10 Reservations to Make Now for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

By Patty Lee  |  October 15, 2014

While you're up in the Hudson Valley this fall checking out the foliage, you'll also want to scope out what the local restaurant scene has to offer. Next month, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week kicks off from November 3-16; nearly 200 restaurants in Westchester, Ulster and surrounding counties are serving special three-course dinners ($29.95) and lunches ($20.95). Click through our slide show below to check out the must-book tables and head over to the HVRW website for the complete list of participating eateries, where you'll find Zagat-rated spots marked by our signature burgundy "Z."

  • Valley Restaurant at the Garrison

    Serving: Dinner

    Why You Should Go: Situated on a 300-acre estate in the picturesque Hudson Highlands, this locavore restaurant highlights ingredients from both its own farm and others in the region — recent offerings include house-grown eggplant, Long Island duck and Obercreek Farm tomatoes.

    The details: 2015 U.S. 9, Garrison; 845-424-3604

  • Bocuse Restaurant

    Serving: Lunch and dinner

    Why You Should Go: The three-course prix fixe at this elegant restaurant located inside the Culinary Institute of America is usually $45, which makes this two-week promotion a downright steal. The food — like its namesake, chef Paul Bocuse — is French, so classics like butter-poached lobster and torchon de foie gras make up most of the menu. Don't be surprised if your culinary school toques come out of the kitchen for some tableside presentations.

    The details: 1946 Campus Dr. (Route 9), Hyde Park; 845-471-6608

  • Aroma Osteria

    Serving: Lunch and dinner, excluding Saturday

    Why You Should Go: It feels like you've been transported to Tuscany via the New York State Thruway at this rustic, hill-perched restaurant helmed by chef Eduardo Lauria. The Southern Italy native prepares favorites from his homeland, such as potato gnocchi with pork ragout, Cornish hen grilled under a brick and a hearty seafood stew.

    The details: 114 Old Post Rd., Wappingers Falls; 845-298-6790

  • Restaurant X & The Bully Boy Bar

    Serving: Lunch and dinner

    Why You Should Go: A roaring fireplace anchors the dining room of this Congers spot, one of four Hudson Valley restaurants from native New Yorker Peter Kelly. Here, you'll find fine-dining standbys like beef Wellington and Pacific ahi tuna in a quaint, homey setting, including a charming, wood-paneled barroom.

    The details: 117 N. Route 303, Congers; 845-268-6555

  • Union Restaurant & Bar Latino

    Serving: Lunch and dinner

    Why You Should Go: Chef David Martinez — a native of El Salvador who worked his way up at Xaviars — turns out inventive Latin American fare at this Haverstraw hacienda decked out in bright-yellow walls and live plants. Local favorites include the ceviche mariquitas (shrimp, avocado and plantain chips) and pinto bean ravioli with white truffle oil, chorizo and queso seco.

    The details: 24 New Main St., Haverstraw; 845-429-4354

  • Mill House Brewing Company

    Serving: Lunch and dinner

    Why You Should Go: A brewpub may not be the most obvious choice for a Restaurant Week reservation, but this one should be on your radar. At just a year old, the Poughkeepsie craft brewery and restaurant is already a local favorite: it won the People’s Choice Award at the Hudson Valley Brew festival last November. While drinks are obviously the focus, the sophisticated bar bites are no slackers — beer lovers typically sop up the suds with sausages (like the Thai sausage "banh mi"), wood-fired pizzas (the fig and "pig") and poutine (Belgian fries, smoked ribs gravy, local cheese curds).

    The details: 289 Mill St., Poughkeepsie; 845-485-2739

  • Red Hat on the River

    Serving: Dinner, Sun-Thu; Lunch, Mon-Fri

    Why You Should Go: The views alone are worth a meal at this stylish bistro run by husband-wife team Jim Parker and Mary Beth Dooley. Food is just as good as scenery: the standard menu features crowd-pleasers like moules-frites, French onion soup and spicy yellowfin tuna tartare, along with an all-New York beer list.

    The details: 1 Bridge St., Irvington; 914-591-5888

  • Sonora Restaurant

    Serving: Lunch and dinner, excluding Saturday

    Why You Should Go: With its sunny orange walls and upbeat music, the scene at this Nuevo Latin bistro is as festive as the food. Dishes are separated by country of origin (Mexico, Spain, etc.) and they all pack a powerful punch, such as Chilean salmon tartare topped with chive crème fraîche​, albondigas (meatballs) made from duck foie gras and chicken, and a saffron-scented seafood paella. 

    The details: 179 Rectory St., Port Chester; 914-933-0200

  • X2O Xaviars on the Hudson

    Serving: Lunch and dinner

    Why You Should Go: The newest restaurant from Peter Kelly's Xaviars restaurant group, this glass-framed restaurant on a Victorian pier offers stunning views of the Tappan Zee and George Washington bridges. It's particularly striking to dine at dusk, when you can dig into French- and Asian-accented dishes as the sun sets over the Palisades.

    The details: 71 Water Grant St., Yonkers; 914-965-1111

  • La Panetiere

    Serving: Lunch and dinner, excluding Saturday

    Why You Should Go: Since it opened in 1985, La Panetiere has been a longtime special-occasion favorite for the residents of Rye. Exceptional service matches the refined French plates (baked escargot, duck terrine) presented like works of art in the cozy dining room decorated with colorful, hand-painted frescos.

    The details: 530 Milton Rd., Rye; 914-967-8140