Make Your Father's Day With a Meal at These 6 Hudson Valley Eateries
No matter what cuisine or scene dad prefers, local restaurants have the dishes to make his day unforgettable.
Burger at Mill House Brewing Company
For the Brewski
Always a contender and often a winner in our annual Best of Hudson Valley contest, Mill House Brewing Company has a slew of different beers on tap: everything from the refreshing Cucumber Blessings cream ale to the silky Velvet Panda American stout. Plus, flights of five beers for $15 mean you and Pops don’t have to make any of those tough decisions. Of course, the food at Mill House can only be described as quite a few notches above pub food. Buffalo fried Brussels sprouts with blue cheese, wood-roasted burrata, and Thai sausage bahn mi are just a taste of the cuisine coming out of their kitchen.
Poughkeepsie — 289 Mill St, 845.485.2739
Wilde Beest / Photo by Nina Duncan: Paparella Creative
For the Gourmand
These Kingston digs are ideal for the dad who makes you appreciate the grill marks before serving your steak. Wilde Beest is a modern restaurant following a “turn-of-the-century agrarian model” — that means they’re all about relationships: with their farmers, their purveyors, with customers, and with each other. This year they've set the bar even higher, with a menu of stripped-down flavors set to change every two months. “The Pits” highlights the summery flavors of stone fruit with pine basil, mascarpone, honey, and more. “The Little Strip of Sunshine” — a grilled strip of Akaushi (a type of wagyu beef) with tomato-basil vinegar, olive oil, sabayon, “tomaisins,” radish, and beef heart — will make Dad go wild.
Kingston — 310 Wall St, 845.481.4181
For the Deal Seeker
Does your dad get more satisfaction out of a triple coupon than a five-star dining experience? Then consider taking him to Main Street Bistro, renowned for their frozen-in-time prices. Play the Price is Right here, and your guess is certain to lose: Two eggs, home fries, and whole wheat toast? $1.95, no coupons necessary. Of course, other prices approach those of modern times, but still — a grilled chicken sandwich for $7.95? Not too shabby.
New Paltz — 59 Main St, 845.255.7766
Capital Tavern photo courtesy of venue
For the Mulligan
Lucky that Wiltwyck Golf Course has taken its mulligan, because its second time around gave the Hudson Valley Capital Tavern, a casual restaurant serving rustic American cuisine. Stop in for lunch after playing a few holes, or stop in for dinner and watch as the pairs sink their last shots at sunset. Helmed by Chef Kenny Callaghan, whose resume of New York City restaurants includes Union Square Café and Blue Smoke, Capital Tavern has a little bit of everything: Baked clams and truffle fries to start, flatbreads and salads for lighter fare, and steak frites or vegetable risotto for the main meal. Whether Dad’s a foodie or a golf fanatic (or both), this spot is a hole in one.
Kingston — 404 Steward Lane, 845.663.2040
Fin & Brew / Photo by Enormous Creative
For the Kid at Heart
This waterfront restaurant located in Factoria at Charles Point is the perfect place for the dad whose palate and personality is playful. In the dining room, floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the shimmering Hudson River and set the tone for some serious seafood. Start with light bites from the raw bar or one of their shareable plates like grilled monkfish or beer-steamed mussels. Entrees consist of a healthy mix of surf and turf, pitting fisherman’s stew against skirt steak. On weekends, brunch is also an option. Either way, once you're done eating, head downstairs to Spins Hudson, where you and Dad can play laser tag, VR, and video games. You might even get him up on the four-story indoor/outdoor aerial ropes course.
Peekskill — 5 John Walsh Blvd, 914.788.4555
Norcina photo courtesy of venue
For the Sports Nut
This New City newcomer has 12 — count ’em, 12 — big-screen TVs, so you and Dad can catch all of the games. Don’t mistake Norcina for a dingy sports pub (not that we don’t love one of those); this casual spot serves mouth-watering Italian fare, with all of the basics made right in house: pasta, pizza dough, and cheese. Snack on a board of salumi, or dive right in with one of their pies, which range from standard margherita to tantalizing deep-dish cheese steak with wagyu beef. It’s not just quick bites either: The double-cut pork chop weighs in at approximately three pounds of succulent meat that’s perfect for sharing…or not.
New City — 186 North Main St, 845.638.8030