Kingston Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Kingston

April 14, 2018 Milan Banda

Kingston is a city in and the county seat of Ulster County, New York, United States. It is 91 miles (146 km) north of New York City and 59 miles (95 km) south of Albany. It became New York's first capital in 1777, and was burned by the British on October 13, 1777, after the Battles of Saratoga. In the 19th century, the city became an important transport hub after the discovery of natural cement in the region, and had both railroad and canal connections. Passenger rail service has since ceased, and many of the older buildings are part of three historic districts, such as the Stockade District uptown, the Midtown Neighborhood Broadway Corridor, and the Rondout-West Strand Historic District downtown.
Things to do in Kingston

1. Christina's

812 Ulster Ave, Kingston, NY 12401-1748 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 845-339-7400
Excellent
81%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 332 reviews

Christina's

Reviewed By Robert H - Grand Rapids, Michigan

Found using Google's search for restaurants nearby after a day of house hunting. Very friendly greeting and cordial service by Kristi. Had the daily burger special in the bar. Prepared perfectly and quite tasty. House salad and dressing of raspberry vinaigrette tasty. Would certainly come back for the attractive entre's.

2. Le Canard Enchaine

276 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401-3848 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar French, European, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 845-339-2003
Excellent
72%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 201 reviews

Le Canard Enchaine

Reviewed By kennykid523 - Amsterdam, New York

Had dinner here last night. This is an outright exceptional restaurant. A complete French experience. I would put it in the top 5 restaurants I have dined in this year. Bread was perfect. Great crust on the outside, chewy and delicious on the inside. Lamb shank was among the best I have ever had period! Bordeaux was crisp and light complimenting rich and savory lamb while providing continuity with the sweet raisin Demi. The lemon tart I could eat for 3 meals. Sweet lemon curd with a welcomingly naughty bite that resulted in a perfect balance. The shortbread crust offered a nutty undertone and discreetly did its part while offering texture to the dessert. Dan the server was professional and on point, as was the remainder of the service team. As I was leaving, a beautiful French woman Grabbed me, kissed me on both cheeks and wish to be an appropriate Bonsoir! Truly exceptional!

3. Hoffman House

94 N Front St, Kingston, NY 12401-3832 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 34 +1 845-338-2626
Excellent
56%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 244 reviews

Hoffman House

Beautifully restored 17th century stone house at corner of historic stockade district in Kingston, NY. Summer patio dining, winter fireside dining. Please note that The Hoffman House closes every year from mid February to mid March for vacation and renovations.

Reviewed By bruce t - Saugerties, New York

Great take out from Hoffman house. Cobb Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, Burgers, chimichanga, slices steak, grilled chicken wrap and great curly fries, Food is always good from there.Glad you enjoyed your take out!!!!

4. Ship to Shore Restaurant

15 W Strand St, Kingston, NY 12401-6033 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 845-334-8887
Excellent
53%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 280 reviews

Ship to Shore Restaurant

Reviewed By JudyMetroNYCarea - New York City, New York

We stopped here after visiting in the Hudson River Maritime Museum which is within walking distance. The restaurant is located on a tiny side street with a limited view of the water. There is also a small outdoor seating area.

We had drinks, appetizers (Mussels) 2 entrees, cappucinno and 1 dessert. Total was less than $100.

Our waiter was very polite and attentive. Restaurant was clean and pleasant.

5. SushiMakio

1088 Morton Blvd, Next to Tcby, Kingston, NY 12401-1504 Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Japanese, Sushi, Asian, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 33 +1 845-853-8078
Excellent
89%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 78 reviews

SushiMakio

Not only are the Sushi dishes at SushiMakio scrumptious on the palate, but each plate is beautifully crafted and presented as edible artwork. This is not your run of the mill fish; the seafood leaving Idesako's kitchen is a study in perfect seasoning, aged just so, brining out subtle textures and flavors you won't find from careless preparation. We invite you to experience the difference. Visit Executive Sushi Chef Makio Idesako at SushiMakio and sample the delicious offerings that he prepares six days a week for dinner. Call in advance to reserve your seat at the Sushi Bar for an Omakase experience ($55pp -7 Courses, $65pp 8 Courses, $75pp 10 Courses) and Makio will craft a personal sushi adventure tailored to your tastes. Sushi Master Makio Idesako came to New York in 1972 after 10 years of intensive training in Satsuma and Tokyo, Japan to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant in the United States. Sushi had only breached the shores of California a mere decade prior in 1964, when Chef Mashita of the Tokyo Kaikan restaurant in Los Angeles created the first "California Roll." Not yet the cultural phenomenon ubiquitous in strip malls across the country, Sushi was practiced only by master technicians in their stark temple-like kitchens of buddhist simplicity. A knife, the fish, and the hands of a master were the traditional Japanese ingredients upon which Modern American Sushi built it's own identity. Chef Makio honed his craft with fellow visionaries at Manhattan's Tokubei 86 and the French-Fusion Cafe Seiyoken before realizing his dream with the opening of Satsuma-Ya Japanese Restaurant in 1989. This family business was the talk of Mamaroneck, NY for over a decade, and Mike, as regulars at Satsuma started to call him, was often praised by patrons and press for his meticulous craftsmanship and artistic flair. Satsuma-Ya was a reflection of Mike's roots in the Kogoshima Prefecture (formerly Satsuma) where he was raised and began his culinary career at the age of 19. Great Sushi is informed by Japan's rich cultural appreciation for aesthetics and balance. The arts of ike-bana (flower arranging), origami (artistic paper folding), ukiyo-e (woodblock printing), kabuki (classical dance drama), bonsai (topiary sculpture) and other Japanese cultural institutions can be found reflected on the plate. From Manhattan to Westchester, Poughkeepsie to Long Island, Makio has been infused with New York "Chutzpah" without loosing sense of his roots. Satisfied with his accomplishments, Idesako had closed Satsuma's doors in 2005 for a brief retirement when he received a call from John Novi, chef/owner of the DePuy Canal House in High Falls, NY. Hailed by Time Magazine as "The Father of New American Cooking," Novi's successful fine dining bistro was lacking the essential flavor of Sushi. Turning to his friend Makio, together they created Amici Sushi, and the public immediately took notice. It was at Amici that Makio perfected his Omakase - A style of Sushi service where the patron entrusts the Chef to curate an innovative selection of hand picked dishes. Omakase is likened to an artistic performance, highlighting the Chef's mastery of technique, fish selection and palate as offerings transition from delicate to bold over as many as ten courses. With the success of Amici came the opportunity to migrate to Bull & Buddha, a massive undertaking by restauranteur Jacob Frydman. Makio brought his skills to this upscale Poughkeepsie restaurant, and continued to receive high praise for his sushi, especially the Omakase. With momentum at his back and a world of innovation ahead, Makio left the Bull & Buddha to take on a new vision at SushiMakio.

