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Industrial Arts Brewing511 Fishkill Avenue, Beacon
What's better than drinking beer inside? Drinking beer outside, duh. In a stroke of genius, Industrial Arts Brewing has opened up their greenhouses to customers in the back for a passive-solar winter biergarten experience, with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. Industrial Arts, whose flagship location is in the Garner Arts Complex, was awarded Best Brewery by VinePair in 2018. In both locations, Dolly's restaurant in Garrison is curating the food menu, so the Industrial Arts folks can stay focused on producing the best beer possible. The Beacon location features 10 taps and an expansive event space, with large banks of windows on both sides, one overlooking the brewery floor, the other looking out at Mount Beacon. They're just hitting their stride, but looking forward, expect lots of music and film programming.
Alebrijes237 Forest Hill Drive, Kingston
After mysteriously disappearing off the map from their prominent location at the corner of Kingston's Wall and John streets in 2018, the owners of Alebrijes Mexican restaurant resurfaced with a splash last summer taking over the iconic, forlorn former location of Skytop Steakhouse. Perched on a rocky outcropping overlooking the Hurley flats (and, yes, also the Route 209/28 on ramp), the space sat dormant for years, its expansive views going to waste. Now owner Jose Velasco brings his signature pizzazz for food and fiesta to this new spot. Insider reports say the food is better than ever, and the DJ dance parties on the weekends, spinning a mix of cachengue music, are a welcome injection of diversity.
AMA Wood-Fired Kitchen & Bar1083 Route 9, Fishkill
Sometimes the old way is the best way. AMA Wood-Fired Kitchen & Bar in Fishkill is not trying to mess with a good thing, honoring age-old Italian traditions and recipes and sourcing the bulk of the ingredients for their pizzas, pastas, and secondi directly from Naples. You won't feel like you're in the Old World though, as the Dutchess County restaurant has a modern gleam, with a large wall of glistening white subway tiles, Edison bulb light fixtures, and a demure gray color scheme. This new eatery is the latest from the restaurateurs behind Enoteca Ama and Cafe Amacord, both located in Beacon. If you like seafood, don't miss the linguini alla scoglio ($22), and make sure someone in your group orders the anduja pizza with spicy prosciutto paste, mozzarella, shallots, and tomatoes ($14).
Le Gamin609 Warren Street, Hudson
If you've never been to this little slice of Paris plunked down in the middle of Warren Street in Hudson, you may wonder why everyone is hugging each other. One reason: In a town of headline- and tourist-grabbing restaurants, Le Gamin is an open secret, known well by locals but not much written about. Also, it's only open for breakfast and lunch. The classics are all here, however: Quiche Lorraine, a compelling mix of eggs, air, cheese, and smoky, thick-cut bacon ($8.25); the essential French breakfast sandwiches, Le Croque Monsieur and Le Croque Madame ($8.75/$9.25); a dozen each savory and sweet crepes ($5-$12.95); salads like La Salade Nicoise ($11.50) and an endive salad with Roquefort, apples, and walnuts ($11.50). Beer and wine are available, as are antique French signs, and hugs from the gregarious owner. A word to the wise: Le Gamin Country is cash-only.
Grinds and Grains3 Church Street, New Paltz
While we concede that the market viability of a cereal bar may be limited to a densely populated college town, we still dig the endearing concept behind Grinds & Grains. The colorful little cafe, down a side street, serves up more than 20 cereals, which you can pair with a dizzying array of dairy and nondairy milk options and finish off with some gourmet toppings. A regular bowl is $3, a large $4.50, and you can even order to go if you're in a rush. Let your imagination run wild—Frosted Flakes in strawberry milk topped with fresh raspberries and almonds? Got it. Cheerios in chocolate milk? Got it. And if you're in the mood for something heartier, G&G also offers a range of hot food options like fresh-made soups and chilis, sliders, and hot dogs, along with local granola and steel-cut oats. As the name suggests, G&G also takes its coffee seriously, with a full espresso bar serving up caffeinated beverages made with beans from Partners Coffee Roasters.