Yes, it’s been HARD work, going around to all of these local restaurants to find just the right thing to recommend to you all!!! But we did it. Here are our choices for lighter summery dishes that will please your pallet, your wallet and your waistline! Here are a few to get you inspired to eat out and still keep it on the lighter side.
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1. Barnaby’s, New Paltz
Barnaby’s will not only satisfy meat lovers, but seafood and veggie lovers too. Try their Fresh Seafood Specials in the ambiance of the landmark Village Hall Theater, built in 1861. And their two gorgeous bars give any cocktail a festive flair.
2. The Big Cheese, Rosendale
At The Big Cheese we always get the middle eastern platter, Uval makes almost everything fresh daily. Choose any three from hummus, baba ganoush, turkish salad, tabouleh, roased eggplant, labane, grape leaves, and more! Sit out on Main St. Rosendale and enjoy this tasty exotic meal.
3. Bywater Bistro, Rosendale
Strolling and dining in the gardens of the Bistro with friends make for perfect summer fun. Everything on the summer menu is delicious. We tried the soft shell crabs, and for the entree, the Sauteed Shrimp and Summer Squash with angel hair pasta in a light basil and garlic tomato sauce—perfection.
4. Gigi Trattoria , Rhinebeck
There is no question why this restaurant is always packed. Nothing we’ve ever tried here has been less than amazing. This summer we recommend the Insalata di Pollo, poached free range chicken breast, asparagus, and cauliflower with Ray Tousey’s honey and pommery mustard vinaigrette. Yum!
5. Harvest Cafe, New Paltz
After searching the Water Street Market for Treasures, dine outside on the deck with great views of the Shawangunk Ridge. Our recommendation: the Roasted Veggie Stuffed Portobello with the Granny Smith Apple Salad. You just might make the Harvest Cafe a weekly spot.
6. High Falls Cafe, High Falls
We really like their Blackened Salmon and Flat Bread Pizza. A great alternative to the traditional pizza, try this pita topped with hummus, spinach, mushrooms, grilled tomato, and melted cheddar.
7. Friends and Family II Hillside, Accord
The Chop Chop Salad with Grilled Shrimp is really out of this world! Packed with fresh fruits and veggies, on a bed of greens and topped with your choice of grilled shrimp, chicken, or scallops. Healthy and filling!
8. The INN at stone ridge Restaurant
Whether enjoying brunch on the porch of this Historic Inn, sipping cocktails by the firepit over the weekend, or enjoying a fine dinner in the dining room, you will certainly leave here telling your friends about this gem. Our pick for this season... The Lobster Spring Roll!
9. Mariner’s Harbor, Kingston Rondout
Sitting out on the deck watching the boats go by while tasting from the raw bar or cracking into a fresh lobster—now this is summer! Mariner’s captures the feeling of being on a waterfront vacation. Also visit their other restaurants, Frank Guido’s Little Italy in Midtown Kingston and Port of Call on the waterfront in Catskill.
10. Northern Spy, High Falls
If we need to recommend the Tofu Wings then you’ve never been to the Spy. Definitely try the Roasted Chicken with Orange Piri-Piri Sauce, always cooked to perfection. Somehow it feels like vacationing.
11. Reservoir Inn, West Hurley
This summer try the Soft Shell Crabs at the Reservoir Inn. Prepared any way you like over a bed of pasta or atop a green salad. Perfect
12. Ricciardella ’s Restaurant, Phoenicia
No summer is complete without your fill of lobster. Sample this and any of their other classic Italian specialties while visiting the sweet town of Phoenicia.
13. Savona ’s Trattoria , Kingston Rondout
Head down to Kingston’s Rondout and watch the world go by while tasting from Savona’s menu of both classic and progressive Italian dishes. Fresh fruits and vegetables available from local farms make it a unique and satisfying dining experience. Try their Zia Insalata with arugula, beets, gorgonzola cheese, baby corn, and artichokes.
14. The Canal House, High Falls
Try the new taste selections of Little Plates at the Canal House in High Falls. The seasonal menu features an introduction to their course meals, to be enjoyed in little plates at very affordable prices.
15. Touché, Woodstock
Touché is a new restaurant in Woodstock that you really should get to this summer. We tried the fluke over chanterelle mushrooms with herb beurre blanc sauce, and it was delicious!! Local fare with a modern twist.
16. Ugly Gus, Uptown Kingston
Our absolute favorite here is the Turkey Pot Pie. For a simple light meal try the Fresh Asparagus Salad with Roasted Red Peppers. Or get the salad with the pot pie!