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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In addition to spectacular views, Shadows on the Hudson serves up signature cocktails and desserts that beg to be shared
Photograph by Steven Planck
The flotilla arrives the evening of June 9 in Poughkeepsie and stays til the next day. And if you happen to be sitting at the tiki bar on the newly expanded deck of River Station (845-452-9207), you’ll be in luck — the boats will be docking in adjacent Waryas Park. For over two decades, this waterfront stalwart been drawing a faithful clientele. On one lazy Friday afternoon, old friends met over lunch on the open-air deck (seats 125) and watched sailboats pass under the Mid-Hudson and Railroad Bridges. A gentleman arrived at noon, as he does every Friday, to have lunch after a train ride from Manhattan. The proximity to the train makes River Station a fun destination that works well for a day trip. Reinforcing the railroad theme, a Lionel train set on the ground floor snakes all the way around the dining room. There is a Hudson River mural as well as an original tin ceiling, which gives the place an old-time charm. Climb the stairs to the 120-seat second floor for more great views and a display of historic photos. Menu favorites include Cowboy steak in peppercorn sauce, twin lobster tails, swordfish, red snapper, tilapia, and fish and chips. Parking is available.
For a million-dollar view, few can challenge Shadows on the Hudson (845-486-9500), perched high above the water. Part of a larger complex that includes Grandview, a catering facility, Shadows has transformed this part of Poughkeepsie from a no-man’s land to a destination. For lunch, diner, or brunch, it’s popular with all age groups. The staff will happily accommodate food allergies, people with celiac disease, and special requests. The appetizer of Chardonnay-steamed littlenecks over roasted garlic mashed potatoes draws raves. You’ll also appreciate the shaved parmesan that tops your Caesar salad, which is complimentary with entrées. Desserts, like berry shortcake, are meant to be shared. Two bars, inside and out, keep patrons blissed out on signature cocktails. Try the Raspberry Mojave, a house favorite that’s been featured on the Food Network. At night, there’s music and partying in the lounges. Stay tuned: plans call for a three-quarter-mile riverfront walkway, six more restaurants, and a 100-slip marina.
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