About an hour north of NYC, located in a Hudson Valley town called Garnerville (a hamlet in Haverstraw), Hudson’s Mill Tavern remains essentially unnoticed. Its inconspicuous location is tucked away behind several seemingly abandoned brick buildings. But walk through the doors and you’ll discover food as rich as the buildings history itself.
According to the Hudson’s Mill website, the tavern, which first welcomed patrons in 2019, sits in an old textile mill established by the Garner brothers (Garner & Co.) in 1838, where they once produced 11 million yards of cloth per year. By 1915 that number rose to 1.6 million per week. It formerly manufactured army uniforms for the Civil War Union and World War II, acting a key placeholder in American history.
Nearly a century later, in 2013 the New York State Historic Preservation Office dubbed the area, which later came to be known as Garnerville Arts & Industrial Center, as Garnerville Historic District. To honor the landmark in which it occupies, the tavern owners restored all of the original woodwork and dedicated themselves to removing 17 layers of paint to expose the Haverstraw clay brick underneath.
It’s a perfectly executed dining experience blending the past into the present. There’s ample indoor dining space, with translucent partitions between booths to abide by New York State’s COVID19 guidelines, along with an outdoor dining section that overlooks the factory complex.
Executive Chef Peter Muller serves up an array of flavors fitting for a place deeply rooted into American culture. The eclectic menu rotates with items– a burrata salad, shrimp with Parmesan polenta, flat iron steak tacos, roasted pernil. All ingredients are prided for being farm to table, sourcing as locally as possible from family run farms, and serving chickens and Angus beef free of antibiotics, hormones, or steroids. Catches of the day are directly shipped from Boston Harbor, but customers can forgive them for not sourcing from their Long Island neighbors.
With Industrial Arts Brewing Company right next door and on tap, Hudson’s Mill keeps its beer menu as local as possible, including favorites like Defiant Brewing Company. You can find an updated list at BeerMenus.
On August 11, 12, 18, and 19 will be a special Firehouse Fundraiser where 10% of dine-in or take-out orders will go towards local fire departments.