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A Culinary Guide to the Hudson Valley

One of the great pleasures of visiting the Hudson Valley is food, from food production (see our Hudson Valley Bounty page) to great restaurants in every price category and every nationality.

At the center of the food experience that awaits you here in the Valley is the Culinary Institute of America. This venerable school, located in Hyde Park, has trained thousands of chefs, many of whom have started restaurants in the region. Visitors willing to make advance reservations can enjoy sampling the work of students at the CIA at a choice of three restaurants on the campus.

Historically, the Hudson Valley has been known as the “breadbasket” of New York City. Wheat was at one time am important farm product, stone ground in grist mills such as the one still operational at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow. Farms in the region also shipped milk to New York on what are now strictly commuter railroads and moved fresh fruits and vegetables to market by boat.

With today’s emphasis on fresh, locally-grown ingredients, many restaurants are incorporating local produce into their menus. They can choose from regional fois gras, cheeses, breads, meats, vegetables and fruits of every description. Some chefs are even growing their own foods, including Harvest-on-Hudson in Hastings, Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, and Valley at The Garrison.

The gourmand will be pleasantly surprised by the innovation and creativity of Hudson Valley chefs. True destination restaurants abound and their staffs look forward to welcoming you. We name a few truly fine establishments in each of our geographic regions, but there are surely many more waiting for you to discover them.

Foodies Be-Aware!

You've long known that the Hudson Valley is a great place to eat, and eat well. Now hear this — many of the restaurants you've loved and more you haven't gotten to yet are being organized by The Valley Table magazine into the Annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. You'll be able to drop in for a multi-course lunch or dinner at greatly reduced prices! Try a different eaterie every night, if you like, without feeling guilty about it. You'll be eating well and paying less. For more info, go to:

