Brunch in the Hudson Valley, NY
The Hudson Valley, specifically Orange, Rockland and Westchester County, is chock full of must-try enticing brunch spots.
Brunch is the perfect excuse to step away from the rat-race and indulge in a little me-time.
So whether you are local or a resident of Brooklyn, Queens or Manhattan, who is looking for a great brunch spot for their next Hudson Valley day-trip, be sure to check out these fantastic restaurants that Aplez.com has found for you!
Hudson Street Cafe - Newburgh
A reliable brunch go-to for the local community, Hudson Street Cafe has a genuine warmth and inviting atmosphere that all starts with the owner and chef, Donna Hammond.
Donna is as real as it gets. Down to earth and personable, her food is authentic country-style cooking and carefully sourced from local farms and purveyors. When she is not in the kitchen, Donna can be found in the dining room, engaging with her customers and getting their feedback.
Hudson Street Cafe is a coffee shop that is not trying too hard to be uber-hip or cool. It is what it is and that really is all that needs to be said.
The decor is as straightforward as is Donna. But, like her deceptively "simple" food, the decor has a few unexpected but very welcome twists and turns.
Paintings from local artists provide splashes of color throughout the dining area as do antique lamps and lighting fixtures that are more than capable of creating their own, dare we say it, style trends.
Hudson Street Cafe is a place where you can feel comfortable taking your date for weekend brunch or treating the family to a delicious meal. Donna takes great pride in the fact that her prices are more than affordable.
The servers, and the chef !), all rock T-shirts that proclaim "We Eat Here, Too!"
And, when you taste Donna's scrumptious food, you'll know that those words are more than just a cute slogan. Everyone on staff is totally "all-in." You won't catch anybody here going to their local pizza joint or McDonald's for lunch, when they are on their break.
All egg dishes are served with your choice of either made from scratch hash browns or Donna's legendary tater tots. The delicious brown eggs come direct from Feather Ridge farms.
Scrambles and omelet selections include the Country Morning, a feast which consists of bacon, cheddar cheese, tomatoes and breakfast potatoes all tossed together for one melt-in-your-mouth taste sensation.
You can even order a Veggie Tofu Scramble with a delectable soy-ginger sauce. Didn't we tell you, before, to watch out for some enticing surprises coming out of Donna's kitchen?
Other brunch and breakfast specialties range from thickly-sliced French Toast with Organic New York State maple syrup and Spanish Rice topped with two eggs your way to a little something called Hash Brown Heaven, (2 eggs, more hash browns than you think you'll be able to eat, a blend of melted cheeses, salsa and sour cream).
Everything on Donna's menu can just about be referred to as a signature dish. But, regulars here swear by the chef's Corn and Oat Bran pancakes. You have never had anything like this before.
You can wash it all down with a cup of coffee or tea as well as a variety of juices and their thick, creamy milkshakes. Flavors include Vanilla, Chocolate and Mocha.
However, you shouldn't pass up the chance to try Donna's blueberry lemonade. There is nothing more refreshing on a hot Summer's day. it's so good, this beverage even goes down the hatch smoothly, in the dead of Winter. It is truly a drink for all seasons!
Location and Hours
190 South Plank Road
Newburgh, N.Y. 12550
Monday 8 AM to 3 PM
Wednesday8 AM to 3 PM
Thursday-Saturday 8 AM to 9 PM
Sunday 8 AM to 2 PM
Valley Restaurant - Garrison
You can literally make a day, (and a night!) out of your dining experience at this totally on-trend restaurant, whose food has been consistently rated as among the very best in the Hudson Valley.
Valley Restaurant is located inside the cozy environs of the gorgeous Garrison Inn. Open year-round, this hotel has all of the amenities that you could desire as well as some very intriguing decor and architectural elements.
Not to mention the fact that the hotel's on-point, professional staff makes you feel as though you're staying at the house of a friend or relative.
This kind of welcoming attitude is something that money just cannot buy. You could be staying at one of the most famous and expensive hotels in the world and still feel as though the staff, while polite, is simply going through the motions.
