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With Hudson Valley’s rich agricultural history and continued dedication to farming, a host of restaurants take advantage of the bounty of locally sourced produce and meats. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editors’ picks for the best places to eat in the Hudson Valley:
Situated on a picturesque farm in Pocantico Hills, Blue Hill at Stone Barns is the brainchild of James Beard Award-winning chef Dan Barber. This Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star restaurant doesn’t have a menu, per se, relying instead upon the day’s harvest to build its tempting, always-changing tasting menu.
French fare with Mediterranean touches is the calling card of Le Petit Bistro. Products are sourced locally (the chef shops at the Rhinebeck Farmers Market every week), and menu standouts include duck (complemented by different sauce choices each day) and a selection of seafood such as oysters and local lamb.
Carnivores will rejoice at Angelo's 677 Prime, a downtown Albany steakhouse where surf and turf get nearly equal billing. Sure, there’s the requisite filet mignon and New York strip , but seafood lovers will appreciate the array of fish, including tuna, sea bass and salmon.
Part of the renowned Culinary Institute of America, American Bounty Restaurant is a student-staffed eatery that brings the countryside’s cuisine straight to your table. Feast on locally sourced fare like house-smoked Hudson Valley duck with curried onions, spinach and mango chutney.
Another CIA outpost, Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici is an Italian restaurant that offers five distinct dining areas — ranging from casual to formal. The Hyde Park campus’ flagship eatery will fly you to Tuscany thanks to dishes like agnello, cicorie e favette — translation: lamb loin chop, dandelion greens and fava and white beans.