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Jul 20, 2009 06:01 PM

New Paltz Restaurants

We're planning a weekend in New Paltz. Any recommendations for restaurants in the village of New Paltz for a nice - but not too pricey - dinner?

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  1. my friend lives in New Paltz, and I live in Long Island, so i havn't been to many of the New Paltz restaurants, but if you like beer go to the Gilded Otter for standard pub type food. They brew their own beers.

    If you like japanese, go to the noodle place. i don't remember the name, but when you are coming from 87 and heading West, it is on the right side before you get to the busy part of the village. This place serves no Sushi and is excellent! If i can figure out the name i will post it.

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    1. re: jpf1980

      This is the place I am referring to. I have to admit, the name of the place doesn't ring a bell. I went here probably 12-15 months ago. If they changed names/owners I can't vouch for it now. But the menu looks exactly the same.

      1. re: jpf1980

        Just went to the gomenkudasai restaurant mentioned above. As a member of a party of ten, I was dismayed that 2 of the party waited over an hour for their food. We all agreed that we're not going back there again.

        Sorry to be the dissenter, but they don't deserve to stay in business.

        1. re: georgeb

          Here's a more recent update on Gomen-Kudasai: I was there on 12/12/10, and did not have to wait long for food at all (party of 2, restaurant reasonably full.) No complaints about the wait or the service... and even if I did have to wait a little (which I didn't), I wouldn't mind because the food is ABSOLUTELY worth it! They do serve sushi now, which was good, and also have a nice selection of good sakes, but the noodle dishes are where this place really shines! Amazing nabeyaki-udon, perfect for a chilly winter evening. The food is carefully prepared, insanely delicious, moderately priced, and nutritious to boot, with many ingredients organic and locally sourced.
          I would be devastated if they ever went out of business!

    2. I don't know if you can get an inexpensive meal in New Paltz, but you can get some good Indian food at Suruchi. Not a very extensive menu (mostly vegetarian), but the entrees my husband and I had were great. We started with an order of potato and pea samosas which were better than some but not exceptional. They were very large and the filling was very good. The chutney and sauces were good and had an original flare to them. The entrees were outstanding. I had the Chicken Biryani and it was some of the best I have ever had. Only hunks of tender white meat chicken breast, no bones, wonderful spice flavor with almonds, raisins, cashews and a delicious raita to accompany it. The serving was enough for 3 or 4 people, no lie. My husband had the Chicken Korma and it was equally delicious with a light delicate cream sauce, cauliflower and peas. Entrees were $20. The only weak part of the meal was the bread. The naan was very thick and kind of chewy and the aloo paratha was too crispy (more like a quesadilla) for my liking. Overall we thought the experience was very good.

      A bookstore owner also recommended The Village Tearoom. Their menu looks interesting and the tapas are reasonably priced.

      1. Many yummy places in/around New Paltz. Our favorite is just outside of New Paltz in Highland -- it's just down the road, less than 10 minutes from the center of New Paltz. It's called The Would. Here's a link to their menu:

        Incredible food and even better attention to detail, all without an ounce of stuffiness. We visit whenever we're in the area.

        1. We ended up going into Rosendale to the Bywater Bistro. We were 6 couples and had great food and a wonderful time. I recommend the crab cakes.

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          1. re: demifast

            Someone just recommended to me a Thai restaurant in New Paltz named Lemongrass. Anyone been? Comments?

            1. re: markabauman

              went a few years back, at the time there were zero thai places in the hudson valley (there are now at least 4: rhinebeck, beacon, poughkeepsie, hyde park).

              i was quite underwhelmed, and despite a yearning for thai food, never wentback.

              1. re: bob gaj

                Well. let me ask the question a little differently. Some friends recommended it as a place to eat when they travel from NJ to upstate NY. Since we travel frequently from upstate to either norther NJ, or NYC, they thought we'd like it. When we have time, we divert to Woodstock or over the bridge to Hyde Park/Rhinebeck, but we don't always the have time for that much travel out of the way. New Paltz would be convenient, but we're not that familiar. Where would you recommend for stopping enroute?

                1. re: markabauman

                  how long can you be in new paltz? there are a fair number of places in town which are good, if you don't mind sitting down. lemongrass is generally sit-down as well....i'd suggest searching the tristate board here, mark p is the local who posts a fair amount.

                  also...if you're looking on the way down from upstate new york, i'd suggest kingston. there's a good mix of places...

