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We rallied during the pandemic, supporting our local restaurants with take-out after take-out, braving the cold to dine outside under heaters, and finally, with the pandemic declining and restrictions relaxed, returning to our favorite places to enjoy a meal with family and friends.

And it couldn’t have come at a better time. In summer, it’s rooftop bars, patio dining and tiki drinks with a clear view of the water. There’s ice cream to sip on, farmer’s markets to browse, and road trips to try out this excellent craft brewery you heard about last year.

Read on for some ideas on where to go, the state of the local dining scene, and a peek behind the kitchen doors of some notable restaurants.

This list will be updated throughout the summer – check back as we add more.

– Karen Croke, features and feed editor at lohud.com

Where to eat and drink in the Lower Hudson Valley

Cafes:Where to find the best coffee in the Hudson Valley, with a twist. Find a dozen Java hotspots on this list.

Beer gardens with great outdoor spaces: Whether you fancy a peaceful farmhouse setting or want to be in the heart of a city center, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite outdoor seating areas at breweries. to provide you with inspiration for weekend destinations.

Dinner with a view: discover one of these astonishing restaurant terraces for a superb summer meal.

Who doesn’t like donuts:So you missed National Donut Day, okay. You can enjoy a freshly made, or cream-filled jelly, or even a vegan donut whenever you feel like it. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of the 10 best donut stops.

5 bars at the Hudson Valley hotel: All over the Hudson Valley, especially in suddenly hip places like Rhinebeck, Hudson, and Kingston, boutique hotels – with posh bars attached – have sprung up in recent years. Good news: you don’t have to travel to enjoy it and all of them offer food to accompany their cocktails. So let’s raise a glass to their success.

We’re crying out for ice cream: grab a cone, mug, or even sundae at any of these 13 ice cream shops in Westchester and Rockland.

What is the shakshuka? This Middle Eastern egg dish is becoming very popular. What is it and where to find it.

Is it tiki time? Check out the recently opened Charley’s Pier & Restaurant, located on the Playland promenade in Rye. It offers alfresco dining, a tiki bar and a seafood-focused menu.

Food festivals are back! Food and drink festivals are back, with capacity limits and plenty of hand sanitizer. Here are some upcoming festivals – as well as dates for a few planned for the fall. All are subject to cancellation or postponement due to the pandemic.

Find a Farmers Market: With warmer weather, most markets have moved outside, offering everything from freshly picked produce to seafood, pasture-raised meat, and more.

Behind the Scenes of the Best Restaurants in the Lower Hudson Valley

Fogo de Chao: The famous Brazilian steakhouse has opened its first Westchester restaurant in White Plains. Check it out.

Michelin Trophies: 13 Westchester restaurants have been classified in the 2021 Michelin Bib Gourmand Guide. These spots offer quality cuisine at a very reasonable price – in the world of Michelin inspectors, it’s two courses and a glass of wine or a dessert for less than $ 40.

Women in the kitchen: chefs share their stories, their struggles

The economy: Restaurants are facing a labor shortage. What this means for your meal plans.

Karen Croke is the feature editor for lohud.com and poughkeepsiejournal.com. Find my stories here. Contact me at [email protected]

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