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Feb 15, 2007 06:20 AM

NY road trip

I'll be embarking a road trip from Toronto to NYC in early march. Any good restaurants/bakery/snack places that are worth stopping along highway 90 and 87???

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  1. you might want to try the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. another spot is Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Tarrytown.

    1. Perhaps if you gave us an idea of where your "pit stops" will be we can better help. My sense is once you hit Albany its a short final trip to NYC so you might want Albany and West?
      Syracuse and Albany seem logical stopping points. Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse is a must! In Albany there are a number if choices. What are you looking for?

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      1. re: swarttav

        Well, the "pit stops" have the close to the highway for sure. I don't really care if it's Albany and west or Albany and south, anywhere along the highway is fine. I'm not really looking for anything specific. Preferably places where we can grab a quick bite since I have to make it to CIA (visiting my friend first) by dusk. How far is Dinosaur BBQ from the highway?

        1. re: oohlala

          It is about 15 minutes off I-90 in Syracuse - you go south on I-81 for a short bit and it is very close to an exit but you will want to Mapquest it. Here are the directions from their web site

      2. but....the cia's a good 20-30 minute ride off the thruway. i suspect you wouldn't want to travel that far, even though the cia is quite good.

        there are some decent places in new paltz (which is a couple minutes off the thruway) - see earlier posts for other ideas.

        if you've got several people, stop in the meat place in new paltz and look for the apple cream cheesecake. it's made by these guys:

        but the problem is, you can't get a slice, you have to get the whole pie. it runs $12 or so, and is just so good....

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        1. re: bob gaj

          my take is that 15-20 minutes is no big deal. having said that, cia has to be judged for what it is: a school.
          btw, deb and i drove up the hudson valley from stamford last fall to montreal and quebec. mighty-fine road trip.

          1. re: steve h.

            Hey bob and steve, I forgot to mention this when I posted in my previous msg. I have a friend who goes to CIA, now so i am DEFINITELY stopping there for a day!!! Hopefully he'll be able to hook us up with all the amazing food that he raves about~

            I'll google map new paltz for sure. One whole apple cream cheesecake..... oh man, can't wait~

            1. re: oohlala

              oh, ok - i think the cia is quite good, but i thought you meant somewhere close to the thruway. and if you've got someone who goes there, it goes from a "well, it's off the way" to "it's perfect, since you've got 30 minutes to see a friend AND get good food".

              jack's meats is the place i remember in new paltz; it's on the right (north) bound side of the street. but maybe email catskill cakes and see which stores they've given their products to? i know the adams by me, although listed as selling them, doesn't usually carry it....and jack's is off and on for it.

              i'll warn you that the entrance onto route 9 north (from 44/55) can be a bit tricky depending on traffic.

        2. Sure, get off 87 in Latham, NY (exit 5 I believe). Take a left, go about 2 miles to Bella Napoli. Great pastries, donuts, and sandwiches . Easy on/off 87. I would mapquest it to get more details but it is a great place and inexpensive as well.

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          1. re: TonyO

            A good bakery, for sure. But it is north of 90 and this person is heading south.

            If Oohlala wants to get off 90 at Schenectady (via 890), a great choice would be Villa Italia Pasticceria. It's at 226 Broadway.

            1. re: TonyO

              I have to second Tony's recommendation. Bella Napoli Bakery is an excellent choice and definately worth the trip if you are anywhere in the Albany area! I'm serious. I think about this place every time I step into a bakery. They have great standard bakery fare. Good fresh donuts with real fruit compote fillings. But, the real reason to go there is their Italian pastries. I've lived in NYC and Boston for many years and have yet to find the same selection, quality ingredients and price!!!. None of that filler whipped cream or stale, greasy or soggy shells! Chocolate dipped cannolis filled fresh with real ricotta cheese with tiny slivers of candied citrus fruits and chocolate chips mixed in. Rum cakes with real chocolate and vanilla custurd fillings between two layers of italian sponge cake lightly soaked in rum. I dream about this stuff!

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