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Fiesta Garibaldi in Nyack gone

Nancy Apr 24, 2006 12:28 PM

Does anyone know what happened to Fiesta Garibaldi in Nyack? We tried to got there for dinner on Friday and the place is gone.

While I prefer the food at Bandido (across from the International Market on 59) it is too loud on the weekends to take people you actually want to talk to, and I didn't want to try for Casa del Sol in downtown Nyack because they were paving the parking lot when I in town on Wednesday. We ended up at Tequila, Sal y Limon in Suffern (at the end of 59, across from the train station) which was really good.

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    Jill Rovitzky Black Apr 24, 2006 12:32 PM

    A better alternative might be Gallito's on Main St. in Haverstraw.

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      cantarv Jul 21, 2006 09:31 PM

      Fiesta Mexico is just as good as Fiesta Garibaldi. They are located in Orangeburg, NY on 303 South. Take 59 to 303S.

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      1. re: cantarv
        gonzomac Nov 6, 2008 08:17 PM

        FYI, Fiesta Garibaldi, Fiesta Mexico, Fiesta Sunrise, Fiesta Cancun are all owned by the same people. They used to own Toro Loco in Palisades, NY, before it went bust.

        1. re: gonzomac
          dave1 Nov 14, 2008 05:13 PM

          That's not true. Fiesta Cancun is not owned by the same people and is a much better restaurant than the others. I've been in the kitchen and it is clean!

          Clearly, if you saw Kitchen Nightmares, you would know that the owner of Fiesta Sunrise doesn't own any other restaurants.

          1. re: dave1
            gonzomac Nov 14, 2008 08:37 PM

            No - It IS true.

            They are all relatives.

            Fiesta Mexico us owned by Patti's Uncle. Fiesta Cancun is also owned by a relative.
            If you visit all of the "Fiesta's" you will notice that the menu's are almost identical.
            Also you will find Patti as the Hostess at Fiesta Mexico on many occasions.
            And Tommy who is a Host at Fiesta Mexico can often be found in Fiesta Cancun as the Host.

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        Deven Black Jul 22, 2006 12:56 AM

        And for some really interesting Mexican food, much much better than the canned beans and reheated glop Fiesta Garibaldi served, try Dona Maria Mexican Bistro on the main drag in Suffern. The food is all Mexican, but nothing like Rockland has ever seen. Everything is cooked fresh except the beans and sauces which are made the way they should be done...very slowly.

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          dmaffitt Jul 24, 2006 03:10 AM

          Fiesta Girabaldi moved over to the other side of the mall where Restaurant 303 was. It's now called Fiesta Sunrise or something. We tried to go there a week or two ago but they had some problems so were sending folks away. I haven't seen that they have reopened yet but I imagine they will soon. We ended up at Fiesta Mexico that night. Also in Haverstraw is Fiesta Cancun, which has outdoor seating out back which can be nice. We like El Bandito because of the free appetizer, dessert & after dinner drink, plus they make us feel at home. I'm originally from New Mexico so I have yet to find something as good as back home but am always looking.

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            pmdawn13 Apr 26, 2007 01:59 PM

            Hi Nancy:

            Fiesta Garibaldi is now called Fiesta Sunrise and is located on Route 303 South, (50 Route 303), phone # is (845)358-2506. They have a great Happy Hour(s) - Monday thru Thursday.



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              suburbanites Jan 6, 2008 07:42 AM

              I wouldn't choose Tequila Sal y Limon, the quality has been slipping in recent months. They've recently been getting greedier about seating large parties at the expense of smaller and more-lucrative ones that they can turn over faster, and the result is that the food, service, and atmosphere of a small bistro-like restaurant suffers. They just don't do that well. Had a similar dish on 2 occasions, quality went down massively second time. So many other good choices in walking distance, they can't afford to slip up like that.

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                sgreenbean Mar 15, 2008 07:48 PM

                For a real authentic taqueria, try La Bamba in Sparkill. It's about as close to a real Mexico taqueria as you'll find in Rockland. Just walk to the back of the grocery store and take a seat. It's fabulous!

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                1. re: sgreenbean
                  ubuwalker31 Aug 20, 2008 03:41 AM

                  For the love of all that is holy, don't eat at Fiesta Sunrise. It is terrible. The service is disorganized. The drinks were expensive and mediocre.

