What You Need to Know in the Valley's Foodie Scene This Month
December's notable headlines from the local dining culture.
French toast at The Crafted Kup.
When you just can’t seem to warm up, make haste to Feeling Kinda Kozy, Fishkill’s recent Main Street addition, serving up comforting soups, good old-fashioned chicken pot pie, and specialty grilled cheese sandwiches, like the Brown Sugar Grilled Cheese, with caramelized onions and apples. (Lunch and dinner Mon–Sat; 1126 Main St, Fishkill, 845.765.2588; www.kindakozy.squarespace.com)
Free-range, antibiotic-free burgers, sustainable salads, and “crop bowls” are the order of the day at Bareburger’s new Westchester location (across from Northern Westchester Hospital). This restaurant chain sources ingredients from local farmers and artisans. (Open daily; 445 E. Main St, Mount Kisco; 914.864.0531; www.bareburger.com)
When Eat This! Bakery moved into larger digs last spring, it also expanded its menu and keeps adding more. Every Wednesday, call or text ahead to reserve a takeout dinner special, like rosemary lemon chicken or pizza made with Asiago. On weekends, gobble up homemade pretzels. (Open daily; 8 Union St, Montgomery; 845.457.7788; www.eatthisbakery.biz)
Next time you’re hitting the slopes, check out The Windham Local, the upstate outpost of Brooklyn’s 61 Local. While the coffee house is known for its donuts, intense coffee drinks, and breakfast sandwiches served with a side of harissa mayo, it also offers lunch specials like a chef’s salad made with local eggs and smoked chicken. (Breakfast and lunch daily; 5410 NY 23, Windham; 518.750.8300; www.windhamlocal.com)
Shoppers rejoice: The Crafted Kup, the thinking-person’s coffee house known for its local roasts and scrumptious baked goods, is brewing up a second location at the Poughkeepsie Galleria. (Open daily; 2001 South Rd, Poughkeepsie; 845.297.7600; www.poughkeepsiegalleriamall.com and www.thecraftedkup.com)
Get your meat fix at Hudson Valley Steakhouse, owned by NYC restaurant veterans. This snazzy spot has earned carnivores’ kudos for dry-aged Porterhouse, tomahawk ribeye, New York sirloins, and Colorado rack of lamb — not to mention mega-lobsters. (Open for dinner Tues–Sun; 3360 Old Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights; 914.930.8688; www.hudsonvalleysteakhouse.com)
Sample wines while you graze on hors d’oeuvres made with heirloom vegetables at Locust Grove’s Sunset Sensations. Enjoy a cooking demo by Chef Michael Polasek of Simply Gourmet and tour the historic mansion, all decked out for the holidays. (Dec 7, 5:30 p.m., Locust Grove, 2683 South Rd, Poughkeepsie; www.lgny.org/events)