Local restaurants serve up new takes on seasonal flavors alongside classic turkey dinners and pumpkin pie.
BY SABRINA SUCATO
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.
The Adelphi HotelTurn Thanksgiving into an impromptu November getaway with an overnight at The Adelphi Hotel. Check in early on November 28 to enjoy the three-course holiday menu at The Blue Hen by David Burke. The hyper-seasonal lineup begins with appetizers like roasted acorn squash with burrata and toasted pumpkin seeds, then transitions to heartier fare like the braised short rib with lobster ravioli and artichoke.
For dessert, the pear butterscotch cornmeal pudding with warm anglaise sauce is a dreamy alternative to the standard apple sweets. By the time you finally retreat to your hotel room, you’ll feel happily stuffed and ready for that traditional Turkey Day nap.
365 Broadway, Saratoga Springs
$68/person, $30/children 12 and under, free for children under 5
Anthony’s Pier 9 - SOLD OUTIf 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 eggplant rollatini add a welcome twist to the Turkey Day essentials.
2975 Rte 9W, New Windsor
Aroma Thyme Bistro
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
Blu Pointe - SOLD OUT
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
$45.95/adult, $22.98/children 10 and under
Le Chambord - 3 p.m. SOLD OUT
Forgoing prix fixe in favor of a cozy, communal buffet, Le Chambord brings a gourmet influence to the longstanding American celebration. Make a detour from the same ol’ fare with decadent options like chestnut stuffing, roast sirloin with bordelaise sauce, and chicken francaise.
Of course, mainstays like mashed potatoes, turkey, and holiday pies make an appearance on the menu to satisfy picky and adventurous eaters alike.
2737 Rte 52, Hopewell Junction
12 and 3 p.m.
$44/adult, $15 children 5-12, free for children 4 and under
Charlotte’sHoping 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
$65/adult, half price for children under 10
CucinaExperience the finest of Italian-inspired farm-to-table in the Hudson Valley at Cucina. The Woodstock eatery packs gourmet treats into a prix fixe foodie lineup of starters, delectable mains, and desserts. Anyone who books a reservation for the holiday meal will be treated to bites of pan-seared scallops with cauliflower crema, roasted organic turkey with potato puree and Brussels sprouts, and pecan pie with caramel bourbon cream, to name only a few highlights.
While that’s all enough of a temptation, the heavenly bread basket stuffed with focaccia, peasant bread, cornbread, and biscuits that arrives at the start of the meal is an excuse to make a reservation all on its own. Did we mention it comes with local maple butter?
109 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock
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, pecan tarts, or apple cobbler.
25 South Partition St, Saugerties
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
$45/person, $22/children 12 and under, free for children under 4
Fish & Game
In the mood for a gourmet dinner this Thanksgiving? Tuck in by the fireplace at Hudson's Fish & Game to savor a to-die-for menu from award-winning chef Zakary Pelaccio. Now in its seventh year, the holiday fest includes bites like chestnut soup, cauliflower with sauce mornay, and roasted carrots with labneh and pistachios. To pair with the meal, the restaurant's wine director has a curated selection of natural wines and ciders onhand as well.
13 S 3rd St, Hudson
$150/person, complete wine pairing for additional $75/person
Goosefeather may be new to the Hudson Valley, but it steps up to the plate with a gorgeous, gourmet Turkey Day spread. With openings for lunch and dinner, the restaurant goes prix fixe with a three-course menu that includes an appetizer, dinner with a side, and dessert. Anyone who loves fall flavors will want to begin with the roasted honey nut squash and gala apple appetizer, then follow it up with cider-braised pork with horseradish gremolata. Add a side of sausage with candied walnut dressing to any order, then throw in a slice of pumpkin pie for dessert.
P.S. Everyone who dines at Goosefeather for Thanksgiving receives a half turkey sandwich to-go. Not a bad take on leftovers, huh?
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown
$75/person, $110/person with wine pairing
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 housemade 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 Mountain House
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 cream apple pie, bread pudding, and raspberry swirl cheesecake offer a sweet end to a delectable dining experience.
