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Mar 8, 2010 12:57 PM

Good coffee place along Metro North Hudson line?

Hi all: looking for a cafe open on weekends near one of the Metro North stations along the Hudson River line (anywhere between Greystone and Croton-Harmon) to meet up with a bunch of people going on a cycle trip together. Would be great if walk-able or bike-able from the station. Thanks :)

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  1. My favorite is Quimbaya in Ossining... but it's probably not the most easily accessible cafe from the Metro North because of the giant hill. It would be a great workout, though, and one rewarded by empanadas and delicious drinks!!!

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    1. re: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream

      I like Quimbaya too. Also Cidade Cafe, which is a little closer (well, one block) to the railroad station--this past weekend's NY Times review:

    2. Walkable? Hmmm. Does Coffee Labs qualify?

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      1. re: rpk

        Best coffee roaster in the Hudson Valley. Coffee Labs is definitely worth doing the climb up Main Street. There are far worse hills for cyclists with far less reward at trip's end. And it's down hill back to the station....

      2. No question, go to the Black Cow in Croton. It's an easy bike ride from the train station--at the end of the road out of the station, turn right onto Croton Point Rd, then left at the light onto Riverside, then bear right at the fork by Dom's Service Station. The Black Cow is in the shopping center on the right, all the way at the end.

        1. I second Black Cow in Croton--but I'd suggest biking a bit further north to Peekskill and going to the Peekskill Coffee House. Its an easy bike ride from the station and a great place to hang out. On a Sunday you might get some live music too.

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          1. re: dma1250

            I like the Peekskill Coffeehouse too, but the OP asked for something with Croton at the northern end. It's more than twelve miles from the Croton-Harmon station to the Peekskill Coffeehouse, and that's not on very pleasant roads for a cyclist.

            It's not really all that easy a bike ride from the Peekskill station either, is it?

            Not to detract from the Peekskill Coffeehouse, of course!

            1. re: Elisa515

              I took it that they would be riding up by train, so Peekskill is just 2 stops past Croton, or about 10 extra minutes on the train. (If they were biking from Croton they could go up 9A, which has large shoulders and only moderate traffic, or they could plot a lovely route on roads without any traffic.)The bike ride from the train station to the coffee house shouldn't be a problem at all--I've walked it with my kid many times so I'm sure the healthy cyclists can handle it!

          2. Bo Cafe on Cedar St in Dobbs Ferry is not as good as Coffee Labs (Tarrytown), but still makes a decent product. Funny how none of the suggestions I'm seeing are all that close to the station. And healthy climbs, except for Black Cow, which is hardly my favorite.

            Without trying to start a flame war, I'm kinda curious to ask you other folks about Black Cow. My wife and I agreed, after our one visit, that Black Cow was rather ho-hum; our lattes were quite flat, and tepid, to boot, with unremarkable flavor. More or less on a par with Slave to the Grind (Bronxville) or the average Starbucks, we thought. Very nice folks behind the counter, and perfectly decent muffins, but that was about it. So I'm left wondering if our objectives and evaluation criteria are just completely different from other people (who rave about Black Cow), or what.

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            1. re: rpk

              I agree with you about Black Cow, although I continue to get whole beans for home brew there. I never had their food, it just doesn't look interesting to me.

              1. re: rpk

                I think people like Black Cow for the vibe and the scene, not the product--which is indeed just "fine." When I was home with my young child I definitely appreciated the Black Cow as a place to take him. But the coffee and the food is much better at other places--like the Peekskill Coffee House. For that matter, the vibe and the scene at Peekskill is much more appealing, too.

                1. re: rpk

                  If only Bo Cafe were still in business. Oops.