Where To Eat In Beacon, NY
Last Updated: 1/30/2019
FYI: Monday is the start of the Spring 2019 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.
March 11-24, 2019
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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 email@example.com.
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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.
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.
Hudson Valley Marshmallow
217 Main St
At Hudson Valley Marshmallow Co. you will find a unique and varied collection of marshmallows encouraging you to escape the ordinary! Yes, these are house-made marshmallows that come in different flavors, and can be purchased by the bag (great hostess gift!) or individually in the shop and then decorated. Between this and Glazed Over Donuts, you'll be decorating your dessert for days.
THE MIDDLE & "MARKET SQUARE"
Pleasant Ridge II
Closed. The building sold and awaits something else.
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).
297 Main St.
Beacon's only wood fired pizza restaurant, from the owner and creator or Cafe Amacord. Features a wide variety of pizza creations on the menu. Spacious seating. Good for large parties. See our article about Ama here when it was in its build-out phase.
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.
The Studio @ Beacon
301 Main St
In addition to being a Spin/Boxing studio, they have a refreshing Smoothie Bar with an amazing selection of smooths which will refresh and energize you. You can call in advance and place your order!
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.
Glazed Over Donuts
315 Main St.
The sundae of donuts, the aroma of this donut shop, located in the navy blue building on Main Street near the Howland Public Library, can be smelled from blocks away, even into the residential area behind Rite Aid. Glazed Over Donuts was You can read a pretty good summary about how it works with pictures at The Groundhog, a local journalism outpost at Medium.com written by journalism students from Marist College. Glazed Over Donuts opened in 2016 by Lisa and Ron Tompkins. According to a feature in The Highlands Current, Ron is a mechanical maintenance superintendent at Indian Point and the wrestling coach at Beacon High School. Lisa had been the athletics secretary at the Beacon High School for 17 years, and resigned to open Glazed Over Donuts, a longtime dream of the couple. Glazed Over Donuts is a great destination place if you have guests, is a kid-favorite, and can be a go-to for providing exciting looking donuts to an event.
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.
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. Often a hot spot for late night music. 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.
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
Quinn's is a low-key hangout with an old-timey vibe offering Japanese fare, craft beer & a lineup of live music. But not just any live music. You can hear some of the best jazz music this side of the Hudson Valley. And if you like obscure desserts like an ice cream sandwich, or a fish-shaped red bean baked warm ice cream thing, then this will be a place you'll love. We can't promise that this will be on the menu forever, but it was the night we went.
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 quarter-century 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 fine-dining menu emphasizes fresh, local and natural ingredients. The Towne Crier claims that you will be tweeting "OMGs" after eating their desserts.
Beacon Pantry Cafe & Market
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. In August 2017, the market expanded to it's own separate space next door allowing for more indoor dining options at the cafe. Read more about the updates to Beacon Pantry here.
383 Main St.
Drink More Good uses locally sourced and organic ingredients to create handcrafted soda syrup concentrates, tea and tisane concentrates, and bitters. Really this is the headquarters for many projects that operate out of the More Good brand, including a commissary kitchen in the back.
Big Mouth Coffee Roasters
387 Main St.
Tucked in between a wine bar and a tea and barkeep supply store, this new coffee shop is spacious, offers Wifi, and is holding its own in the mile long Main Street that does offer coffee at several points. You are completely set for food and drink when you camp out here!
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...
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.
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29 Teller Ave.
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)
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.
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
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.
French for "vegetarian," you will get a variety of options, from dressings to milks to coffees. From the makers of Zaitun, Beacon Bread Company, Titos and Angelina's.
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.
Melzingah Tap Room
554 Main St.
From the owners of The Barking Frog and the Publick House, Kevin and Dana Collins, this revival of an old restaurant location is a welcome addition to the East End of town near the mountain. Stop in and look for a special fish and chips. Depending on how things go, Melzinga might even be open on Mondays, which is a rarity in Beacon. Owner Dana really likes Mondays (and so do we!!).
EAST MAIN STREET
Just over the tiny Fishkill Creek bridge.
This quickly becoming a boutique, artist and specialty food hub.
Trax Coffee Roasters
1 East Main Street
From the coffee shop owners of Mountain Tops on the West End of Main Street near the train, this is their second location of a coffee shop, this time on the East End of town near the mountain. With the coffee shops book-ending each other Beacon is now complete, with other coffee shops in between. Outdoor seating available, and spacious inside. Don't count on cell service, though. Coverage is spotty down there. Wifi is available.
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.
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 7 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.