So let’s say you’re visiting the Hudson Valley and you want to conserve your resources to go antiquing or boutiquing, or you live here and you’re looking for a place to grab a bite after an allday hike, or maybe you’re just tired of cooking but you don’t want to break the bank. Just as there are good times here for every budget, there are plenty of restaurant dishes you can order for $13 or less.
Here are some of our picks from some of the best eateries in the area. This is just a representative sampling; explore the menus of many of these places and you’ll find a lot of great fare at great prices. And we probably don’t need to warn you that, as with most things these days, menus, prices, and availability may change.
What won’t change is the skill, talent, and joy our chefs put into making these dishes to please you. This is food that doesn’t cost much, true, but it’ll make you feel like a million bucks.
1850 House Inn and Tavern serves several small plate choices under $13: Your choice of Chicken, Shrimp, or Veggie Quesadilla is $12, Truffle Parmesan Fries are $6, and the Beet and Spinach Salad is just $9. 435 Main Street, Rosendale. 845-658-7800. the1850house.com.
A Slice of Italy offers many options under $13. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad with lettuce, croutons, grated cheese, chopped grilled chicken and Caesar dressing at $6.75 for a small, $10.75 for a medium. Or try their Cheese Calzone for just $10.95. 1316 Ulster Avenue, Kingston. 845-336-7115 or 7100. asliceofitaly7115.com.
A&P Bar will fix you some Warm Cauliflower Puttanesca with sautéed florets, capers, olives, and fresh herbs for $10. 83 Mill Hill Road, Woodstock. 845-684-5395. aandpbar.com.
Alamo Cantina serves a tasty Carnitas Wrap: slow-cooked shredded pork, lettuce, mixed cheese with special roasted corn and black bean salsa, served with a choice of rice or salad. $10.95. 70 Main Street, Phoenicia. 845-688-5259. alamocantina.com.
Asia Restaurant is loved for its eclectic choices. Get Thai Pineapple Fried Rice with cashew nuts featuring chicken, shrimp, egg, pineapple, and vegetables in chef’s special curry sauce. $12.95. 3407 Cooper Street, Stone Ridge. 845-687-9800. asiastoneridge.com.
Bacchus New Paltz will fix you up with a Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad for $12, or a Classic Grilled Cheese made with American, cheddar, bacon, and tomato on Texas toast for $11. 4 S. Chestnut Street, New Paltz. 845-255-8636. bacchusnewpaltz.com.
Barrio Kitchen is a great choice for a Classic Burger with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and handcut fries. $13. 1 Horseshoe Lake Road, Kauneonga Lake. 845-583-3113. barriokitchen.com.
Bistro-to-Go serves up Panini Primavera with grilled zucchini, eggplant, roasted tomato, fresh mozzarella, and basil aioli. $8.99. 948 Route 28, Kingston. 845-340-9800. bluemountainbistro.com.
Brio’s Pizzeria offers many options under $13, including many pizzas and the Green Goodness Grilled Cheese, grilled on 12-grain bread with pesto, fresh mozzarella, baby spinach, avocado, and goat cheese, served with sweet potato fries. $11.95. 68 Main Street, Phoenicia. 845-688-5370. brios.net.
Cafe Mio in Gardiner whips up a wide range of reasonabe, homemade breakfast items, as well as a delicious BLT with roasted garlic mayo for $11.2356 Route44, Gardiner. 845-255-4949. miogardiner.com.
Cheese Louise offers a wide array of fine cheeses, gourmet delicacies, soups, sandwiches, and local goodies for your under-$13 picnic or meal. 940 Route 28, Kingston. 845-853-8207.
Country Inn has delicious woodfired pizzas and house specialties. Try their special Rosso Pizza for $12 with just San Marzano tomatoes and fresh basil. 1380 County Road 2, Krumville. 845-657-8956. krumville.com.
Creekside Bar and Bistro will happily fix you their South Western Chicken Wrap: crispy chicken tenders with shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and jalapeño mayonnaise, served with fries. $11.95. 1128 Route 32, Rosendale. 845-658-2000. creeksidebistro.com.
Diego’s Taqueria offers a Taco Box with two tacos and a side. Choose from 10 different varieties of taco, ranging from Smoky Beet to Buffalo Wing and beyond. $13. 38 John Street, Kingston. 845-338-2816. diegostaqueria.com.
