RE: Hudson Valley - Albany NY
The hotel Thayer on the West Point reservation is an elegant old place- can't speak for the food, but the bar is a great place to spend an hour.
BTW West Point is a pain to enter since 9/11 - search and research you and your car.
From Newburgh you should take the old Stormking Highway to West point- it is a spectacular ride along the face of Stormking Mountain.
don't know of any places along that road- there are some restaurants, but I don't know them.
In Newburgh, a really shabby rundown old river city, thay have re-habbed the waterfront and now have four or five restaurants with great views of Newburgh Bay and so-so food- but worth a try. Uptown Newburgh, along Broadway there are a number of ethnic restaurants, they come and go so I can't recommend any. We really liked an Equadorian place about midtown, but it's gone. Around midtown, about two blocks west of the intersection of 9W and Broadway is Anna's - a great place for a hot Texas wiener, chile, and hamburgers, and Greek desserts. If you like chocolate, The Chocolatiere an excellent candy maker is just about across Broadway from Anna's. The Hudson Valley Coffee Roaster is another few blocks west on Broadway - great selection of freshly roasted coffees and good soup and sandwiches under the charge of a CIA graduate chef . Out by the Thruway intersection is YOBO a very nice Oriental restaurant- specializing in Indonesian, and Korean dishes.
It's somewhat out of your way, but if you take rt 32 south from Newburgh you will pass a nice German place - The Black Forest, and a little Mexican place that we like another couple of miles south . Also, Gasho, one of those Japanese steak houses where they throw knives and dishes around is along that road - a lot of fun once or twice. And just before you get to Rt 6, the road to West Point, you will come upon a huge discount Mall - people come from all over the world to shop there- need I say more...
If you get off the Thruway at exit 18, New Paltz has P&Gs Bar and Restaurant - good soups, and hamburgers- a popular and old, and famous local hangout. Down Main Street by the Walkill river is a brew pub, the Gilded Otter, I like their freshly brewed beer and ale - the food is mediocre ( other roadfooders tell me I have it backward, the beer is so-so and the food is good). West of New Paltz is the Bavarian Inn, you might want to try a "Gunksburger" there- it is very popular locally and you can watch the rock climbers from their parking lot. A neat expensive place to stay, Minnewaska Lodge, is just across the road.
Lombardi's, a couple of miles south of the intersection of Rts 44/55 and 299 is an excellent Italian restaurant- recommend the manicotti-
avoid the house wine. Back in New Paltz, Gadaleto's Seafood is very good- part of a fish market. Also The Main Course in a little strip mall on Main Street serves light fare that tends to be quite spicy- I recommend it.
Kingston's waterfront is also undergoing re-hab and there are a number of good places to eat there. We like a new Mexican place, Rositas - neat comfortable patio on the water. the Hudson River Maritime museum is next door- worth a visit.
The hamlet of Highland, 15 miles south of Kingston on 9W , has an excellent breakfast and lunch place, the Highland Cafe, where a CIA trained chef puts out imaginative and very good dishes - omelettes and French toast. Also in Highland, down on the river, is Mariner's Harbor with a deck for lunch and dinner with great views of the river - the food is mediocre- stick with things like popcorn shrimp. A few miles south of Highland on Rt 9w is the Ship's Lantern Inn - upscale, old fashioned continental cuisine- excellent - reservations usually needed.
For about $40 each you can drive up to the famous Monhonk Mountain House just west of New Paltz, get a great lunch in their grand old dining room, have afternoon tea and crumpets, see magnificent gardens, sit on the porch and feed the trout, paddle a canoe around the lake, climb up to the lookout tower and have a great all-day experience sharing the world of the rich and famous.