February Nibbles

News and notes from the Valley’s dining scene.


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You know a pizzeria’s good when people come for the crust. Oak Pizzeria Napoletana, an authentic Neapolitan pie palace, serves up a buffalo mozzarella Margherita and a variety of pizzas with unique toppings from its wood-fired oven. Mix and match small plates, like Octopus with egg and chickpeas, and enjoy Southern Italian wines. (523 Warren Street, Hudson; 518.671.6300)

A fresh sea breeze just wafted over Westchester, with the opening of Mediterraneo in White Plains, offering seafood specialties for lunch or dinner. Prince Edward Island (PEI) mussels in red curry, pan-roasted sea bass with Brussels sprouts, and more are served from an open kitchen. (189 Main St, White Plains; 914.448.8800)

Learn secrets of restaurateur Anthony Michelin (owner of West Main Kitchen & Bar) at Main Street Cooking Studio, recently opened with his wife. Whip up Sunday brunch, fresh pasta, sushi, and, just for Valentine’s Day, dinner à deux. (2689 West Main Street, Wappingers Falls; 845.401.5571)

Hightail it to the Capital Region for Saratoga’s 19th annual Chowderfest on February 4. Taste different chowders at dozens of restaurants and vote for your fave. (Downtown Saratoga)

You gotta try the lobster tails — the dessert kind with Chantilly cream inside, that is. Customers of Brooklyn Bread & Sweets, Rockland County’s newly opened bakery, also rave about the raisin walnut buns, multigrain loaves, and authentic challah. (79 South Broadway, Nyack; 845.535.3535)


The Winter Hoot
 February 3-5, The Ashokan Center, Olivebridge

Regional food and libations are front and center at this fifth-annual festival of music, film, art, and nature activities for all ages. Meals made with the finest area-sourced ingredients are provided daily to ensure visitors are fueled up for the Hoot’s jam-packed roster of entertainment, but day two also showcases all the best bites from nearby food businesses. Musical guests include both big-name stars — like Natalie Merchant — and beloved Hudson Valley natives. (The Ashokan Center, 477 Beaverkill Rd, Olivebridge)

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