And, please be assured that the warmth of the Inn's staff also extends to the host, servers, the guys and gals who bus the tables and chef who will take care of you at Valley Restaurant.
However, before we start talking about the fabulous brunch that awaits you at Valley Restaurant, we would be remiss if we did not mention the fact that the grounds here also include a spacious golf course and country club.
During the Spring, Summer and Fall, make plans to get out of the city and spend a day here. Set up your tee-time, enjoy a round or two of golf, followed up by a delicious meal. Then, lay your head down to rest in one of The Garrison Inn's superb guest rooms. You'll be refreshed and ready to head back to real life in the morning!
A proud Hudson Valley native, chef Vinny Mocarski was introduced to the wonders of the kitchen by his Italian Nonna.
A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, Vinny has a wealth of experience, having worked in some of the most prestigious kitchens in NYC and throughout the Valley. he has been featured in publications such as Crains, Esquire and Bon Appetit.
Designed by acclaimed architect Tony Chi, Valley Restaurant has a relaxed elegance about it. You'll love the earth-toned palette of sage and mushroom wall colors and polished wood floors.
The vibe is decidedly upscale without the intimidation or snob factor. It's not cheap to eat here by any means, but you won't have to take out a loan to eat here, either.
The beautiful main dining room provides a knock your socks off view of the surrounding countryside, thanks to a veritable wall of windows.
The restaurant's spacious outdoor terrace creates a magical place to dine under the stars on a comfortable Spring evening or enjoy a cocktail while doing weekend brunch.
Chef Vinny sources much of his produce and all of his herbs from a kitchen garden that is only steps from the restaurant. A special mix of lettuce is grown specifically for their signature Valley Salad.
Brunch features a nice mix of traditional favorites and entrees that would be just as well-suited for lunch or dinner. Hey, not everybody's in the mood for eggs and pancakes when it's time to fuel up for the weekend?
One of the more interesting menu options for brunch is the Ploughman's Board, which consists of a selection of locally-produced cheeses along with a portion of smoked duck, house-made pate' and sausage that comes right out of the kitchen, made fresh daily.
The board is served with a chunk of hearty grilled bread, pickles and chutney.
Two of Chef Vinny's outstanding AM dishes are the goat cheese arugula and Maitake mushroom omelet and his outrageous banana bread waffle that is served with cinnamon-infused maple syrup.
One of the most popular menu items, anytime of the day, is the beet Tagliatelle plate with fresh pasta, beets, asparagus, mushrooms and a generous, but not overwhelming amount of Pecorino cheese.
The delectable food, superior service and unbeatable ambiance are only a few of the reasons why,since 2004, local couples and families have been centering their weekend around brunch at The Valley Restaurant.
For a limited time, on specially selected evenings, Valley Restaurant will be featuring a $55 per person Farmhouse Feast. This is an evening that is NOT to be missed. Please call the restaurant for further details.
Consisting of at least three courses, on a recent night, the Farmhouse Feast's menu consisted of temptations like oysters on the half-shell, artisan charcuterie with grilled baguette, a chef's tasting of several entrees including French-cut chicken, salmon a la plancha and braised short-ribs, marble potatoes,mixed veggies and the pastry chef's dessert of the day.
As if that wasn't enough you will also receive coffee or tea and a complimentary glass of craft beer or wine.
With so many unique dishes on offer, The Valley Restaurant is a foodie's country paradise.
If you're local in the neighborhood of Orange or Rockland County, it's well worth
the very reasonable drive time to take a break from your usual brunch routine and experience something deliciously different.
Location and Hours
2015 U.S. 9
Garrison, N.Y. 10524
Thursday and Friday5 PM to 9 PM
Saturday 11:30 AM to 9 PM
Sunday 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Monday to Wednesday Closed during the Winter Months
Harvest On Hudson - Hastings on Hudson
Locals who dine here say that Harvest On Hudson is a restaurant that has it all; authentic Italian cuisine by chef David Amorelli, spectacular warm weather views of the majestic lush,green Palisades that line the Hudson River, a roaring stone fireplace that ups the cozy factor in Winter along with a classy and inviting lounge area.