Gardiner Brewing Company makes Coconut Shrimp, fried and served with Wright’s Farm Peach Habanero Jam. $12.95. 699 Route 208, Gardiner. 845-255-5300. gardinerbrewingcompany.com.
Hickory BBQ has several options under $13 from the grill or smoker, including a Portobello Burger served on a toasted focaccia roll topped with your choice of cheese, roasted peppers, sprouts and ranch, with fresh cut fries. $10.95. For $2.00 more, add your choice of bacon, mushrooms and onions, guacamole, or chili. 743 Route 28, Kingston. 845-338-2424. hickoryrestaurant.com.
High Falls Cafe simmers a superb Chicken Stew, with chunks of chicken breast, potato, carrot, onion, and celery in creamy chicken gravy, served with sliced semolina bread. $13. 12 Stone Dock Road, High Falls. 845-687-2699. highfallscafe.com.
Home Plate Deli & Caterers knows what you crave: Honey Stung Fried Chicken with potato and vegetable of the day, just $8.25. 1128 Morton Boulevard, Kingston. 845-336-7384. homeplatedeli.com.
Hunter Mountain Brewery will fix you their Signature Mac, which is radiatori pasta with beer cheese sauce topped with melted cheddar & mozzarella, for $12. For something lighter, try the Way Out Wrap for $11. 7267 Route 23A, Hunter. 518-263-3300. hmbcatskills.com.
Hurricane Grill and Wings makes a Shrimp BLT Quesadilla that will hit the spot: a grilled tortilla stuffed with fried shrimp, crumbled bacon, diced tomatoes, melted jack and cheddar cheese and sriracha ranch dressing. Served with sour cream and salsa. $11.99. 829 Broadway, Newburgh. 845-562-8200. 9 Raymond Avenue, Poughkeepsie. 845-243-2222. hurricanewings.com.
Jar’d Wine Pub is a snacker’s wonderland. Four varieties of $9 Pizzettes include goat cheese piquillo peppers, pomodoro tomato sauce mozzarella, chorizo manchego pomodoro, and Brie apple serrano ham. 10 Main Street, New Paltz. 845-255-8466. jardwinepub.com.
Jessie’s Harvest House and Lounge has a treat waiting for you: two Pork Belly Steam Buns with Kimchi (pickled cabbage) and sweet chili-lime. $12. 5819 Main Street, Tannersville. 518-589-5445. jessiesharvesthouse.com.
Local Artisan Bakery Yummy gluten-free brownies, donuts, and cookies are available for delivery only for $12, plus tip for the driver. 448 Broadway, Kingston. 845-481-3860. localartisanbakery.com.
Main Course will make you a Main Course Cobb Salad, with crumbled Bleu cheese, tomato, avocado, a Feather Ridge Farm hard-boiled egg, grilled chicken, and nitrate-free bacon. $11. 175 Main Street, New Paltz. 845-255-2600. maincoursecatering.com.
Meredith’s Bread offers a large selection of traditional, gluten-free, and unsweetened breads, rolls, cookies, tarts, and more for well under $13 each, so you can mix and match. Pre-order online, stop by their main location, or check their website for farmer’s market locations. 415 Route 28, Kingston. 845-331-4318. meredithsbread.com.
Olive’s Country Store and Cafe serves 13 varieties of custom subs or wraps for $7.50 each. Sandwiches are just $6.50. Buy a Catskills souvenir while you’re at it. Shokan Square, Route 28, Shokan. 845-657-8959. homeplatedeli.com.
Olsen & Company has a number of tasty treats and locally made items to choose from, including The Greens: Organic mixed greens with housemade dressing, pepitas, sliced almonds, and hemp seeds. Base price $8; for another $5 you can add roasted chicken. Order online or stop by. 11 Jane Street, Suite B, Saugerties. 845-247-7189. olsenandcompany.com.
Ole Savannah has a treat that can be hard to find north of the Mason-Dixon line: Fried Green Tomatoes with Buttermilk Ranch. Panko-crusted green tomatoes are fried to golden brown, then served with cherry tomatoes, basil, and buttermilk ranch dressing. $12.95. 100 Rondout Landing, Kingston. 845-331-4283. olesavannah.com.
