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help! foodie just moved to cold spring

so i just moved to cold spring, NY.

i know its close to NYC (hour by train, 50 min non-rush hour car), but i'm looking for places where i can just nip there and back.

let me sum this up quick: i am a city girl - i am used to a billion restaurants, grocery stores and farmers markets.

help?

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  1. there's a great little cafe down the road past boscobel called garrison market. their chocolate babka is awesome:

    http://www.merchantcircle.com/busines...

    i've only had takeout at riverview restaurant, but the food is phenomenal. we ordered the fried calamari, penne, and grilled rib eye before a hudson valley shakespeare production and enjoyed a wonderful picnic on the lawn. we enjoyed every dish.

    http://www.riverdining.com/

    i've also heard great things about brasserie le bouchon, but i think it's gone downhill ever since chef pascal left.

    grocery shopping....this might be a bit of a hike, but your best bet is definitely adams fairacre farms in newburgh. the selection is great. there is a small farmer's market in cold spring, but the selection is not that extensive.

    http://www.adamsfarms.com/

    i moved up to the hudson valley from the city almost ten years ago...it was a rough adjustment at first, but i've come to really love it here. good luck!

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    1. re: applesauce23

      awesome. i will definitely go check out adams fairacre farms. i don't mind the hike (driving less than twenty minutes is totally fine). by the way, how are the prices over there?

      the other thing: i am asian and have always lived in cities with a big asian population. i rarely cook asian at home but love to sometimes go out for real chinese, korean and japanese... do you think i will have any luck around here with eateries and groceries, or is NYC my best bet?

      1. re: madkittybadkitty

        i've not gone south of fishkill/newburgh, but you won't find "real" chinese there. you can find a decent korean place in fishkill, and there's some ok japanese, but i (american, not specially gifted) cook better chinese than at most restaurants.

        there are a couple places further north (i'm near poughkeepsie) that stock asian foodstuffs, so you can get szechuan peppercorns, sometimes wide noodles, thai ingredients, etc. but you need to go to the specialty shops...

        1. re: madkittybadkitty

          the prices at adams are pretty good.

          i'm korean...and i travel to han ah reum on broad avenue in nj every other month or so to replenish my stock. all of the koreans i've talked to in this area do the same thing.

          you're not going to get authentic chinese, korean, or japanese food around here. there is a pretty good noodle shop way up in new paltz called gomen kudasai, but that's a real hike for you. if you're willing to go to westchester, fujinoya in hartsdale is excellent. i also like the dim sum at central seafood.

          http://www.gomenkudasai.com/
          http://fujinoyarestaurant.com/
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/256147

          toro in fishkill serves korean/japanese. their sushi is ok, but i would categorize their korean food as emergency korean food. they don't use the right type of cut for bulgogi and kalbi, but their marinade is decent. there's a pretty good chinese restaurant in danbury, ct that i really like called panda house.

          http://www.hvtakeout.com/fishkill/tor...
          http://travel.yahoo.com/p-travelguide...

          grocery-wise, there is a small chinese grocery store off of red oaks mill road in poughkeepsie called welcome grocery store. the stock is limited. i've traveled to ct to check out some asian grocery stores there, but i just think han ah reum is so much better. it's worth the hour plus drive for me. it would be so great if a han ah reum opened up here, but i think that's highly unlikely. i would recommend going to either assi plaza in queens or har in nj.

          kalbi house and kang suh in westchester are okay korean restaurants, but i wouldn't go out of my way to eat at either one. you're better off going into the city.

          kam sen in white plains is excellent if you want a slightly shorter drive. there is a small korean grocery store on central park avenue in westchester, but the quality is not that fresh.

      2. A few fantastic destination restaurants in the area are Valley at the Garrison on Route 9 in Garrison, The Bird and Bottle also on route 9 in Garrison, and Plumbush on 9D in Cold Spring. I ate at Brasserie Le Bouchon but it was awhile ago and the food was very good. The Cold Spring Depot has standard burgers, onion soup, etc, and there's an asian place on 9 up near fishkill that's related to a restaurant in Croton I think? Umami Cafe. The one in Croton gets raves. Cold Spring is the very prettiest of Hudson Valley towns, good luck there.

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        1. re: annrudy

          umami cafe changed into jackalope bbq a couple of years ago. it recently closed.

          1. re: applesauce23

            there were two umami cafes; the one in fishkill changed and closed, other one is still (i think?) open.

            applesauce - didn't realize that toro was emergency korean...the only times ive had korean was in the city in the 30s (a bunch of times), which i loved. haven't been to queens for it, however. speaking of which - how IS the korean fried chicken? if you don't mind my asking...

            1. re: bob gaj

              i guess since there isn't another korean restaurant within a 50 mile radius, every craving for korean food would constitute an emergency trip to toro...lol. i'm basing my critique on their bbq, which isn't 100% fair. my friends really love their bibimbap and my husband thinks their jigaes are ok.

              i have to admit that i've only had korean fried chicken twice...at bonchon chicken in nj and the one in staten island. it was fantastic. much tastier than kfc. =)

        2. working today - but looks like i'm going to make a trip to welcome oriental grocery tomorrow. i called them and they say that on saturday they bring in dim sum and chinese bakery things, yay!
          also, how funny to hear a singaporean accent on the phone again (where i grew up).
          really looking forward to getting some fresh noodles and vegetables, curry pastes, spices etc. the supermarkets around here don't even have the most basic building block of chinese food, ground pork (and i am far too lazy to break out the kitchenaid meat grinder and clean it after that).

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          1. re: madkittybadkitty

            how was your trip to welcome grocery? i'm really curious about the dim sum and the baked goods...=)

          2. Make sure you check out Beacon, just take 9D north, there are many good restaurants and cafes there along Main Street!

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            1. re: Solstice444

              i will, definitely!
              lately it's been mostly running around for chores and i haven't had an evening to just go out and have dinner.
              beacon is next on my list. any recommendations?

              1. re: madkittybadkitty

                Hmm, let's see. Max's on Main has good bar food, without it being too bar food-esque (not too greasy). I like Sukhothai, although coming from NYC, it probably won't compare to Thai you're used to! Brothers Trattoria is good for simple Italian, but if you want fancy Italian, make the slightly longer trek to Il Barilotto in Fishkill or Aroma Osteria in Wappingers Falls. (They are under the same management, and are great!) There are still a few places that I want to try and haven't yet, such as Homespun Foods which is a cafe with sandwiches, soups, salads, etc...I've heard it's good. I believe a Japanese hibachi place recently opened on Main Street. Just googled it, it's called Isamu.

            2. i was pleasantly surprised with welcome - i didn't go there for heavy duty grocery shopping but i did get things i have been craving for eons :) like real kimchi, japanese golden curry, shichimi togarashi, singaporean laksa paste, ingredients for tom yam goong, several varieties of soy sauce, pho ingredients, etc. i also got some ready-made dim sum (shrimp hargow and pork siew mai) and they were pretty good, too. passed on the buns, though. maybe next time!