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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?

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Bao Ong

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 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.

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.


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.

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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