6 Hudson Valley Restaurants That Will Wow Your Out-of-town Guests

If you’re hosting friends and family from out of town this holiday season, perhaps for the first time in a few years, we’d like to offer some suggestions on where you could take them for a meal. or two.

It’s a good idea to make sure everyone in your party has a mask, and you may need to exercise some extra patience as many restaurants and hotels in the Hudson Valley have been hit by outbreaks. staff shortages.

The Creator, Hudson

Located in four historic buildings in the heart of Warren Street, Hudson’s main thoroughfare, The Maker has garnered a lot of attention since opening in August 2020 after a six-year construction.

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The Maker's Lounge in Hudson.  The Maker has drawn a lot of attention since opening in August 2020 after a six-year build.

There’s a lot going on in this highly designed and curated 14,000 square foot interior space: an 11-room luxury hotel; an all-day Parisian-style café with pastries and bread from the fabulous Bartlett House bakery and café in Ghent, as well as coffees, sandwiches, salads and more; a sexy speak-easy-style bar in an 1800s carriage house for late afternoon and evening cocktails; an upscale, full-service restaurant that serves dinner in a light-filled, plant-filled veranda; a juice bar; a perfume room; an outdoor swimming pool; and a retro gym with old-fashioned pommel horses and gymnastic rings.

The upscale, full-service restaurant The Maker's is open for dinner in a bright, plant-filled conservatory.

Owners are Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, co-founders of global beauty brand Fresh, who teamed up with hospitality expert Damien Janowicz to open the place. Glazman and Roytberg also own Bartlett House, which opened in 2016. On New Year’s Eve, The Maker hosts a Great Gatsby Ball, with tickets starting at $250.

Great Food: Bartlett House’s croissants, scones and cookies are exceptional. Other popular items include the burger, fried chicken sandwich and hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows, says Sophie Peters-Wilson, marketing and communications manager.

The Maker's Library in Hudson.  Owners are Lev Glazman and Alina Roytberg, co-founders of global beauty brand Fresh, who teamed up with hospitality expert Damien Janowicz to open the place.

At the bar: There are usually six beers available, priced at $9 to $32, and 10 wines by the glass, from $13 to $24. Cocktails cost between $13 and $30.

Good to know: Like much of the Hudson Valley, Hudson has definitely gone upmarket over the past 20 years. You’ll still find the expected antique shops, now joined by new clothing boutiques and galleries. It also has some of the best and most interesting architecture in all of New York. Be sure to take a long walk around town to take in the sights.

Go: 302 Warren Street, Hudson, 518-509-2620, themaker.com

Zeus Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie

Jeremy Phillips, owner of Zeus Brewing in the town of Poughkeepsie.

With a rooftop bar that offers wide-angle views of the Hudson River, Zeus Brewing Co. joined the Hudson Valley’s bustling craft beer scene in January 2020.

Despite the pandemic-related closures and restrictions, things are going pretty well, says managing partner Jeremy Phillips. Now fully decked out for the holidays, with Santas, menorahs and miles of lights and garlands, the brewery will mostly stick to its regular holiday food and beer offerings, Phillips says. Well, they pour a beer called Mall Santa all through December. And they have plenty of room for your group, with 155 seats in the attractive downstairs bar and dining area.

Alas, the rooftop bar, which seats an additional 100 people, is closed for the season, “but as soon as we have consistent warm weather again, we’ll be good to go,” says Phillips.

Great Food: For a brasserie, Zeus offers a surprisingly large and ambitious menu. It leans into Italian, with plenty of 12-inch pizza offerings. Sandwiches are also big here, with Crispy Boi being the No. 1 seller, says Phillips. It includes fried chicken leg, dijonnaise, warm honey, lettuce, tomato and cheddar cheese on a brioche bun.

At the bar: There are always a dozen house draft beers, priced at $7 to $9, as well as specialty cocktails ($12 to $15) and wines by the glass ($7 to $11).

Good to know: Beers, wines and cocktails cost $5 during Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Happy Hour all day Thursday.

Go: 178 Main St., Poughkeepsie, 845-320-4560,zeusbrewingco.comclosed on Mondays, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Le Canard Enchaine in Kingston serves delicious authentic French dishes in an old-fashioned bistro setting.

The Chained Duck, Kingston

Talented French chef Jean-Jacques Carquillat first opened Le Canard Enchainé in downtown Kingston in 1996 and has been thriving ever since.

