- Seminary Hill a new lodging and craft cider producer in Callicoon.
Talbott & Arding
202 Allen Street, Hudson
[Editor's Note: After we went to press, Love Bird chef Holly Sheppar announced that she would be discontinuing the brick-and-mortar location to return to her catering company Fig & Pig. Love Bird will periodically pop-up for intermittent events in the region. Follow their Instagram account for news.]
Over the years, the small roadhouse restaurant next to A&S Auto & Tire Shop in Accord has cycled through several culinary identities (most recently Mama Boyz—a casual burger spot). But its current incarnation—Love Bird, a fried chicken joint with blue plate specials—looks to have promising staying power. Things kick off with Southern backyard barbecue classics like fried green tomatoes ($8) and deviled eggs ($6). For a more international option, try the fried chicken bao buns, served with cucumber, cilantro, and sauce (two for $10). Moving to mains, the all-star is the three-piece box coming in at $16. Or, opt for a sandwich and choose from the classic Southern, which comes with remoulade, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and ‘bama white sauce ($12), or the One Night in Saigon, featuring chicken, pickled carrot and daikon, cucumber, cilantro, po’mi sauce, and ’bama sauce (also $12). Crispy on the outside, tender and moist on the inside, it’s hard to go wrong whatever direction you choose.
Bus Stop Grill
Roadside near 1111 Route 9, Garrison
Bus Stop Grill is the brainchild of 79-year-old local bus business owner Ernest Knippenberg—a double-decker bus converted into a mobile restaurant. Providing classic American fare, Bus Stop Grill’s menu is all the better because it’s cheap—in the morning, there are breakfast sandwiches for up to $3.75, rolls and bagels for $1.50, and pastries and muffins for $2. Lunch brings corned beef, pastrami, cheeseburgers, and chicken sandwiches for $6.50, grilled cheese or mac and cheese for $4, and hot dogs for $2.50—not to mention sides.
The Dig on Main
Slide on over to the Dig on Millerton’s quaint Main Street for fresh-pressed raw juices ($9) and smoothies ($8.50) and crepes both savory and sweet. For a bright start, kick things off with the Sip of Sun juice, which includes lemon, apple, celery, and turmeric. If you’re feeling tropical, try the Morning Lori smoothie with pineapple, mango, banana, ginger, yogurt and milk. There are also vegan options like coconut yogurt and flaxseed milk. On the crepe side of things, the Chunky Monkey is a classic cavity-inducing favorite with Nutella, banana slices, powdered sugar, and whipped cream, while picks like the Western Croque Monsieur keep things salty with smoked ham, creamy brie, and honey mustard for good measure.
The River Pavilion at Hutton Brickyards
The arrival of sea-level riverfront dining in Kingston would be headline-worthy even if the Executive Chef Dan Silverman’s pedigree didn’t include Balthazar and Minetta Tavern. While things ramp up at the River Pavilion at Hutton Brickyards, both the food menu and wine list are limited but well curated. Start with the light and summery fluke crudo ($17), before chowing on some mussels and fries ($24). For a tasty turf option, the burger ($18) gets high marks. And whether you’re sipping on a classic cocktail or ordering a romantic feast for two, the river at sunset can’t be beat. Head to the Pavilion on Tuesdays for Hutton Hang, when La Ruta Del Sol food truck relieves the kitchen with cheap and cheerful Ecuadorian and Puerto Rican food (three dishes for $13), plus live entertainment.
Seminary Hill is taking the trend of “craft beverage producer as tourism destination” to new and glorious heights. Set in the bucolic rolling hills of the Delaware River valley, the 12-acre property brings together a vintage, eight-room boarding house and two other accommodations with a certified Passive House tasting room. The cider is made largely with fruit from the holistically managed orchard with over 60 varieties of heirloom American, English, and French apples and pears. Choose from one of the five dry and off-dry ciders on offer and sit on the expansive deck while taking in the rural landscape. Tasting room hours are Thursday and Friday, 2-9pm; Saturday 12-9pm, and Sunday 12-7pm.