The changing of the seasons in Rockland County brings brisk weather, beautiful fall foliage, and, best of all, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. Every foodie’s favorite time of the year is back and better than ever in Rockland County from October 30 through November 12. Before you set out on two weeks full of culinary delights, check out this guide to the finest eateries participating this year.
Kick off your journey through food heaven with a classic cup of joe. Java Love Coffee Roasting Co in Suffern is the perfect first stop to wake you up with its menu of crafted coffee drinks and freshly baked pastries. If you need an extra boost of energy, try one of the smoothie bowls chock full of fruit, granola, and other delicious toppings.
If you’re craving Asian cuisine, Aroma Thai & Oriental has you covered. From favorites like pad Thai, pad see ew, and fried rice to curry dishes in every color of the rainbow, Aroma Thai always brings the flavor. For Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, this Valley Cottage eatery offers a three-course prix-fixe dine-in menu at $24.95 for lunch and $29.95 for dinner.
Broadway Bistro in Nyack is known for fare that marries fine Italian dining with modern American dishes. This spot has a little something for everyone, vegetarians and gluten-free diners included! Indulge in the rich butternut squash, goat cheese and spinach ravioli, or a plate of house-made potato gnocchi.
Enjoy an amazing meal and explore the history of the Hudson Valley at the 76 House in Tappan. As one of the oldest taverns in America, 76 House is full of stories dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Inspired by its all-American roots, this restaurant offers classic American comfort foods including shepherd’s pie and meatloaf. Just try not to get too full before you hit your next stop.
Treat yourself to a truly exquisite dining experience at Restaurant X & The Bully Boy Bar in Congers, courtesy of celebrated chef Peter X. Kelly. This venue is the place for a juicy steak, along with unique specials that change on the daily. Enjoy your meal in one of the restaurant’s many rooms, or dine outside and take in the gorgeous views. Prices for Restaurant Week include lunch for $29.95 and dinner for $44.95.
Who doesn’t love a slice of pizza? The Pieman in Valley Cottage is famous for its pies, from traditional cheese and pepperoni to specialties like the Salty G.O.A.T., a heavenly combination of ricotta and goat cheese topped with honey spread, prosciutto, and other savory toppings. If you’re still full from lunch, The Pieman offers some lighter dishes – but you don’t want to skip the garlic knots, trust us.
As Hudson Valleyites, we don’t mess around when it comes to Italian food. Head to Giulio’s Restaurant in Tappan for a classy, romantic evening surrounded by roaring fireplaces and an air of elegance. Start with a Blue Point Oyster cocktail, feast on a variety of delectable pasta, and top it off with a drink at the restaurant’s full-service bar.
The love for Italian cuisine doesn’t stop with Giulio’s. Oscar’s Restaurant, run by critically acclaimed chef Oscar Romano in Blauvelt, is another staple for Italian food in Rockland County. Of course, this spot has plenty of pasta dishes and other favorites, but the risotto is what really sets it apart. During Restaurant Week, prices are $29.95 for lunch and $44.95 for dinner.
Rockland County is full of history, and Otto’s Full Service in Piermont is no exception. This American restaurant and bar resides in a renovated gas station dating back to the 1920s. Otto’s is a great place for those who can never decide what they’re in the mood for because the menu has a little bit of everything. Whether you’re feeling burgers, seafood, or noodles, you’ll find it here. End your meal on a high note with the coconut panna cotta and a glass from the wonderful wine list.
The final stop for dinner goes to Two Henrys at Hilton Pearl River. Located inside the hotel, Two Henrys serves contemporary American cuisine made with ingredients that change with the seasons. Snack on some cauliflower bites, follow up with the slow-braised short rib, and bring the meal to a close with the vanilla bean cheesecake for a dining experience that’ll have you coming back long after Restaurant Week is over.
The best way to end a long day of eating your way through Rockland County’s finest restaurants is with a drink in hand. Freelance Cafe & Wine Bar in Piermont boasts an impressive list of wines that is sure to satisfy your nightcap needs. Order a small plate to share, and pair with a glass (or a bottle) of wine and reflect on a day well spent.
Don’t miss out on the culinary delights that Rockland has to offer along with our fall festivals, outdoor adventures, farms and farmers’ markets, cideries, and more.
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