1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz
Shadows on the Hudson
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 orange zest and goat cheese, roasted parsnip and squash risotto, and maple bourbon cheesecake with candied pecans.
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.
Are you getting out of the city for the holiday? Or maybe you have a place Upstate and just don’t want to cook…(that’s me). I LOVE cooking, but for some reason, cooking up an elaborate Thanksgiving meal for two or three people isn’t that appealing. If you are like me, or if you want to get out of the city with your family, a few friends, or your honeybun, you need to know where to get your turkey or Tofurkey.
With all of the amazing established restaurants available Upstate, and the ever-increasing presence of CIA grads opening new restaurants, there is a cornucopia of Thanksgiving dinner events happening. Since most people Upstate still do the traditional Thanksgiving around a big table with extended family (unlike in Manhattan), there is typically still availability to eat out if you desire. You should still make reservations as soon as possible.
109 Mill Hill Road Woodstock, NY 12498 (845) 679-9800
Set in a renovated farmhouse with modern industrial touches, Cucina has a warmth and sophistication as well as consistently good food. They offer a la carte options as well as a prix-fixe menu, and, seasonally, a turkey dinner with sides, all for $57 per person.
Ship to Shore
15 West Strand Kingston, NY 12401 (845) 334-8887
Located in the Rondout district in Kingston, Ship To Shore is the Hudson Valley’s highest rated American Bistro according Zagat. It isn’t just the chops that are aged well here, the dining room itself has that elegant air of a fine wine. They are offering their Thanksgiving dinner for $50 a person with unlimited plating.
Henry’s Farm to Table
220 North Rd Milton, NY 12547 (845) 795-1310
Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, located in Milton, NY is home to this celebrated farm-to-table restaurant, where much of the produce comes from onsite gardens. Henry’s is the ideal Turkey Day destination for someone who wants to eat a delicious feast and then wobble back to their beautiful room and relax without having to do the dishes or argue with family members. For $69 a person you get Henry’s Farm to Table Thanksgiving dinner.
165 Canal St Ellenville, NY 12428 (845) 647-3000
With numerous awards and glowing reviews in publications such as the New York Times and Forbes, Aroma Thyme of Ellenville is not to be overlooked. The farm-to-table cuisine is elevated by a rustic design and welcoming environment. Thanksgiving will feature a special $35 menu as well as access to the restaurants extensive regular menu.
25 South Partition Street Saugerties, NY 12477 (845) 247-0700
The tavern at Diamond Mills overlooks the Esopus Falls in Saugerties. The tavern is designed to be cozy and casual while also being elegant, and the menu matches the atmosphere. For $45 per adult and $22 for child age 5-12, you can attend their Thanksgiving buffet. Reservations are recommended as seating may be limited.
Mohonk Mountain House
1000 Mountain Rest Road New Paltz, NY 12561 (855) 883-3798
The famed Mohonk Mountain House of New Paltz has an equally famed dining hall. Their classic style cuisine is brought to guests by an award-winning team. Past years included traditional sides and desserts, as well as carved-to-order pork roast, prime rib, and of course turkey. The Thanksgiving Grand Luncheon Buffet has no announced price as of yet (in 2017 it was $80 a person).
6426 Montgomery Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 876-3330
Located in a former church in Rhinebeck, the sophisticated gothic setting is complemented by great service and an ever-changing seasonal menu. Thanksgiving dinner is to-go this year, with dish prices ranging from $30-$75.
LeChambord at Currey Estate
2737 Route 52 Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 (845) 221-1941
The Curry Estate houses SS Beverley Bar, a wedding and conference center, an outdoor Pavilion, an inn, and the restaurant LeChambord. The four-star eatery combines American cuisine and European ambience, with a balanced menu of both casual and fine dining options. They are offering a Thanksgiving buffet for $44 per adult and $15 per child age 5-12.
4258 US-44 Millbrook, NY 12545 (845) 677-5888
Charlotte’s of Millbrook is the expansion of Chef Moller’s successful New York City catering business into a Hudson Valley restaurant. The extensive menu is full of elevated takes on modern American cuisine. Their Thanksgiving dinner is $65 per adult and $32.50 for children under 10.
