The Hudson Valley is home to some of the richest farmland around, bringing spectacular farm-to-table dining to all corners of Upstate New York. Capture true local flavor during a weekend getaway with these fantastic, straight-from-the-field culinary escapes.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns, Tarrytown
Executive Chef Dan Barber’s rustic outpost of his famed Greenwich Village Blue Hill restaurant sits steps away from the fields and pastures that make up each inspired plate. Located at the educational Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in Tarrytown, the Blue Hill at Stone Barns experience offers visitors the opportunity to tour the gardens, greenhouses and barns before they dine.
Don’t expect a traditional menu when you visit; instead sample the freshest offerings with the many-course (and, accordingly, pricey) “Grazing, Rooting and Pecking” menu. Reservations are strongly encouraged.
American Bounty Restaurant at The Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park
The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park is one of the leading foodservice and hospitality education centers in the world. Its rustic American Bounty Restaurant is a gustatory two-fer; ingredients are first sourced from local farms and then transformed into uniquely American dishes, infusing local flavors and traditions into each bite.
Damon Baehrel, Earlton
OK, maybe you’ll never get a table at this 20-seat restaurant, which stopped taking reservations due to backlog in 2014. However, on the off chance that you visit their site on the magical day reservations are reopened, you will win the Mega Millions of farm-to-table cuisine.
Tucked in the basement of Damon and Elizabeth Baehrel’s home, Damon Baehrel and its “Native Harvest Cuisine” is sourced exclusively from the 12-acre property that surrounds it. The daily changing tasting menu, which takes a full five hours to experience, features cheeses, cured meats, breads, produce and more culled from his gardens and foraged in the wild.
Grazin’ Farm-To-Table: Direct, Hudson
The grass-fed Black Angus, chickens and heritage pigs of Grazin’ Angus Acres (GAA) in Ghent, New York, live a healthy, sustainable life on their organic and biodynamic pastures. GAA’s organic burger joint Grazin’ Farm-to-Table: Direct is the first Animal Welfare Approved restaurant in the world and delivers wholesome and healthy locally sourced fare.
The Garden Cafe, Woodstock
Vegans will delight in the fresh garden bowls, hearty sandwiches and more served up at this Woodstock staple. The organic, GMO-free and largely locally sourced Garden Cafe recently incorporated a new juice bar too. Munch or sip away on veggie bliss!
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