The Best Fine Dining Experiences Upstate

Whether you opt to celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend or next Tuesday, if you’re based upstate, you’ll need to snag a dinner reservation at one of these coveted restaurants. Here are our eight recommendations for the best world-class, fine dining experiences in the upstate region that’s sure to impress your date. 

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Hasbrouck House
3805 Main St, Stone Ridge, NY 12484
(845) 687-0887
Best for: A feast of words
Butterfield at Hasbrouck House (the restaurant at the inn) is hosting a special evening for Valentine’s Day. In addition to a special three-course dinner menu and champagne for two, there will be a literary twist with Amy Tingle and Maya Stein of The Creativity Caravan, presenting Tandem Poets. The duo will create individualized poems on the spot and side-by-side on two vintage typewriters and give the poems to you as a keepsake for the evening.

Brushland Eating House
1927 Co Rd 6, Bovina Center, NY 13740
(607) 832-4861
Best for: Sharing a laugh
The warmth and sophistication of Brushland can be found in both the food and the atmosphere. A popular eating house with a historic concept that has brought locals and weekenders together for a social dining experience. The menu is simple yet nuanced and made with quality ingredients. Enjoy a variety of small plates accompanied with a fine glass of wine.
Photo: Emma Tuccillo

Photo: Emma Tuccillo

Gaskins
2 Church Ave, Germantown, NY, 12526
(518) 537-2107
Best for: A fun and entertaining night
Chef and host owners, Nick and Sarah Suarez, envision their restaurant as a place for people to gather. So whether you want an intimate date, or maybe an outing with friends, this farm-to-table tavern will yield a lively backdrop. There’s a special menu on Valentine’s Day, with starters including oysters or arincini and mains including culinary classics like steak frites and the more casual choice of burger and fries.

Fish & Game
13 South 3rd St, Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 822-1500
Best for: Impressing your date
Dine at this James Beard award-winning restaurant nestled in the chic town of Hudson. Fish & Game serves a regularly changing a la carte menu and features foods of the Hudson Valley. A sample menu includes wood oven roasted snails and a whole roasted trout. The rustic setting has a warm fireplace, where you can sample their award-winning wine list.
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Delmonico Room
401 Broad St, Milford, PA 18337
(570) 409-1212
Best for: Spoiling your date
The Delmonico Room at the Hotel Fauchère is offering a prix-fixe decadent Valentine’s four-course menu. The second course features Hudson Valley foie gras and the third course includes roasted veal loin. Named after the Delmonico brothers (who owned Delmonico´s restaurant in New York), you can always expect a creative and gourmet culinary experience here.

WM Farmer & Sons
20 S Front St, Hudson, NY 12534
(518) 828-1635
Best for: A cool and cozy date
This establishment is both a boarding house and bar room, so you can make a weekend out of it. Their specialty is craft cocktails, like the “Goldrush” with bourbon, lemon and honey, or the “Oaxacanite” with tequila, mezcal, lime juice, honey and grapefruit peel. There is a special Valentine’s Day prix-fixe menu for $75 with an optional wine pairing which includes carpaccio and pan-roasted NY strip steak.
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Mercato
61 E. Market Street Red Hook, NY
(845) 758-5879
Best for: Rustic indulgence
Nothing says romance like an authentic Italian meal. The flavors and aromas bring out a sensual side. Chef Francesco Buitoni hails from Rome, Italy and is a two-time James Beard nominee who worked at some of New York City’s most famous Italian restaurants. The menu is lush with Italian classic dishes: brushetta, salumi, caprese, bolognese, and ravioli, as well as fresh vegetable and meat dishes. Share a bottle of wine from the extensive upscale wine list, and it will be a night of indulgence.

Cucina
109 Mill Hill Rd. Woodstock, NY 12498
(845) 679-9800
Best for: An elegant date
Cucina, opened by Chef Gianni Scappin and Lois Freedman in 2006, is situated in a restored and rambling farmhouse. The contemporary Italian menu is based on seasonal and local ingredients. The special Valentine’s Day menu is prix-fixe three-course for $65 with a complementary chocolate truffle. The menu is diverse and hearty. First course ranges from white winter salad, endive, pomegranate, avocado to Thai chicken soup, jasmine rice, cilantro. Second course offers ravioli with truffle butter or prime rib au jus. Don’t forget dessert–indulge in Italian classics gelati or sorbetti.