6380 Mill Street Rhinebeck, NY 12572 (845) 516-5033
City meets country at The Amsterdam, a farm-to-table restaurant in Rhinebeck. The cuisine here adopts a French perspective of traditional American dishes, and the atmosphere is beautiful and spacious to complement. Their family-style Thanksgiving dinner is $75 per person.
Shadows on the Hudson
176 Rinaldi Boulevard Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 (845) 486-9500
With award-winning cuisine and panoramic views of the Hudson River and the Mid-Hudson Bridge, Shadows is an impressive Thanksgiving destination. The restaurant is perched on a cliff 40 feet above the Hudson River. The cuisine offers an elevated take on traditional American dinner. Their Thanksgiving dinner is a la carte.
Columbia CountyFish & Game
13 South 3rd Street Hudson, NY 12534 (518) 822-1500
Housed in a former Hudson blacksmith shop, the seven-year-old Fish & Game is Chef Zak Pelaccio’s celebration of regional cuisine, farmed bounty, and foraged wild foods. The mix-and-match modern and Victorian design plays well with the intimate ambience, accented by a cozy fireplace that burns through the cold months.Their traditional-style fixed Thanksgiving dinner is $150 per person with the option of an additional $75 beverage pairing.
Greene CountyThe Stewart House
2 North Water Street, Athens, NY 12015 (518) 444-8317
Dining at the ca.1883 Tavern at the Stewart House, a chic, eight-room hotel in Athens, you can expect a blend of refined, locally sourced dishes, brews, and wines under the direction of CIA graduate Chef Bob TUrner. Served in a sophisticated setting, with calming mood lighting and an atmosphere of comfort, the three-course Thanksgiving dinner comes with a welcome drink and costs $65 per person.
Orange CountyAnthony’s Pier 9
2975 US Route 9W New Windsor, NY 12553 (845) 565-3390
Anthony’s Pier 9 is New Windsor’s premier catering and wedding reception venue. A lavish venue with cuisine to match, Anthony’s is an elegant atmosphere for special occasions. Their Thanksgiving buffet is only $36.95 per adult and $18 per child age 4-12.
120 Front Street Newburgh NY 12550 (845) 568-0100
On the Newburgh side of the Hudson River sits Blu Pointe. Fine dining in an upscale setting, Blu Pointe is the go-to Newburgh option if you prefer posh establishments. For $45.95 per adult and $22.98 per child 10 and under, experience their Thanksgiving feast.
Putnam CountyHudson House
2 Main Street Cold Spring, NY 10516 (845) 265 9355
In continuous operation since it was built in 1832, the Hudson House in Cold Spring is a historic inn with a highly rated dining room. The River room offers an elegant experience suited to special occasions, while the Tavern room is more casual cuisine to fit everyday meals. Their three-course Thanksgiving dinner is $48 per person.
Saratoga CountyThe Blue Hen
365 Broadway Saratoga Springs, NY 12866 (518) 678-6000
A part of the Adelphi Hotel in Saratoga Springs, The Blue Hen by David Burke is fine dining in a glass conservatory. World-class cuisine and service are the features of this modern culinary experience. Taste Blue Hen’s modern take on a traditional Thanksgiving dinner for $68 per adult and $30 per child ages 5-12.
We are open from noon to 5pm. Very very few seats are available. Call (845) 647-3000
Aroma Thyme Bistro
165 Canal St Ellenville
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Just a reminder that we are open Christmas Day as a Soup Kitchen, not Thanksgiving. (Thanksgiving we are open for regular service)
We provide up to 700 free meals on Christmas Day and have been since 2003.
We are looking for volunteers and monetary donations. It costs us around $5 per person, even after donations. All the meals are delivered up to 20 miles from Ellenville.
Thank you, everyone, for your past and present support.
Here is a link to our GoFundMe https://www.gofundme.com/f/christmas-day-soup-kitchen-2019
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