                  I was shocked to discover later that Fiesta Sunrise is going to be featured on Kitchen Nightmares, a reality television show on FOX, where Chef Gordan Ramsay and his team help failing restaurants get back on their feet. I read this at http://insiderockland.lohudblogs.com/...

                  Unfortunately, Gordon didn't get his message through to the owner. I feel bad for her...since she "put her life savings and more into the restaurant". However, piss poor service and food is inexcusable when charging $18 a plate and $9 for drinks.

                  Clearly, the interior was overhauled and the music was decent. But the food...oh lord...the food was terrible. It was clear that everything was done on the cheap and easy. The salsa was like a spicy gazpacho soup...the black bean soup tasted like they pureed canned Goya black beans...the tortilla soup tasted like Campbell's tomato, the Enchiladas were pre-made and served cold, the steak fajitas were made with poor cuts of meat and slathered with tomato sauce (the tortillas were served right on top, without their own plate, which made them soggy). The Pollo Con Mole Poblano was served whole, not pulled, and the mole sauce tasted strange. On the bright side, one of the fish dishes that our friend had was delicious, and the desserts were done very well.

                  I haven't been this unhappy with a restaurant in a very long time. Perhaps this place is good to have a drink or two with friends while listening to the wonderful Mexican guitarist serenade your lady friends...but otherwise, there are much better Mexican places in Rockland. I would recommend the Dona Maria in Suffern, where they make the Guacamole at the table for you...but do some research on Chow first, as they might have gone downhill as well.

                  1. re: ubuwalker31
                    HollyDolly Nov 17, 2008 06:47 AM

                    Does anyone know what has happend to Fiesta Sunrise since Gordon Ramsey was there ? Would be interested in some reviews.The great thing about being in the San Antonio,Tx area, is mexican restaurants are like Starbucks, there's one on every corner.But if I get a chance to see my sister this summer, up in Piermont, I'd like to try some of the local places to see how they compare to San Antonio joints.

                    1. re: HollyDolly
                      michele cindy Nov 17, 2008 07:13 AM

                      Just keep checking out the Tri-State board and you'll be on top of everything restauranty going on in South Orangetown. Also - keep an eye on Liz Johnsons blog small bites in the Journal News. As far as looking for Mexican that's comparable to San Antonio, my guess is that you will not find anything closely as good in anyway even to the most "so so" place in your neck of the woods.

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                    gonzomac Nov 6, 2008 08:09 PM

                    La Bamba is the worst Mexican restaurant I have ever been to... They served me THE WORST food for the HIGHEST price. I will NEVER GO BACK !!
                    BTW, The owner, Adolfo, also owns and runs a restaurant a mile away called - Zapata's.
                    Another Nightmare, WORST FOOD IN THE AREA !! El Bandito is the best Mexican restaurant in the area.

                    1. re: sgreenbean
                      FiveGuysEmp Nov 13, 2008 06:33 PM

                      That eposide of Kitchen Nightmares aired TONIGHT 11/13/08, Chef Ramsay should of just given up at the start. I being a graduate of "The Art Institute of New York" back then it was called The New York Restaurant School, althought i've never been to "Fiesta Sunrise" by reading your post from 3/15 the way im reading it is you saying after Chef Ramsay did everything and helped them they still failed. Would that be correct? That husband of the 100% on paper owner should of beat the step father scenceless. That food and those conditions were horrible, the only entertaining part about the show was that all the week old food Chef Ramsay was finding was "from yesterday", I couldn't stop laughing at that.

                    2. robdog Nov 13, 2008 11:35 PM

                      Gues so. I did'nt see the above comments. Any way I would love to see some more reviews about this Restaraunt because I will be up in that area in a few weeks. If anybody goes there, please post something to either warn or approve of the quality.
                      It would be gretly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

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                      1. re: robdog
                        spitfyr323 Nov 18, 2008 10:25 AM

                        There is a little hole-in-the-wall place (aren't they the best, anyway?) in Spring Valley, NY on Route 59 across from the International Food Mart. It is called Guadalajara. I went there with a friend who is half-Mexican. If you are looking for authentic Mexican food, you will not eat better.

                        1. re: spitfyr323
                          joechartreuse Feb 6, 2009 12:16 PM

                          Fiesta Sunrise looks permanently closed, despite Gordon Ramsey's help. I called today and the phone is disconnected.

                          For excellent Mexican, you might try Zapata on Piermont Rd/Rt. 340 in Palisades. Since Jalapeno's went Greek, this is probably the best in a 40 mile radius.

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