10 Dutch restaurant hotspots to try before summer is over


We hate to say it, but another summer is drawing to a close. Before we start getting down to school stuff again and where to get a pumpkin spice latte and apple cider donut, let’s hold on to that summer feeling for as long as we can.

That means sunset cocktails, the perfect taco, and a trip to some newly opened venues, including a highly anticipated food hall and a handful of new breweries. And if you must have a lobster roll, there’s a place for that too. Here are some suggestions to keep the summer spirit going well beyond Labor Day weekend:

Check out a new hotspot

Where: The Academy, 33 Academy St., Poughkeepsie; theacademyhvny.com

After a long wait, The Academy finally opened on July 21st. It is part dining hall, part function space and part semi-formal restaurant with apartments and more to come. For those wanting to eat, there are three food stalls: East-West, which serve Asian cuisine such as stir-fries, dumplings, bao, and ramen; Valley Greens, with healthy meals like salads, grain bowls, and juices; and Smoke 33, a grill stand featuring smoked meats, homemade sauces, rubs and more. There’s also The Cafe + Grill, which serves breakfast, lunch, and grab-and-go meals; Hudson Hopworks, where you’ll find mostly New York-brewed beers, and The Kitchen, where you’ll find semi-formal dining and brunch.

Get dinner and drinks with a view

Where: Billy Joe’s Ribworks, 26 Front St, Newburgh; ribworks.com

Nothing says summer like barbecue, and Billy Joe’s Ribworks has all the grilling you could ask for. Ribs, chicken wings, pulled pork, brisket, you name it, they’ve got it. And guests can enjoy their barbecue on the restaurant’s large deck over the Hudson, which offers views of the river and Mount Beacon on the other side.

Where: Zeus Brewing Company, Main St. 178, Poughkeepsie; zeusbrewingco.com/rooftop

Patrons enjoy a meal at the rooftop bar of Zeus Brewing in the town of Poughkeepsie on June 10, 2021.

An absolutely perfect way to end the summer is with a rooftop seat at Zeus Brew Company. This 21+ only area offers views of the Hudson River and the Mid-Hudson Bridge and Walkway Over the Hudson. The roof closes in inclement weather, so keep an eye on the restaurant’s social media for updates.

Where: The Roundhouse, 2 East Main St., Beacon; roundhousebeacon.com

Whether inside on the not-so-nice days or outside on the perfect days, The Roundhouse offers a magnificent view of a waterfall on Fishkill Creek. It’s also one of the few places in Dutchess County where customers can find a lobster roll, here served with Old Bay fries. Lobster not your thing? The Crispy Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich is a great option for those summer days.

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Work on Tiki Time!

Where: Fuschia Tiki Bar, Hauptstr. 215; www.fuchsiatikibar.com

If you’re craving the tropics, Fuschia Tiki Bar offers an island aesthetic and drinks to match. From the refreshing “Trench Town Rock” with aged Jamaican rum plus over-stemmed Jamaican rum, lime, coriander and a mango chili syrup or the traditional “Jungle Bird” with aged Guyana and Jamaican rum, pineapple, lime and Italian bitters . For dining, the restaurant offers small bites, sushi rolls, and appetizers.

The tacos at Hudson Taco.

Tacos and margaritas, anyone?

Where: Hudson Taco, 27 Southwater St.; hudsontaco.com

As the name suggests, you can choose from a selection of taco fillings (15, to be exact) paired with views of the Hudson River and a margarita. Whether your preference is chicken, pork, or beef, there’s a taco for everyone. For seafood lovers, there’s the crab cakes with “comeback sauce” and pickles. Do you prefer beef? There is the “Ancho Skirt Steak” with pico de gallo. They also have non-taco items like grilled squid, chicken soup, empanadas, and more.

Build your own Patsy

Where: Patsys Roadhouse, 105 Route 376, Hopewell Junction; patsysroadhouse.com

Patsy’s Roadhouse serves BBQ and Southwest-inspired dishes and has a patio and gazebo for those beautiful summer nights. Or opt to build your own “patsy”: you choose the protein—from beef to chicken breast to beans—then bun, cheese, and all the toppings (there’s more than you can imagine). Or grab a snack like the roadhouse nachos with cheese, pico de gallo and pickled jalapenos.

Try a few new sips

Where: Lasting Joy Brewery, 485 Lasher Road, Tivoli; lastingjoybrewery.com

The four "Vein" Beer at the Lasting Joy brewery in Tivoli.

This new brewery was started by high school sweethearts Alex and Emily Wenner. They have four “core” brews – a Czech Pilsner, an English Beet Stout, a Hazy IPA and a Belgian Weizen – as well as their latest releases: Resolve Kellervier and a seasonal beer on tap. The brewery also has guest and seasonal beers as well as local ones Wine, cider, spirits, soft drinks and food. All of the ingredients for the craft beers come from nearby farms, which the brewery calls the New York State Farm Brewery.

There is an outdoor area where guests including children and “well behaved, leashed dogs” can enjoy views of the surrounding farmland and fire pits. Inside, customers will find a 12-tap hexagonal floating bar with seating for 60.

Where: Palaia Winery and Meadery, 10 Sweet Clover Road, Highland Mills; palaiawinery.com

The hippie-era themed Palaia Winery and Meadery offers an expansive outdoor area for visitors to enjoy the summer breeze, live music, and their wines, meads, and a selection of craft beers, spirits, and hard ciders. Palaia also offers dining and a screened in porch for dining.

DUBCO Acres, Destination Unknown Beer Company's taproom in Warwick on 15th August 2022.

Where: DUBCO Acres, 65 Four Corners Road, Warwick; destinationunknownbeercompany.com

Another new brewery, Destination Unknown Beer Company or DUBCO, Acres is the second location for the brewery, the first being on Long Island. As a small brewery, DUBCO has 14 rotating beers on tap, such as “Acai What You Did There, a sour ale with honey, acai, granola, strawberry, blueberry, coconut, and banana” or the New England-style “Cosmic Continuum” IPA . a blend of cryo pop hops.

The taproom is full of kitschy decor like animal-themed armchairs, a baby grand piano, and a large logo sign with a backdrop juxtaposed with photos of New York’s finest spots.

midnight ferry "strawberry fields" signature sundae with vanilla ice cream, homemade strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries and shortbread in Newburgh.

you must have ice cream

Where: Midnight Ferry, 12 Front St.; MidnightFerry.com

There are dozens of places to grab a waffle or cup in the area, but if you need something sweet, stop by Midnight Ferry’s windows on Newburgh’s waterfront for the signature Strawberry Fields sundae Vanilla ice cream, homemade strawberry sauce, fresh strawberries and shortbread. This cute joint also features ice cream, gelato, and milkshakes on the menu, as well as desserts like la bomba, an Italian pastry that’s filled with one or two flavors of ice cream or gelato and then placed in a panini press.


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