Where To Eat In Beacon, NY
Last Updated: 8/10/17
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It's always a pleasure eating and drinking your way through Beacon, so we created this guide to help you know where to eat and drink as you explore the town.
What to Know About This Guide:
- This is organized as a "Walking Guide" starting from the train station on the west end of Main Street and ending by East Main Street past the dummy light.
- The Guide mostly consists of restaurants, but we have also included bars, wine, liquor, tea, coffee and soda shops. You need some beverages to wash down your food!
- Parking can be found on side streets, on Main Street, and in municipal lots.
- New places are always popping up in Beacon and we'll be updating periodically. But if you don't see your favorite place, or have the inside scoop on something new opening up- give us a shout in the comments or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Closures of your favorite spot may be surprising, so we will include the recent closures of restaurants at the top of this Guide.
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NEAR THE TRAIN, BEFORE MAIN STREET
2 Way Brewing Company
18 West Main St.
(this is down the hill from Main Street proper, near the train)
On your way up from the train station, either on foot or by car, Beacon's own brewery is a must-stop. They will also have a new experimental beer to try each month!
THE WEST END
(Close to the train station.)
129 Main St.
Your friendly place on the West End Main Street for a latte, craft beer, or Mast Brothers Hot Chocolate. Also has snacks like yogurt, granola bars, and homemade donuts when they are making them.
Chill Wine Bar
173 Main St.
A cozy wine bar offering tapas and live music every Saturday night. Sit at the bar or along the brick wall at a table for two, or spread out in the front in the window seat adorned with pillows. Especially known for their dessert selection which includes a s'more panini and cheese cake as well as their cheese and meat platter.
Tito Santana Taqueria
142 Main St.
Really fresh food you'd expect to find in a taqueria. From guacamole to fish tacos to cheesy quesadillas. Serves beer and cans of wine.
157 Main St.
Kitchen Sink features an eclectic mix of global and family influenced dishes, blending local ingredients with modern techniques. They put a spin on the classics, while creating new ones all using farm to table ingredients. Be prepared for their menu to change with the seasons. Seating includes an outdoor garden patio. Check out their awesome Monday night fried chicken specials, and on Thursdays, Beacon residents get 10% off if they bring proof of their hunkered down roots. Open now on Sunday from 11am-2pm for Brunch! Locals
165 Main St.
If you're a fan of Dr. Who, you will love this restaurant. Most importantly, however, is their food, which is delicious, comforting, and offers plenty of dessert options. Serves beer.
Artisan Wine Shop
180 Main St.
Beacon's most delightful wine shop that specializes in pairing wine with food. Every Second Saturday, Artisan Wine Shop hosts a be wine tastings with winemaker/import representative Luis Moya.
Poppy's Burgers & Fries
184 Main St.
Beacon Bread Company
193 Main St.
You'll find not just their delicious, fresh baked bread, but you can stop in for warm french onion soup, grilled cheeses and other sandwiches, cheese danishes, brownies...
BJ's Soul Food Restaurant
213 Main St.
Beacon's stop for soul food including fried chicken, ribs, ox tail and mac and cheese that rivals Stouffers. Enjoy a generous slice of a homemade three layer frosted cake. Serves beer.
THE MIDDLE & "MARKET SQUARE"
Pleasant Ridge II
208 Main St.
Pizza and Italian food like chicken Parmesan. Seats large parties. Serves wine and beer.
232 Main St.
Delicious spot for breakfast, lunch or sweet snacks (like carrot cake or chocolate mousse). Be sure to ask about their deep dish french toast with real maple syrup, which had formerly was only baked on the weekend, but now may be served daily in Homespun's new morning hours for breakfast, starting at 8am. Also serves oatmeal, yogurt, quiche, sandwiches, cheeses and beer. Their hours are easy - they are open daily from 8am - 5pm.
240 Main St.
Beacon's most modern and hip looking sushi restaurant with a waterfall wall that kids love. Seats large party. Serves wine and beer.
244 Main Street
Authentic Palestinian-Arabic-Middle Eastern food that serves vegan & vegetarian options as well as traditional meat dishes that include lamb and beef. Local blogger at Beacon Bits was quite taken with the flavors you'll find there, including mint, sumac, toasted pita, and more. After being open for 6 weeks, Ziatun (pronounced Zay-toon) made it to a Top 10 List at The Culture Trip. It is the latest restaurant from Kamel Jamal (you know him from Tito's, Beacon Bread Company, and Angelina's), and the child of Palestinian immigrants, born in a refugee camp in Jordan, you are sure to taste his passion for the Palestinian home-cooking and enjoy your dining experience.
