The Hudson Valley's Best Spots for Valentine’s Day Dining
From local favorites to the region's finest eats, here are our recommendations for treating your special someone.
This community-gathering place from NYC ex-pats Nick and Sarah Suarez is an ideal spot for a rustic, wholesome dinner. Outfitted with gorgeous dark wood floors and furniture, Gaskins is the place to go for ambiance. With elegant entrees like the wood-roasted chicken with leek bread pudding, Gruyère, parsnip, and spinach, or the Cajun fish sandwich with catfish, cornmeal, remoulade, slaw, and arugula, Gaskins offers respite from the cold winter weather and the outside world. Order a bottle of wine (or two) and spend the evening focusing on what really matters.
Germantown — 2 Church Ave. 518.537.2107
An Albany fan favorite, New World Bistro Bar lives up to its name, serving a plethora of internationally inspired dishes at a variety of price points. Order everything from Saigon street-style fried calamari or a classic jerk chicken dinner. Flatbreads and sandwiches won’t have you swearing when the check arrives, and happy hour from 4–6 p.m. Mondays–Thursdays doesn’t hurt either. After dinner, catch a movie at Spectrum 8 Theatres just two doors down.
Albany — 300 Delaware Ave. 518.694.0520
A good option for a first date, this trendy spot on Beacon’s Main Street makes for a lovely evening with an exposed brick and low lighting interior. Better yet, the menu is stocked with options: Mix and match tapas dishes like roasted beets with lavender crème fraiche, goat cheese, and basil mint agave; or splurge on a larger entree, like the coriander pepper mélange crusted scallops. The list of wine, beer, and cocktails is no less extensive, so if decision-making isn’t your strong suit, hold off on The Vault until the second date.
Beacon — 446 Main St. 845.202.7735
One of chef Constantine Kalandranis’ restaurants, 8 North Broadway has an inspired menu. Work up an appetite by milling about downtown Nyack, and then warm your rosy cheeks in 8 North’s quaint dining room. A special tasting menu is available for dinner, with four courses for $52, which includes one item from each menu category plus dessert. Start with a mezze platter with pita and shaved vegetables, then choose between soup or salad. Entrée choices include swordfish, striped bass, a beef and feta burger, or pork shank with polenta and Brussels sprouts. Delight in chocolate and halva fondue for dessert (if you have room).
Nyack — 8 North Broadway. 845.353.1200
A hot spot on Liberty Street in Newburgh, Ms. Fairfax is a casual dining spot with a menu centered around "cured meats and fine cheese." Small dishes offer an assortment of these items, with additional fare like a watermelon Greek salad or a spiced carrot and apple salad. Mains include lamb kofta with mixed greens, couscous, pickles, and cucumber dressing, and summer squash caponata with creamy polenta and herbs. Behind the bar, close to a dozen taps rotate and specialty cocktails flow. Well drinks start at $5.
Newburgh — 105 Liberty St. 845.565.0169
Roost is for the Valentine who can’t afford to take chances. The menu is nothing short of decadent, with mouth-watering starters like slab bacon with guava-rum bbq and crispy shallots, or Maine mussels steamed in ale with chorizo, hominy, and jalapeno. The entrees — like rustichella d’abruzzo pasta with duck confit, escarole, radicchio, mushrooms, and Parmesan cheese, or grilled Canadian salmon served in horseradish broth with fingerling potatoes, marjoram, Brussels sprouts, and kohlrabi — will make your knees buckle.
Sparkill — 623 Main St. 845.359.6700