Where to Eat in the Hudson Valley on Thanksgiving
Local restaurants serve up new takes on seasonal flavors alongside classic turkey dinners and pumpkin pie.
Does the thought of turning on your oven induce fear?
Are there too many people in your dinner party to even attempt a turkey roast?
Do you crave something besides turkey and pumpkin pie?
Whatever your dilemma is this Thanksgiving, find a solution in the form of the Hudson Valley’s restaurant scene. This year, local eateries delight with seasonal ingredients and artful preparations that turn even the most uninspiring turkey and mashed potato traditions into multi-course culinary affairs.
Be warned, however. Reservations fly as the holiday approaches, so call in a spot sooner rather than later if you plan to eat out for Turkey Day.
For a truly American Thanksgiving, look to The ’76 House for a lunch or dinner that infuses history into the turkey-filled to-do. The three-course prix fixe structure allows diners to choose one appetizer, one main, and one dessert from the Americana offerings. Our picks? Try the baked stuffed littleneck clams or the golden artichokes with sriracha dipping sauce for the first course, then move onto the slow-roasted duckling Hamilton or the vegan double-stuffed baked potato with quinoa and grilled vegetables. After rounding out dinner with baked apple crunch or cinnamon-pumpkin cheesecake, don’t forget to give thanks to the Founding Fathers for a delightfully decadent meal.
110 Main St, Tappan
11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., 5-9 p.m.
$68.95/person, $29.95 or $17.95/children
Turn Thanksgiving into an impromptu November getaway with an overnight at The Adelphi Hotel. Check in early on November 22 (or just make a day trip to the restaurant) to enjoy the three-course holiday menu at The Blue Hen by David Burke. The hyper-seasonal lineup begins with appetizers like harvest squash soup with cranberry gremolata and toasted pumpkin seeds, then transitions to heartier fare like the standing rib roast with Yorkshire pudding and pan drippings. For dessert, the pear butterscotch cornmeal pudding with warm sauce anglaise is a dreamy alternative to the standard apple sweets. By the time you finally retreat to your home or hotel room, you’ll feel happily stuffed and ready for that traditional Turkey Day nap.
365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
$59/person, $30/children 12 and under, free for children under 5
Thanksgiving may be a tried-and-true American event, but The Amsterdam is here to infuse it with the flavors of the world. Diners at the recently revamped Rhinebeck eatery can sip roasted butternut squash soup flavored with sage and, surprise, garam masala. For the main course, pass on the go-to turkey and stuffing (it’s there if you really want it) and try out the seared duck breast with bok choy and five spice instead. Dessert, of course, is the shining star of the occasion. For the finale, The Amsterdam goes all out with a tasting of “All of the Pies,” a medley that includes apple pie, pumpkin pot de crème, pecan pie, and chocolate coolant. Hungry yet?
6380 Mill St, Rhinebeck
If a classic Thanksgiving dinner, sans stress, is calling your name this year, take a look at the menu at Anthony’s Pier 9. The New Windsor eatery melds traditional dishes with international flavors for a dining experience that features the best of sweet and savory. Diners can score turkey, maple-glazed ham, and prime rib au jus at the carving stations, then snack on an assortment of homemade soups and salads alongside them. Italian influences in the form of chicken Madeira, pasta a la vodka, and tilapia piccata add a welcome twist to the Turkey Day essentials.
2975 Rte 9W, New Windsor
Aroma Thyme is a saving grace for vegans and vegetarians who want to eat out for Thanksgiving. The “think green” establishment keeps dishes as local and organic as possible on both its regular menu and its prix fixe turkey dinner special. For a set price, diners can choose a soup or salad as an appetizer, then dig into a roast Plainville free-range turkey, creamed organic corn, mashed potatoes, sautéed vegetables, and Bread Alone whole wheat and raisin bread stuffing. For vegans, skip the turkey and go straight for the tofurky in mushroom sauce. Gluten-free stuffing is also available upon request.
165 Canal St, Ellenville
Craving seafood with your turkey? Call in a reservation at Blu Pointe for a fish-friendly dinner that provides surf options to pair with the traditional turf spread. Although classics like turkey, mashed potatoes, and gravy are on the lineup, swap them out this year for grilled marinated vegetables, Maryland crab stuffed sole, and fig and prosciutto flatbread. Eaters who swoon over Italian fare can eat happy here, thanks to a full station dedicated to dishes like lasagna, Sicilian meatballs, and seafood fra diavolo.
