Re-energize at some of our lunchtime favorites:
Dominick’s Café serves everything homemade, just like gramma used to make. Oldworld cooking, panini sandwiches, fresh quality ingredients, and family recipes. Corner of Wall and N. Front Streets, Kingston. .
The Sportsman's Alamo Cantina.Mexican cuisine with flair —from tex-mex burgers to Alamo wings plus super selections for kids. A lunchtime favorite for 60 years, enjoy the sidewalk cafe and a good times bar. Suggestion: Tacos Al Carbon filled with beef or chicken and Monterey jack, flavored with pico de gallo and cilantro; or Guacamole & Salsa Burger with cheddar cheese, sour cream, lettuce, tomato, and onion on a hard roll with curly fries. Main Street, Phoenicia.
Cancelliere’s Pizzeria. Besides offering the best pizza in town, according to one critic, another source says the Philly Cheese Steak is phenomenal. Stop by for the complete list of hot heros and dinners. 6320 Route 209, Kerhonkson.
Lucy's Tacos offers a quick, delicious, affordable munch or lunch. Suggestion: Definitely add the “spice-up” called Cadillac, a special mixture of sour cream, guacamole, and jalapeños to any of Lucy’s taco selections. And don’t miss the Beenie Greenie called “absolutely awesome” by one of our taste-testers. 38 John Street, Kingston.
Cherries Deli. A great little road-side stop with burgers, sandwiches, subs, wings, and a full-service deli. Suggestion: A definite stop for the kids & ice cream aficionados and don’t forget to order a homemade custom ice cream cake for at-home eating. 4162 Route 209, Stone Ridge.
Some great laid-back eateries with a not-too-fussy atmosphere:
Gomen Kudasai: Japanese Noodles serves authentic Japanese home-style cooking along with a vegan and children’s menu. A new Sushi Bar offers genuine creations made by a renowned master sushi-chef mentored in Japan. Suggestion: Kitsune udon/braised sweet tofu and noodle soup before your dinner of Shake Teishoku/Broiled salmon set w/rice, mesclun salad and house pickles. And don’t miss the mouth-watering onigiri rice balls covered in Goma/roasted sesame seeds, or Ume/pickled organic plum paste. 215 Main Street, New Paltz.
The Reservoir Inn offers humongous family-style portions ready for the ravenous. Salads, pastas, pizza, soups, and more. Suggestion: Chicken Picata with caper berries & artichoke hearts sautéed in a lemon-butter-wine sauce, accompanied with bread, butter & salad with a choice of pasta, starch, or vegetable du jour. 157 Basin Road, West Hurley.
Suruchi Indian Restaurant offers authentic Indian cuisine—all made from scratch from carefully chosen fresh ingredients and special attention to cooking methods. Healthy, quality ingredients include the exclusive use of filtered water, sea salt, extra-virgin organic coconut oil, fresh veggies, organic brown basmati rice and organic tofu, freshly-made chick peas, homemade yogurt and cheese (paneer) made from hormone/antibiotic-free local milk. And…all food is cooked in stainless steel or cast iron cookware (no aluminum cookware or microwave is used) and most dishes are gluten-free. Suggestion: Anything on the menu will please food & fitness connoisseurs. 5 Church Street, New Paltz.
Some casual but sumptuous places to end the day without entering your kitchen:
Gaby’s Café is just the place for amazing traditional Mexican food like fried bananas, grilled cactus, guajillo pepper sauce and guacamole made right at your table—perfection. Suggestion: Fajitas to die for and don’t deny yourself the homemade flan! Say “Hi” to Genero for us. 150 Canal Street, Ellenville.
Friends & Family II Hillside Restaurant. Reputed for hand-crafted dishes, fine ingredients, and a menu where the entrees rival each other—amazing! Suggestion: Don’t miss the Warm Goat Cheese encrusted in Almond Slivers served with Poached Pear and Roasted Garlic—and the potato au gratin rocks too. 4802 Route 209, Accord.
