A Korean eatery in Wappingers Falls, a new brewery in Wallkill, fresh pasta in Newburgh, and more make the season delicious.
Wappingers Falls welcomed popular Korean chain KPOT. It’s an all-you-can-eat hot pot restaurant: choose from seven soup bases and go crazy with slices of meat, seafood, dumplings, fish cakes, noodles, and veg.
In drink news: 30,000-square-foot Aspire Brewery was unveiled in Wallkill. It includes an on-site brewery and tap room, a beer hall with 40 self-pour beers (plus ciders and wines) and a game room. Nearby in Walden, Big Dogs Brewery is perfect for pints and pups—there’s live music, weekend cocktail specials, and food trucks. Both Salt Box (in Kingston’s Stockade District) and Dear Kingston (Midtown) opened their doors; these bars serve up local spirits and snacks.
Find fresh fettuccini and gnocchi at Bivona’s Simply Pasta on Liberty Street in Newburgh. In addition to handmade noodles, there’s a deli serving classic Italian sandwiches (the meatball parm is delish) and to-go containers of sauce.
Visit two new veg-forward spots on Beacon’s Main Street. Butterhead Salad Company is a make-your-own-bowl spot with fresh greens, lots of toppings, and house-made dressings. Rice and quinoa bowls are also available. A few blocks east is Healthy in Color, featuring low-carb wraps, salads, juices and smoothies, and functional coffee.
Atelier Ku-Ki, a Japanese farm-to-table shop, opened on Main Street in Catskill. Known for its delicious bento boxes, Ku-Ki transitioned from a seasonal pop-up to a full-time brick-and-mortar in March. Fan favorites include three styles of bentos (chicken yakitori, teriyaki salmon, and tofu), salmon and yuzu kosho omusubi, and rice shokupan.
Saugerties’ Diamond Mills Hotel launched farm-to-table restaurant BLACKBARN this spring. It’s the sister location to BLACKBARN in Manhattan (founded by acclaimed chef John Doherty) and has elevated mains like black sea bass with fingerling potatoes, eight-hour BBQ beef ribs, and Maine lobster rolls. Boozy brunch available on weekends.
Cold Spring Cheese Shop is under new ownership as of March. Expect the same high-quality cheeses and provisions—and look out for new offerings, events, and more.
A new lunch menu just dropped at Best of Hudson Valley’s Rockland County restaurant winner Hudson’s Mill in Garnerville. From 12–3 p.m., stop by for handhelds (Caesar wraps, BLT burger), salads (Cajun shrimp, chicken Caesar, tavern steak), and bar snacks (Hudson’s wings, loaded fries, tavern pretzel). Two-for-one drink specials are available on weekdays 12–5 p.m.
Kingston hotel Hutton Brickyards’ open-air restaurant, River Pavilion, reopened on May 5. Both guests and diners can enjoy the variety of wood-fired menu items, outdoor fireplaces, and cocktails in the lounge.
Beloved Newburgh Flour Shop has rebranded to Bread & Batter Bakery. In April, it began moving operations to Poughkeepsie (it has a satellite location at The Academy) but will continue to serve baked goods and pastries on Liberty Street.
Alex Napolitano is the new executive chef of Hudson’s The Maker Hotel. Formerly of Manhattan’s Charlie Bird, Rubirosa Ristorante, and Michelin-starred A Voce Madison, Napolitano has introduced menus with both Italian and Hudson Valley influences. Get a taste at the on-site restaurant, all-day café, or at the late-night lounge in the grand carriage house.
Clear your calendar for these summer festivals: HV Food Truck Festival at Barton Orchards in Poughquag (June 24); Round Top Bavarian Summer Fest at Riedlbauer’s Nussy’s Bier Garten (June 24); and Putnam County Wine & Food in Cold Spring (August 5–6).
Last year, Skate Time in Accord was purchased by local popcorn company BjornQorn—and the rink is finally open for business. “BjornQorn is in a real growth phase, and something about a popcorn factory and roller rink felt too good to pass up,” says co-owner Stepanie Bauman. In about 18 months, the other half of the building will be popping (literally) with a new production facility. Until then, you can bust out your skates on weekends and even pick up a few bags of popcorn, too. For more information on hours and rentals, visit skatetimeny.com. — Megan Wilson