Featured Culinary Experiences
Upper Hudson Valley
Middle Hudson Valley
Lower Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley Restaurants by Region
Upper Hudson Valley
American Cuisines
Asian Cuisines
Caribbean Cuisines
European Cuisines
Fast Foods
Ice Cream
Pubs & Taverns
Riverside Dining
South American Cuisines
Middle Hudson Valley
American Cuisines
Asian Cuisines
Caribbean Cuisines
European Cuisines
Fast Foods
Ice Cream
Pubs & Taverns
Riverside Dining
South American Cuisines
Lower Hudson Valley
American Cuisines
Asian Cuisines
Caribbean Cuisines
European Cuisines
Fast Foods
Ice Cream
Pubs & Taverns
Riverside Dining
South American Cuisines
A Quick Guide to Great Specialty & Gourmet Food Sources
  • The Apple Bin, Ulster Park, Ulster County
    Farm fresh produce, locally produced relishes and baked goods
  • Armstrong's Elk Farm, Conrwallville, Greene County
    Elk herd, velvet antler products
  • Berle Farm, Hoosick, Rensselaer County
    Organic goat milk, cheese, vegetables and beef
  • Black Walnut Organic Farm, Conrwallville, Greene County
    Wide variety of organic fruits & vegetables, picked or U-Pick
  • Blackberry Hill Farm, Hudson, Columbia County
    Llama, sheep & rabbit wool and woll products, free range eggs, garlic & herbs
  • Bread Alone, Rhinebeck, Dutchess County
    Organic whole grain bread baked on a hearth
  • Bread Alone, Boiceville & Woodstick, Ulster County
    Organic whole grain bread baked on a hearth
  • Burdick's Sugarhouse, Stephentown, Rensselaer County
    Maple syrup.
  • Butterfly Hill Herbary, PineBush, Orange County
    Fresh and dried herbs, jams, natural herb remedies, potpourri& teas
  • Catskill Mountain Beekeepers Club, Hunter, Greene County
  • Catskill Mountain Farms, Saugerties, Ulster County
    Bath soaps, edible flowers, potpourri
  • Cedar Ledge Farms, Greenville, Greene County
    Maple syrup
  • Cedaridge Farm, Catskill, Greene County
    Lamb, wool and mohair
  • Clinton Hollow Herbs, Clinton Corners, Dutchess County
    Culinary herbs and plants
  • Cody Creek Community Farm, Saugerties, Ulster County
    Certified organic, strawberries, raspberries, herbs, cut flowers & perennials
  • Columbia Hill Farm, Averill Park, Rensselaer County
    Maple syrup & maple cream
  • Conklin Hill Organic Gardens, Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County
    Organically grown fresh fruits and vegetables. Also jams, herbs and baked goods
  • Deer Hollow Farm, Berlin, Rensselaer County
    Farm raised fallow deer venison, individually cryovac packed, USDA inspected
  • Depoala Mushrooms, Glasco, Ulster County
    Fresh mushrooms direct from the grower
  • Double Decker Farm, Claverack, Columbia County
    Organic herbs and produce
  • Dusty Miller Farm, Johnsonville, Rensselaer County
    Maple products, organically grown catnip
  • EB's Golden Harvest, Yorktown, Westchester County
    Honey, maple syrup, local produce
  • Elderberry Mary's, Berne, Albany County
    Homemade jams & jellies including garlic, horseradish and 40 more
  • ES Brookside Farm & Greenhouses, East Schodack, Rensselaer Cunty
    Nubian goats and goat meat, fresh vegetables, greenhouse tomatoes
  • Feather Ridge Poultry, Elizavile, Columbia County
    Farm fresh eggs and poultry
  • Fellowship Community, Chestnut Ridge, Rockland County
    Biodynamic organic fruits & vegetables
  • Flegel Farm, Hannacroix, Greene County
    Beef & beef products
  • Fox Hill Farm, Sugar Loaf, Orange County
    Yellow flesh gourmet potatoes including fingerlings and bintje, certified organic
  • Gem Farms Buffalo, Castleton-on-Hudson, Rensselaer County
    Buffalo meat, herbs, plants and seasonal produce
  • Gooseberry Honey & Herb Farm, Troy, Rensselaer County
    Extensive selection of potter herbs, honey products
  • Green Horizons Organic Farm, Pawling, Dutchess County
    Organic produce & unusual vegetables varieties, herbs and heirloom seedlings
  • Greenman's Salad Garden, Grafton, Rensselaer County
    Organically grown mesclun, specialty greens, edible flowers and heirloom vegetables
  • Grey Mouse Farm, Saugerties, Ulster County
    Homemade gourmet jams, mustards, pickles & garlic products made from locally grown fruits & veggies
  • Hackett Holsteins, Clinton Corners, Dutchess County
    Indian corn, gourds, popcorn and compost
  • Halfway Acres, Campbell Hall, Orange County
    Lamb & goat meat. Naturally fed turkeys, no chemicals used
  • Hardeman Orchards, Red Hook, Dutchess County
    Farm Fresh fruits & vegetables, sauces, cheeses, sausage and free-range eggs
  • Harrier Fields Farm, Schodack Landing, Columbia County
    Organic pork & grass-fed beef
  • Hawthorne Valley Farm, Harlemville, Columbia County
    Organic dairy and vegetables
  • Heinchon's Old Farmhouse & Ice Cream Parlor, Pawling, Dutchess County
    Fresh milk & milk products and farm made ice cream
  • Hemlock Hill Farm, Cortlandt Manor, Westchester County
    Free range chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pheasants, rabbits and guinea fowl. Up vegetables and pumpkins
  • Highland Farm, Red Hook, Dutchess County
    All natural farm-raised venison; fresh, frozen or smoked. Buffalo, quail & rabbit as well
  • Hillary's Garden, Warwick, Orange County
    Varieties of organically grown herbs and flowers
  • Hillside Organic Farm, Brunswick, Rensselaer County
    Organic garlic, culinary & armoatic
  • John & Donna Hitsman, LaGrangeville, Dutchess County
    Farm fresh eggs, popcorn, Timothy, alfalfa & hays
