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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Rondout Landing, Kingston
Captain’s log, June 10: The flotilla arrives at the Hudson River Maritime Museum’s historic docks in Kingston. How fortunate for you that Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant & Cantina (845-339-5372) is right next door and even has its own marina, with four slips open to guests. Grab a deck seat, order some nachos, and relax with a mango tequila. Your first clue that the boats are approaching will be the clanging church bells, whistling steam engines, and cannon fire. Stick around for a live WAMC radio broadcast and concert by on-air personalities and folk musicians Jay Ungar and Molly Mason. The museum promises to distribute handkerchiefs and flags to wave.
Steel House Restaurant & Catering (845-338-7847) is another hot ticket on the Rondout waterfront. Just for the Quadricentennial, look for $16.09 specials (1609 was 400 years ago). The restaurant accommodates 175 people on the deck, or you can dine inside with a view of the river (the inside seats 250-300). Look for daily seafood specials and a Southern bbq menu all summer. In addition to frozen drinks from the tiki bar, there’s an encyclopedic selection of beer, including Kegan Ales of Kingston.
Every Wednesday is karaoke night; country night is Thursday; live music is featured Friday and Saturday.
But there’s more! Mariner’s Harbor (845-340-8051) bills itself as an alternative to a trip to New England on account of its lobster bakes, held Tuesday through Thursday. It includes lobster, shrimp, clams, mussels, and baked potato. With both an outdoor deck that seats 80 and an enclosed patio/porch that seats about 40, there are many options for a direct waterfront view. There is also an outdoor bar, a great place to watch the weekend entertainment. If you’re lucky, you’ll see members of the local rowing club gliding past on the water, not to mention the many boats that come to the City of Kingston Municipal Marina, where you can dock hourly, daily, weekly, or monthly. It’s just down a short path to Mariner’s Harbor, making the restaurant an easy place to access by car or boat.