Max's On Main
246 Main St.
This family-owned local bar has been in Beacon for decades, was dubbed a Best of by Hudson Valley Magazine in 2016, and knows how to serve great food with a full bar to pair it with. Enjoy Max's for lunch and dinner - and for those with grumbly bellies before noon - Max's opens at 11:30am and closes way later if you're still hungry for late night eating. A favorite around these parts is their crab meat cakes when they are available as a special. A dependable staple is their potato skins, which are a rare appetizer in these parts. And we know this because we are potato skin aficionados. Go to Max's for the quotes on the bathroom walls (if you can figure out which one is men's or women's), and enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday night. For sports fans, there are big enough TV screens at the bar for you to watch the game, and folks in the adjacent living room can enjoy Food Network (or request a game).
276 Main St.
Delicious Italian flare gourmet food. Enjoy salads with goat cheese and beets, cauliflower soup, entrees of fish or steak, and wine by the glass or bottle.
Royal Crepes & European Market
303 Main Street
Crepes and Byrek have arrived at Main Street. Shop their market for authentic ingredients including cheeses, meats, pies, phyllo pastries and more. Find plenty of sweet and savory options for Brunch or Lunch - either to bring home to make your own brunch, or find a crepe that suits your Saturday/Sunday.
All You Knead
308 Main St.
Stop in for a chocolate croissant, apple muffin, or chicken pot pie. You'll of course find a hearty chocolate chip cookie or brownie here, but you may also find whatever the baker decided to bake, like vegetable samosa.
Denning's Point Distillery
10 N. Chestnut Street
Denning’s Point Distillery in Beacon, NY crafts the finest artisanal spirits available including Viskill Vodka, Beacon American Whiskey & Denning's White Rye Whiskey.They use high quality grains from New York state farms and strive to create classic spirits of unique character and depth. Denning's Point Distillery works from a unique,urban production space and offers impromptu tours and tastings.
Baja 328 Tequilla Bar Southwest Grill
328 Main Street, Beacon
Baja 328 is a Tex-Mex restaurant that is pouring over 100 varieties of tequila in a very chic, well-lit space that even has TVs above the bar for sport enthusiasts who want to catch a New York Mets game. Not sure how the remote controlling will go down here, but your dining experience is sure to include fresh, authentic Southwestern cuisine that will leave you wanting more, and another cocktail. The dining area is spacious, so can fit large parties. Open for lunch and dinner till 10pm (till 11pm on Friday and Saturday).
- Every Wednesday is "Rita's & Fajita's" night.
- Every 1st Tuesday of the month is SIN Night (Service Industry Night) where service industry workers in the area get taken cared of. Must bring proof of employment starting at 8 pm.
WEEKLY SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM BAJA
The art doesn’t stop at the galleries in Beacon. The chefs at BAJA 328 have created a masterpiece for your plate with this new tuna tartare appetizer! Try it with one of BAJA’s seasonal margaritas, like apple cinnamon and ginger pomegranate.
6 Eliza Street (on a side street off Main Street)
This little pizza/taco combo is a favorite for some. It may be quick place to swing by and pick up a taco while you're out.
330 Main Street, Beacon
The premiere collaborative, co-operative live music venue/Japanese restaurant in Beacon, NY! Their mixes traditional Japanese snacks, ramen and "Gringo Favorites" such as dog dogs and chili. They also offer a large selection of canned and bottled beers as well as fine wine and even a little sake.
Beacon Natural Market
348 Main St.
The Deli Menu at Beacon Natural Market is an easy, tasty and healthy source for a work lunch or early dinner. A new menu is posted each week at their website, and you'll find creative dishes to select from, including Red Curry Chicken Soup, Mixed Green Salad with Golden Raisins and Walnuts, as well as Smoked Salmon Hash or a vegan Seitan Sausage & Peppers main dish.
The Towne Crier Cafe
379 Main St.
Founded in 1972, in an old stagecoach stop in Beekmanville, NY, the Towne Crier Cafe has become a mecca for fans—and performers—of live music. After a brief stay in Millbrook, then a quartercentury in Pawling, NY, they relocated in October, 2013, to the blossoming arts hub of Beacon, NY. Their performance space is spacious but intimate—bringing you what the NY Times called “Downhome access to worldclass performers.” Their finedining menu emphasizes fresh, local and natural ingredients. The Towne Crier claims that you will be tweeting "OMGs" after eating their desserts.
