Where to Eat After a Hike in the Hudson Valley
Feeling hangry during a day on the trails? Refuel at these nearby restaurants.
American Glory / Roy Gumpel
What better way to cap off a visit to stunning Kaaterskill Falls than with some barbecue and beer at this Greene County gastropub? Just a 6-minute drive down the road, American Glory blends traditional preparation methods with contemporary cooking techniques for elevated barbecue offerings. Get spicy with the Nashville-style hot chicken sandwich battered with cayenne panko breadcrumbs, or tour the South with choices of barbecue platters that range from North Carolina pulled pork to sliced Texas brisket to St. Louis-style ribs. Vegetarians and vegans, don’t fret — American Glory also serves a beet salad, veggie burger, and French onion soup.
Tannersville — 6033 Main St, 518.822.1234
The darling of Tuxedo Park, Dottie Audrey’s is the place to stop for breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner. With options ranging from farro porridge to smoked salmon toast to soups, salads, and sandwiches, you can keep it light and still feel full. If you’re starving for something more substantial, they also serve dishes like shrimp and chorizo, chicken potpie, and sirloin steak. And that’s not to mention the fresh-baked breads and pastries. Start the day off right and then take a hike — diner’s choice of Sterling Forest or Harriman State Park.
Tuxedo Park — 549 Rt 17, 845.915.3088
Dottie Audrey's / Photo provided by Dottie Audrey's Bakery and Kitchen
With the Shawangunk Mountains rising just across the road, this German restaurant serves lunch and dinner all day long. Come hungry, as authentic recipes make it easy to indulge. The Bavarian pretzel with warm smoked Gouda and horseradish dip, and pickled herring in sour cream and onion sauce are standout appetizers, while sauerbraten, seared pounded sirloin steaks, and various schnitzels comprise the entrees. Don’t forget to check out the beer and wine menus as well, which offer an interesting array of libations from Germany and beyond.
Gardiner — 3123 US Rt 44, 845.255.9766
At this modern spot in Wappingers Falls, the menu takes influence from all over the globe. Stop in for brunch after a Sunday stroll through Bowdoin Park for savory dishes like Eggs in Purgatory or sweets like crepes with cannoli cream. Lunch and dinner menus have a great appetizer selection, with choices ranging from calamari to poutine. Elevated sandwiches and salads are a tempting replacement for entrees like salmon, chicken & biscuits, and a rice bowl with soy-glazed short ribs; specialty cocktails like the Filthy Bubbles (Prosecco, sweet macerated Italian cherries) keep things simple yet sophisticated.
Wappingers Falls — 2710 W Main St, 845.297.0510
West Main KItchen & Bar / Photo by Teresa Horgan
Whether you’ve conquered the trail at Mount Beacon or Breakneck Ridge, you’ll definitely be primed for a protein boost. Well-known for its selection of more than 55 meats, Barb’s Butchery also serves a smorgasbord of hot food. Specials rotate weekly, but at any given time you can choose from a variety of burgers and sandwiches, the latter of which includes hickory-smoked pastrami, pulled pork, or buffalo blue cheese chicken. Even a standard like sausage and peppers requires further specification: You’ll have to choose between pork, chicken, smoked, or lamb sausage. After eating, why not pick up a couple of brats for dinner?
Beacon — 69 Spring St, 845.831.8050
In the northwest corner of Ulster County sits this restaurant from New York City fine dining alums, Devin and Marybeth Mills. Surrounded on nearly all sides by Shandaken Wild Forest, Slide Mountain Wilderness, and Big Indian Wilderness, Peekamoose serves a frequently rotating menu built from simple ingredients served finely. Endive and pink grapefruit salad blend zip and zest, while house-made charcuterie lets you nibble before moving on to main courses like roast Atlantic halibut, the farmers’ vegetable and grain plate, or wood grilled sirloin steak.
Big Indian — 8373 State Rt 28, 845.254.6500
Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room / Photo by Roy Gumpel