Dine on the Patio at These 5 Hudson Valley Restaurants
Make the most of the season by eating al fresco – with a cocktail, of course.
Photo courtesy of venue
Tucked back from Church Street, Huckleberry is home to a sprawling outdoor patio complete with heat lamps, fire pits, string lights, and an outdoor bar. It’s one of those spots to bring a few friends and post-up for the night. On the menu you’ll find A+ pub fare and stellar cocktails to boot. Split an appetizer of burrata and seasonal fruit, then move on to the mains which include burger options for everyone: beef, chorizo, or white bean and quinoa. Other highlights include the bahn mi, fish tacos, and a refreshing cocktail called the Lightning Bug.
New Paltz — 21 Church St, 845.633.8443
The River Grill at Stewart House / Photo by Lois Ballinger
There’s plenty of great dining to be had at Stewart House, but come summertime, you can’t beat a seat at their seasonal outdoor restaurant, The River Grill. With the Hudson drifting lazily past and a nearby weeping willow blowing in the breeze, this restaurant could just as easily be situated on a Southern creek. Order from a selection of flavorful American fare like sirloin tip steak with chimichurri, or monkfish medallions with toasted farro and grilled fennel. Just popping in for a drink? Head to the outdoor bar underneath the pavilion, where you don’t have to worry about a chance of showers while you watch the game.
Athens — 2 North Water St, 518.444.8317
Who said patio dining requires expensive wine and three forks? For an open-air, downhome meal there’s nothing better than some barbecue. Smoky Rock has plenty of seating, so there’s no need to worry about scoring a table. Heck, bring the whole family and order one of their signature combo platters with up to four meats and four sides, the likes of which include brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, and sausage with sides of collard greens, cornbread, sweet potato fries and — you know what? Save us a couple of seats.
Rhinebeck — 6367 Mill St, 845.876.5232
The Roundhouse / Photo by Marjorie Tarter
Best Kept Secret would be a misnomer for this popular spot where the view of Beacon Falls is just as elegant as the food. The patio menu consists of a mix of snacks, sandwiches, and entrees. Pair one of their light bites like deviled eggs or farm radishes to enjoy with a pre-dinner cocktail like the Lady Glamis: gin, rhubarb and ginger liqueur, St. Germaine, Meyer lemon, and strawberry. But save room for main plates, which will appeal to those who favor American fare with flavors from around the country: grass-fed ribeye, roast chicken with fava bean succotash, not to mention seaside favorites like a tuna burger and a lobster roll.
Beacon — 2 East Main St, 845.765.8369
Art Café photo by Alannah Alfieri
A beloved spot inspired by the cafés of Tel Aviv, Art Café serves an array of Israeli staples, smooth Counter Culture coffee, and evening cocktails. Grab a table on their stone patio, enclosed by lush greenery, and let the morning pass into afternoon. Art Café does a little bit of everything, from salads and rice bowls to malawach (a thin, flaky Israeli dough with fillings) and stuffed grape leaves. Don’t skip their shakshuka, a gorgeous dish of eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce, topped with Bulgarian feta and herbs.
Nyack — 65 South Broadway, 845.353.4230