The Best Restaurants In Cold Spring, New York
Cold Spring is a quick drive or Metro-North train ride from NYC, and you can easily take a day trip here that will make you feel better about the fact that you haven’t touched grass in a while.
Start your day in town with some breakfast, which could include a slice of pie or biscuits and gravy. After that, walk 15 minutes down NY-9D (it’s a highway, yes, but everyone else does it) until you reach the Little Stony Point trailhead. Whether you hike for file miles or just one, you’ll get some great views of the Hudson River, which looks a lot prettier up here than it does from the West Side Highway. Head back into town for some steak au poivre or pizza with gravlax. There, we just planned your day in Cold Spring for you.
If for some reason you’re only here to find the best restaurants in town, well, you’re still in the right place. Here are five great options for a post-hike meal, or just a day of eating if you decided to skip all that.
Riverview Restaurant’s second-floor wraparound porch overlooks the Hudson River, and this is absolutely where you should try to sit when you make your visit. It’s been a Cold Spring landmark since 1941, and is an ideal spot to eat pizza with gravlax or maple-brined pork chops at lunch or dinner.
There’s one main street in Cold Spring—filled with charming cafes, antique shops, and design stores that look like they belong in a much bigger city—and after you walk the entirety of it, you’re going to want some ice cream. Get it at Moo Moo’s, then walk across the street to the park on the river for an extremely scenic ice cream experience. If you happen to be the planning type, you can check out their current flavors on their Instagram.
Eating lunch at this spot, which is named after a real-life depot that opened in 1893 and is now just a few steps from the Metro North train station, will make you feel like you’re living in a different century. The American food is enjoyable and the beer list is great, but mostly, there’s something thrilling about eating a burger that’s similar to a Big Mac while a train goes by right in front of you.
For some semblance of a romantic night out, Brasserie Le Bouchon is your best option in Cold Spring for dishes like steak au poivre and onion soup. It sort of feels like the love child of a Little Italy spot and a French bistro, and the very nice outdoor patio has a large covered portion, in case rain threatens to derail date night.