A Local’s Guide to the Best Brunch in the Hudson Valley
Where do you go for the Best Brunch in the Hudson Valley? With so many Hudson Valley restaurants around, how do you choose the ‘Best’ one? After a lot of researching and talking to brunch patrons in several Hudson Valley Counties, this list was complied for your convenience.
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What Criteria makes for the Best Brunch in the Hudson Valley?
Brunch is always a good idea! The relaxed pace of brunch versus breakfast or lunch makes it one of the most popular meal of the day in the United States. People are always looking for the best place to have this relaxed meal and others are eager to tell them where they’ve had the best brunch in the Hudson Valley.
Looking for and researching the best brunch in the Hudson Valley will take you down a rabbit hole. Food is subjective and with so many options, how to you pick one. But there is one thing brunch lovers have in common:
- They love Bottomless Drinks, like Mimosas
- They love places that are open for brunch more than one day a week
- During warmer weather, they love locations that have outside dining space
- Having a view is a plus but not mandatory
While some brunch lovers go to a classic diner for their brunch fix, others love farm to table fare and farm to table restaurants and there are so many options below for all kinds of brunches. While some say you can not have the best brunch in the Hudson Valley in a diner, I say why not?
Brunch to me is a time of day and not necessarily a bunch of foods grouped into one category. Brunch is what YOU make of it! Now that we got that out of the way, let’s see how you can save some money when having the best brunch in the Hudson Valley.
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– Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
Twice a year, Hudson Valley Table coordinates with hundreds of restaurants in the Hudson Valley to offer “Hudson Valley Restaurant Week”. But if I can be honest, it’s more like “Hudson Valley Restaurant Two Weeks“.
What started as a way to get people to dine out and try restaurants that they’ve never tried before has grown into a two week event TWICE a year.
Hubby and I have had some of the best meals during these times. With fixed menus and fixed prices, this is a great way to experience dining without paying so much. And with the option of also doing lunch instead of dinner, this is really the BEST way to try a restaurant and see if you find YOUR Best Brunch in the Hudson Valley.
We have dined at the following restaurants and have loved them all. While they do not have a ‘Brunch’ category, they do have a Lunch category that will work just fine.
In no particular order, we have experienced:
- Henry’s on the Farm, Milton
- Ship Lantern Inn, Milton
- Benjamin Steakhouse, White Plains
- Sofrito, White Plains
- Bocuse Restaurant, Hyde Park
- Millhouse Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie
- Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie
– Discount Websites
Finding the Best Brunch in the Hudson Valley can be difficult. For times when you’re not really sure where to go and what to pick, here are some great resources where you WILL find deals on everything from other activities to dining.
- Groupon is also my go-to resource for deals. To be honest, I usually go to Groupon FIRST and then I hit other websites.
- I love using LocalFlavor.com to find deals on restaurants and fun things to do.
- When researching for this article, I found amazing deals for restaurants in Yonkers, Dobbs Ferry, New Rochelle, and so many more places.
- I also found discounts on other local attractions to fill the day
Popular Places for the Best Brunch in the Hudson Valley
– 3 Westerly, Ossining
With beautiful views of the Hudson River, 3 Westerly Bar and Grill is a great place to have Saturday and Sunday morning brunch. Serving brunch from 12pm – 4pm, their menu features California Frittata, Smoked Salmon and Avocado Toast, Nutella French Toast and Brunch Burger.
– 1839 Restaurant & Bar, Washingtonville
Right next door to Brotherhood Winery, the oldest winery in the country, sits 1839 Restaurant and Grill. This rustic American restaurant offers a prix fixe brunch. For a fixed price tag, you can enjoy a choice of two items from the menu (small to medium tapas style small plates), 2 drinks (Mimosas, Bloody Marys and/or Screwdrivers) and Coffee, Tea, and Soft Drinks Included. With both vegan and vegetarian options on their brunch menu, it’s no wonder this is a favorite spot of so many.
– American Bounty Restaurant, Hyde Park
Located on the campus of the Culinary Institute of America, American Bounty Restaurant does not offer a typical ‘brunch menu’ but they serve lunch on Saturdays starting at 11:30am. Check their website before making plans because since it’s located on the college campus and with the students working there, there may be closures on the day you were hoping to go. With appetizers including Apple Cider Braised Pork Belly and Irish Style Cod & Crab Cakes, as well as, Hudson Valley Vegetable Pot Pie and Pan Roasted Market Fish, you can not go wrong dining at this great restaurant.
– Beehive, Armonk
This brunch spot in upper Westchester County is a favorite of many and many consider it the Best Brunch in the Hudson Valley. With an extensive brunch menu that includes classics like, Eggs Bendict and breakfast sandwiches, they also offer other egg dishes and Mexican-inspired brunch dishes. The Beehive is a local favorite and is often recommended by others.
– Blooming Hill Farm, Monroe
Open for brunch on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Blooming Hill Farm updates their brunch menu and posts it on their website. From wood fired pizza to salads and other egg dishes, this is a great place to sit back and enjoy some great food.