              2. re: markabauman

                Avoid it at all costs! The food is beyond boring and the service, even worse. Don't know how it stays in biz, really. Yuck is a word that comes to mind.

                I like Aroi in Rhinebeck and Sukothai in Beacon. Can't go wrong with either.

                1. re: markabauman

                  I have been to Lemongrass a few times and always enjoyed my meal. Their chicken egg rolls were some of the best I've ever had.

                  1. re: markabauman

                    lemongrass was terrible for me....careless food preparation, not tasty, and overall unpleasant.

                2. anyone been to the stone haus, which is the new name for locust tree? any reports?

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                  1. re: bob gaj

                    The Stone Haus is doing good quality pub food with ambitions akin to Terrapin's bar menu - small dishes, a burger, fresh fish entree. Not quite as successfully done as Terrapin but the pretty surroundings (Huguenot St) and romantic interior elevate the experience. Highly recommended as a drink and a snack kind of place.

                    Noteworthy in New Paltz:

                    Village Tea Room - A must for lunch! The proprietress excels at taking abused and overlooked dishes - turkey pot pie, cream puffs - and making you realize why they were once so beloved. Go soup and sandwich (house-cured gravlax or cilantro-pesto chicken salad) and make sure you get that cream puff or slice of cake for dessert. Best quality locally-sourced seasonal ingredients in very capable hands.

                    Mountain Brauhaus - A cherished favorite among locals. Excellent traditional German dishes (sauerbraten, spaetzle) with a freewheeling specials menu. Everyone eats happy here - grandmoms and the hipster grandkids too. The buttermilk salad dressing is addictive! Dinner only.

                    The Cheese Plate - In Water St Market. Smartly-chosen cheeses and chocolates with local ice cream. Real French bread! Fresh baguettes delivered every day. You can get a picnic basket here - bread, cheeses, olives, cured meats, fruit... Grab a bottle of wine over at the shop next to the post office and head up to the Gunks or down Huguenot St for a picnic.

                    Karma Road - Everyone's eaten at vegetarian restos where taste and texture take a back seat to nutrition and politics. Not here. It's fresh honest creative food that happens not to include dairy and meat as ingredients. Try the red lentil dahl, the curry, roasted cauliflower, housemade veggie burgers, and the chocolate shake with young coconut juice.

                    Breakfast - The Main St Bistro rules, but there are other good options. James makes tasty crepes and egg dishes with fresh-roasted coffee at the Mudd Puddle in Water Street Market... Paul's Kitchen does all your favorite coffee shop standards, just east of the downtown on Main... and The Alternative Baker in nearby Rosendale has superb pastries, delicious fresh rolls and a feisty egg sandwich - with Dijon!

                    Pizza - Pizza in the Paltz is intended to be consumed after too many beers after 2am by people in their 20s - unless it's Reno's... Folks like Rocco's, La Bella and Pasquale's too. And if you have a carload of screaming hungry kids, you will want to avail yourself to the blessed drive-thru at Village Pizza.

                    Various Ethnic - Yannis makes good hummus and Greek salads... Mexicali Blue, the hole-in-the-wall taco joint on Main, used to be great, still good... The Gomen K noodle shop has very good food from quality ingredients but I agree that the service can be spotty... Otherwise, sorry but there is no Asian food of distinction (including East and South Asian) in New Paltz. It ranges from the bad to the earnest but not so good. The sushi places are all serviceable. If you're from NYC or Westchester hold your Asian craving 'til you get home.

                    Markets - Jack's Meats on Main can make you a good sandwich to go - including breakfast sangs or a juicy grilled cheeseburger from grass-fed beef... My Market has organic fruits, veg and dairy, humane meats, good beer and lots of interesting grabbers.

                    1. re: markp

                      ha...hoped i'd get you out of hiding, mark!

                      thanks for the mention on stone haus. i'll have to see if my wife likes the menu; the older one was more interesting, but i understand many places have to change the menus to stay in business...

                      for anyone looking @village tearoom...if you're not up in the area for the weekend, go on a sunday afternoon or during the week, the place is remarkably quiet. bang-up busy on the weekends, of course...