Reviewed By Tim M - Poughkeepsie, New York

This little sushi shop in a somewhat out-of-the-way small strip mall near the Kingston-Town of Ulster border is worth the drive and search. Fresh, delectable sushi, great nightly specials and outstanding service make for a lovely evening of dining. A nice selection of sake and wine complement the food. One night I'm going to call in advance for the omakase menu, which requires at least 24-hours' notice. Don't let the not-so-fancy decor fool you, this is one of the best sushi restaurants in the Hudson Valley. The price may be higher that others locally, but this is an instance of you get what you pay for. Reservations are strongly encouraged.

6. Ecce Terra

288 Fair St, Kingston, NY 12401-3808 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner SGD 9 - SGD 31 +1 845-338-8734
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 113 reviews

Ecce Terra

Located in the Heart of Historic Uptown Kingston, we offer casual dining using fresh local ingredients when available. Bar opens 3:30 PM Daily

Reviewed By glassyraven - blue ridge mountains

We had a very good dinner here the last time we visited Kingston, so we returned. Enjoyed their lentil soup and sharing their Kale salad and Rigatoni Arabiatta. All went well with a glass of their Montepulciano. Brownie for dessert was a little skimpy, but...MoreHi & Happy New Year! Thank you for your review! I'll be sure to increase the serving size of our delicious home made brownies! Bridget

7. Frank Guido's Little Italy

14 Thomas St, Kingston, NY 12401-3918 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 20 - SGD 39 +1 845-340-1682
Excellent
63%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 161 reviews

Frank Guido's Little Italy

Reviewed By Moose957 - Long Neck, Delaware

The people were over the top, the décor was warm and welcoming. Now work on your food. I had Chicken Parm. the gravy and cheese were ok, the chicken was like shoe leather. The rest of the meal was marginal with the exception of the Cannoli that was good. I doubt that I will return.

8. Duo Bistro

299 Wall St, Kingston, NY 12401-3817 Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast SGD 16 - SGD 39 +1 845-383-1198
Excellent
49%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

Duo Bistro

Reviewed By Mike Z - Hyde Park, New York

We went here with some and we were really looking forward to a great night out. Unfortunately we left disappointed. We started with drinks at the bar which ended up being the highlight of the evening. Bartender was great, very friendly and she made some great drinks. She had dry ice and added it to a few drinks which was a nice twist. For dinner we started with the nose nosh and it was very good. For dinner we had the chicken, which was good, nothing fabulous. The gnocchi was good but a very small portion for a dinner entre. Two of us had the steak and we specially asked for medium rare. We even asked if it normally comes more well done we want it rare. The waiters comment "I'm friends with the chef and he cooks it perfectly!". Almost like it was an insult to even question it. We get our steak, guess what? No pink at all, pretty much well done. Very disappointed. My wife sent hers back so naturally she ate alone after we were done. Even the second serving was overcooked. Thankfully they did not charge us for it. This place has a lot of potential but for us they really missed the mark.

9. Savona's Trattoria

11 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401-6042 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 845-339-6800
Excellent
45%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 282 reviews

Savona's Trattoria

Reviewed By Jan P - Fairfax, Virginia

Had a very nice lunch with another couple who recommended this restaurant. The menu is not too extensive and has many of the standard Italian dishes. Everything we ordered tasted delicious. Service was maybe a tad too attentive (it wasn't that busy during Sunday lunch) but very friendly and professional.

10. Armadillo Bar & Grill

97 Abeel St, Kingston, NY 12401-6009 Television, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available Bar, Mexican, Southwestern, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 18 - SGD 31 +1 845-339-1550
Excellent
59%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 187 reviews

Armadillo Bar & Grill

Modern Mexican featuring both traditional and innovative Fresh, made on premise food (even the chips and salsas). Grilled seafood and fajita steaks plus shrimp stuffed jalapenos are specialties. Burritos are filled with flavorful ingredients. A good selection of both Vegetarian and Vegan items available plus gluten free options. Over 30 years of serving great food and margaritas. We are small, friendly and delicious. Outdoor bluestone awning covered flower filled patio is seasonal and dog friendly.

Reviewed By mark12572 - Rhinebeck, New York

A great place to eat both indoor and outdoor seating! Great food, large portions at a good price! The owner comes to every table to make sure things are as expected. Very fun place.

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