Where to go when temperatures soar and hunger calls? Down by the riverside, of course! That’s where you’ll find cooling breezes, sizzling hot entertainment, and delectable dishes to satisfy every palate
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Here’s a tip: Watch the flotilla go by while seated under one of the dozens of orange umbrellas on the deck of the Hudson Water Club (845-271-4046). Located in the Haverstraw Marina, the restaurant has 250 seats on the deck and 150 inside. “People want to be out on the water — it’s so tropical. You hear the breaking of the waves. It’s like a little getaway, like being on an island,” says co-owner Chris Martin.
Boaters can pull up to the restaurant at a dock that accommodates about 15 watercraft. But many stay at the adjacent marina. “Some come to spend the weekend on the boat,” says executive chef Michael Dobias. “After you’ve been out all day fishing, sunning, or waterskiing, it so nice to come back and clean up, then walk right next door to a restaurant and have a couple of cocktails and dinner. We have an outside tiki bar with a band area, where there’s music on Wednesday through Sunday.
Seafood is the emphasis here, with crabcakes as the number one seller, perfect with a light, hoppy summer brew like Blue Moon garnished with an orange slice. Chef’s selections like citrus-glazed shrimp and chilled avocado soup enhance the summertime vibe. Light fare, like a grilled portobello sandwich or cheese-and-chicken-filled nachos, is also available from the dockside menu.
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