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Sep 27, 2011 12:09 PM

Vegetarian Hudson Valley


As soon as fall approaches, I start to get itchy from the glass and concrete of Manhattan. I want to rent a zipcar head northward on an upcoming weekend when the leaves start to change color, and grab some good food with my girlfriend. We don't eat meat or fish but always find a way of getting around those restrictions at most restaurants, so it doesn't necessarily have to cater to vegetarians. Farm to table would be nice, and I wouldn't mind spending a bit more for a romantic setting. Any suggestions for a city boy?

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    1. Farm to table, casual-- Birdsall House in Peekskill is my favorite restaurant as of late. They always have some vegetarian options on the menu and an excellent beer selection.

      For a more picturesque setting, also farm to table, Tavern in Garrison is another one of my favorites, especially in the fall and winter in their rustic dining room by the fire. Lots of outdoorsy things to do nearby. I prefer Tavern to its sister restaurant, Valley, but that's just a matter of my preference-- Valley is much more formal. It's beautiful, though.

      If you need a quick bite on your way to or from somewhere, Poppy's in Beacon is a burger joint with mostly locally sourced ingredients, and they always have a vegetarian option or two, (always a veggie burger and sometimes an excellent falafel). The fries and chips are delicious and you can get Jane's ice cream down the street at the Beacon Creamery.

      Birdsall House
      970 Main St, Peekskill, NY 10566

      1. The Village Tea Room in New Paltz has been mentioned. Also, further north and on the other side of the river is Luna 61 in Tivoli; it's a veggie restaurant but the meat eaters are willing to take a night off when they dine here.

        Unfortunately the leaf lookers are going to be disappointed this fall; it's all due to the amount of rain we got.

        Luna 61
        55 N Broadway, Red Hook, NY 12571

        Village Tea Room
        10 Plattekill Ave, New Paltz, NY 12561

        1. i've been wanting to check this place out for a while. looks quite interesting.

          The Rosendale Cafe offers some of the best vegetarian food and performing artists in the Hudson Valley, serving weekly entrees, assorted salads, exciting homemade desserts, organic coffees, three tap micro brews, and wine. Weekend concerts feature both local and international musicians: singer-songwriters, jazz, blues, world, and experimental; and every other Tuesday we host Singer-Songwriter Tuesdays, a showcase of local musicians. Enjoy delicious, whole vegetarian cooking and hear great music in an intimate, smoke free restaurant environment.

          1. Hi. The Bywater Bistro in Rosendale is a bit pricey, but the food is excellent. I had the best tofu sticks ever there. See my profile link to see photos. There quite a few good date spots in Saugerties, Fez Cafe, Land & Sea Grill Steakhouse, and Miss Lucy's. You have lots of options for romantic dining in the Hudson Valley!