Eat, Drink & Enjoy Local in Beacon
Scenic Hudson's Long Dock Park
23 Long Dock Rd | scenichudson.org
An exciting riverfront destination boasting a kayak pavilion and beach for launching boats, rehabilitated wetlands and meadows that attract wildlife, a river overlook deck and a shaded plaza for informal dining. Bicycle, kayak and paddleboard rentals are available. One of the most popular attractions in the park, at Long Dock's tip, is Beacon Point, a shoreline installation by renowned artist George Trakas. The work projects out over the river (at high tide, water actually flows through it), making this a perfect place to fish, sunbathe and admire magnificent vistas of Newburgh Bay and the Hudson Highlands.
City-Wide | BeaconArts.org
The best way to experience Beacon’s overall vibe and sample its many treasures and pleasures is to visit for one of its monthly Second Saturday events. The family friendly fetes feature culinary and craft beverage tastings, gallery and artist receptions, activities with artisan makers, open houses, shop sales, and more. Second Saturdays have been profiled in print and broadcast media including The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler, UrbanRetreatist and NBC New York Weekend Getaway. You can find out more and plan your Second Saturday visit at www.BeaconArts.org.
Max’s On Main
246 Main Street | maxsonmain.com
A décor of classic rock and Broadway memorabilia covering Abba to Zappa, sports on every screen, and the cache’ of being Beacon’s oldest bar all make this the ideal gathering place for the uniquely varied community that is Beacon. Elevated pub grub is great and the craft beers and specialty cocktails will elevate your mood.
Myer’s Olde Dutch
184 Main Street | meyersoldedutch.com
This East Main Street mainstay nails the fun and casual vibe, with its take on the classic burger joint. Hudson Valley beef and New York State cheese are the not-so-secret ingredients that put Myer’s burgers on so many best-of lists. How local do they get with sourcing their food? Their very own family micro farm right in Hyde Park! The full service bar follows suit, and will definitely get you in a New York craft beverage state of mind.
Kitchen Sink Food & Drink
157 Main Street | kitchensinkny.com
The farm-to-table movement is thriving in Beacon. Locally grown ingredients are the modus operandi at this eatery described by Zagats as serving New American fare. If you like comfort foods with a flair, you will love Kitchen Sink. It’s a warm space with lots of wood that captures the spirit of the barn, accented by contemporary lighting and appointment – a comfortable and inviting spot to tuck in year round.
The Yankee Clipper Diner
397 Main Street | beaconyankeeclipper.com
Since 2003, the Yankee Clipper has been family run by two couples who grew up in the diner business. It’s a classic diner in every respect, from the chrome-like shine of its exterior, to its cozy booths and stools, and its immense menu. The Yankee Clipper serves all the dishes you expect at a level of quality you don’t. Great for breakfasts and brunches, dinners and lunches, it inspires a sense of nostalgia people love, but not as much as they love the food.
276 Main Street | cafeamarcord.com
Named for the 1973 Italian film, Café Amarcord drops you right in the middle of a delightful atmosphere and menu that are as eccentric and fetching as Fellini’s cast of Borgo villagers. Not a detail is spared in preparing or plating the establishments much-praised “New American Cuisine with a Northern Italian Flare.” The hang is classy but not stuffy, and the food is complemented nicely by an ample selection of top shelf sprits, cocktails and wine. Amarcord’s convenient off-street parking and weather-permitting patio seating both help put it atop the date night lists of many Hudson Valley foodies in the know.
Denning’s Point Distillery
10 N. Chestnut Street | denningspointdistillery.com
Using grains quality grains from Hudson Valley farms, Denning’s Point creates artisanal spirits inside one of Beacon’s many restored 19th century buildings. The distillery operates year round, with a tasting room – that doubles as an occasional live music spot – and gift shop all within view of the apparatus that make the magic happen. Stop in to try their whiskeys, gins and vodka, and leave with a bottle for home. On warmer days, the main garage door opens to the street for a great community feel.
2 Way Brewing
18 W. Main Street | 2waybrewingcompany.com
2 Way Brewing Company opened in 2014, and produces some of the highest quality handmade beers in the Hudson Valley. The craft brew movement has boomed in New York State, and 2 Way brewery is at the heart of a beer community in the mid-Hudson that is second to none,. Making their mark with a steady rotation of five standard brews, their brewpub is steps from The View on Beacon’s West End. Visit them and experience their motto: “Good beer with good people in a good place. That’s the 2 Way way.”
Bank Square Coffee
129 Main Street | banksquarecoffeehouse.com
It doesn’t have to be all about the booze. This spot on the West End serves up coffees and teas, hot and cold, barista specialties and just about anything you can dream up that comes from the great beans and leaves that fuel our everyday. Using beans roasted right down the river in Tarrytown, Bank Square’s coffee beverages have become the legendary fuel for exploring Beacon. Baked goods and other foods made on-site are a great way to get a quick bite. And, if you really are looking for another place to grab a craft beer, they have that, too.
The Towne Crier
379 Main Street | townecrier.com
Live music is huge in the former hometown of folk legend Pete Seeger, and no venue does it better than the Towne Crier. An intimate performance space gives the audience what the NY Times has described as “Down-home access to world-class performers.” It has been presenting national and international touring acts, and local artists, for more than 40 years. Not for nothing, the venue’s menu is definitely Instagram worthy, and their beer, wine and spirits selection is top shelf.
The Howland Cultural Center
477 Main Street | howlandculturalcenter.org
The Howland Cultural Center is a nonprofit organization that promotes the arts and culture, producing its own events and presenting those sponsored by others. It is supported mainly through public participation and volunteerism, and showcases local and nationally touring musicians. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976, Beacon’s first building to receive that distinction.
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Quinn’s has been dubbed a top collaborative and co-operative music venue. Quinn’s is a small venue with big heart. Folk, jazz, experimental music, rock, fusion, it’s all here. Some of the Hudson Valley’s most talented players enjoy the up-close-and-personal stage at Quinn’s. Patrons also enjoy a menu of Japanese favorites – it’s a great place to get your ramen fix – with a few American standards mixed in, like hot dogs and chili.
2 East Main Street | roundhousebeacon.com
This masterfully restored historic property overlooks a Beacon’s gorgeous waterfall and creek on Main Street’s east end. The Roundhouse features an award-winning American restaurant that sources 90% of its products from the Hudson Valley as part of its Whole Farm Cuisine philosophy. At once rustic and elegant, the Lounge and Dining Room menus take Farm to Table and Dock to Table to exciting and delectable heights. The Roundhouse also features a 200-person capacity event space popular for wedding packages. The boutique hotel provides luxury accommodations – guest rooms, suites and eye popping penthouses – that your out of town guests will love.