- Lunch Nightly
Whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or any really any time in between, somehow a sandwich always seems to fit the bill. Rossi’s Deli in Poughkeepsie is the gold standard in our region. Blindfold yourself and throw a dart at their menu and you still couldn’t go wrong. But Rossi’s isn’t the only one giving credit to this humble workhorse of a meal. From bakeries to cozy cafes and even bagel shops, there are lots of Hudson Valley establishments doling out respectable sandwiches. Here are 9 of our favorites.
Goodies: The Mooch
At Goodies, bagels take center stage, but it’s just schmears and butter. They also have a full range of sandwiches and even burgers served on bagels. Served on the customer’s choice of bagel, “the Mooch” is our favorite, made up of equal parts whitefish and smoked salmon, and topped with heirloom tomatoes, capers, and scallion cream cheese ($12). There are seven varieties of bagels to choose from, plus a gluten-free option. All the bagels are delivered fresh each day from Kinderhook’s Broad Street Bagel, which specializes in Brooklyn-style kettle-boiled bagels. Pop into this bagel shop and get one of their classic sandwiches to go, or take a seat and chow down with the locals. Goodies is open from 6am-3pm Monday-Friday, and from 7am-3pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The Athens Rooster: Adult Grilled Cheese
We’re all kids at heart, and at The Athens Rooster, you can eat some childhood comfort classics, too. This Second Street establishment serves breakfast and lunch, and has a coffee bar for those looking to grab a quick drink and pastry. On the lunch menu, the “Adult Grilled Cheese” is a clear standout. Served on ciabatta bread from Woodstock’s Bread Alone Bakery, this ooey-gooey sandwich is stuffed with cheddar and fontina cheeses, tomato, caramelized onion, and rosemary dijonaise ($8). It’s the perfect bite for refined palettes in search of a sophisticated take on an indulgent classic. The Athens Rooster is open Thursday-Monday from 8am-3pm.
- The Athens Rooster's adult grilled cheese
Halcyon All Day Cafe: Grilled Skirt Steak
If you’re in the mood for something heartier as we head into the winter months, try Halcyon All Day Cafe’s grilled skirt steak sandwich, which comes topped with chimichurri and roasted garlic aioli ($14.95). This new breakfast and lunch spot opened earlier this month, and has a coffee bar in addition to the bites on the menus. Halcyon All Day Cafe is open Thursday-Sunday from 9am-3pm.
Circle W Market: Tannery Panino
Circle W Market originally opened as a general store in 1908 before closing in the 1990s. In 2009, it reopened as a breakfast and lunch spot, and slowly expanded to once again include a storefront with a range of local products for sale. They serve several types of hot pressed sandwiches all day, one of the standouts being the Tannery Panino. Made on ciabatta from Bread Alone Bakery, the sandwich is filled with roast beef, melted, smoked gouda, caramelized onions, and topped with a housemade horseradish mayonnaise ($12). Wash it down with a coffee, voted best in Greene County in 2019. Circle W Market is open Thursday-Monday from 8am-5pm.
Cafe Mutton: Fried Bologna Sandwich
When you think of must-have sandwich meats, bologna probably isn’t top of mind. But Cafe Mutton, the new quaint breakfast and lunch spot specializes in giving cafe classics a sophisticated twist, often making secondary cuts of meat the star of the menu. Their fried bologna sandwich, made with housemade beef and pork bologna and served on Freihofer’s country wheat bread with Hellman’s mayo, is a reminder that sometimes, it’s best to keep things simple, taking a childhood classic to a delicious deep-fired level ($9). Cafe Mutton is open Wednesday-Sunday from 9am-3pm, and Fridays from 5-8pm.
Kelly's Bakery: Kelly's Egg Sandwich
After working at Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown, Kevin Halim took up breadmaking during last year’s lockdown, a hobby that grew into a full-blown bakery. He wanted to bring one of a kind flavor profiles to baked goods, and the Kelly’s egg sandwich is no exception. A house-made brioche bun is loaded with eggs, gruyere cheese, caramelized onion, and fermented chili paste ($6). For an extra cost, add avocado, smoked salmon, or bacon, ham, or chicken sausage. Kelly’s is open Wednesday-Sunday from 7:30am-2:30pm.
Golden Russet Cafe & Grocery: Fried Chicken Sandwich
Located 15 minutes from Rhinebeck Village, Golden Russet Cafe & Grocery brings the best of comfort food staples to the area. Their fried chicken sandwich is one example–it’s served on a seedless bun, and is made of golden-fried chicken breast topped with pickles, mayonnaise, and red cabbage ($12). The sandwich comes with the customer’s choice of green salad, french fries, potato salad, or lentils, the current seasonal side. The cozy breakfast and lunch joint also has a storefront full of pantry staples. There’s an extensive selection of local beer, wine, and hard cider, including drinks from Red Hook’s Rose Hill Farm and Metal House Cider in Esopus. Golden Russet Cafe & Grocery is open Thursday-Monday from 8am-3pm.
Lunch Nightly: Reuben
Lunch Nightly manages to straddle a rare middle ground between hip restaurant/bar and weekday lunch spot. While their dinner menu is certainly worth writing home about, head there during daylight hours for elevated takes on classic deli sandwiches, mostly made with meat butchered, cured, and sliced in house. Like pastrami used in our fave—the reuben. The pastrami’s piled high with thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, and swiss on a sourdough rye bread, which is then grilled to perfection for a greasy, melty delicious treat ($14). Order ahead and take it to go, or enjoy it at one of the indoor or backyard tables. Lunch Nightly is open for lunch Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-3pm, and for dinner Thursday-Saturday from 5pm-12am.
Lucky Lefty's: Cubano
This Kingston roadside breakfast and lunch spot, next to the Meat Wagon, is easy to miss, with just a walk-up ordering window and no indoor seating. But their short list of breakfast and lunch sandwiches are worth seeking out. They’re all good but our favorite is the Cubano, served on a pressed roll with housemade roast pork and ham, swiss cheese, and mustard, served with chips ($10). For an additional cost, choose from one of their rotating sides, including coleslaw, potato salad, and other seasonal options. (The bahn mi also deserves honorable mention.) Lucky Lefty’s opened earlier this fall, and serves tarts, salads, and egg sandwiches. They’re open Tuesday-Friday from 9:30am-3pm.