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Best Places To Eat During Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2015

New York City isn't the only place celebrating Restaurant Week this winter. From March 9-22, you can head up north to the Hudson Valley for a three-course $20.95 lunch or $29.95 dinner. From Italian pastas to classic French dishes, eating good food (at a good price) is the perfect reason to escape the city for the day or the whole weekend. By Carly Petrone.


If you're in the mood for tapas then make a reservation at Toma's Tapas Bar & Restaurant in Wappingers Falls. Rather than choosing one item from a first, second, and third course, you'll get to experience all of them! First, start out your meal with Citrus & Chili Seared Asparagus with Olive & Roasted Garlic Sauce; Romesco Eggplant; and Roasted Mushroom, Baby Carrot and Green Bean Paella. Then move onto Fried Cod Fillet with Papas Bravas & Parsley Salad; Grilled Calamari in Garlic and Vinegar Sauce; and Mussels & Saffron Soup. Your last course includes Silky Chicken and Peas Over Spanish Tortilla, Cocido (Braised Meats in Chickpea & Vegetable Broth); and Marinate Pork Loin with Grilled Green Peppers & Manchego Cheese. And make sure you left room for dessert because you'll get to dive into Catalan Custard; Sherry Battered Strawberry Fritters with Whipped Cream and Mint Syrup; and Banana Churros with Warm Chocolate Hazelnut Sauce. You'll definitely get your money's worth!


Are you craving Mexican food for dinner? Head over to La Puerta Azul for a prix-fixe meal that will leave you wanting to book a trip across the border. Appetizer choices include Mesclun Salad, Corn Soup, or Pork Flauta. Entrees range from classic Arroz con Pollo to Gaucho Steak. Those adventurous eaters can try the spicy "Firecracker" Relleno – a Roasted Poblano Pepper Stuffed with Shredded Pork, Rice, Onion, Jalapeno, Lime Crema on Morita Chili Sauce. Top it off with traditional Vanilla Flan (custard) or feel like a kid again by ordering Churros and Chocolate (Cinnamon Dusted and Warm Dark Chocolate). You'll want to take un bocado mas (one more bite!). Excludes Friday and Saturday nights.


Step into the warm and inviting Primavera Restaurant in Croton Falls for a hearty Italian lunch or dinner. Enjoy a mid-day meal by starting off with Mussels in White Wine or Red SauceMinestrone Soup, Calamari Fritti, Fresh Mozzarella, or Verde Salad before moving onto the main course. Choose from Penne alla Vodka, Cheese Ravioli, Pollo Piedmontese, Pollo Parmigianino, or Salmon with fresh herbs, garlic, and olive oil. Top it all off with Cheesecake or Tiramisu as well as a cup of tea or coffee – and that's just the lunch menu! A few additions to the dinner menu include Vongole Oreganata (Rhode Island Little Neck Clams Stuffed With Bread Crumbs and Garlic), Homemade Pappadelle with Porcini, Shitake, and Portobello Mushrooms in a Mushroom Sauce, Tilapia Maricara, and Filet Mignon with Green Peper Corn and Cognac Sauce. Yum!

Red Hat on the River

Grab a seat with a view of the Hudson River at Red Hat on the River, the French-American bistro in Irvington. Take in the beauty of outside as well as the amazing interior inside, courtesy of the 100-year old renovated factory building in which it's located. Lunch items include starters like Onion Soup and House-Made Rillettes while entrees range from the Red Hat Burger and Grilled Scottish Salmon to Moules Frites "Aux Les Halles" (Prince Edward Island Mussels Steamed in Garlic, White Wine and Shallots, served with Frites) and Brussels Sprouts & Fried Egg Salad. Dinner includes the same options as well as Pan-Seared French Cut Chicken Breast as well as Hanger Steak Frites. And don't skimp on desert. Both meals come with your choice of Profiterole, Brown Sugar Crème Caramel, or Lemon Tea Cake (gluten & dairy free). You definitely won't go home hungry! Excludes Friday and Saturday dinners; Sunday Brunch.

Ship Lantern Inn

Impress your date at The Ship Lantern Inn. Have a fine dining experience in a building that dates all the way back to the Revolutionary War. They're offering quite a range of cuisine during Restaurant Week so make sure to take advantage. Appetizers include Quattro Farm's Port and Pomegranate Marinated Quail, Catsmo's Tequila-Cilantro Smoked Wild Salmon with Black Bean Crostini, a Baked Oyster Trio Sampler, or House Roasted Beets and Sorbello Farm's Mesclun Salad. Entrees are just as tasty – Oven Braised Pork Shank with House Made Pappardelle; Pan Braised Alaskan Cod, Fazio Farm's Curried, Hudson Valley Maple, and Dijon Glazed Organic Chicken; or Linguine with Spicy Panama Shrimp. And who can say no to a Popcorn Brownie Sunday with Maple Walnut Ice Cream? Well, if that doesn't satisfy your sweet tooth, you can also splurge on Caradonna Farm's Apple Fritters, Chef Jesus' Elderflower Panna Cotta, or Lukan Farm's Honey Infused Crème Brulee.

Opus 465
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Enjoy a nice lunch or dinner at the newly renovated Opus 465 in the quaint town of Armonk. Chef Marc Mazzurulli has been working on a delicious menu while the bar offers live music Thursday-Sunday in case you want to sip on a pre-dinner cocktail. Start your lunch out with your choice of Butternut Squash Soup, Chopped Salad, or Tuna Tartare. There's something for everyone to enjoy when it comes to the entrée selections. Choose from BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Chicken Pot Pie, Lasagna, Risotto Cordon Bleu, or Blackened Salmon. Dinner has similar options with a few additions – Clams Oreganato as a starter as well as Lamb Osso Bucco and Short Ribs as entrees. Dessert certainly doesn't disappoint either. Lunch and dinner both includes your choice of Chocolate Flourless or Apple Crisp for dessert.

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If seafood is more your thing, your next stop should be Ruby Oyster Bar & Grill in Rye. Enjoy a cup of New England Chowder (or soup of the day); Ruby's Salad with Roasted Pear, Pecans, Dried Cranberries and Goat Cheese; Sauteed Chicken Livers; or Buffalo Cauliflower with Blue Cheese Dipping Sauce as lunch appetizers before moving onto the main course. Your choices include Grilled Bistro Burger, Spinach Salad with Poached Salmon, Grilled Chicken Scarpariello on a Pretzel Roll, or Turkey Tetrazzini over Linguine. Dinner appetizers are the same while entrees dishes change to Bouillabaisse with Shrimp, Clams, Mussels and the Fish of the Day; Braised Short Ribs with Sriracha and Risotto Pilaf; Organic Chicken Coq au Vin with Mixed Wild Mushrooms, Haricot Verts and Au Gratin Potatoes, and Sauteed Monkfish with Stir Fried Vegetables and Jasmine Rice. End your meal with dessert: Warm Brownie Sundae, Carrot Cake, or Longford's Own Made Ice Cream.

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Carly Petrone is a freelance writer living in New York City.

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