepare for premium steakhouse fare with an Italian twist.
1659 Route 9 Suite #1, Wappingers Falls
Indulge in the savory sensations of Tamarind, Wappingers Falls’ source for fine Indian cuisine. Tamarind’s culinary team blend together traditional flavors from Southeast Asia with regional sensibilities. An authentic tandoor stands at the very heart of the eatery, enhancing any dining experience. Hudson Valley Restaurant Week brings its own host of twists to the expansive menu. Expect offerings like lentil cumin soup, lasooni gobi, and a Thai black pepper chicken for starters. Shrimp moilee, lamb pepper masala, and paneer kebabs could comprise main course options. Stay tuned for the full specials lineup starting May 10, running for lunch and dinner seven days a week.
6426 Montgomery St, Rhinebeck
Nestled in a renovated church built in 1825, Terrapin is an iconic Dutchess County destination for Restaurant Week. Terrapin’s owner and executive chef Josh Kroner has been a driving force in the farm-to-table movement for years, crafting original American fare from hyper-local Hudson Valley ingredients. Before Terrapin announces its prix fixe lineup, crave some of the year-round specialties like barbecued duck quesadillas with mango-avocado salsa, pumpkin ravioli in a brown butter-sherry sauce, and grilled organic king salmon with summer squash. Pair any of the decadent options Chef Kroner prepares with fine Hudson Valley wines, local beers on tap, and a wide variety of cocktails — the fig-infused cognac sidecar, sour cherry bourbon Manhattan, and a refreshing white sangria are all favorites. Dine on the outdoor patio, in the spacious dining room, or in the atmospheric red bistro.