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Wappinger / Fishkill Restaurants

We live in Florida, but will be closing on a second home in Fishkill in a few weeks. Since we will be remodeling the kitchen in our new house, need recomendations for good food in the area. We enjoy all cuisines and any price range is okay. An hour drive in any direction is fine, as I can't wait to explore the area more - it is just beautiful up there. We already are fans of Aroma Osteria, but after that have no clue. Has anyone eaten at Via Nove on Route 9? Any other recs are greatly appreciated.

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  1. An hour in any direction? OK

    Toro- Fishkill
    Machu Picchu- Newburgh
    88 Charles St.- Montgomery
    Mountain Brauhaus- Gardiner

    Welcome to the Mid Hudson

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    1. re: pinenutswitheverything

      Thank you. I'm starting my list and will try them all.

    2. it has been a while, but I've enjoyed meals at Via Nove, I remember the pasta and seafood both being very fresh. The chinese place near Hanafords, I think maybe in Wappinger, is really good. For casual bar food, Michael's Sports Bar has good burgers/wings etc. Hudson's has good ribs/steaks. I've never had a bad meal at the 84 diner

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      1. re: mom2

        We've had breakfast at the 84 Diner and it was good. The rest go on my list. Thanks.

      2. mckinney and doyle in pawling...big w's bar-b-q on rte. 22 in wingdale!!!!!!

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        1. re: corky

          Mmmm. Yes. A southern girl has got to have her BBQ. Thanks.

          1. re: corky

            McKinney & Doyle is especially great for Sunday brunch!

          2. Don't forget to try the Culinary Institute - maybe half hour north on Rt 9. Just north of Poughkeepsie. While it maybe not what it used to be - it is still well worth a visit or two for any CH.
            Haven't been there yet but have heard good things about a new Indian restaurant in Fishkill.
            Also, head on up to Rhinebeck about an hour north for Terrapin, and Sabrosa - new latin place, very nice, among others.

            1. Has anyone tried either of the new restaurants in Beacon yet- Tonique or Cafe Amarcord?
              We do like Brothers in Beacon when we want something more casual than Aroma Osteria.

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              1. re: Leslie

                Ooooh. Thank you all for the suggestions. I thought we might be moving into a culinary wasteland area - with NYC our nearest food haven. I am glad to see that there are some nice spots closer. Can't wait to get up there and go exploring.

                1. re: Mothership

                  there's enough places up here; if you're not spoiled by a nyc/san fran type of food environment, you can be quite happy. search for poughkeepsie, new paltz, newburgh on here - there's a bunch of suggestions (and beacon) - other stuff not in those posts:

                  mozz - cold spring farmer's mkt saturdays, popovich provisions (as good as hoboken!)
                  steak - schlesinger's, new windsor
                  the would - highland
                  some people love cosimo's pizza in newburgh...they also own a place in marlboro.

                  aroma is supposed to be near the best of the best up here (i haven't been), but things have changed for the better.

                  1. re: bob gaj

                    The Newburg Waterfront area has several places (I think it's called Front Street), a few of the names that come to mind is Cena 2000, Torches, The River Grille and I know their is a place there called the Blue Martini but I have never been so I'm not sure if they have a fulll menu or just drinks with a light menu. To go on a nice wiarm day and sit outside at one of these places is well worth the trip, the views are beautiful. Also the Aroma Osteria has a sister restaurant in Fishkill but right now I can't think of the name of it, but it is right in the little village (off of Rt.9) not sure but I think the road is called route 52. Also I have been to a restaurant up there that is good if you are just looking for a meat and potatoes type meal in a casual atmosphere called Greenbuam and Gillhoughys (not sure of the spelling of the last name), we had a nice prime rib dinner there a couple years back. Oh, I just though of another one, some people we know had been up in the Poughkeepsie area a couple weeks ago and they went to a restuarant called Shadows that they really enjoyed, I believe it is also near the river. The place itself is supposed to be beautiful. Just note, you may want to go early because it turns into a bar scene later in the evening.

