Where to Eat in 2013: Top Restaurants and Dining Trends

So what's cooking on the local dining scene these days? Well, tapas is taking over, German food is heating up, and pretzels are popping up everywhere. Here's where to get in on all the foodie fun

When it comes to food and dining, keeping up with the current trends is key. Here in the Valley — and elsewhere — tapas is huge. Stick-to-your-ribs German food is emerging as a counterpoint to lighter fare. And you can’t turn on the tube without seeing an ad for a chain restaurant touting its use of the pretzel in one form or another. Here we profile six restaurants — and one food truck — that are serving up delicious meals well ahead of the culinary curve.

tomas tapas

Tomáš Tapas Bar and Restaurant, Wappingers Falls

Where to eat in 2013: European-style tapas in Dutchess County
schatzi's pub

Schatzi's Pub and Bier Garden, Poughkeepsie

Where to eat in 2013: German gastropub in Dutchess County

Yianni's Restaurant, Chatham

Where to eat in 2013: Greek fusion in Columbia County
gunk haus

Gunk Haus Restaurant, Highland

Where to eat in 2013: Old World Bavarian in Ulster County
dish mahopac

Dish Mahopac Restaurant, Mahopac

Where to eat in 2013: Bistro and wine bar in Putnam County

Avocados Mexican-American Restaurant Bar, Fishkill

Where to eat in 2013: Mexican-American fare in Dutchess County
black forest flammkuchen

Black Forest Flammkuchen Co., Hudson Valley

Where to eat in 2013: German food truck in the Hudson Valley

Hot Food Trends in 2013: Pretzels

Where to eat in 2013: Whistling Willie's in Cold Spring, 151 Grill and Bar in Mahopac, Twisted Jeanne's in Rosendale


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