382 Main St.
Beacon Pantry is a specialty market for meats, cheeses, fish, crackers, jams, honey, granola, ice cream, and so much more. Known for carrying French and Italian delectables. Enjoy a snack at their window seat or grab something and go.
383 Main St.
Drink More Good uses locally sourced and organic ingredients to create handcrafted soda syrup concentrates, tea and tisane concentrates, and bitters.
Oak Vino Wine Bar
389 Main St.
Oak Vino is an oasis for wine lovers. Enjoy the curated wine collection that is always changing. Serves light fare of tapas including cheeses, chutney, hummus, and more.
Food menu is available until 10pm.
394 Main St.
Draught's motto will give you an indication of what's it's like inside this little hallway of a bier garden in the middle of Main Street, and why it could be top of your list for beer: "Some people collect art. We drink it. 20 rotating Draughts & 2 rotating Beer Engines." You won't miss the apparatus inside that makes the beer pour so perfectly from each keg. It on the wall and looks like an antique telephone switchboard, but it's really a beer switchboard...
December 10th, 2016 marks the final weekend with these owners for Draught Industries. Their words: "Thanks for a great 2 years! Final weekend! All glasses $5, flights $10 and growler fills $15 until it's gone!! Come see us in Fishkill The Dutchess Biercafe where we'll be adding a beautiful Biergarten next year!"
But don't let that fool you. Draught is staying in Beacon, under new ownership. Say the current ownership: "New ownership will be keeping the name and pouring the same great liquid. They'll be open next Thursday so to continue the regular schedule without missing a beat."
Yankee Clipper Diner
397 Main St.
If you need broad food selections from veggies to meat to seafood, Yankee Clipper is a Beacon staple that will seat you comfortably for any meal. If you've seen the movie "Nobody's Fool" with Paul Newman, you'll recognize Yankee Clipper in a scene. Find a huge menu that includes Italian, Southwestern, and enjoy a few dishes with a Greek flare such as a gyro or chicken slouvaki. Serves beer and wine.
Kennedy's Fried Chicken
392 Main St.
Open LATE for your pizza roll, Jamaican beef patty, spicy chicken sandwich, and fried chicken meal cravings.
29 Teller Ave.
Open 7 days, 9am - 8pm
Sandwiches and salads to eat in or takeaway, plus breakfast and beer! They have a build-your-own-sandwich style menu (starting with turkey, ham, pastrami or roast beef) and a nice selection of salads, most of which are vegetarian. They also offer a menu of coffee drinks. Indoor and outdoor seating, wifi. Get the scoop and read our review!
THE EAST END & BEYOND
(Close to The Mountain)
The Beacon Bite
Darn it. Announced in July 2016, The Beacon Bite has closed. We covered them here, where you can see pictures of what it once looked like. Quite a creation on that corner. Fans are encouraged to follow @TheBeaconBite and @Jawshey on Instagram.
418 Main St.
A beautiful cafe and eatery serving baked goods, salads and soups that are all gluten free and really good. Some of the best chocolate chip cookies and lemon bars around. Be sure to try their mini pumpkin pies, and enjoy coffee from Tas Kafé and cocktails from syrups from More Good.
The Beacon Hotel Restaurant
424 Main St.
A high-end yet very comfortable restaurant in one of Beacon's most historic buildings, with a menu that changes with the seasons. We've got the scoop on the renovation and the opening, which includes the history of the building. The front room is the bar with windows that can open to the sidewalk in the warmer months, which can create a nice breeze through to the back through the middle room and into the back room that has a fireplace and patio entrance. Accommodates large parties nicely, but call in advance.
446 Main St.
The Vault is Beacon's serves spirits and tappas for lunch and dinner. Located in an old bank, the interior is beautiful and does offer outdoor seating on their patio overlooking Main Street. The Vault is also available for wedding receptions and private lunches or dinners.
Where is The Vault? Near Beacon Bath and Bubble, and across the street from the Howland Cultural Center.
Open 6 Days
Outside Seating on Patio
Closed on Mondays
OMG Yum. French toast freshly dipped in an egg batter and served to you for brunch at The Vault. Feel like one of the stars in the recent TV series that filmed at The Vault, starring Michael Neeson, son of Liam Neeson. Get many behind the scenes photos here on The Vault's Facebook page.
Harry's Hot Sandwiches
449 Main St.
The name is pretty self explanatory: Great sandwiches, coffee, and other goodies. You can hang out or take it to go!