                  2. re: Mothership

                    The Hudson Valley is a great food destination. Our region has the largest concentration of world-class chefs and restaurants outside of a major city. Plus there are great food stores that you won't find in the city.

                    1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                      And I am looking forward to discovering them all... I have a nice list of restaurants to start with - perhaps you could elaborate on the food shopping situation. Thanks for any input - I have a list I have been carrying back and forth to New York with me.

                      1. re: Mothership

                        There is a place called Adam's which you have to check out. They only have locations in Newburgh, Poughkeepse and Kingston. There has been a rumor that they were going to open a new location in Wappingers on rt 9. They had to deal with some wetland issues so no progress has been made. It's a fantastic grocery store with tons of local meat and produce.

                        There is a Deli off rt 9 called Joe's that is very good. They have all the italian deli items you'd expect plus a good selection of cheeses and other hard to find items like demi-glace, duck and sometimes truffles.

                        You should also check out East Fishkill Provisions Smoke Haus & Deli. They make all their own cold colds on site.

                        1. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                          East Fishkill Provisions Smoke Haus & Deli -- is that the place on Route 52?

                          They have THE most delicious wursts.

                          1. re: dolores

                            Yes whenever im in that neck of the woods I get their house smoked bacon. It is greatttttttttttttttt

                            1. re: luv2eatct

                              Yes, I think there on one on 52 and another one on 82. It's so hard to find a place that makes their own cold cuts. We really do have some great food vendors in this area.

                          2. re: hudsonvalleyfoodblog

                            I've been to Joes - WOW, what a meatball parmigiana. Really tasty. I will definitely try East Fishkill provisions when my kitchen is finished. Thanks.

                            1. re: Mothership

                              Joe's is also a very good butcher. They take special orders as well. This past weekend I was able to order 6 bone-in pork chops to my desired thinkness. It's places like this that makes me love this area of NY. You aren't stuck doing all your shopping at some giant supermarket.

                  3. We live in Hopewell Junction. You have to try Tokoharu at the intersection of 376 and 82 for the best Chinese and sushi in several counties (on a par with San Francisco). There's also Maya Cafe on Route 9 near 84 for great Mexican (it's not a taco place). For quick food, Hudson Buffet on Route 9 on the other side of 84 (in the outlet center with the movies) is safe. It's inexpensive and they even have crab legs at dinnertime. All of these are either in Fishkill or within 15 minutes. Enjoy!

                    1. There are a LOT of options around here! You should really try to visit the local farmers markets (there are quality ones especially on Saturdays and Sundays).

                      I have to say the the BEST BBQ, in my opinion, is Hickory. They have an outpost in Kingston (take the Thruway) and also one up in Pine Hill (about 10 min from Kingston). Very laid back. My favorite sushi place is Osaka in Rhinebeck (they have great udon, too). When in Rhinebeck, also try both Gigi's (Italian-ish with a concentration on local ingredients) and Calico (for truly amazing pastries and bistro fare). Twist in Hyde Park, just north of Poughkeepsie, was opened by a CIA grad and offers interesting bistro food also. Sabroso has great food, from what I've heard, but it's also a bit pricey.

                      There seems to be quite a few of us from the area, so let us know when you're craving something specific, because I'm sure there's plenty we've forgotten!! I don't think anyone even got into the Vassar or New Paltz areas...

                      And don't forget to visit Half Time in Poughkeepsie for the biggest beer selection in the world (seriously). Liquorama in Hyde Park also has a great wine selection (funny name, many not-so-funny wines).

                      1. -Panda House (30 min drive) in Danbury, CT has excellent sushi and Chinese food
                        -Tacocina in Wappingers Falls is a total dive, but their tacos are delicious...reminiscent of the ones I had in Mexico last year
                        -Via Nove on Rt. 9 is great
                        -Rhinebeck has amazing restaurants: Ario for Thai and Osaka for sushi
                        -Tanjore on Main Street in Fishkill has pretty good Indian food
                        -Max's BBQ in Red Hook is terrific

                        I moved here from NYC six years ago and even though I miss getting all sorts of food delivered, the variety of restaurants in the Hudson Valley is great. You just have to drive a little further...happy eating!

