Where to Go for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week: 5 Eateries You Won’t Want to Miss
Local foodie favorites bring their A-game with seasonal flavors and prix fixe price points.
Cellaio, at Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, is a HVRW participant this year.
Photo by Ken Goodman
For food enthusiasts in the Hudson Valley (cough, cough, everyone), the most magical time of the year is almost here. That’s right, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is right around the corner.
In anticipation of the two weeks of culinary extravagance, kicking off November 4-17, we got in touch with a few of the masterminds behind the leading eateries in the Hudson Valley. Take a sneak peek at the three-course prix fixe menu options now, then get ready to make reservations for lunch, which costs $22.95, or dinner, which rings in at $32.95. Trust us, it’s the only way to stop the stomach rumblings.
Chef selection of Mediterranean dips and grilled olive oil pita at 8 North Broadway / Photo by Suzy Allman
When it comes to Restaurant Week specials, 8 North Broadway takes its menu very seriously. The Nyack spot brings its A-game with appetizers ranging from a Mediterranean mezze spread loaded with tzatziki, hummus, and melted eggplant to caramelized cauliflower with tahini and sumac. As for entrees, diners can savor everything from Spanish octopus with couscous tabbouleh to hand-rolled goat milk feta ravioli with butternut squash and sage. Don’t forget about dessert, either. The chocolate and halvah fondue with coconut biscotti is leagues beyond your at-home dip kit.
Photo by Harrison Lubin
In honor of the eatery’s picturesque Hudson Valley surroundings, Butterfield delivers a flavorful fall Restaurant Week menu that allows eaters to sample everything from pilsner-battered cauliflower to ricotta gnudi with mushrooms and sage. Start strong with Hubbard squash bisque topped with spiced pumpkin seeds or keep it light with baby kale salad with beets and local feta. For dessert, the Stone Ridge eatery pulls out all the stops with an incredible trifecta of sweet tooth-approved desserts. Good luck deciding between the butterscotch pudding with caramel popcorn and the pear and currant crisp. Oh, and did we mention there's a flourless chocolate torte with hazelnut gelato as well?
Pumpkin ravioli at Terrapin / Photo courtesy of Terrapin Restaurant
It’s no secret that the Hudson Valley loves Terrapin (it won two of our 2019 Best of Hudson Valley awards). In honor of Restaurant Week, the Rhinebeck eatery embraces fall flavors and farm-to-table comfort fare. Kick the dinner party off with apps like Tuscan kale, pine nut, and asiago cheese salad topped with a lemon vinaigrette. Follow it up with Guinness-braised lamb shank, a hearty main that pairs garlic chips, sweet and sour red cabbage, and mashed potatoes on one plate. As for sweets, ask your waiter about the dessert du jour, which could be anything from turtle cheesecake to a seasonal fruit torte.
On its three-course Restaurant Week menu, Newburgh mainstay Il Cenácolo hits a home run with its Italian-centric menu. Think steamed asparagus with brown butter and parmigiano to start, followed by a choice of rigatoni in lamb sauce, Italian pot roast, or roasted veal shoulder with white wine. For a sweet finish, try your best to choose between the chocolate coconut walnut tart or the pineapple upside-down cake. Of course, you can always lean into the classics and go straight for the chocolate lava cake or homemade gelato. Decisions, decisions.
Photo by David Handschuh
The Italian darling of Resorts World Catskills in Monticello, Scott Conant's Cellaio is a must for anyone who wants to dig into steakhouse specials at a fraction of the price. Diners can jumpstart their taste buds with a flavor-filled chickpea soup, then delve into roasted chicken al limone, skirt steak with chimichurri and potato puree, or roasted branzino with brussels sprouts. For an extra $10, the New York strip steak with Tuscan-style fries is nothing short of a carnivore's dream. When it comes time for dessert, end on a high note with dreamy spoonfuls of salted caramel budino. Now that’s how to mangia bene in the Hudson Valley.