Want to know the latest in the local foodie scene? Check out these dining updates in the Hudson Valley this spring.
Four restaurants are coming to Kingston. Elevated pizza spot Ollie’s (High Falls) will open a new slice shop later this spring. Expect new menu items and pizza styles, plus a retail market and prepared foods. West Kill Brewing’s new satellite, West Kill Supply, is a rustic tasting room with popular brews on tap, cans to go, and food pop-ups on weekends. Long-awaited wine bar Chleo opened after a few months of delays. The menu features natural, fermented wines and snacks like charcuterie, veggie spreads, and bites from the wood-fired grill. Brickmen Kitchen + Bar will serve up global fusion with HV flare; it’s from the same team behind waterfront restaurant Ole Savannah.
Beacon recently welcomed new wellness café Elixxr in the Hudson Valley Food Hall. Drinks include matcha and rose lattes, golden milk (turmeric), and coffee chaga. Sri Lankan outpost Red Pepper Diner moved to the city from Wappingers Falls in early February.
Kingston’s plant-based drive-thru Moonburger will soon open a second burger joint at the former Mexicali Blue space in New Paltz.
Return Brewing’s first craft taproom is opening in Hudson this spring and will feature both tavern-style and experimental beers. A high-end sushi restaurant, Nama Omakase, is anticipated to open in the old Etsy building on Warren Street.
Tannersville is popping: Quaint pastry shop Shandaken Bake and drive-thru Fred’s Coffee and Donuts had their grand openings within the last few months. Elevated comfort food will be available at Nat’s Mountain House (a sister restaurant to Manhattan-based Nat’s on Bank and Bleeker) next to new boutique retreat Hotel Lilien.
In coffee news: Big Mouth Coffee Roasters is opening a second café and roastery in Newburgh. The former HiLo shop in Catskill is now home to Joust Juice, a café featuring coffee drinks, cold-pressed juice, and vegan comfort food.
Rhinebeck resident Maya Kaimal, who created the Indian brand Maya Kaimal Foods, has a new cookbook, Indian Flavor Every Day, that hits shelves March 28.
Six Hudson Valley businesses are Good Food Awards 2023 finalists: Acetaia del Sole (Hurleyville), Fruition Chocolate Works (Shokan), Hawthorne Valley (Ghent), Potters Table (Round Top), Sfoglini Pasta (West Coxsackie), and Sweet Deliverance (Kingston).
Homespun Foods, in Beacon, has pivoted away from dinner service. They’re now open seven days a week from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. with a daytime menu and offer brunch on weekends.
In late January, James Beard Awards Restaurant and Chef semifinalists were announced. Here are the Hudson Valley-based nominees: Stissing House in Pine Plains (best new restaurant); Lil’ Deb’s Oasis in Hudson (outstanding hospitality); Anthony Gonçalves of Kanopi in White Plains, Shaina Loew-Banayan of Cafe Mutton in Hudson, and Paolo Garcia Mendoza of Karenderya in Nyack (all best chef in New York State).
Is there a food more French than the baguette? The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) doesn’t seem to think so. Last November, the group awarded heritage status to the quintessential loaf—meaning it’s an intangible piece of French culture. About 320 baguettes are eaten every second in France—that’s half a loaf per person per day! After the news broke, President Macron tweeted that baguettes are “250 grams of magic and perfection in our daily lives.” You can get in on the magic by picking up a fresh loaf at Kingston Bread + Bar, All You Knead Artisan Bakers in Beacon, LaLima’s Bakery in Monroe, and all Bread Alone locations.