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ctbrit Jul 3, 2007 03:15 AM

We regularly drive from CT to my in-laws in PA & have never really found anywhere good to stop on the way for a quick dinner. Our route is I-84 through CT, into NY, getting off at 209 in Milford, PA.

Ideal stopping points would be Newburgh/Fishkill or further into NY - Middletown or in Milford, PA

Any ideas for places just off the highway that'd be worth stopping at on a Friday night - we like all sorts of food, but for this trip something quick & easy would be prefered!

I originally posted this on the North East board but then someone pointed out this might be more appropriate geographically!

Thanks in advance

J

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    vanessaknows Jul 7, 2007 08:00 AM

    I grew up in the area and think there are a few places off the exit that are fairly good:
    Cosimos, Brick oven pizza and salad. One in Middletown just before the mall on 211 (not in the mall) and in Newburgh across from Adams.

    There is a chinese restaurant on 211 in Middletown near the Orange Plaza Mall (formerly the Hawaii Fountain, next to the party store and just past the McDonalds) that my dad has been raving about. I think they may even have sushi but its authentic (and I trust him).

    A third place off the highway is Yobo the Japanese steak house in Newburgh that my parents also rave about.

    If you're willing to go beyond the highway let me know because there are some other yummy restaurants up there.

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      ctbrit Aug 2, 2007 05:27 AM

      Thanks to all for their recommendations. We drove through Newburgh last weekend & had a great dinner as Cosimos - my husband had pasta w/ricotta/sausage, I had a seared tuna special, good food, fairly varied selection (from pasta to salads to entree to pizza...), interesting wines by the glass, great location, fairly relaxing atmosphere, we got a table straight away despite it being Friday night. Thanks again!

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        elizabeththinks Aug 2, 2007 06:33 AM

        If you go again, be sure to try to gorgonzola fries!

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      Steve444 Jul 7, 2007 07:50 AM

      if you want great chinese/japenese food, YOBO is amazing, it is right off the exit, right before you go under the underpass. great atmoshpere also

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        vanessaknows Jul 7, 2007 08:01 AM

        Oops. Didn't mean to be a copycat, I noticed 2 people were having the same thought I was! I guess its good.

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        pinenutswitheverything Jul 5, 2007 11:20 PM

        +1 for Cosimo's. There is one in Newburgh and in Middletown. (please drive very carefully)
        Maya Inn (I think that's the name) in Fishkill right near the I-84/ Rte. 9 exchange.
        Toro is just down from the 84 Diner if you feel like Korean and sushi. There's an Indian place in the same plaza.
        These are all a short shot from 84.

        1. menton1 Jul 3, 2007 07:56 PM

          I think the day for eating at diners has come and gone. None of them are doing well, and no wonder, with so many better choices out there.

          For a nice quick meal, good food, reasonable pricing (and it will rid your mind of diners forever!) I would recommend Cosimos on Union on Route 300. Just west of Newburgh center, take the Union ave exit off I-84, go south 3/4 mile, and there is Cosimo's. Easy on, easy off. Patio dining in good weather. Great brick oven personal pizzas, burgers, pasta, and good homemade creative dishes.

          More here: http://www.cosimosunion.com

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            jkent Jul 3, 2007 07:23 AM

            I would recommend the I-84 Diner, at the Route 52 exit in Fishkill (one exit west of the US Route 9 exit). They have a big menu, good service, and decent food. It's nothing really special, but it sounds like what you're looking for.

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              georgeb Jul 3, 2007 08:28 AM

              Please note that the I84 Diner has two menus, one with higher prices for the weekend. Soak the tourist, I say!

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                ctbrit Jul 3, 2007 05:00 PM

                Thanks to all for the recommendations - don't blame the I84 diner for getting more out of the tourists - is there anything in particular that they do well?

                John Harvest sounds a little more of a 'dinner out' than we're looking for - but thanks for the suggestion.

                Has anyone tried the BBQ place that replaced Unami in Fishkill?

                Thanks

                J

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                  Zobot Jul 3, 2007 05:40 PM

                  If you like a good burger and fries there is a Cheeseburger in Paradise in Middletown. It's a chain, I know, but at least it's not one you'll find anywhere else in NY/New England. :)

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              rudysmom Jul 3, 2007 04:29 AM

              we make almost exactly the same trip, although not regularly enough if you ask my MIL...
              this doesn't qualify as quick & easy but i'll throw it out there anyway: John's Harvest Inn on Rt 17M in Middletown. kind of a quirky place with an old-school menu (liver with onions & bacon!), but we met the in-laws there once and they liked it so much that they go back there with their friends. we will sometimes meet them halfway just for dinner instead of going all the way to PA and staying overnight. if your in-laws will let you get away with that, the website is www.johnsharvestinn.com

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                dolores Jul 3, 2007 06:12 AM

                Also under the heading of 'not quick or easy' but good -- Brothers Trattoria in Beacon and Gus's steak house in Newburgh (I think).

              2. georgeb Jul 3, 2007 04:08 AM

                You could try the Barnstormer BBQ in Newburgh or the Lexus Diner in Newburgh. There is also a diner at the Route 52 exit in Fishkill.

                In Middletown, off the Route 17 exit, there are plenty of chains, including Red Robin and Cheeseburger in Paradise.

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                  ecustard Jul 6, 2007 01:11 PM

                  Red Robin in Middletown is closed due to bankruptcy.

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                    sean f Feb 18, 2008 05:12 PM

                    there is a new red robin that just opened up about a week ago on route 9 in the town of poiughkeepsie across from toys r us. for those who don't know, this place is probably 10-15 min north from I84 exit.

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