Grand prix fixe: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Brasserie 292 in Poughkeepsie is just one of 225 restaurants participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (March 7-20).

Brasserie 292 in Poughkeepsie is just one of 225 restaurants participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week (March 7-20).

Founder The Valley Table still calls its affordable regional food celebration Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, even though the semiannual event now lasts a full two weeks each time it graces us with its presence. Ushering in the arrival of spring, Restaurant Week will begin on Monday, March 7 and run straight through Sunday, March 20. All participating restaurants offer a special menu with three-course meal at the uniform price of $20.95 per person for lunch, $29.95 for dinner. Many chefs make a point of using New York-sourced products on their Restaurant Week menus.

This year, the number of participating Hudson Valley restaurants has jumped to 225. While more than half of those are located in Westchester, residents of the mid-Hudson can visit an ample selection of fine-dining venues that don’t require a long drive home. The long list includes, in Ulster County, the Tuthill House in Gardiner; Dino’s Vigneto Café and the Would in Highland; the Perch in Marlboro; Henry’s at the Farm and the Ship Lantern Inn in Milton; the Woodnotes Grille in Mount Tremper; A Tavola Trattoria and the Village Tearoom in New Paltz; and the Diamond Mills Hotel in Saugerties.

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In Dutchess County, participating restaurants are Monte’s Local Kitchen in Amenia; Baja 328, Café Amarcord, Chateau Beacon, the Roundhouse, Kitchen Sink and the Vault in Beacon; Al Fresco, the Eleven 11 Grille, Hudson’s Ribs & Fish, Il Barilotto, Sapore and Trattoria Locanda in Fishkill; Joseph’s Steakhouse and the Culinary Institute of America’s American Bounty, Bocuse Restaurant and Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici in Hyde Park; Carlo’s Trattoria in Lagrangeville; Trattoria San Giorgio in Millbrook; Amici’s, the Artist’s Palate, the Bluestone Bistro, the Bonefish Grill, Brasserie 292, Cosimo’s Trattoria, Crave, Le Express, the Mill House Brewing Company, the Mill, the Poughkeepsie Ice House, Rabbit & Turtle and Shadows on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie; Terrapin in Rhinebeck; and Aroma Osteria and the Double O Grill in Wappingers Falls.

Restaurant Week participants in Orange County are Restaurant 1915 in Bear Mountain; Zoila’s in Circleville; the Canterbury Brook Inn in Cornwall; Limoncello at the Orange Inn in Goshen; Nina in Middletown; the Fusion Café and Scalia & Co. in Monroe; the Wildfire Grill in Montgomery; Billy Joe’s Ribworks, Blu Pointe, Cena 2000, Cosimo’s on Union, El Solár Café, Il Cenacolo, the Lakeview House and Vesuvio’s Ristorante in Newburgh; and La Casa Vicina in New Windsor.

A full list of participating eateries, including many menus, specific exclusions (not all offer both lunch and dinner) and links to restaurant websites, can be found at www.hudsonvalleyrestaurantweek.com. Don’t miss this chance to check out some tasty places that you’ve been meaning to visit!