New Paltz: take out for hikers and dinner afterwards
We're headed over to New Paltz tomorrow to hike in the Gunks. Looking for some ideas for spots we could get some picnic-y type food for the trail and then a casual place for dinner afterwards (where it's ok to be a little grungy...).
Second all of serveitforth's selections. One to add: The Cheese Plate in the Water Street Market makes an excellent picnic basket of cheeses, cured meats, bread, fruit, nuts and candies, smartly packaged for a hike up the Gunks or a walk down Huguenot St. Superb quality exotic cheeses served at the proper temperature. Local organic dairy products as well: milk, butter, ice cream... Shop is run by a passionate young foodie chick who really knows her stuff.
The Village Tea Room in New Paltz has great Lamb Pies - a bit like Cornish Pasties. Their salad plate is great picnic food also. I love the quinoa salad and spicy sweet potato sald with cilantro.
Their patio is the best kept secret in New Paltz - surrounded by tall trees, private yet smack in the middle of town - try them for dinner too. Best Roast Chicken around.
Kharma Road is new & has delicious soups and other all vegetarian options as well as smoothies. I really like the Mango Ginger Smoothie made with organic apple juice.
Hokkaido is a lovely japanese restaurant.
I hear good things about Oscar's in Kerhonkson (other side of the mountain)