5 Seasonal Eats We're Absolutely Loving This July

Our food editor Steve Fowler reveals what to order in the Hudson Valley this month.


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Mary Jane's red, white, and blue freak shake

Photo by Margaret Gallo

 

Red, White & Blue Freak Shake at Mary Jane’s Dairy Bar

5334 Route 9W, Newburgh, 845.561.8450

Let your freedom ring and “freak” flag fly at Mary Jane’s Dairy Bar with this dazzling dessert to commemorate July 4th. Customize the shake with your favorite flavor of ice cream, then watch as this treat transforms into an all-out sugar extravaganza with a buttercream and sprinkle frosted cup, swirls of red and blue marshmallow, whipped cream, a chocolate-covered pretzel rod, a sugar cookie, and a mini cupcake.

Only in America — ain’t she beautiful?

 

 

Stars & Stripes at Baja 328

328 Main St, Beacon, 845.838.2252

“Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” So declared JFK, and so Baja 328 answered. The Stars & Stripes is perhaps the most patriotic cocktail you can order in honor of Independence Day.

Baja’s specialty drink blends Tito’s vodka, lemon juice, simple syrup, blue Curaçao, and grenadine for a bright and refreshing celebration of America.

 

 

Prosciutto and Melon at Velo

12 North Broadway, Nyack, 845.353.7667

Ah, the age-old combination of salty and sweet, fruit and meat. Juicy cantaloupe wrapped in prosciutto is the perfect appetizer to a hefty pasta dish or a scrumptious snack with some cocktails. And at Velo, there are plenty of great options either way.

 

 

Wood-Fired Pork Chop at Silvia

42 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, 845.679.4242

At Silvia, the focus is on sourcing high-quality ingredients, so it’s no wonder the restaurant picks up its pork from Atticus Farm. The small family farm in West Shokan lets pigs roam around the forest, foraging for nuts and grasses, because “happy pigs make the best pork.”

Silvia’s super summery version of pork chops incorporates the sweetness of grilled peaches and the crunch of sautéed cabbage, all atop a turnip puree.

 

Crossroads lobster roll

Lobster roll / Photo by Rob Sager for Crossroads Brewing Company

 

Lobster Roll at Crossroads Brewing Company

21 Second St, Athens, 518.945.2337

It can be tough to get a find a good lobster roll outside of New England, but Crossroads brings the famous Maine staple to the table at its Athens brewpub. One of many new items on the summer menu, this lobster claw is lightly dressed and served on a sub roll. Plus, it's perfect to wash down with the crisp New Normal Northeastern IPA.


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