10 restaurants with menu options


It’s hard to miss the fall change through the Hudson Valley.

This is evident on trees, as the leaves take on shades of red, orange and gold.

It’s also evident on menus, as fall flavors like apple cider or pumpkin spice return.

And although nothing prevents diners from enjoying it all year round, for many, the cold of autumn rekindles the desire to comfort a good bowl of soup.

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While a classic chicken noodle remains a popular choice to satisfy that hunger, there are many other flavors and varieties on offer at restaurants in Dutchess County.

“This is our favorite season,” said Ed Kowalski, owner of Lola’s Café. “Fall, to me, is like the quintessential soup season. We use fall squash more, butternut squash.”

While customers will be ordering Lola’s chili anytime of the year, Kowalski said September is when the restaurant sees an increase in soup orders.

Lola's Cafe's laden baked potato soup is pictured in a take-out container with crackers.

“There are a few fan favorites,” he said. “People love the butternut squash. People love the sweet potato curry that we make, and we make a loaded baked potato soup. We try to change it so that every other day it’s a different style. . “

At Aba’s Falafel in Rhinebeck, soup tends to be a popular option throughout the year, according to owner Cathy Naor. And the restaurant allows for a certain experimentation beyond its usual flavors.

“A lot of people like to mix our soup,” she said. “One of our employees had an idea, she was doing it herself and then we started suggesting to people.”

Whether you’re a fan of hearty soup, a filled noodle bowl, or something in between, here are 10 great options for soup in Dutchess County.

River station restaurant

River station restaurant

When it comes to chowder, the River Station Restaurant stands out. The City of Poughkeepsie Restaurant offers river views paired with a selection of chowders to try. The staples include New England Clam Chowder and Roasted Corn Lobster Chowder, along with two additional flavors to ensure plenty of variety for newcomers and regular diners.

Go: 1 N. Water St ,, Poughkeepsie; 845-452-9207; riverstationrest.com

Saigon Pho's special pho (dac biet) in Wappingers Falls on May 18, 2018.

Saigon Pho

A bowl of pho from Saigon Pho in Wappingers Falls can be the perfect remedy for a cold fall day. This Vietnamese soup, made with beef broth, rice noodles and a selection of meats and vegetables, is both hot and hearty. The dish is usually served with pieces of beef, but the restaurant also offers it with seafood or chicken. New customers should order the special beef noodle soup, which includes a round steak eye, brisket, soft tendons, and meatballs.

Go: 1582 Route 9, Wappingers Falls; 845-765-2100; saigonphony.com

Aba's Falafel Roasted Artichoke and Red Pepper Soup in Rhinebeck on September 29, 2021.

Aba Falafel

Aba’s falafel is perhaps best known for its hummus, pita, and of course, falafel. But the restaurant in the village of Rhinebeck offers exceptional soups to avoid the cold. The vegetarian establishment featured dishes like artichoke soup and roasted red peppers. And they’re served with pita bread croutons.

Go: 54 E. Market St., Rhinebeck; 845-876-2324; abasfalafel.com

A bowl of chili at Lola's Cafe and Catering on Washington Street in Poughkeepsie, April 4, 2017.

Lola’s coffee

This popular lunch spot in the town of Poughkeepsie has plenty of mouthwatering sandwiches and, of course, a delicious soup rotation. Chili is a mainstay of the menu, but the cafe also has a rotation of options like broccoli and cheddar soup or loaded potato soup.

Go: 131 Washington St., Poughkeepsie; 845-471-8555; lolascafeandcatering.com

Sylvia’s Jamaican Restaurant

Sylvia’s may be best known for its oxtail or curried goat cheese, but it would be a mistake to overlook its soup rotation. Poughkeepsie town restaurant offers red pea soup, beef soup, chicken mannish water soup or goat soup. The restaurant only offers one soup per day, so fans should familiarize themselves with the weekly rotation.

Go: 105 Main Street, Poughkeepsie; 845-473-7110; sylviajamaicanrestaurant.com

Yum yum noodle bar

With a few ramen options in Dutchess County, the Yum Yum Noodle Bar offers a selection of customizable dishes. Customers can create their own noodle bowls, choosing from a menu of noodles, broth, and protein. The restaurant, with locations in Red Hook, Kingston, and Woodstock, also offers noodle bowl selections such as pork tan tan and kung pao noodles.

Go: 7496 S. Broadway, Red Hook; 845835-6383; yumyumnoodlebar.com

The exterior of Bread Alone Bakery in Rhinebeck.

Bread only

With a wide selection of fresh breads and mouthwatering sandwiches, it makes sense that Bread Alone would serve up a fantastic bowl of soup as well. Rhinebeck bakery offers several soups of the day, served with sourdough bread. Customers can call to hear a recorded message with today’s selection, and previous options have included butternut squash bisque, zucchini curry, and chicken noodle soup.

Go: 45 E. Market St., Rhinebeck; 845-876-3108; painalone.com/rhinebeck-cafe

The dining room at Brasserie 292 in Poughkeepsie

Brewery 292

This restaurant in the town of Poughkeepsie offers an elegant menu of French cuisine, and its selection of soups is no less extravagant. Brasserie 292’s French onion soup is made with veal stock, caramelized onions, sourdough, fresh herbs and Gruyère, and also offers a lobster bisque with cream, lobster poached in butter, pastis and crouton biscuit.

Go: 292 Main Street, Poughkeepsie; 845-473-0292; brasserie292.com

Alex's Restaurant on Main Street in Poughkeepsie

Alex’s restaurant

This institution in the town of Poughkeepsie is a must-try dining option for breakfast and lunch, and that includes daily soups. Specialties include chicken matzah dumpling soup, split pea soup, tomato soup, and chili and cheddar cheese.

Go: 1 Market Street, Poughkeepsie; 845-452-1125; alexsrestaurant.org

The Tomato Cafe at 1123 Main Street in Fishkill

Tomato coffee

For a hearty soup that’s perfect for a good lunch, it’s hard to beat Tomato Café in Fishkill. The restaurant unsurprisingly offers rustic tomato soup, with options to add bacon or cream, as well as daily specials like gazpacho with croutons and butternut squash.

Go: 1123 Main Street, Fishkill; 845-896-7779; tomatecafeny.com

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