New York City might be the city that never sleeps, but the Hudson Valley most certainly has a bedtime. Luckily, a few local businesses are ignoring curfews.

There are few greater guilty pleasures than a late-night snack, and having that food cooked by professionals only makes the experience better. While there are plenty of "sleepy" towns in our corner of New York, there are a few places that keep the lights on past midnight.

A new late-night option is now open in Kingston, NY
A new late-night option is now open in Kingston, NY (Urban Fork Late Night via Facebook)
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Late Night Food Options in the Hudson Valley, NY

First, let's clear the air: the first late-night options in upstate New York were 24-hour diners (below). While they won't be mentioned on this list, these heroes of post-midnight eating paved the way for other late-night restaurants.

Urban Fork Late Night Now Open in Kingston, NY

Urban Fork Late Night in Kingston, NY recently announced their business hours that will keep the Kingston, NY bar and restaurant open well into the morning hours. Teaming up with food truck Mad Flava, they will be open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 10pm until 2am. Early birds shouldn't worry either, as their full restaurant Urban Fork Uptown keeps more traditional hours.

Shrinking List of Late-Night Food Options in the Hudson Valley, NY

While there are other options with almost late-night hours (Quinn's bar and restaurant in Beacon, NY is open until midnight, and The Betty in Newburgh, NY lists their hours as "5pm until late", and Schatzi's in Poughkeepsie, NY is open until 1am on Friday and Saturday), it's nearly impossible to find food after the clock strikes 12am.

McGillicuddy's in New Paltz, NY is still on the shrinking list of late-night food options in the Hudson Valley
McGillicuddy's in New Paltz, NY is still on the shrinking list of late-night food options in the Hudson Valley (Google)
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In Memoriam to Late-Night Food Spots

It wasn't always like this. Pre-2020, far more restaurants across every Hudson Valley county were keeping their light on well into the night. Backbar in Hudson, NY used to be open until 2am (they now close nightly at 10pm) and late-night staple Max's on Main in Beacon, NY recently closed permanently. Luckily, New Paltz, NY staple McGillicuddy's still keeps their kitchen open until 2am. 

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Dinner is one thing, but dessert is something different all together (see the most mind-blowing Hudson Valley, options here). When you're ready to search out treats in other parts of New York, plan a trip on the Ice Cream Trail below.

Road Trip Through New York's Ice Cream Trail

Did you know there's an ice cream trail here in the great state of New York? Yup. Created by Only In Your State, the trail takes you all throughout the Adirondacks, allowing you to "take in the sights of our tallest mountains and some of the most breathtaking scenery in all of New York" while licking your favorite kind of ice cream.

Hop aboard the New York Ice Cream Trail!

Gallery Credit: Dave Wheeler

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