Eat Al Fresco at These Hudson Valley Restaurants

Situated by land or by sea, these restaurants let you chow down outside.


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HARVEST ON HUDSON / PHOTO BY SIMON FELDMAN

 

The Bear Café

The Bear Cafe / Photo by Teresa Horgan

This critically acclaimed restaurant in Woodstock describes itself as “streamside and fireside dining.” As the season of fireside dining melts away, streamside dining flows in full force on The Bear Café’s outdoor deck, where you can relax as the Sawkill Creek burbles by. The menu consists of New American fare like flank steak with chimichurri and French fries or grilled pork chop with brie polenta, broccolini, and apple-garlic chutney.

Woodstock — 295 Tinker St. 845.679.5555. www.bearcafe.com

Iron Gate Café

Iron Gate Café / Courtesy photo

Located adjacent to the Holroyd Mansion, Iron Gate Café is a quaint place for breakfast, lunch, or brunch. Their outdoor garden patio is at its most lush this time of year, as the greenery returns and flowers bloom. In the morning, try the Breakfast B.L.T. with bacon, egg, arugula, tomato, and pesto mayo on ciabatta; or if stopping by for lunch, try the curry chicken salad with apples, toasted almonds, carrots, and lettuce on multigrain. 

Albany — 182A Washington Ave. 518.445.3555. www.irongatecafe.com

Gunk Haus

Gunk Haus / Photo by Jennifer May

A popular stopover for rock climbers returning from the Shawangunk Ridge, Gunk Haus is a German gastropub with an outdoor deck perfect for watching the sunbeams grow longer. The menu offers a taste of Bavaria with dishes like Jäger schnitzel, currywurst, and Hungarian goulash — and regulars rave about the beer.

Highland  — 387 South St. 845.883.0866. www.gunkhaus.com

Gilded Otter

A mainstay of Main Street in New Paltz, this spacious brewery/restaurant has abundant outdoor seating on a beautiful stone patio overlooking the Wallkill River. Eclectic is the best way to describe the menu, as it covers a range of flavors: You’ll find standards like salads and pizza, as well as roasted duck with pomegranate-fig glaze and quinoa pilaf, and Shawangunk jambalaya with shrimp, ham, Andouille sausage, okra, and rice with cornbread.

New Paltz — 3 Main St. 845.256.1700. www.gildedotter.com

Blu Pointe

Blu Pointe / Photo by Ross Media

A beautiful spot on the Newburgh Waterfront, Blu Pointe has an outdoor patio bar, ideal for sipping a Sea Breeze in the river breeze. Diners can stay out of the sun while still enjoying the view from the open-air terrace. In the summer, boaters even receive complimentary docking when dining at the restaurant. Blu Pointe has an extensive fine dining menu, the likes of which include lobster, Alaskan king crab legs, Chicago rib eye, and a raw bar. Lighter fare is also available, including a tapas menu.

Newburgh — 120 Front St. 845.568.0100. www.blu-pointe.com

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