                        1. The places listed in Pawling are waaaay east of you, but if you want great BBQ, try Jackalope in Fishkill at the site of the old Umami. It's owned by the people who own Umami but they decided to change the cuisine.

                          1. Probably the most interesting resto in this immediate area is MoJo Grill on the East side of Wappingers, Rte.376. Beautiful inside, with beach/ocean painted murals, matching curtains, and a clean layout with fabric designs on the ceiling.

                            The owners believe in the Slow Food movement, which means fresh ingredients from local farmers, innovative cooking, and a meal to be savored. This is a wonderful experience. They asterisk items on the menu which were picked that day-- in the summer there are more & more of these. Go to Mojo Grill!!


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                            1. re: menton1

                              Wow. Thank you all so much. I've been busy the last few days, as we are coming up there to close on the house on Thursday - (fingers crossed - flaky seller). I returned to Chow to find all these wonderful suggestions. I have them all written down and will take the list and post it in my (soon to be renovated) kitchen. Again thank you all for the wonderful recommendations!

                              1. re: menton1

                                Last time I was at Mojo was January, so there was nothing fresh picked, and also nothing good at all. I forgot what we had (thankfully) and vowed never to go back. I agree that it looks nice inside. Never heard of the Slow Food movement. Mine arrived too soon (while I was still there to eat it). I don't discount the possibility that I was there on a bad night, or you on a good one, or that maybe they have a new chef or something.

                                I am going to try Tokoharu . . .maybe at last there is Chinese food in Dutchess County that's worth eating.

                                In addition to the other restos mentioned here, Tokyo Express by Vassar College is good for sushi.

                                1. re: swordfish

                                  We went to Mojo over the summer and were not impressed.

                              2. The Arch on rt 22 in Brewster is where my wife and I had a wonderful meal served to us. I believe its $65 pp. I had the antelope it was amazing.

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                                1. re: luv2eatct

                                  I agree on the Arch, luv2eatct. I just recommended it somewhere else. Lovely ambience, excellent service, and the food was wonderful. Although this was awhile ago, I am happy to see that it is still a good place.

                                  Mothership, if Beacon is within driving distance, Brother's Trattoria is a really good place for top notch Italian. Don't be fooled by the pizza parlor in the front, they serve outstanding calamari (my baromenter) and other good dishes in the back (as well as the front of course).

                                2. Hi! Lots of great restaurants to try. Check this website out: wewanttakeout.com, I live in the area and use this website all the time. It keeps pretty current with the menus I think. Margaritas in Wappingers is great! Also try Maya Cafe in Fishkill, Jackalope in Fishkill, and I-84 diner is great too! Nicks Pizza in Hopewell is good too! Enjoy!

                                  1. I will give rating for the following restaurants that I've tried in the fishkill area as follows 1-poor 2-fair 3-very good

                                    Il Barilotto-Main St Fishkill- I give it a 3
                                    Tanjore-Very good Indian cuisine-3
                                    Samosa house-terrible cheaply made food -1
                                    Brothers Trattoria Calamari is perfectly tender! -3
                                    Homespun foods-great lunch fare-garden dining- main St. Beacon-3
                                    Augie's good to go-tasty lunches-3
                                    Piggy Bank-Terrible all around-1
                                    Cathryn's tuscan grill -cold spring -3
                                    Riverview- cold spring 3
                                    Sapore Steakhouse Fishkill-2
                                    Tonique Beacon 2
                                    Toro Korean fishkill 2
                                    Via Nove-1 I thought the service and food were quite poor
                                    I am eager to try Il continori in Wappingers as well as Mojo Grill, any feedback on the 2 would be appreciated. Also, what was once the North St. Bar and grill,(I reaLLY LIKED IT) is now "Copper's"-the menu looks terrible to me-has anyone tried it yet?

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                                    1. re: athina

                                      athina, as I noted elsewhere, I just went to Il Barilotto for a wedding and the food was very good. I agree on Brothers Trattoria too.

                                      Interesting on Piggy Bank, their name and local are quite cool, good to know I shouldn't go beyond the sidewalk.

