For breakfast, there are a couple of great options. The cardamom buns at Hakan — a chocolatier and cafe from the same owner as FIKA in NYC — are a must, and pair well with a hot latte. Kitchen & Coffee is a gluten-free and vegetarian restaurant and bakery with excellent breakfast and lunch items, as well as delicious baked goods; try the cheddar scallion corn muffin. Matcha Thomas is the go-to spot for matcha in town, and Peaceful Provisions has our favorite donut on Main Street (bonus: it’s vegan+gluten-free, so it’s basically healthy, right?!). If you’re in town on a Saturday, fuel up with an empanada from Nana’s Homemade Kitchen at the Beacon Farmer’s Market before your eastward walk along Main.
Whenever we’re in Beacon, we make a point of getting Homespun Foods for either lunch or takeout dinner. Our favorite hearty winter dish there is the nut and cheese loaf (aka “vegetarian meatloaf”) with mac and cheese. Aside from larger entrées, they also offer wholesome sandwiches, soups, and salads; a nice bottled beer and wine selection; plus a fantastic little backyard to enjoy your spread. (Fans will love to know there’s now a second location inside the Dia:Beacon.) On a similar vibe, The Beacon Daily has delicious, hearty sandwiches that often necessitate a nap. For lighter fare, there’s Vegetalien, a plant-based cafe and juice bar. Last, One More Bite serves up Korean Fusion food, like the Bulgogi Hoagie — but offer traditional Korean dishes as well.
For dinner and drinking in Beacon, we recommend Melzingah Tap House for craft beer and New American fare. They have 22 beers on tap, plus a handful of bottles to choose from. Meyer’s Olde Dutch (MOD to the locals) has the best burger in town; Enoteca Ama has great pizza; and Ziatun serves fresh Palestinian food with incredible hummus (we suggest their grilled vegetables over hummus or their kofta hummus).
Other longstanding favorites include Quinn’s, where ramen is served in an old diner and Dogwood, a neighborhood bar steps from the Roundhouse with a fun atmosphere. On any given night, you may be treated to live music at either of these laid-back, more local joints that also boast great food.
For an upscale dining experience, look no further than Roundhouse Beacon’s Restaurant. The dining room itself feels like a work of art – a beautifully repurposed industrial space, overlooking the waterfall that once powered the water mill in the same building. Not only is it picturesque, but the food is very good, with a menu that changes seasonally — though the mac and cheese is a hit year-round. (Note: reservations are recommended!) For a more casual experience, check out their bar and lounge, or have one of their excellent cocktails on their patio during the summer.
For Beacon nightlife, head to Wonder Bar, which boasts an inventive cocktail menu, has dramatic Art Deco vibes, and serves tasty small plates. If you want to get loose, District Social has live music, axe throwing, an arcade, billiards and darts, as well as craft beers and a full bar. And, speaking of beer, Beacon has even more places to drink it: Hudson Valley Brewery has an excellent selection of sour beers, Industrial Arts brews on the hoppier side, and Happy Valley is a classic arcade bar that has a great beer list, some of our most nostalgic arcade games (“Finish Him!”) and some pretty punny cocktail names (Bloody Mario, anyone?). Cheers!