  • Hoffman's Sugarhouse, Stepentown, Rensselaer County
    Maple syrup, maple butter, maple cream, maple sugar.
  • Homestead Farms, Red Hook, Dutchess County
    Garlic, lavender & lamb
  • Homestead Farms, Cropseyville, Rensselaer County
    Organic vegetables, flowers, raspberies, pastured chicken, turkeys and beef.
  • Hudson Valley Honey, Montrose, Rockland County
    Local Raw Grade A Honey. All natural non processed or pasteurized honey taken straight from the hive.
  • Kaatskill Cider Mill, Catskill, Greene County
    Apples, fresh cider, jams, honey and maple syrup
  • Kazialain Farm, Westtown, Orange County
    Grass fed beef, eggs from free range chickens, organic herbs & vegetables
  • Kent's Sugarhouse, Berlin, Rensselaer County
    Maple syrup, maple sugar & maple cream
  • Knoll Krest Farm, Clinton Corners, Dutchess County
    Natural raised poultry and eggs
  • Krisco Farms, Campbell Hall, Orange County
    Farm fresh milk, non-homogenized while milk, skim milk and heavy cream. Also puddings, bread and eggs.
  • Laterre Garlic, Clinton Corners
    Eight varieties of organic harneck garlic
  • Lenny's Smoked Fish & Honey, Bearsville, Ulster County
    "Wood-fired only" hot smoked trout, honey and bee products, ginseng and more.
  • Little Rainbow Chevre, Hillsdale, Columbia County
    NY's finest goat milk products since 1981
  • Maple Glen Farm, East Jewett, Greene County
    Maple syrup, maple cream and maple candy
  • McAuliffe's Mountain View Farm, East Berne, Albany County
    Organically grown beef, pork, pasture raised chicken & turkeys. Organic vegetables and fruit in season.
  • Meadowbrook Farms, Clarksville, Albany County
    Our own bottled milk, cream and buttermilk, eggs and cottage cheese
  • Meadowland Farms, Clinton Corners, Dutchess County
    Farm raised beef
  • Migliorelli Farm, Tivoli, Dutchess County
    Farm fresh specialty greens
  • Miller Farms, Troy, Rensselaer County
    Natrual raised beef, individual cuts or larger quantities, steroid & anti-biotic free
  • Mountain Dew Maple Products, Kerhonkson, Ulster County
    Delicious pure maple syrup
  • Niese's Maple Farm, Putnam Valley, Putnam County
    Maple syrup, maple candies and other maple products.
  • Raymond Myruski, Goshen, Orange County
    Onions fresh from harvest and all year
  • Northwind Farm, Tivoli, Dutchess County
    Turkey, chicken and other poultry, fresh, live or frozen
  • Oak Leaf Hill Farm, Dover Plains, Dutchess County
    Piglets & finished hogs cut, wrapped and frozen to your specifications
  • Old Chatham Shephearding Company, Old Chatham, Columbia County
    Fresh sheep & goat's milk cheeses and specialty cheeses
  • Partridge Sugar House, Acra, Greene County
    Maple products, demonstrations and tours of sap house
  • Quattro's Game Farm, Pleasant Valley, Dutchess County
    Farm raised venison and specialty poultry
  • Red Barn Farm, Canaan, Columbia County
    Fresh produce and lamb, fresh or fresh-frozen
  • Rexcroft Farms, Athens, Greene County
    Hydroponic vegetables
  • Ridgway Farms, Climax, Greene County
    Naturally raised lamb, no drugs, hormones or preservatives. Eggs
  • Riverview Farms, Athens, Greene County
    Garlic, garlic braids, seed garlic
  • Rocking R Farm, Coeymans Hollow, Albany County
    Organically grown berries in season
  • Rolling Acres, Altamont, Albany County
    Lamb & sheep products, also poultry, ducks, chicken and geese.
  • Ronnybrook Farm Dairy, Ancramdale, Columbia County
    Bottled creamline, skim & other milks and ice creams
  • Rowe's Apiaries, Kingston, Ulster County
    Clover & wildflower honey, honeycomb and pure bees wax
  • Sauer Farm, Mt. Marion, Ulster Cuonty
    Homegrown fruits & vegetables, milk & organic egs
  • Sheeley's Farmstand, Accord, Ulster County
    Organic produce picked daily
  • Sunfrost Farms, Woodstock, Ulster County
    Organic fruits & vegetables
  • Carl Swenson, Shokan, Ulster County
    Pure NYS maple syrup from our own trees
  • Swenson's Organic Produce, Accord, Ulster County
    Certified NYS Natural Food Associates
  • Swissette Herb Farm, Salisbury Mills, Orange County
    Organically grown herbs
  • Thompson-Finch Farm, Ancram, Columbia County
    NIOFA-NY certified organic strawberries, raspberries and apples, U-Pick
  • Thunder Hill Farm, Stanfordville, Dutchess County
    Pasture raised poultry, ducks & geese
  • Traphagen's Honey, Hunter, Greene County
    Gourmet honey spreads and homemade jams and jellys
  • Tschinkel Farm, Freehold, Greene County
    Sheep, lambs, goats, eggs
  • Tweefontein Herb Farm, New Paltz, Ulster County
    Organically grown herbs of all types; culinary, aromatic & medicinal
  • Underhill Farm, Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County
    Honey & Apiatherapy information
  • Uphill Farm, Clinton Corners, Dutchess Counth
    Natural beef
  • Valley Farmers Cooperative, Stanfordville, Dutchess County
    Farmers co-op raising natural beef, lamb, pork & veal, shipped UPS, restaurant quality.
  • Widmark Honey Farms, Gardiner, Ulster County
    Organic and specialty honeys
  • Wild Thymes Farm, Medusa, Albany County
    Handmade gourmet chutneys, fruit spreads, sauces, vinaigrettes, mustards, balsamic vinegers and pasta toppings. Sales via web site
  • Willow Brook Gardens, Clinton Corners, Dutchess County
    Organic herbs, berries & flowers
  • Woodview Sugarbush, Knox, Albany County
    Maple and honey products, wild ginseng
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