Spent the weekend in Hudson, after reading many of the threads on the town here (it can be a hard one to search for, given the regional name too).
Swoon Kitchenbar was very, very good. Excellently prepared duck and fish and desserts. Was a little less impressed by a pasta -- a rabbit tagliatelle -- it was fine, just quite bland. Definitely a place where you need to mélange all the flavors on your plate to get the right effect. Nice service. It wasn't quite as fabulous as I hoped at the price, but was our best meal and I'd go back.
Ca Mea fell completely flat and felt like poor value. Lovely bartender (ate at the bar), but all of our pastas were overcooked and not the least bit special. One with sunflower pesto was downright bothersome. The mushroom one was fine but not standout, but kind of watery, and the beef ragu was completely pedestrian and also in terrible proportion to the pasta. Roasted vegetable antipasti were done very well, however. For a limited menu, and at these prices, I expected a lot more.
Murray's café in Tivoli was lovely lunch spot. Very casual coffee-house vibe, with a menu of sandwiches and chili, but very, VERY well thought out and executed. All had bright, fresh ingredients. Good for vegetarians or for getting more vegetables--most were veggie-based.
Great beer at that book store -- Spotty Dog, maybe? -- and almost-there bar snacks. (For instance, a very tasty bean dip from Bruno's, but served way too cold. Once it was left to get to room temp, it was very good). Great value.