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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You can also view the boats as they sail out of Poughkeepsie from Mariners on the Hudson (845-691-4711) in Highland, on the river’s west bank. The water splashes right up to the restaurant’s deck. With over 200 slips free of charge for dining and bar patrons, the restaurant is an excellent option for boaters who want to grab a quick bite. Sit wherever you like on the huge deck, even if you’re just ordering a soda. Then take in the views of the Marist Boathouse, the Culinary Institute, and of course the Walkway Over the Hudson.
A recent remodeling introduced windows that actually open, so you can feel the river breeze and hear the call of gulls even if you’re inside. Three dining rooms and a private dining room available for parties seat 200 to 300, while the outdoor decks seats about 200. An outdoor tiki bar adds to the festive mood.
Under the direction of executive chef Thomas Muss, menu fare has moved away from pub grub to culinary chic. “We didn’t want the reputation of a place that relies on its view,” says co-manager Connie Dutra. You’ll still find favorites like little neck clams, shrimp cocktail, and mussels with garlic, but foodies will welcome ginger-sesame eggrolls and oysters on the half shell with a white truffle-chive vinaigrette. Burgers, pizza, and sandwiches are on offer, but also tuna with wild mushroom risotto or monkfish braised in white wine and tomato. Look for details of its River Day celebration on its Web site calendar.
Sail over to: Rondout Landing, Kingston