Quad Meal Specials at Two Dozen Ulster County Restaurants Offer Taste of Hudson Valley

April 20, 2009 at 4:37 pm Leave a comment

Twenty-six restaurants, located in Kingston, Saugerties, New Paltz, Woodstock and Mount Trempor, are offering a $16.09 meal special during the Quadricentennial Celebration of Henry Hudson’s 1609 voyage. Ulster County is known for its abundance of excellent restaurants, and the discounts enable visitors and residents alike to sample the regional variety of culinary offerings at a very reasonable price.

Chefs are taking the opportunity to be creative. Here are a few sample deals, most of which are offered through October:

The Holiday Inn in Kingston, located on Washington Avenue, is serving a traditional Dutch dinner. The current menu: split pea soup; sweet and sour pot roast with egg noodles and Dutch-style coleslaw; and Malva pudding, a cake made with apricot jam, topped with caramel sauce and whipped cream. After your meal, check out the 10 artist-designed banners painted in Quadricentennial themes on display in the hotel through May.

New World Home Cooking, located at 1411 Route 212 in Saugerties, is serving a sweet pea and leek brown-rice risotto. The item has been selling briskly, according to management. The restaurant has attracted a following for its “global peasant food,” and on Friday nights it features live music, with no cover.

The Steel House, located in Kingston’s Rondout district, is offering two $16.09 specials: a large individual pizza and a pitcher of beer or soda, and eggplant rollatini with pasta. Located in a former foundry, the restaurant has a waterfront patio and outside tiki bar. It serves New Italian cuisine, including brick-oven pizza, as well as steak varieties.

A block away, Savona’s Trattoria is offering a choice of any pasta on the menu with a free glass of wine or dessert. The casual dining room serves Italian classics at reasonable prices and features a wide selection of Italian wines.

Peekamoose Restaurant and Taproom, located on Route 28 in Big Indian, is emphasizing Hudson Valley ingredients in its Quad special. Sample entrees it has served so far are shad roe and an organic vegetable plate, with roasted shitake mushrooms, artichokes, asparagus, peas, lightly wilted pea shoots, and Quinoa grain with homemade ricotta cheese. Located in an old farmhouse, the restaurant has a tree-trunk chandelier and is decorated with natural and found objects; there’s a bar with a deck and a nightly bonfire.

Other participating restaurants are Mariner’s Harbor, Rosita’s Mexican Restaurant, Mezzaluna Café, Ship to Shore, Dolce Café, Hoffman House Tavern, Portobello Ristorante, Terra Nova 4 Seasons, Elephant Wine & Tapas, Roudigan’s Steakhouse, Frank Guido’s Little Italy, Armadillo Bar & Grille, and Ship to Shore in Kingston; Gilded Otter Brewing Co. and Village Tea Room in New Paltz; Café Tamayo, Café Mezzaluna Bistro, and Gisiano’s Restaurant in Saugerties; Bread Alone Café and Bakery, Landau Grill, Oriole 9, and Violette in Woodstock; and Catskill Rose Lodging and Dining in Mount Tremper. For a complete list of addresses and contact information, visit www.hudsonriver400.org.

Another business offering a Quad special is Jarita’s Florist, in Woodstock, which is selling a $16.09 floral arrangement. Quad discounts on lodging are offered at the Holiday Inn and Rondout in Kingston, Moondance in New Paltz, The Inn at Stone Ridge, The Grouse House and the Smythe House in Saugerties, and Pinegrove Ranch and Family Resort in Kerhonkson.

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