Really, what more could you want? Well, how about a Happy Hour that offers beer, Sangria, and selected bar bites for only $5? And, to increase your enjoyment, a glass of house wine, spirits, and specialty cocktails can be had for just seven bucks. Now, that is a happy hour worthy of its' name!
All you have to do is show up and have a blast, Monday through Thursday from 4 to 6:30 pm,, Friday, from 8 until 10 PM or yes, even on Sundays, during the hours of 2 to 4 PM!
There is also a $19.98 lunch Prix-fixe that you need to look into. Your first course consists of soup of the day, risotto if the day or a petit salad. Then you can choose any pizza, pasta, signature salad or sandwich that is on the menu. What a deal!
No doubt, you'll have an equally good time at brunch, which is now available on Saturdays from 11:15 AM until 2:15 PM, in addition to Sundays!
Chef Amorelli utilizes only the freshest ingredients from the bounty that the area's farms have to offer.
The chef's Italian background is evident in all of his creative menus from brunch and lunch to dinner.
Brunch starters are specially made for the table or, as the chef puts it, "for two or a few".
Choose between a bacon, egg and cheese pizza, Prosciutto Di Parma and melon dressed with aged balsamic, sea salt and basil, warm Bomboloncini (Italian donuts), in a butterscotch and wild berry sauce and his signature Artichoke alla Giudia. This delightful dish consists of arugula, artichoke puree', Grana Padano cheese and cured olives.
Most brunch menus don't feature salad dishes, save for, maybe a single selection. Not here. There are five salads available including the Tuscan Chicken and the Farro and Arugula.
There's no better setting than the restaurant's chic, rustic farmhouse-style dining room in which to forget the cares of your work week and indulge in good company and incomparable food.
Chase the stress away with Chef David's perfectly executed Frittata, whole wheat Mascarpone waffle, semolina, and ricotta pancakes, Porchetta hash and eggs with Yukon Gold potatoes or eggs in purgatory.
This slightly spicy dish is comprised of eggs that are really farm-fresh, Marinara sauce, Tuscan toast along with a side of creamy heirloom polenta.
Brunch cocktails are available for ten dollars a glass or you can order a liter for everyone at the table to enjoy, at only $36.
The barkeeps know what they're all about. They do a very nifty Screwdriver, Bellini and Mimosa, which is made with sparkling wine, orange juice and a generous pour of Triple Sec.
A perfect complement to any brunch, the Espresso Martini is a blend of Vanilla Vodka, coconut rum, Frangelico, Bailey's and a shot of Espresso. This drink is mood-altering, it's so good.
But, the free-flowing libations don't stop there. There are four variations of Sangria to choose from including the South Beach which is made with Peach Brandy, sparkling wine and muddled fruit or the Pink, which features Rose', vodka and slices of grapefruit.
The bar also has some, shall we say, extremely out of the box but delicious varieties of the standard Bloody Mary Brunch favorite.
Perhaps the best of the bunch is the Bloody Mario, which is made with Grappa, Pomodoro, basil and garlic essence along with a garnish of Prosciutto and Soppressata
instead of the usual bacon.
You can always rely on their Hangover Helper, a Bloody mary that's made with either rum or vodka as the foundation spirit.
Location and Hours
1 River Street
Hastings On Hudson, N.Y. 10706
Lunch: Monday to Friday 11:45 AM to 2:45 PM
Dinner: Monday to Thursday 5:30 PM to 10 PM
Friday 5:30 PM to 11 PM
Saturday5 PM to 11 PM
Sunday4 PM to 9 PM
EQUUS - Tarrytown
Having a romantic brunch with the one you love inside a castle? Yes, please! This one of a kind experience awaits you when you book a table at Equus, an amazing restaurant that is housed inside The Castle Hotel and Spa.
