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Where to Dine on Asparagus in the Hudson Valley This Spring

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Assuage your asparagus cravings with a wide range of dishes from restaurants around our region, from salads and sides to pastas and pizzas.

There’s a lot to love about springtime produce, as it makes menus more colorful and flavorful with ingredients in every color of the rainbow. Though it is typically regarded as a side dish, asparagus is particularly popular among Hudson Valley chefs who cook with the seasons, and they’ve incorporated the snazzy green stalks into a range of delicious dishes. If you find yourself with a hankering for asparagus, reserve a table at one of these local restaurants:

Blooming Hill Farm

Monroe

Diners will discover asparagus on both the brunch and dinner menu at Blooming Hill Farm. Both menus include sauteed spring vegetables—carrots, radish, fennel, snap peas, greens, and asparagus—as well as the burrata, which includes marinated asparagus in addition to romesco, arugula, and brown butter breadcrumbs. At dinnertime, asparagus can be ordered by its lonesome, served with sorrel pesto, scamorza, and breadcrumbs.

Goosefeather

Tarrytown

Ever heard of white asparagus? It’s just like the green variety, but sans chlorophyll—that’s the green pigment that gives plants their color. Plus, it is slightly sweeter and more tender than its counterpart. Give it a try at Goosefeather—it comes with the “Yum Yum” branzino alongside spring onion soy and roasted artichoke. Conversely, you could dig into a plate of char siu Berkshire pork belly, which comes with green strawberry mustard and green asparagus to match.

Lil’ Deb’s Oasis

Hudson

 

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Everything at Lil’ Deb’s is colorful and comforting, and the asparagus is no exception. Stop into this James Beard Award-nominated eatery for a tasty take on the vegetable, which comes with whipped paneer, charred onion, lemon-chile emulsion, and pecan.

LOLA

Kingston

 

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Why not enjoy your asparagus on pizza? At LOLA, one of Kingston’s premier pizzerias, the vegetable is right at home on the white garden pie, comprising asparagus, eggplant, cherry tomato, basil oil, and dollops of local mozzarella. If you really want to indulge in all things asparagus, also look to the Boston lettuce salad with asparagus, pea shoots, feta, and green goddess dressing, or the fettucine dish with shrimp, cherry tomato, spicy tomato sauce, and—naturally—a bit of asparagus.

Otto’s Full Service

Piermont


The springtime dinner menu at Otto’s abounds with asparagus; order the vegetable on its own, or opt for one of the many dishes it accompanies. Sample the greens and grains salad with wheat berries, quinoa, zucchini, goat cheese, raspberry, sunflower seeds, and asparagus. As for mains, the green veggie comes with the American beef filet, blackened mahi mahi, salmon filet, and Korean barbecue short ribs.

Red Horse by David Burke

White Plains

David Burke mentions his love for seasonal ingredients in our one-on-one conversation with the celebrity chef, so it’s no surprise that asparagus makes multiple appearances on his current Red Horse menu. Savor the shoot in all its green glory as a side dish—elevated by coconut Thai red curry—or within the burrata cheese and prosciutto salad, which commingles the vegetable with watermelon, olives, watercress, and a champagne vinaigrette. The verdant veggie also comes with Burke’s roasted chicken with peas and hon shimeji mushrooms.

Silvia

Woodstock

 

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Three of the mains at Silvia incorporate spring’s beloved vegetable. If you’re in the mood for steelhead trout, you’ll discover that asparagus wonderfully complements the filet with dill-scallion basmati rice, preserved lemon sabayon, and garlic scape. Otherwise, you could opt for the local mushroom and pasta rags, plated with asparagus, black garlic butter, thyme, and parmigiano Reggiano. And if neither of those dishes tickles your fancy, there is always the barley and ramp risotto, complete with artichoke heart, snow pea, asparagus, ramp-almond pesto, and a healthy dose of Piave. Silvia boasts a stunning interior and ample outdoor seating on its patio.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is back this April 8-21!