– Blu Pointe, Newburgh
Located on the Newburgh Waterfront, Blu Pointe is one of the many best brunch in the Hudson Valley locations with a view. Their dining room has floor to ceiling windows hat highlight the amazing views of the Hudson River and the Hudson River Valley. If it’s your first time there, the Brunch Buffet can be overwhelming to some. Although a little on the pricier side (for some), this is the ideal spot to dine for a special occasion.
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(Any Season of the year)
– Brunette Wine Bar, Kingston
Every Sunday, people flock to Brunette’s for eggs, tartine and so much more. Although there is a sample menu online of their website, their regular menu is also available during brunch time. Some sample brunch items include Herb Frittata with salad, Shakshuka with baguette and salmon tartine with white fish schmear. Also available for private events, Brunette’s is popular because it’s located in the historic downtown waterfront district. Showcasing New York State craft beers and wine, they are a great place to visit.
– Half Moon, Dobbs Ferry
With spectacular views of the Hudson River, Half Moon is a perfect spot for Saturday and Sunday Brunch in the Hudson Valley. With patio seating open seasonally, their brunch selection includes a raw bar, brunch entrees, as well as, benedicts, regular entrees, sandwiches and more. On a side note, this is also for a wonderful place for a romantic dinner.
– Hash, High Falls
Located in Ulster County, Hash Food NY on Main Street has a great menu perfect for any day of the week. Just an FYI: they are only open until 11:30am on Sunday, so if you sleep in then you will miss out. Highlighting local ingredients, their menu is eclectic and highlights American dishes in addition to Moroccan and Middle Eastern dishes. This farm to table cuisine is the perfect addition to the area.
– Heritage Food and Drink, Wappingers Falls
With 2-hour bottomless mimosas, Heritage Food and Drink is a popular place in Dutchess County. Many say that this is one of the best places to have brunch, due to their great selections, like Country Benedict, Breakfast Flatbread, BLT Lobster Roll, Smoked Salmon Tostada and so much more. Since their plates are perfect for sharing, turn your table into a communal table and share the love.
– Hotel Kinsley, Kingston
Located in Kingston’s Stockade District and in a historic building, Hotel Kinsley’s New American Cuisine changes seasonally. Their brunch menu is listed on their website and includes items from yogurt parfait to “The Kinsley Breakfast”. Brunch is served both Saturday and Sunday and reservations can be made online.
– Hudson House River Inn, Cold Spring
Located near the train station in Cold Spring on Main St., Hudson House River Inn is on the list of perfect places to have Sunday brunch. Their menu offers many highlights and a good option is a fresh fruit martini or blueberry pancakes. You can choose one appetizer and one entree for a fixed price.
– Mudd Puddle Coffee Roasters & Cafe, New Paltz
This restaurant open Thursday through Monday serves breakfast and lunch all day. Mudd Puddle Coffee Roaster also serves local craft beer from Yard Owl, this makes it a popular place for many New Yorkers.
– Jack’s, Eastchester
Weekend brunch at Jack’s Bar & Restaurant happens on Saturday and Sunday. In addition to being a full-service bar offering craft cocktails, their brunch menu includes items like The Cuban Sandwich, Fried Chicken and Biscuits, and so much more. And the highlight is that you can make any of the brunch items gluten free with their homemade gluten free bread.
– Liberty Bistro, Newburgh
Serving Sunday brunch either in their lounge, dining room or outside (weather permitting), Liberty Bistro offers a great menu and an option for bottomless mimosas. Featuring Challah French Toast and Apple & Cheddar (arugula, cheddar cheese, fresh apple and a mustard vinaigrette). While you’re there for brunch, why not stay a little longer and catch their happy hour.
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– Mill House Brewing Company, Poughkeepsie
Located in Poughkeepsie, Mill House Brewing Company is a local favorite. From it’s great brunch menu that showcases interesting items, such as PB Sundae Pancakes, Peaches and Cream French Toast, Crab Rangoon Omelet, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, and Strawberry Basil Burrata, just to name a few. If you go to their Sunday Brunch, them remember to go with an appetite.
– Modern on the Rails, New Rochelle
Although there are many Italian restaurants around, this one offers authentic, from scratch items that people rave about. Modern on the Rails serves their brunch on Sunday and mixes traditional brunch foods with some Italian favorites, like Cold Antipasto. They also offer unlimited champagne for an additional cost.
– Oak and Reed, Middletown
Although there is no brunch menu on their website, Oak & Reed is a very popular restaurant in Middletown. While searching their Facebook page, I saw some postings for items like Loaded Waffles and Ricotta Pancakes with Lemon and Blueberry. Their menu seems to change weekly, so make sure to check their social media if you want to know what is being served or make reservations and be pleasantly surprised.