Now, of course, this isn't an actual medieval castle. You can only find those imposing edifices in Europe. Or in those amusing dilly-dilly commercials where the King toasts his subjects with Bud Light. And the nearest body of water is the Hudson River, not a moat.
But all joking aside, The Castle Hotel and Spa is as close as you'll get to dining inside the great hall of a castle anywhere in the United States.
One of the premier dine and stay destinations in the Hudson Valley. The Castle Hotel and Spa occupies a vast estate that was once owned by General Howard Carroll, a millionaire business magnate who also enjoyed a successful career as a Broadway playwright and a dedicated newspaper owner.
During the waning years of the nineteenth century, General Carroll purchased a vast tract of land atop one of the highest points in the region, overlooking the Hudson River.
Fascinated with the castles that he visited, when he toured France, England, and Ireland, Carroll wanted to replicate their ornate splendor in his majestic and ostentatious new home.
The general succeeded beyond his wildest imagination! Working closely with one of the most famous architects of his time, Henry Kilburn, Carroll was actively involved in the design of the castle, from start to finish.
Carroll Cliffe was built in two stages between the years 1897 and 1910. When it was finally finished, the castle had 45 rooms and, down to the last detail, was the exact replica of a 12th century Norman fortification.
At his palatial estate, the general entertained foreign ambassadors, New York's high society and other captains of industry during the course of one lavish, over the top party, after another.
After the General passed away, his wife and children Caramai, Arthur and Lauren lived in the castle until 1940.
In 1981, Tarrytown designated the estate as a historic landmark. A few years later, a private corporation purchased the land and castle with the intention of transforming it into a hotel that no one could rival.
The castle's original suites have all been lovingly restored. Renovations included a magnificent addition of 24 luxurious guest rooms. Today, several of the castle's larger spaces are in use as wedding and special event spaces, not to mention the on-site restaurant, Equus.
If he were around today, the General would be highly pleased with the work that has been done to keep Carroll Cliffe in pristine condition.
The view from the 75-foot tower and turret is as spectacular as ever! From this vantage point, you really do feel as though you can see forever!
Only forty minutes or so from the city, the trip here is worth your time and money.
Stay overnight and enjoy a cozy and quiet dinner by candlelight. Sublime refinement and old-world elegance is in the air.
The same holds true for weekend Brunch. After you have indulged, feel free to walk off your meal as you stroll amidst the estate's ten tranquil wooded acres.
At the top of Equus' brunch menu are a few words from bon vivant MFK Fisher which kind of sums up the management's philosophy; " Sharing food with another human being is an intimate act that should not be indulged in lightly."
Hospitality is, by its very nature, a social act that brings people together, particularly when it comes to dining. That approach is all-important to the hotel's ownership who are following in the footsteps of General Carroll, keeping his traditions alive and well.
The brunch menu is divided up into small plates and entrees. There's a tremendous variety to choose from here, so,no matter what your culinary preferences may be, no one will feel left out at brunch.
If you're brunching with friends, why not order three or four small plates and sample a bit of everything? The Beef Carpaccio with an avocado and pistachio mousse, locally smoked salmon and fresh Ronny Brook farms Yogurt and Granola are all excellent choices.
The entree portion of the menu incorporates influences from France,( a delectable Coq Au Vin), to Asia with a Wakame Crusted Tuna that is dressed in a green curry vinaigrette and accompanied by a long bean and tomato salad.
The grilled skirt steak with mushrooms and baby Bok Choy is a hearty, protein-forward option that will energize you for the day ahead.
Scallops are becoming a staple of brunch menus throughout the city and Hudson Valley. But, no matter how well these treasures of the sea may be prepared at other restaurants, the chef at Equus outdoes the competition by far.
Accompanied by roasted fennel, wilted spinach, and glazed Cipollinis, these tender cape May scallops are dressed with a divine tomato and Rosemary jam.
Eggs Benedict is a tried and true brunch item that never seems to go out of style and the Equus kitchen does an excellent version of this dish.
Another can't-miss dish is the Blueberry Waffles. They are topped with a luscious blueberry compote, sweet coconut cream and, for good measure, a splash of maple syrup.
