Food and the Hudson Valley: A Culinary Tour of the Hudson Valley

The Hudson Valley is synonymous with good food, farm-fresh ingredients and a world-class gastronomic experience. It’s no secret then, that the region is home to a bounty of international chefs that have migrated to the area to flex their culinary muscle.

From traditional French to farm-to-table and fine Italian to new American, there is a fare to satisfy every appetite. Let us take you on a culinary tour of just a few of our favorite dining locales in the Hudson Valley.

Photo: Zagat
Photo: Zagat

 

We’ll start in Millbrook with Café Les Baux, a relaxed establishment that features traditional French cuisine prepared by Chef Herve Bochard. The classic French dishes are as inviting as the atmosphere. Some favorites include the Le Carre d’Agneau (rack of lamb) and Les Moules Frites (steamed mussels).

Photo: Elephant Food and Wine
Photo: Elephant Food and Wine

Next we’ll head over to Kingston, which is home to Elephant, a Spanish tapas and wine bar. What this establishment lacks in size, it surly makes up for in lively atmosphere and bold flavors. With so many choices on their small-plate menu, we recommend trying a bit of everything.

Photo: Fish & Game
Photo: Fish & Game

From Kingston we head north to Hudson where we find Fish & Game, a James Beard award-winning restaurant by famed New York City chef Zakary Pelaccio. The rustic-elegant dining experience permeates from the dining room to the dishes, which feature a regional bounty of ingredients sourced from the Hudson Valley. Request their tasting menu to embrace the full experience.

Photo: American Bounty
Photo: American Bounty

Last, but certainly not least, we head down to Hyde Park, which is home to the world-renowned Culinary Institute of America. The world’s premier culinary college features two upscale dining experiences prepared by up-and-coming culinary stars. Ristorante Caterina De’ Medici is an authentic and sophisticated Italian dining experience, while American Bounty features casually elegant dishes that focus on regional and seasonal ingredients.

 

For more, preview our lists of best farm-to-table restaurants and best restaurants in the Hudson Valley. Below you can find the information for those restaurants mentioned in this article. Bon appetite!

Café Les Baux, Millbrook

152 Church St., Millbrook, 845-677-8166

www.cafelesbaux.com

 

Elephant, Kingston

310 Wall St., Kingston, 845-339-9310

www.elephantwinebar.com

 

Fish & Game, Hudson

13 South 3rd St., Hudson, 518-822-1500

www.fishandgamehudson.com

 

Ristorante Caterina De’Medici, Hyde Park

1946 Campus Dr. (Route 9), Hyde Park, 845-451-1013

www.ristorantecaterinademedici.com

 

American Bounty, Hyde Park

1946 Campus Dr. (Route 9), Hyde Park, 845-451-1011

www.americanbountyrestaurant.com

 

Food and the Hudson Valley: A Culinary Tour of the Hudson Valley