Is it a coincidence that the end of the school year for our kids lines up perfectly with hot temperatures, heat waves and zero desire to get in the kitchen and cook dinner?

I think not.


Luckily, I stumbled across some information that might come in handy for tired Hudson Valley parents who want to be budget friendly, but also take the kids out for a meal now and again.

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The Average Cost of Dinner Out in New York State

The price of just about everything has skyrocketed lately, remember when eggs were more than $5 a dozen and we were all going nuts?

A recent study, which has results broken down by state indicates that the average cost of a meal when you go out to eat is about $25 in New York State. With that in mind, you're looking at $100 to take a family of four out to dinner.


There are quite a few local places that do offer some sort of BOGO or discounted kids meals with the purchase of an adult entree, or some other qualifying purchase, let's take a look at those options.

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Kids Eat Free (or discounted) At These Hudson Valley Spots

  • TGI Fridays
    • On Tuesdays, all day long, kids eat free at TGI Friday with the purchase of $20 of additional menu items.
  • Chili's
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  • Denny's
    • Similar to Chili's, Denny's Rewards members can get free kids meals that span across breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • IHOP
    • At IHOP locations, kiddos can get a free meal with the purchase of any adult meal between the hours or 4 and 10pm.
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  • Ruby Tuesday
    • At Ruby Tuesday locations, kids eat free after 5pm on Tuesdays, dine-in only, kids 12 and under.
  • Red Robin
    • The first Wednesday of the month at Red Robin, kids can eat free for every adult meal that is purchased.
    • There's also 50% off for kids on Wednesdays, even with to-go ordering at Red Robin.
  • Texas Roadhouse
    • Kids eat for $1.99 at Texas Roadhouse on Tuesdays for Kids Night!

Are there any other places we missed, or any locally owned businesses here in the Hudson Valley that offer great discounts for the kiddos?

Breweries with the Best Eats

The Hudson Valley has a great reputation for creating some of the most delicious and creative beers in New York State. But something else to note is the quality of the food that you can enjoy at some of the Hudson Valley's finest breweries. Check out 6 of our favorite brewery eats throughout the Hudson Valley!

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25 must visit sweet shops in the Hudson valley!

In this article you will find some of the best sweet spots that may be close to you, Indulge in the sweet flavors that defines the Hudson Valley's culinary landscape with this curated list of the region's 25 best sweets. From bakeries  in charming towns to some of the hudson valleys more busier cities.  This journey promises to tingle your taste buds and ignite your sweet tooth. 

You will be able Discover the essence of local flavors infused into every bite, as talented pastry chefs and chocolatiers draw inspiration from the Hudson Valley's rich agricultural heritage. Join me as we embark on a sugary adventure through the Hudson Valley, celebrating the diverse options of sweets that make this corner of New York a haven for dessert enthusiasts.

Gallery Credit: Angelina Mena