Where to Eat the Valley's Best Comfort Food

Warm your soul at these nearby eateries.


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County Fare

This cozy pub-meets-bistro serves refined takes on classic comforts. With no shortage of options, diners can order everything from a French dip to pierogies, wings, or chili. The menu is built around rich flavors, but it also caters to a diversity of diets. Vegetarians can opt for the Tempe Reuben, which comes without any meat, while other vegan or gluten-free substitutions are available for select dishes. A curated craft beer list, specialty cocktails, and happy hour (Monday–Friday, 3–6 p.m.) make it a can’t-miss. • Wappingers Falls — 2652 East Main St. 845.297.3300. www.countyfareny.com

 

Taste-N-See

Taste-N-See makes the leap from comfort to soul food with authentic dishes like smothered chicken and gravy, fried catfish, spare ribs, as well as specialties like oxtail and pigs’ feet. Order cornbread or mac ’n’ cheese for a side, and lemon cake or banana pudding for dessert. Nothing on the menu is over $15, so flavor won’t cost a fortune. Arrive hungry. • Nyack — 4 Waldron Ave. 845.675.7045. www.tastenseenyack.com


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Carolina House

At this BYO Columbia County fixture, down-home cooking is the name of the game. Dishes include the Louisiana trout with pecans, lemon, and herbs; Mississippi Catfish served either blackened or cornmeal-fried; and the 1000 Spice Caribbean Chicken. Savor the flavor in their rustic dining room. Gluten-sensitive and vegetarian options are available, and Tuesday–Sunday, Carolina House offers specials, with themed menus during the week: family-style meals on Wednesdays, and Mexican dishes (plus $5 margaritas) on ThursdaysKinderhook — 59 Broad St. 518.758.1669.    www.carolinahouserestaurant.com

 

Round Up Texas 


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Pull off of Route 9 in Cold Spring for some stick-to-your-ribs classics. Branded as authentic, smoked Texas BBQ, Round Up has even been mentioned in the New York Times. Ribs, brisket, chicken, sausage, and fish are all available to order in numerous sizes, combinations, and presentations. Sides include cole slaw, ranch beans, and fried okra. In the warmer months, the restaurant’s capacity grows substantially with outdoor seating, but in the winter, indoor seating keeps the atmosphere intimate and convivial. • Cold Spring — 2741 Route 9. 845.809.5557. www.rounduptxbbq.com


Related: This Newburgh BBQ Joint Was Voted "Best BBQ" at Food Network's NYC Wine and Food Festival


Handsome Devil

Voted Best BBQ at last year’s NYC Wine and Food Festival, Handsome Devil knows how to pack food with flavor while churning out high-volume requests. They deliver their unique blend of barbecue traditions to festivals and competitions throughout the year, plating dishes like the Hot Mess — brisket buried in mac ’n’ cheese and then topped with pulled pork — and St. Louis Ribs. Lucky for us, their brick-and-mortar restaurant is located on the second floor of Ice Time Sports Complex in Newburgh. Spend the afternoon ice-skating and then head upstairs for some brews and brisket. • Newburgh — 21 Lakeside Rd. 845.567.0940. www.handsomedevilllc.com

 

Ole Savannah

Save yourself the 13-hour drive to Georgia and head to Ole Savannah instead. Located in a gorgeous, 19th-century brick building on the Rondout Landing, Ole Savannah serves comfort foods for all palates. Blending style and tradition, the menu delivers Southern classics like corn fritters with maple syrup butter alongside modern comforts like Faroe Islands salmon and sesame-crusted tuna. At the bar, diners can order eclectic cocktails like the passion fruit avocado margarita, as well as local spirits and craft beer flights. More of a breakfast person? Every Sunday is a brunch buffet, with everything from eggs Benedict to lox and cream cheese to fried chicken. • Kingston — 100 Rondout Landing. 845.331.4283. www.olesavannah.com

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