Third Year of Regional Culinary Promotion Scheduled for March 22-April 3
NEWBURGH, N.Y. (November 10, 2008) – Though the leaves are barely off the trees,
it’s not too early to start thinking about the tantalizing meals that await adventurous diners next
spring during the third annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. The enormously popular 12-day
celebration of fine dining in the Hudson Valley is scheduled for March 22 through April 3, 2009
at top restaurants throughout Westchester, Putnam, Rockland, Dutchess, Orange, Ulster and
Columbia counties. Restaurants can now sign up to be a part of the promotion and are entitled to
an early-bird discount if they register before November 30.
“Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity for people to treat themselves to gourmet
dining at bargain prices,” says Janet Crawshaw, Restaurant Week organizer and publisher of The
Valley Table, a quarterly magazine focusing on the farms, food and cuisine of the Hudson Valley.
“Restaurants have an extraordinary opportunity to showcase their best creations, attract new
patrons and delight regular customers. It’s all about the Hudson Valley and the pleasures of
During the two-week event (Sunday through Friday only), participating restaurants will
offer prix-fixe three-course dinners at $28.09 (beverage, tax and gratuity not included). A number
will also offer three-course lunches at $20.09.
Many of the chefs highlight the bounty of the region by using the finest locally-produced
ingredients on their Restaurant Week menus. “Chefs go all out to wow customers using many
ingredients from Hudson Valley farms, such as venison, heritage pork, artisanal cheeses, apples,
wine and just about anything else a true gourmand could hope for,” says Crawshaw.
Because of the event’s growing popularity, organizers are expecting the number of
participating restaurants to grow from 81 in 2008 to more than 100 in 2009. The dining choices
are tantalizing—from Restaurant 42 atop the Ritz Carlton Residences in White Plains to the
historic John-Michael’s in North Salem and the popular Terrapin in Rhinebeck.
In 2009, Restaurant Week will be one of the kick-off events celebrating the 400th
anniversary of Henry Hudson’s exploration of the river in 1609.
Many of the restaurants who participated in 2008 reported significant increases in
business during the 12-day event. Gary Zuza, owner of Sentrista Grille, said, “Every day we saw
a 20 to 150 percent increase in customers. We made many new friends and customers as a result
of Restaurant Week and are looking forward to being part of it again in 2009.”
Restaurateurs were not the only ones excited about Restaurant Week 2008. Customers
were equally enthusiastic. “We enjoyed a scrumptious two weeks of Hudson Valley Restaurant
Week,” said one diner named Linda. “My husband and I have had wonderful dinners at 10
different restaurants and repeated one (wish there was more time—we would repeat others!)”
“We had dinner during Restaurant Week at Off Broadway in Dobbs Ferry, a short walk
from where we live,” said customers Barbara and Steve. “We haven’t been there in over 15 years!
We were pleasantly surprised. The food was wonderful and well worth the price!”
Below is a listing of the restaurants that have already signed up for Hudson Valley
Restaurant Week 2009:
Harvest on Hudson, Hastings
John-Michael’s, North Salem
Gigi Trattoria, Rhinebeck
Starr Place, Rhinebeck
Sentrista Grille, Rhinebeck
Bywater Bistro, Rosendale
Village Tea Room, New Paltz
The Thayer Hotel, West Point
Restaurant X, Congers
Backyard Bistro, Montgomery
Aroma Osteria, Wappingers Falls
Il Barilotto, Fishkill
The Depuy Canal House, High Falls
Crabtree’s Kittle House, Chappaqua
Current sponsors of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2009 are The Valley Table, 100.7
WHUD Radio, The Gold Standard Marketing Communications and American Express.
Businesses interested in becoming sponsors, or restaurateurs wanting to sign up, may contact The
Valley Table Magazine at 845-561-2022, or go online to