High Falls Cafe. A great gathering place for great food, music, and camaraderie. The mouthwatering menu runs the gamut from soups, salads, & quesadillas to Mom’s kitchen-style meatloaf and mashed potatoes. Suggestion: Because everything is terrific, we’d just suggest to immediately order their fried calamari—they do it right! And bring the kids to Wednesday’s Pasta Night. Route 213, and Mohonk Road, High Falls.
Chefs on Fire Bistro Café. Soups, salads, Panini sandwiches, and authentic wood-fired brick-oven pizzas. Suggestion: White Pizza with Ricotta, Mozzarella, Feta Cheeses, Olive Oil and fresh Basil. Specialty toppings, a bit extra but worth it—Roasted Garlic, Roasted Red Peppers, Caramelized Onions, Breaded Eggplant, Portobello Mushrooms, Spinach and Bacon, Pepperoni, House Sausage, Anchovies, Black Olives, Eggplant Puree, and Kielbasa Sausage. Route 213, in the DePuy Canal House wine cellar.
Elegant epicurean experiences & ambiance can be found here:
Savona’s Trattoria for the taste of Old World Italian. Mangia on the Historic Kingston Waterfront for classic Italia matched with a progressive flair using fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms. Suggestion: Chicken & Spinach Manicotti homemade savory crepes (not hard store-bought pastas that are boiled), filled with chicken, ricotta, baby spinach, asiago cheese, covered with bechamel sauce or Zuppa Pescatore Mussels, Little Neck clams, calamari, large shrimp sautéed in roasted garlic & filletto tomato broth over linguini pasta. 11 Broadway, Kingston.
Ricciardella’s offers elegant cuisine embodying every region of Italy. Homemade pastas, traditional steak and seafood specialties. Suggestion: Seafood Bisque and a Stuffed Portobello Mushroom with crabmeat in a basil cream sauce to jump-start the palate for Chicken Miguelle stuffed with prosciutto and asiago topped with a shiitake scallion sauce. Main Street, Phoenicia.
The Phoenix in the Emerson Resort & Spa. The WOW factor awaits you where the food is “off the hook” and totally worth the trip! Notched-up classical techniques infuses the freshness of local Hudson Valley ingredients into modern American cuisine you can delight in al fresco, dining on the streamside deck or enjoy the elegance of the dining room. Suggestion: Start the palate pulsing with the appetizing Lobster & Spring Pea Ravioli with saffron butter, oven dried tomatoes & crispy shallots before the Boneless Braised Beef Short Ribs, ricotta potato gnocchi, sautéed baby spinach, & onions caramelized in port wine jus. 5340 Route 28, Mount Tremper.
Skytop Steakhouse & Brewing Company. A grand chalet sitting high atop a hill offers a woodsy, lodgey feel with upscale panache. Warm weather outdoor dining presents a beautiful backdrop of vistas below. On-site brewery, just like “sister” Hyde Park Brewing, offers crisp, clean, refreshing beers, fresh-brewed with Catskill Mountain flair. Suggestion: Cliffside Steak Sandwich sliced hanger steak smothered in onions and melted cheddar. 237 Forest Hills Drive, Kingston; Hyde Park Brewing, 4076 Albany Post Rd. Hyde Park.
Barnaby’s. This incredible steak house is housed in an elegantly refurbished 1883 Opera House once the cultural center of New Paltz. Still emanating the feeling of culture, the building’s face-lift includes the artistry of hand-painted murals, high ceilings, old fashioned bar, and old wood timbers. The extensive menu is sated with select choice steaks, ribs, and seafood. A great place for relaxing with a glass of wine to reflect on the day’s ventures. Suggestion: Start off with crab cakes, mostly crab—then on to Veal Picatta with sides of garlic roasted potatoes and asparagus—perfectly cooked. 16 North Chestnut Street, New Paltz.
We’ll be featuring more great local restaurants in FUTURE issues, and look for their videos on VISITvortex.com!