The truffle and spinach omelet and the brunch risotto consisting of leeks, black truffles chives and Parmesan cheese are also well worth your attention.
Make every day a special occasion when you dine and stay at The Castle Hotel and Spa.
Location and Hours
400 Benedict Avenue
Tarrytown, N.Y. 10591
Equus Restaurant Hours :
Monday through Sunday 8 AM to 9 PM
Cold Spring Depot - Cold Spring
Throughout the Hudson Valley, a great many restaurants and trendy bars are located in re-purposed farm houses, barns, historic private homes and even foundries. It's all part of the culinary landscape in a region that has no shortage of intriguing places to drink and dine.
However, one of the most captivating locations for a restaurant, anywhere in the Valley, has to be the Cold Spring Depot Restaurant, which is located in, where else, the quaint village of Cold Spring.
Originally a trading post, Cold Spring became a major ferry stop and transportation hub along the Hudson River. During the 19th century, the village's foundry manufactured weapons for the West Point military academy which is located nearby.
The building that the restaurant is housed in was, for many years, a railroad depot, hence the name.
In 1893, Cold Spring became a part of railroad baron Cornelius Vanderbilt's Hudson River Line. From that year up until 1954, the depot served both commercial/freight trains and passenger lines.
The former depot waiting room has been home to a restaurant, in one form or another, since the early 1970's. Having opened in 1985, Cold Spring Depot looks as though it is not going anywhere, anytime soon. Locals have embraced the former Hudson Line waiting room and made it into one of the most popular restaurants in the vicinity.
But, if you're a fan of trains, fear not, the railroad hasn't completely abandoned Cold Spring. Brunch-goers on the Depot's outdoor patio can watch the Metro-North trains go by just down the street.
The interior of the restaurant takes you back to the golden age of the railroad, with bookcase-lined walls, a fireplace and vintage furnishings.
Chef Alex Campos' menu, though, is unabashedly contemporary, inspired by the bounty from local farms.
A hearty way to start your day is with a skillet of goodness otherwise known as the Chorizo Scramble. Served on Sourdough Toast, this dish blends guacamole, scrambled eggs, sour cream and pickled red onions with spicy Romesco. This is one AM wake-up call that will get your eyes wide open in a hurry!
Pair it up with a cup or two of their amazing coffee and you're good to go.
Another great choice is the Challah French Toast Monte Christo. This out of this world sandwich is comprised of grilled ham, fresh slices of turkey, crispy bacon, Swiss cheese, a fried egg, and fig preserves. You know that you want it!
You will also relish the Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict that's made with fresh-baked biscuits.
At brunch, lunch or dinner you can also order a variety of hand-held items including Chef Campos' tangy BBQ Bacon Burger and the Depot signature 2.0 sandwich. This sandwich to end them all consists of smoked turkey, pear chutney, Rosemary mayo and a cranberry-Brussels sprout slaw.
Bloody Marys and Mimosas are available at the special brunch price of only $ 8!
The bar has a full list of cocktails, at regular prices, that are certain to elevate your day like the Grapefruit Old Fashioned. Made with Dickel Rye, grapefruit bitters and a dash of sugar, the highlight of this drink is a bevy of luscious maraschino cherries.
Unless you've got the willpower of a Saint, you won't be able to resist ordering two of these addicting concoctions!
Beyond delicious is the Meel's Punch. This is a drink that has more than its' share of pizzazz with ingredients like Tito's Vodka, Chambord, citrus soda, fresh lime juice and a tart splash of cranberry juice.
During the Autumn and Winter months, brunch-goers cannot get enough of the hot rum-spiked cider.
The chef also has a delectable array of desserts to tempt you,anytime of the day. His S'Mores with homemade marshmallows, graham crackers, chocolate ganache, and smoked honey are to-die-for as is the warm brown butter cookie topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Location and Hours
1 Depot Square
Cold Spring, N.Y. 10516
Sunday to Thursday11:30 AM to 9 PM
Friday and Saturday11:30 AM to 10 PM