120 Front St, Newburgh
$42.95/adult, $21.48/children 10 and under
Forgoing prix fixe in favor of a la carte, Le Chambord brings French influences to the longstanding American celebration. Make a detour from the same ol’ fare with European staples like escargot in puff pastry, seared duck breast with dark cherry sauce, and chocolate mousse. Of course, mainstays like roasted butternut squash soup, turkey with chestnut stuffing, and pumpkin tarts make an appearance on the menu to satisfy picky and adventurous eaters alike.
2737 Rte 52, Hopewell Junction
Hoping to hold the Turkey Day feast in the afternoon so there’s time for football, napping, and early Black Friday shopping later? Hit Charlotte’s in Millbrook for a no-frills prix fixe luncheon that features staples destined to please every eater. The brunchy Thanksgiving fare includes lighter plates like shrimp and dill salad and salmon with hollandaise sauce alongside heartier sweet potatoes with rum and brown sugar and thin-sliced Italian ham.
4258 Rte 44, Millbrook
Celebrate the bounty of autumn in the Hudson Valley by inviting family and friends to dine at Diamond Mills on Thanksgiving. Executive Chef Giuseppe Napoli delivers all the best fall flavors in a station-style fete that seats until 4 p.m. Quench your thirst with house-made mulled apple cider, then savor baked brie with almonds and dried cherries, carved Murray’s cage-free turkey, cranberry corn bread stuffing, and more. For a sweet finale, sample a serving of pumpkin cheesecake, bittersweet budino, or crème brûlée.
25 South Partition St, Saugerties
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$45/person, $22/children 12 and under, free for children under 4
For a true Thanksgiving treat, book a reservation at Glenmere Mansion in Chester. The menu, crafted by executive chef Gunnar Thompson, is a multicourse affair begins with amuse bouche samplers and concludes with sweet mignardises. In between, diners can savor dishes like seared scallops with root vegetable ‘risotto’ and seasonal Hudson Valley foie gras with brioche, brandied apples, and maple butter. For the third course. keep it traditional with roasted turkey breast or experiment with pan-seared filet mignon medallions. When it comes time for dessert, make a beeline for the mansion’s gourmet take on pumpkin pie, which is cradled by a maple pecan crust and topped with butter pecan ice cream.
634 Pine Hill Rd, Chester
Experience the finest of farm-to-table in the Hudson Valley at Henry’s this year. The Milton eatery packs gourmet treats into a full foodie lineup of starters, soups, carving and buffet stations, and desserts. Anyone who books a reservation for the holiday meal will be treated to bites of Millstone Farms escarole soup, apple cider-glazed salmon, roasted root vegetables, and chocolate ganache cake, to name only a few highlights. With hyper-local ingredients on the table and serene views of Buttermilk Falls in the background, It’s hard to imagine a more quintessentially Hudson Valley Thanksgiving.
220 North Rd, Milton
$69/person, $19.99/children 12 and under
One look at Hudson House’s Thanksgiving dinner menu and you might permanently forgo eating the holiday dinner at home. Executive chef John Guerrero takes standby dishes to the next level with the help of seasonal ingredients and thoughtful preparation. Although everything on the menu sounds sumptuous, standouts include the house-made burrata with beefsteak tomatoes and truffle balsamic syrup, the New Zealand rack of lamb that’s coated with whole-grain mustard and dusted with porcini mushrooms, and the pumpkin pie topped with vanilla bean whipped cream and raspberry coulis.
2 Main St, Cold Spring
Mohonk makes its name on unforgettable overnights, retreats, and day trips in the Hudson Valley, so it comes as no surprise its Thanksgiving luncheon buffet is one for the books. Diners have the best of Thanksgiving fare at their fingertips here. Think potatoes in crispy pancetta vinaigrette, wild mushrooms with pine nuts, and maple-braised yams with oranges and cranberry. For the main course, Mohonk delivers with roasted salmon, turkey, prime rib, and crown pork roast. Dessert, meanwhile, is the cherry on top. Family-favorites like pecan tarts, sour apple cream pie, bread pudding, and raspberry swirl cheesecake offer a sweet end to a delectable dining experience.
1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz
Anyone who wants to turn Thanksgiving into a large group affair should take a look at Shadows. The riverfront eatery offers an a la carte holiday menu instead of a prix fixe one so diners can eat according to personal preference. Fall flavors shine across the board in dishes like the roasted beet salad with warm blackberry goat cheese appetizer, the truffled chicken and mushroom main, and the maple bourbon cheesecake dessert. Kids can enjoy some pretty fine dining too. For $10.50, eaters under 12 can score a turkey dinner, mac and cheese, or chicken tenders, plus a scoop of ice cream at the end.
176 Rinaldi Blvd, Poughkeepsie
11:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.