If you crave delicious authentic French food in an old-fashioned bistro setting, this is the place. The restaurant is intimate and cozy, with old-fashioned mirrors, table lamps and sconces, crisp white linen tablecloths, bottles of wine strewn on shelves and bookcases, and walls covered in colorful old prints and posters and copies of the French satirical newspaper “Le Canard enchaîné.

Le Canard Enchaine in Kingston is intimate and cozy, with mirrors, old-fashioned table lamps and sconces, crisp white linen tablecloths.

For the holidays, the decorating theme is definitely “more is better”. I have visited several times over the years and the food has always been quite good, with excellent service.

Great food: Menu staples include onion soup, duck and chicken liver mousse, mussels and fries, roast Long Island duck, salad niçoise, creme brulee, and chocolate cake.

From the bar: Good drinks here too. Specialty cocktails and wines by the glass are between $14 and $18, with beers for $7.

Good to know: On December 24 and 31, the restaurant will be open for lunch from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and dinner from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., with covers at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. reservations required. On New Year’s Day, the hours are from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., then the restaurant will be closed from January 2 to 5.

Meeting point: 276 Fair Street, Kingston; 845-339-2003, le-canardenchaine.com

Hotel Beekman Arms and Delamater Hostel

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The long and storied history of Rhinebeck’s charming Beekman Arms and Delameter Inn dates back to 1704, when William Traphagen established a traveller’s inn, the Traphagen Tavern, at the crossroads of the town. The Beekman Arms was added to the original tavern in 1766 and has been in operation ever since.

The restaurant, which is nestled inside the historic Delamater Inn in the busiest corner of Rhinebeck, is extra large for you and your party, with five public dining rooms in a wide range of styles and full capacity of 175 people. There are also two private dining rooms – one with 80 seats, the other with 25.

The fireplace in the lobby of the Beekman Arms in Rhinebeck.

Try to get a table in the cozy Colonial Tap Room, which features lots of wood paneling, a low ceiling with exposed beams, an open fireplace, and a charming old bar. A nook off to one side, called the wine cellar, has six high-backed wooden cabins. The airy and bright greenhouse room at the front of the hostel is also a winner. From 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Day, the restaurant organizes a buffet, at $65 per person.

Great food: The turkey pot pie and slow-roasted prime rib are big fan favorites here. The French Onion Soup and the Tavern Burger, with crispy fries, are also good. For snacks, there’s a separate tavern menu, with chips, fries, mac and cheese, sliders, and calamari. The kitchen prepares fresh apple cider donuts every morning. Buy them at the hostess stand.

From the bar: They make a good drink here. Specialty cocktails and wines by the glass cost between $10 and $15, with beers around $8.

Good to know: While you’re in Rhinebeck, check out the immersive, mile-long “Wonderland of Lights” show taking place at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds until December 26. It’s a touchless journey of festive lights and holiday displays; $25 per vehicle.

Go: Beekman Arms & Delamater Inn, 6387 Mill St., Rhinebeck, 845-876-7077, beekmandelamaterinn.com

Editor’s Choice

Hot Toddy at the Hudson House Distillery in Esopus.

Hudson House Distillery, Esopus: Opened in September – when a seat on the expansive outdoor terrace was the perfect place to take in the changing colors of fall on the Hudson – it’s still a great cold-weather destination. Sit at the cheerful bar of the renovated 18th-century mansion for a cocktail made with rye or Hudson House whisky. Particularly invigorating when the temperatures drop: their hot toddy. The small plate menu includes excellent prime rib and gooey macaroni and cheese. There is also a shop selling spirits from the distillery. Open from noon to 6 p.m. Friday to Sunday. 1835 US Route 9W, West Park; 845-834-6007, thehudsonhouseny.com. — Karen Croke

The Valley Rock Inn in Sloatsburg has fireplaces and heat lamps.

The Valley Rock Inn & Mountain Club, Sloatsburg: You can stay overnight, for the weekend, or just book a table at the farm-to-table restaurant, The Lodge which has an elegant but still rustic vibe, with three woods – searing fireplaces, exposed beam ceilings and large chandeliers made from naturally lost woods. Then there’s La Cantina, the resort’s open-air restaurant with an array of giant heat lamps, fire pits and twinkling lights, as well as its new take on alfresco dining (the boozy hot chocolate and cider from spiced apple rum helped!). The Lodge and La Cantina is open from Thursday to Sunday. 27 Mill St., Sloatsburg, 845-618-9123, valleyrockinn.com. — Jeanne Muchnick

Bill Cary is a freelance writer from the Hudson Valley. Contact him at [email protected]

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