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The best food-filled road trips from New York City

There are plenty of delicious options within a short drive of New York City. Anyone hungry for a road trip?

By Bao Ong
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Long-distance trips requiring a plane ticket are taking a backseat these days, so New Yorkers are looking for fun destinations a little closer to home. For the longest time, however, going upstate or anywhere on the New England coastline meant your dining options often fell somewhere between a McDonald’s and gas-station snacks. In 2020, that’s no longer the case: There are plenty of delicious options within a short drive of the Big Apple that are worth traveling for. Anyone hungry for a road trip?

The Maker
The Maker
Photograph: The Maker

The Maker in Hudson NY

The Maker is a micro hotel with 11 rooms, but its restaurant has big ambitions. Executive chef Michael Poiarkoff (Vinegar Hill House) cures meats, churns butter and forages greens. His contemporary American menu is served in a glass-ceilinged conservatory that pairs well with the Gatsby-ish vibe.

Lis Bar
Lis Bar
Photograph: Courtesy Lis Bar / Peter Crosby

Lis Bar in Kingston, NY

New York State’s first capital and an artist hub these days, Kingston boasts a charming Polish-inspired restaurant-bar in its Midtown Arts Distric. The husband-and-wife team of Jonathan and Patricia Rich serve borscht, pierogi and other small dishes to complement the natural wines from Eastern Europe.

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Peekamoose
Peekamoose
Photograph: Peekamoose / Nils Schlebusch

Peekamoose in the Catskills (Big Indian, NY)

This restaurant has been around before the Catskills became trendy. The restaurant evokes a warm log cabin vibe, and the contemporary American food, while drawing in a lot of local ingredients, is not pretentious.

Goosefeather
Goosefeather
Photograph: Courtesy Goosefeather / All Good Photography NYC / Nick Johnson

Goosefeather in Tarrytown, NY

Going to Westchester for modern Chinese fare is like trying to find a bagel in L.A. But when Dale Talde is cooking dishes like Cantonese roast duck and char siu Berkshire pork collar, the (quick) trek to the King Mansion at Tarrytown House Estate is worth it.

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Beach Plum Farm
Beach Plum Farm
Photograph: Courtesy of Cape Resorts

Beach Plum Farm in Cape May, NJ

You can check into one of the cottages at this 62-acre working farm starting in November. There's one four-day package focused on a farm-to-fork experience where you can go hiking, make cocktails in the garden and help harvest produce for your meal. There's also an all-inclusive option, which is great for groups of friends or families.

Troutbeck
Troutbeck
Photograph: Troutbeck / Paul Barbera

Troutbeck in Amenia, NY

Gabe McMackin’s the Finch in Brooklyn, which is now permanently closed, was among Time Out New York’s top restaurants. He’s been leading the Troutbeck lodge’s restaurant and made the menu his own. What’s more, the 250-plus-acre property’s wild and manicured landscape is an idyllic setting for McMackin’s modern American fare that emphasizes seasonality and local ingredients.

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