Ollie’s Pizza, serves yummy wood-fired and Roman-style pizzas at their new restaurant in High Falls. Enjoy their Salad with Herb Vinaigrette for $10. Add an order of Garlic Knots to complete the meal, $3. 4 Bruceville Road, High Falls. 845-687-3464. www.ollies.pizza.
Oriole 9 features OR9 Huevos Rancheros: Corn tortillas topped with two eggs any style, black beans, cheddar cheese, sour cream, pico de gallo, and avocado. $12. 17 Tinker Street, Woodstock. 845-679-5763. oriole9.com.
Peekamoose Restaurant will fix you a 12-ingredient Chopped Salad featuring romaine, Boston bibb, mesclun, plum tomatoes, red onion, applewood bacon, feta, cucumbers, chickpeas, Kalamata olives, celery, fresh herbs, shallot vinaigrette. $13. 8373 Route 28, Big Indian. 845-254-6500. peekamooserestaurant.com.
Stone House Tavern has a Shredded Brisket Sandwich with provolone cheese, blueberry barbeque sauce, and crispy onions on a hoagie roll. $12. 4802 Route 209, Accord. 845-626-1500. stonehousetavern.net.
Terrapin Restaurant Try their House-Roasted Free-Range Turkey Breast with choice of five different breads and nine different sauces, $12. Add your choice of bacon, avocado, sautéed portobellos, roasted red peppers, cured moroccan olives, roasted poblano chiles, grilled eggplant, sliced artichoke hearts, fried egg, or guacamole for $1 each. 6426 Montgomery Street, Rhinebeck. 845-876-3330. terrapinrestaurant.com.
Tetta’s Market & Pizzeria serves Calzones big enough for two for $10. Personal Pizzas are $8 for regular, $10 for white, $1 per topping, and $3 Hot Dogs. At press time, deli equipment was just being installed, so by the time you read this there will be even more. 2082 County Road 3, Olivebridge. 845-657-2338, facebook.com/tettasmarket.
The Caboose at Arkville B&B has their delightful Pork & Jack Quesadilla: Roast Pork & Pepper Jack with BBQ sauce, salsa, and sour cream. $8.45. 43285 Route 28, Arkville. 845-586-1122. facebook.com/arkvillecaboose.
The Egg’s Nest can fix you up a classic Egg’s Nest Omelette. Choose three items: peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach, cheddar or Swiss cheese, and enjoy with home fries and choice of Bread Alone toast. $12. 1300 Route 213, High Falls. 845-687-7255. theeggsnest.com
The Parish makes a vegan Black Bean Burger served with lettuce, tomato, and remoulade on a brioche bun, served with a side of coleslaw and your choice of french fries or house salad. $13. 10 Main Street #327, New Paltz. 845-255-4205. theparishrestaurant.com
The Phoenician is primarily a steakhouse, but for a lighter option they offer a Pear Pizza: poached pears, caramelized onions, gorgonzola, and mozzarella on a sesame crust. $12.10 Main Street, Phoenicia. 845-688-9800. thephoeniciansteakhouse.com
Tony’s Pizza Pit has a Homemade Meat Lasagna made from fresh pasta, ground beef, ricotta, and mozzarella for just $11. 786 Main Street, Poughkeepsie. 845-471-4110. tonyspizzapitmenu.com
TWIN STAR ORCHARDS has an outdoor pavillion where you can get wood-fired pizzas and burgers served with their own hard ciders. Try the Portobella Hello Burger for just $13. 155N. Ohioville Road, New Paltz. 845-633-8657. twinstarorchards.com
Woodnotes Grille at Emerson Resort serves a Woodnotes Omelet: Avocado, bacon, and cheddar, with home fries or mixed greens and toast. $10. For an extra $2 you can swap the home fries for fresh fruit. 5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper. 845-688-2828. emersonresort.com/dining
Yum Yum Noodle Bar offers the Pork Banh Mi Sandwich with jalapenos, pickles, and spicy mayo. $9.50. 4 Rock City Road, Woodstock. 845-679-7992. 275 Fair Street, Kingston. 845-338-1400. 7496 S. Broadway, Red Hook. 845-835-6383. yumyumnoodlebar.com
At these prices, with outdoor and takeout options available, there’s really no reason not to treat yourself and your family while supporting our local businesses at the same time!