The Most Expensive Menu Items in the Hudson Valley

Hudson Valley // Food + Drink

Restaurant prices are on the rise across the region, with some menu items reaching triple digits. Is this the new normal?

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The $44 local heritage porchetta at Table in Tannersville.

Provided by Tabla

While it may be hard to bear, the era of the $20+ appetizer and $35+ entree has arrived in restaurants across the Hudson Valley. To rationalize the $22 payment for a salad, one could blame pandemic-induced inflation for rising food prices across the board. Or one could turn to the clientele, some of whom are new to the area, willing to pay those high prices. Anyway, the fact is that in some local restaurants, these prices are here to stay.

Increasingly, there are outliers that go beyond these high prices. Here are some of the most expensive restaurant foods in the Hudson Valley right now. Although it was hard not to include the $38 pork chop from Stissing House (Pine Plains), the $36 duck breast from Gaskins (Germantown) and the $38 New York strip from Brasserie 292 (Poughkeepsie), for accounting purposes, this list only includes current entries over $40 – some of them double and even quadruple that.


Clay at Wildflower Farms — Gardiner

Dry-aged porterhouse with Sichuan pepper, white bean chimichurri, melted onion

The menu at the resort's restaurant, Clay, emphasizes

The menu at the resort’s restaurant, Clay, emphasizes “seasonal local terroir” and includes a $180 steak.

Provided by Murphy O’Brien Public Relations

For a hotel with rooms from $1,000 per night, it’s no surprise that the online menu currently doesn’t list any prices. (The DeBruce at Livingston Manner does the same; its tasting menu is $225 per person, but the sample a la carte menu is literally priceless.)

Still, if you drop by Clay for a meal or a drink at the bar and ask to see the dinner menu, you can find out in advance how much that steak will set you back: $180. The menu says it “serves 2-3”, but if the small portion sizes of fish on the lunch menu are any indication, it might be wishful thinking. Sides like celeriac ($24) and sweet potato ($20) come separately.



Henry on the Farm—Milton

Tomahawk steak with white truffle mashed potatoes, broccolini, beer-battered onion rings, half wild mushrooms

The entrance to the Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, whose restaurant, Henry's, serves a $96 tomahawk steak.  The sides include.

The entrance to the Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, whose restaurant, Henry’s, serves a $96 tomahawk steak. The sides include.

Stephen Fries

Another fancy hotel restaurant, another really expensive steak. Maybe it helps to know that Henry’s is known for using local ingredients or that the owner of the Buttermilk Falls Inn, which also owns Frida’s Café and Bakery, recently closed Red House, a pan-Asian restaurant due to a lack of manpower. Or maybe nothing can stop paying almost a hundred dollars for a steak. For those who prefer seafood, the lobster ravioli is only $48.



Blu Pointe—Newburgh

South African lobster tails with herb and garlic butter, hash browns, baby spinach

It somehow seems appropriate to eat seafood on the riverside terrace of this luxurious spot, even though it’s not locally sourced. You’re not going to find a bargain on this menu; Blu Pointe is intentionally and unashamedly upscale. Still, for those who think $85 is too rich for their blood, there’s always the $59 lamb chop.




New York strip loin with braised red cabbage, heirloom potatoes, pepper jus

At Inness' restaurant, you're also paying for the view.

At Inness’ restaurant, you’re also paying for the view.

Adrian Gaut

Inness’ vibe and decor could easily win a fanciest contest this side of the Hudson River, if such a thing existed. Yet, is the unparalleled beauty enough to make this dish worth it? For $51, there’s also an oven-roasted pork chop, served with marbled potatoes, romanesco, and grilled scallion vinaigrette. To cushion, arrive early, stay for sunset, and stay late.



Kinsley Restaurant—Kingston

8 oz Wagyu filet mignon with asparagus, roasted potatoes, horseradish cream

There is something reassuring about truth in advertising. At least you know how many ounces you’re going to get if you order that filet mignon from the equally swanky sister restaurant in Inness. It’s only $8.25 an ounce! It sort of makes the prices at the nearby butcher shop, The meat cart, look much more affordable. But if you DIY your own steak, you’ll miss Kinsley’s superb martini.



Butterfield — Stone Ridge

What A Deer Eats: Black Trumpet Crusted Venison Loin, Fruits & Nuts

It’s quite fascinating to imagine what goes into writing menu descriptions of dishes. Who is involved? Is it a brainstorming scenario or the chef’s only creation?

Whatever the origin of this dish title, it is interesting on the menu of the restaurant located at the Hasbrouck House hotel. As the saying goes, you are what you eat. And the venison on the menu is surely a local nod to deer hunting season, though it begs the question of what real hunters might think is a fair price for a venison loin.



Amsterdam — Rhinebeck

Duck breast roasted with Alsatian sausage, piquillo, chanterelles, garlic flowers, corn

Leave it to Amsterdam to counter a general trend: Steak isn’t always the most expensive thing on a Hudson Valley menu — and Rhinebeck, for once, isn’t the town. the most expensive in the area. Perhaps there is something definite about this price, high as it is; Restaurant reinvented itself many times in an effort to survive the ups and downs of the pandemic, most restaurants have navigated. And he’s still standing.




New York grass-fed rib steak with pepper sauce, fries

Woodstock's restaurant and patio, which operates seasonally, is reopening for the summer.

Woodstock’s restaurant and patio, which operates seasonally, is reopening for the summer.


This high-end cut is local, so maybe that counts a bit for its price? Millstream is the new location from the same team behind The Dutch, Farm Kitchen and Maxwell’s Plum, with a renovated 1700s mill and outdoor space overlooking the Sawkill Creek. Renovations are never cheap and can show up in menu prices.



Table — Tannersville

Local heritage porchetta with green salt, salsa verde

The $44 local heritage porchetta at Table in Tannersville.

The $44 local heritage porchetta at Table in Tannersville.

Provided by Tabla

This Italian pork roast is not your typical restaurant dish; it takes time to make and is usually roasted over wood for many hours. Compare that to quickly searing a steak; workload is something completely different. Therefore, it’s the kind of thing that enthusiasts are always looking for, no matter the price. There’s no indication on the menu if Tabla’s version is correct – it’s listed in its “from the grill” menu section, or how much buys $44. Yet, for some, it will be worth it.



Liberty Street Bistro—Newburgh

Steak and fries, 8 oz New York strip loin, brown butter fries, salsa verde with charred green onions, romesco

Liberty Street Bistro steak and fries.

Liberty Street Bistro steak and fries.

Offered by Liberty Street Bistro

It’s unclear if that $0.99 surcharge on the $43 steak from Newburgh’s beloved Bistro is meant to fool anyone into thinking it’s not actually $44, but whatever. There are diners who firmly believe that nothing is more comforting than steak and fries. For those with shallow pockets, there are plenty of cheaper items on the menu at Liberty Street Bistro.



Terrapin — Rhinebeck

Sushi-grade horseradish-crusted ahi tuna with miso aioli, sautéed Asian-flavoured oyster mushrooms, bok choy

If a restaurant that has been operating in the Hudson Valley since 1998 is charging $41 for tuna, that’s what people are willing to pay for tuna. Terrapin, which was originally founded in West Hurley before moving to Rhinebeck, surely has its finger on the pulse of local diners. Portions are at least generally robust at this staple, but this dish also says something loud and clear to all diners in the Hudson Valley: expect more than $40 worth of fish to arrive on the menus near you – and soon.


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