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I'm looking for recommendations for restaurants in Rockland, anywhere from North Rockland to Nyack to Spring Valley (basically between palisades parkway exits 14 through 8).

I live in Rockland but whenever it comes to having dinner out with my family we end up at the same places - The Vietnam, Karavalli, Thai House, and Gilligan's. Nothing too pricey, around $20 or under for entrees.

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  1. Cornetta's-- Piermont
    River Club-- Nyack
    Sidewalk Bistro-- Piermont
    '76 House-- Tappan

    And, for a splurge, one of the best restaurants on this side of the Hudson:

    Velo-- Nyack

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    1. re: menton1

      I just went to Velo for the first time and really enjoyed it. Definitely one of the best meals I have had in the area.

      1. re: Shawn

        Am going there in a few weeks. What would you recommend?

        1. re: mom22tots

          Goat cheese tart was very good. I enjoyed the scallops served with quinoa salad and my friends liked the gnocchi and the macaroni and cheese with truffles.

          1. re: Shawn

            Thanks...I am a huge fan of scallops so I will be sure to try that one.

    2. Haverstraw on the Hudson - has been so many different establishments thru the years - but the setting - right on the water - can dine out on their deck - live music when we were there - great variety to the menu. Loved the total package.

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      1. re: smilingal

        Respectfully disagree about Haverstraw on Hudson-- HUGELY overpriced, horrible service, mediocre food. Take a ride over the TZ Bridge to Half Moon in Dobbs for a better experience in EVERY way.

      2. Sakana in Nanuet for great sushi.

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        1. re: mom22tots

          mm I LOVE Sakana but it's a bit expensive and I always have trouble finding people who are willing to splurge a little on sushi =( Ahh I really want a super dragon roll now.

          1. re: tinery

            So good!

        2. Sakana is great! - but sorry - I made a mistake - it is not called Haverstraw on Hudson - it is called Hudson Water Club.

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          Hudson Water Club
          606 Beach Rd, West Haverstraw, NY 10993

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          1. re: smilingal

            Whatever they call themselves, it's new management, and $35 for a mediocre entree just doesn't cut it for me. Half Moon looks better, better food, same river (Just the opposite bank) and saves you 50%!!

            A clue to the ripoff pricing is the fact that the online menu has NO prices! What nerve, leaving prices off the website, as if the public is just dumb!

          2. I used to live in Nyack and work in New City. I loved the little Cuban dive in Nyack (no idea of the name, or if it's still there!), Pizza Bistro (couple of slices of their arugula pizza was my standard Sunday night dinner) and O'Donaghue's for decent (not GREAT) casual pubby food. I also was rather fond of Pasta Cucina, Not fancy, but good food, huge portions and good for families, I think. There are also some pretty good restaurants down in Piermont, if you wanna drive down that way... Or the places at the mall, if you like the Cheesecake Factory or TGIFriday's or Chili's or Outback.

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            Pasta Cucina
            253 S Little Tor Rd, New City, NY 10956

            Pizza Bistro
            64 S Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960

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            1. re: saturngrrl

              Wow, great recs for chain restos. Any Olive Garden or charlie Brown's?

              1. re: menton1

                I said, "...if you like" them. Some people do. Some people don't. Pardon me.

                1. re: menton1

                  no olive garden or charlie brown's in rockland. closest olive garden is in mahwah, NJ and the closest charlie brown's I know is mohegan lake in westchester

                  1. re: tinery

                    How about McDo's or BK locations?

                    1. re: menton1

                      How about you can the snark? People are trying to be helpful. You are not.

                      1. re: saturngrrl

                        haha i definitely didn't catch the sarcasm the first time...

                        there's nothing wrong with chain restaurants once in a while. the food is usually decent and well priced. whereas with "real" restaurants it can be hit or miss for big bucks. plus, olive garden breadsticks are better than the cold bread you get all the time at fancy places.

                2. re: saturngrrl

                  I think you are talking about San Juan Cafe, and they are no longer open.

                  For pub-like food, I recommend The Olde Village Inne.
                  I totally agree with the Velo recommendation for a splurge. I have also heard wonderful things about Cafe Barcel, but have not been there myself.

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                  Olde Village Inne
                  97 Main St, Nyack, NY 10960

                  San Juan Restaurant
                  12 S Main St, New City, NY 10956

                  1. re: HungryRubia

                    Oh, I am very sorry to hear that San Juan is no longer around. I loved their food when I lived a few short blocks away. Cheap, filling and tasty. Bummer. I think it's time for a visit to Nyack to see what's what these days. I look forward to checking out the new spots around the village!

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                    San Juan Restaurant
                    12 S Main St, New City, NY 10956

                3. Cafe Barcel in Nyack is a nice place at that price point.

                  1. Cafe Barcel in Nyack is excellent and they've fixed the acoustical problems that plagued it when it opened. Sidewalk Cafe in Piermont has a new chef as of a few weeks ago and continues to be reliable French bistro fare. (Avoid the new Confetti's in Piermont; overpriced and dreary.) Union in Haverstraw is consistently very good.

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                    1. re: TeddyTD

                      I had dinner a few nights ago at Union. The food was very good and it had an amazing ambience. A bit pricey though. Not to mention an aggressively friendly doorman.

                      Actually most of these recommendations are quite expensive. What happened to <$20?

                      1. re: tinery

                        I recommended these above, not very expensive, definitely entrees <$20.

                        Cornetta's-- Piermont
                        River Club-- Nyack
                        Sidewalk Bistro-- Piermont
                        '76 House-- Tappan

                        Of course, as has been discussed on other threads, chain restos are very very popular. They are basically a mediocre food experience based on "no surprises" for the intellectually lazy that don't want to take the steps to find a wonderful chef-owned restaurant. They are out there, but it does take some work. In a nutshell, chain restaurants are not for people that care about food.

                        1. re: menton1

                          Cornetta's...do you recommend inside or outside? Looks like there are different menus. What do you recommend there?

                      2. re: TeddyTD

                        I went to confetti's and thought the atmosphere was great and the entree's only ranged from somewhere between 15 and 22 dollars, so i don't get where the overpriced thing comes from. I would definitely give it a try if you have never been.