                                      Not sure if I already said here, but Hudson's Ribs is awful. I was there twice and both times my ribs were raw.

                                      Chianti and Gus's are in the area, no? I thought they were good.

                                      1. re: athina

                                        Couldn't agree with you more about the Piggy Bank. Would never go back their again. Started out with a waitress that needed a total attitude adjustment and it went downhill from there. Food was nothing to travel that far for and they charged us Manhattan prices for their teeny tiny drinks. You were kind in giving it a 1, I give it a 0. Where is Brother's Trattoria?

                                        1. re: GIOny

                                          Brother's is right across the street from the Piggy Bank.

                                          1. re: dolores

                                            Thanks dolores, I think I may of went to a Confirmation party at Brother's Trattoria once. I know it was a place across the street for Piggy Bank. It was good. I agree with you about Hudson Ribs and Fish. I've been there a couple times, at first it was hit or miss now it is just a total miss!

                                        2. re: athina

                                          Other then the name change I don't think Coppers is any differen from the North Street Grill. In my opinion they are trying to do too much with the food. It's way overpriced. I think they had a steak for $28. The place as so much potential but it shouldn't try to be some high end place. Make really good food with a lot of micro brews and I think it would do well.

                                          1. re: athina

                                            I tried Coopers before and after the name change. It's identical. Nothing changing in my opinion other then the name. However they were trying to get away with charging about $30 for a steak. Which for that place is just insane. The building has so much potential. I think the Chef is trying to do too much with the menu. They need to scale it back a bit and make it a little more casual. Don't try to be a high end place.

                                          2. Thank you all for the great recommendations. We have been back and forth all summer and finally my renovations are getting started in earnest. Doing the kitchen (loads of work, but sooooo fun), 4 bathrooms and almost all the flooring, so haven't had much time to explore yet. However, we do really like Il Barilotto and since my husband is Portuguese, we have been driving to (of all places) Danbury, Connecticut to a little Portuguese place called "Atlantic Restaurant". Great Pork and Clams Alentejano (my favorite) and excellent bacalao (my husband's favorite). The best bolos do bacalao - little cod fritters - this side of Lisbon. On the weekends I understand they have either roasted cabrito - goat or leitao, which is roast suckling pig. Either one is usually great in Portugal, but we haven't hit the right night to try it in Danbury. My husband tried Hudson Ribs on one of his solo trips up and said it was terrible. I'm adding all your wonderful suggestions to my list and hopefully when we get to spend more time in Fishkill, I'll have the chance to try them all. Thank you all again.

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                                            1. re: Mothership

                                              To me, the key is the use of local ingredients and close relationships between chefs and farmers. The best restaurants in the Hudson Valley for those include (IN ORDER)
                                              Local 111 - Philmont, NY www.local-111.com
                                              The Village Tearoom - New Paltz, NY
                                              Gigi Trattoria - Rhinebeck
                                              Valley Restaurant @ The Garrison - Garrison, NY

                                              The tearoom is the most casual, then local 111, then valley. The chef at Local 111 used to work at Savoy and has developed relationships with well over a dozen local farmers in his first year of business. The best chefs know that the best food is local food. Lots of chefs talk the talk, but not many walk the walk. These 4 do. (I'm sure I don't need to mention Blue Hill @ Stone Barns...it's just a bit out of my league more than once a year!


                                              Gigi Market in Red Hook is well worth a trip for casual, picnic type fare, and an indoor market full of local cheese, produce, meats, etc. For coffee, Chthonic Clash in Beacon uses Ronnybrook Milk, Threshold Farm's biodynamic apples, and organic flours. the coffee is great and it's a real hub of the community.

                                            2. Is Neko Sushi on Route 9 (across from Borders/Kohls any good? Just got my new Zagat and it got a 20 for food.

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                                              1. re: MisterBill2

                                                I only tried it once and liked it. I really need to try it again. I tihnk it also got voted best sushi in Hudson Valley Magazine's best of issue.

                                              2. There is a very interesting thread on this board titled "Which restaurants do you want to try in Hudson Valley". I just posted information on several restaurants in the last few days. Take a look. There is a lot of great information there.