– Ole Savannah, Kingston
When you’re looking for a great brunch buffet, look no further than Ole Savannah in Kingston. On Sundays from 10am – 2pm, you can enjoy items on their buffet, such as Eggs Benedict, French Toast, Home Fries, Assorted Danish and Muffins and so much more. It’s no wonder people flock to this restaurant for Southern food and hospitality.
– Orange Hill, Newburgh
Sunday brunch has never been better than at Orange Hill Restaurant. This brunch buffet is available from 11am – 2pm and loaded with brunch classics but also has hot and cold stations and live stations where waffles and omelets are made to order and select meats will be carved for you. Orange Hill is a global restaurant so dishes like Paella are also on the buffet.
– Pamela’s On the Hudson, Newburgh
Tucked away from the crowds at the Newburgh Waterfront, Pamela’s on the Hudson is known for their brunch with a view. Their brunch menu offers items like Crab Benedict, as well as, classic dishes like French Toast and Steak and Eggs. The best part is that their restaurant is dog-friendly, so a trip here with your furry friend is worth the trip.
– Restaurant X, Congers
This popular restaurant also includes X2O (see below). With a fixed price Sunday brunch, Restaurant X serves three courses with an addition of 4 items passed table side. These include Kelly’s Signature Coconut Shrimp and mushroom ravioli. You can sit back here and savor Sunday brunch in what many consider the best brunch in the Hudson Valley. Chef Peter Kelly is a renowned chef featured in many national publications and was also a commencement speaker at the Culinary Institute of America.
– Rivertown Lodge, Hudson
Open for brunch Saturday and Sunday, Rivertown Lodge is a great place to dine and possibly stay the night before or the night of your brunch. This special place is housed in a restored movie theater and is close to many of the great attractions that bring people to the town of Hudson. Focusing on local food and offering what local farmers have is the perfect combination for this lovely place. Sip on a glass of natural wine or New York State Craft Beer and enjoy yourself.
– Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie
Drive, walk or take your boat and dock it (seasonally) to dine at Shadows on the Hudson. Their Gourmet Sunday Brunch Buffet is so popular that reservations are strongly recommended. Available from 10:30am – 2pm, their buffet consists of breakfast items, lunch items, a carving station, and a mini dessert display. With views of the Hudson River and the Mid-Hudson Bridge, this is a Sunday Brunch you will not soon forget.
– Ship to Shore, Kingston
Voted a Reader’s Choice Winner, Ship to Shore offers a Sunday Brunch from 11am – 3pm. With salads like Bistro Steak Chop Chop Salad, small plates like Coconut Crusted Shrimp, and Brunch Entrees like Huevos Rancheros and Bananas Foster French Toast, this will soon be your favorite brunch spot in Ulster County.
– Somni NY Tapas, Monroe
This Tapas Restaurant and Bar offers a Saturday and Sunday Brunch that includes favorites including grilled cheese, empanadas, guacamole, but also includes dishes such as Dulce de Leche French Toast and Brunch Flatbrea. With their bottomless brunch (2 hours of cocktails), Somni NY Tapas is a popular place for brunch.
– Sweet Grass Grill, Tarrytown
Offering brunch on Saturday and Sunday, Sweet Grass Grill offers specialty items that are only for brunch. They serve local and seasonal food, so you know you are getting the freshest food around. Approximately a dozen local farms help this wonderful restaurant achieve it’s goal with a menu that changes weekly. Make a point to visit the lower Hudson Valley and enjoy their wonderful food.
– The Thayer Hotel, West Point
The Thayer Hotel offers a Sunday Champagne Brunch like no other at MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant. This brunch is complimented by unlimited champagne, mimosa and bloody mary drinks. This award winning brunch is perfect for a Mother’s Day celebration (Treat that special woman), birthdays or other special occasions and is one of the places to have the best brunch in the Hudson Valley.
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– Willow at Mirbeau, Rhinebeck
Located on West Market Street, Willow at Mirbeau offers weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday. This is the right place to visit if you enjoy to svaor Sunday Brunch with a side of live music on Sundays. With a menu offering great starters/Shared Plates, such as Brussel Sprouts and a Brunch Board for 2, their menu offers the best of local food.
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It’s is full of great ideas for any season of the year!
– X20, Yonkers
Yonkers is the place to be for amazing food and views. X2O on the Hudson serves Sunday Brunch in three courses and also an additional 4 items passed table side. If you are into unlimited Prosecco, Mimosas, Bellinis and Kir Royales, then you’ve come to the right place! Brunch at X2O is like no other in Yonkers and is the one of the places to have the best brunch in the Hudson Valley.
Tips for enjoying the Best Brunch in the Hudson Valley
- Confirm all information on each establishment’s website before visiting
- Make reservations! Even if the don’t take reservations, it’s always a great idea to ask.
- Make sure to check reviews of the establishment too. Even if some people love it, it may not be the place for you.
- Restaurants that offer brunch are often crowded during the warmer months, so plan accordingly.
- Be open minded! A place you thought you may not like, may end up being your favorite place for brunch.
Until the Next Adventure…
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