Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Is Back For 2015

It's time once again to explore the Hudson Valley in our favorite way: eating through locally sourced food specials from the region's best restaurants.

Pan-roasted organic Amish chicken from Forty° North, one of the restaurants participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week this year.

Photo by John Bruno Turiano

Photo by Andre Baranowski

A burger from Harper's Restaurant.

We need all the signs of spring we can get, and here's a great one: the return of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. From March 9 through March 22, get three-course, prix-fixe dinners for $29.95 and lunches for $20.95 (plus drinks, tax, and tip) at participating establishments. Organized by The Valley Table Magazine, the event spans eight counties and more than 200 restaurants, with a majority of them in Westchester. (The website handily allows you to sort restaurants by county and even town; more than 40 Westchester restaurant week menus are now live online.)

Skeptics, note that there are deals out there: at La Panetière in Rye, for instance, dinner entrées normally start at $35. It's just as much fun to see how the inexpensive places handle this: California Pizza Kitchen throws in an alcoholic beverage with your two-course lunch (or pay $14 without). Several places have lodging, such as Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz (whose menu suggests wine pairings for each entrée). Best of all are the many new participants. So if you haven't been to the revamped 121 Restaurant (or is it One Twenty One?) in North Salem, Forty° North in Hastings, or Harper's Restaurant and Bar in Dobbs Ferry (where I recently enjoyed a delicious meal), now's your chance (read: excuse).

Photo courtesy of Mohonk Mountain House

If you're looking for a seasonal getaway that won't get you too far away, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is the perfect time to visit New Paltz' Mohonk Mountain House.



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