I-87 to Montreal
I'm headed up the NY state thruway from Manhattan to Montreal and would like to find a place for good, quick takeout on the way(sandwiches? or BBQ takeout?). Any ideas around two hours outside of the city or so? Subway and protein bars are usually the solution until we get there but I'm hoping for more this time.
Check postings for New Paltz (exit 18), Kingston (exit 19), and Albany (exit 20). Depending on where you are and how fast you travel, those will put you between about 1 3/4 to 2 1/2 hours north of the city. I'd opt for Kingston, since you can be off the Thruway and into town in about a minute. There's a Saturday market and plenty of restaurants in town.
Just off the Newburgh exit (17) on Rt. 87, there's a good inexpensive barbeque place. I'm not sure of the name or hours, but as you get off the highway, follow the signs for 17K -- stay left coming out of the tolls. At the end of the ramp, at light, turn left onto 17K. 100 yards up on the left is a mall, including Ames and Shoprite. The bbq place is here, near Ames. There's also an Italian bakery here with absolutely wonderful pignoli macaroons -- expensive, but full of almond paste toasted to a golden brown.
In New Paltz, most places are further off the highway -- there's a lot there, but not much bbq I know of.
re: Simon Gruber
Went to the Barnstormers BBQ place. I think we must have ordered wrong. Service was slow but somehow charming with the friendly yound waitress who was serving the whole room disappearing for enless minutes after each order. The BBQ chicken was just a simple grilled breast with some marinade. Carolina pork sandwich was better with a nice vinegar kick. The sides were awful though. Definately better than corporate fast food though so thanks for steering our mouths and wallets away from Blimpies.
re: iron frank
Now that you mention it, I do remember the service was spotty at this place, and the sides not memorable. But I guess my overall impression was calibrated largely by the prices and lack of pretension -- and the fact that there isn't all that much to choose from right around here, especially for under $10/person.
I can, however, vouch more definitively for another place right in the same general location -- Cosimo's. This is basically a sit-down restaurant, with wood fired pizza oven, good ambience, where dinner entrees (including 10-12" pizzas, which I cannot eat alone) run from $7-16 or so. The pizza is great, with crust thin and crispy, totally different than most standard places around here. Other entrees are good (I don't usually get the specials, but they probably measure up as well). The service is generally very good, even when they're full on Saturday nights, although they don't take reservations so there can be a wait. And, they have a real wine list here.
It's on the west side of Rt. 300, just south of Rt. 17K (opposite Home Depot) right off Rt 87 at the Newburgh exit. (The acoustics at Cosimo's in Middletown, which has a similar menu but surfaces seemingly designed for their ability to reflect high frequency sounds, are unpleasantly harsh -- maybe OK for those used to NYC restaurants, but too much for me.)
Make a left off the Thruway at the New Paltz exit, and drive a bit until you see a small shopping center housing among other things, Rhino Records (188 Main St.) and the Convenient Deli (186 Main St). Buy records (you'll have no problems with that, I take it) and by all means, treat yourself to one of the subs at Convenient. They're so good, my grad school roommate married the guy who makes 'em just so she could have free subs for life. Well, that and love, I suppose but these are *really* good subs. Open 24-7.
Ya gonna go to Schwartz's in Montreal? Mmmm...smoked meat...