Joe's Irish Pub
455 Main St.
Local watering hole with great drink prices. Special for Second Saturday: St. George and Friends Second Saturday Jam15 to 40 musicians every month under one roof. This love entertainment has been going on every Second Saturday for the past 12 years and continues into its 13th.
465 Main St.
Find pizza here of course, but also many more entrees of fish, steak and chicken. A favorite pizza is "Grandma's", a Sicilian style garlic cheese pizza with fresh tomato. Also ask about their gluten free pizza.
466 Main St.
There is no replacement for a craving for a salmon lox on a bagel, or for a breakfast egg and cheese bagel sandwich which is why you'll peel off into Beacon Bagel for a filling sandwich before you continue on your night of wine, beer and other spirits. Very kid friendly and can make pretty much anything you like. Serves chocolate milk, juice, and lattes.
Beacon Falls Cafe
472 Main St.
This American Bistro restaurant has a cozy and comfortable atmosphere with its quaint, old mountain town decor and super friendly staff. They offer plenty of delicious comfort food and beer options for diners.
Outside Sidewalk Tables Open
The Chocolate Studio
494 Main St.
The Chocolate Studio (formerly Gourmetibles) is perfectly suited for birthday parties for kids of all ages. They make their delicious treats in their own kitchen, including custom cakes, made to order. The aroma may hook you in for the night. They also make our own Cake Pops, French Macarons, chocolate covered Bacon, chocolate covered pretzels and lots more.
504 Main St.
Fresh Salads, sandwiches, soups, and smoothies. Create your own delicious salad from their salad bar or grab a Raddish original creation: the Buffalo Chicken Salad looks pretty hearty!
516 Main St.
Sukhothai creates traditional Thai dishes, such as Pad Thai and Som Tam. They offer to spice each entree is to your taste, available in 1–5 in degrees of hotness.
The Hop (Closed, Listed For Sale)
554 Main St.
NOTICE: According to The Hop's website and Facebook pages on October 24, 2016, The Hop, one of Beacon's most successful and written about restaurants by the New York Times, has declared that it is "closed until further notice" (via their website), and "is now closed indefinitely" (via their Facebook page, just hours after posting about what great beer you'll find there). Although the Facebook page adds: "Thank you all for making it a success. Cheers!", which sounds definite and finite, the publisher of the post selected the word "indefinite", which suggests the lights coming back on. We shall wait and see.
The Hop is a food and craft beer lovers destination for beer and artisanal comfort food. They pour from 16 rotating taps for tastings or growler fills for home. The menu changes seasonally, earning them multiple good reviews by The New York Times. They also feature feature local artisan cheeses, chocolates, pickles, jams & house-made sausages, terrines & pâtés. All the meat is sourced locally and butchered in-house and as much local produce as possible is used to craft the menu.
Reservations strongly encouraged.
Outside Back Area Open
EAST MAIN STREET
Just over the tiny Fishkill Creek bridge.
This quickly becoming a boutique, artist and specialty food hub.
2 East Main Street
One of Beacon's biggest passion projects The Roundhouse is a conversion of one of Beacon's most historic, beautiful buildings to be a hotel, restaurant, and bar. Enjoy stunning views of the waterfall at Fishkill Creek from within the spacious restaurant or plush lounge. If you appreciate interior design, you will love dining here. Seats large or small parties. Serves beer, wine and cocktails.
Outside Patio Open
Dogwood Bar & Restaurant
47 East Main Street
Enjoy homestyle favorites to innovative specials. Dogwood, as with so many restaurants in Beacon, uses organic, locally sourced ingredients. The draft beer menu is carefully chosen and constantly updated to reflect the very best in quality and seasonal flavors. Have fun picking a craft beer from the big chalkboard of specials flowing from their 16 taps and full bar.
Open 6 Days
69 Spring St.
Foodies rejoiced when Barb's Butchery opened on Spring Street, just over the Fishkill Creek, because this local butcher trained with some of the best in the Hudson Valley, and works with farms within a 200 mile radius of the shop, ensuring that you get local meat every time. You'll not only get cuts of meat, but ask for any special home-stuffed sausages or braises they have put together that day. Barb's Butchery is known for their weekly lunch specials which can include Thick Slab Bacon BLT with Garlic Aioli or Fried Chicken and Waffles, so stay hooked on their Facebook page for updates. Get the scoop on Barb's at A Little Beacon Blog's profile of when they first opened.
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