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Looking for Sat lunch place near I-87 in lower Hudson Valley

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I need a restaurant within a 1 hr drive (1.5 hour is max) from the UWS of Manhattan near the I-87. Looking for something I can't really find in Manhattan -- whether it's food or ambiance. A good example is the stream-side dining at the Bear Cafe in Woodstock. Would love to drop by there again but the timing won't work out.

All price points considered, but looking for something more on the casual side (which means no restaurants like Harvest on Hudson). Something like Red Hat Bistro would have been perfect except that there are not open for Sat lunch. I have considered crossing over to Jersey around the Fort Lee area, but DH has requested no Korean.

Any suggestions?

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Harvest on Hudson
1 River Street, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706

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  1. blue hill @stone barns lunch? not the dinner place, but they have some type of lunch thing going on, you get to see the farm, etc.

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    1. re: bob gaj

      Sunset Cove or Striped Bass, both on the water in Tarrytown, casual and would fit the bill. There's also a big outdoor area next to Sunset Cove that has a tiki bar and bar-b-que shack, hamburgers, hot dogs, cash only, very, very casual.

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      Striped Bass
      236 W Main St, Tarrytown, NY 10591

      Sunset Cove
      238 Green Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591

    2. Thanks to both of you. I've been to Blue Hill before but wasn't aware that they had a more casual lunch place. And Sunset Cove and Striped Bass looks like they have the views that I'm looking for. I may be able to get out of work earlier than I originally anticipated. So there's a possibility that I'm able to drive further north before stopping for lunch. But I will definitely keep the three restaurants in mind.

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      Blue Hill Cafe
      2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

      Striped Bass
      236 W Main St, Tarrytown, NY 10591

      Sunset Cove
      238 Green Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591

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      1. re: Miss Needle

        I think they mean the cafe at Blue Hill that is intended for those visiting the farm areas.

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        Blue Hill Cafe
        2427 Route 52, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533

      2. If you are driving further north, what about stopping at the CIA in Hyde Park?

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        1. re: debmom

          but that's not near 87, which crosses the hudson at the tappen zeee

        2. How about Freelance Cafe (owned by Peter Kelly) in Piermont. Not too difficult to get to from 87/287 before you cross the Tappan Zee Bridge.

          X2O in Yonkers is also great but might be too formal, although you could eat at Dylan's Cafe.

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          1. re: MisterBill2

            Both great choices, but neither are open for lunch on Saturday. I like Sunset Cove better than Striped Bass (although I haven't been back to SB since they were reinvented...)

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            Striped Bass
            236 W Main St, Tarrytown, NY 10591

            Sunset Cove
            238 Green Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591

            1. re: Marge

              Oops, you're right. I could have sworn that I had a Saturday lunch at Freelance, but it was many years ago. As for X2O it looks like Dylan's isn't open for lunch at all.

              Oh well...

              1. re: MisterBill2

                You did have lunch there many years ago, just as I did, they were open for lunch on the weekends, didn't know they stopped serving.

                1. re: owlwoman

                  Looks like they just have it on Sunday now (12-3).

                  is there anyplace else in Piermont that is open for lunch that would meet the OP's needs? Although the Tarrytown suggestions are probably easier since they would not have go to over the bridge.

                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    I got the impresson that the OP was travellng up from NYC on 87 and continuing across the TPZ bridge then on up north. So Piermont would be a lovely spot. Alas I'm not familiar enough with Piermont to suggest a place there.

                2. re: MisterBill2

                  I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to mention that the Freelance Cafe website now says that they are open for lunch on Saturday and Sundays. I actually asked Peter Kelly about it at brunch last week and he told me they had always been open, so maybe the website was wrong.

            2. Not sure what you mean by casual because I would consider Red Hat and Harvest on Hudson about the same on the casual rating scale, they are both along the lines of business casual. Sunset Cove is definitely casual and it has great views. There is a place in Irvington that may not have the broad views of the river that Red Hat and Sunset Cove does but it does have partial views (if you sit outside) and I enjoy the food very much, it's called Il Sorriso.........http://www.ilsorriso.com/home/home.html Actually I think you can also get views if you sit in the back room. Ask them to be sure.

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              Harvest on Hudson
              1 River Street, Hastings on Hudson, NY 10706

              Sunset Cove
              238 Green Street, Tarrytown, NY 10591

              1. I really appreciate all of your responses. I thought I should post where we ended up.

                Ironically, we ended up at McDonalds that was located at the rest stop right after Saugerties. DH was majorly hung over from the night before and refused to be in a car for more than he had to. So Mc Donalds it was. We shared a 10 piece McNuggets extra value meal -- wonder when they started that. Only remember the 6-piece, 9-piece and 20-piece. First time we had McDonalds in years. Fries were still delicious. I never really liked McNuggets and I still don't.

                Wanted to mention that there is a farm stand right in front of McDonalds where you can pick up some munchies for your trip -- cookies (they weren't very good), root chips, spicy corn nuts, etc.

                Your suggestions will definitely come in handy in the future as we are on the I-87 from time to time.

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                1. re: Miss Needle

                  (Sound of head banging against the wall.)

                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    Tell me about it. It was especially painful as we were so close to Saugerties. I remember having a decent meal at Miss Lucy's a few years ago. But my marriage is a lot more important than a lunch, hence the concession.

                  2. re: Miss Needle

                    lol this sounds like something me and my boyfriend would do. you can't really go wrong with mcdonalds, especially with a $1 hot fudge sundae!!

                    if your only reason for not wanting to go to fort lee is not wanting korean food, you could go to Silver Pond. my family loves to go there for dim sum.