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Jul 14, 2010 05:43 PM

Sullivan, Orange and Ulster Counties: New places?

Hey everyone,

I'm beginning a dining column for a Hudson Valley paper and so am researching newish (opened in the last couple years) restaurants in the Orange, Ulster and Sullivan counties.

I live in Beacon and am up on Newburgh, New Windsor, Cornwall-On-Hudson, New Paltz - but it's such a large area and I have yet to explore much of it. These counties also cover Kingston, Saugerties, Woodstock, Newburgh, Middletown and lots of smaller towns.

These are already on my list to start:
- Brothers Barbecue, New Windsor
- Cafe Mio, Gardiner
- Peekamoose Restaurant, Big Indian
- Gunk Haus, Highland
- Gaby’s Café, Ellenville

I would love any and all suggestions for new places in these three counties.


Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room
8373 State Route 28, Big Indian, NY 12410

Cafe Mio
2356 Route 44 55, Gardiner, NY 12525

Gaby's Cafe
150 Canal St, Ellenville, NY 12428

Brothers Barbecue
2402 State Route 32, New Windsor, NY 12553

Gunk Haus
387 South St, Highland, NY 12528

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  1. With the economy in its current state, I haven't noticed as many new places popping up.

    I'm sure you've been, but I love Hudson Street Cafe (Cornwall-on-Hudson) and how they incorporate the use of local produce in their dishes. I've heard Global Palate in West Park is worth a trip. It's not brand new, but on the newer side.

    Hudson Street Cafe
    237 Hudson St, Cornwall On Hudson, NY 12520

    Global Palate Restaurant
    1746 Route 9 W, West Park, NY 12493

    1. And what about that new restaurant at the Glenmere Mansion in Chester? I haven't been, but there was some buzz about it for awhile.

      1. Checking in from Sullivan County:
        Nice, vibrant dining scene in Kauneonga Lake right near Bethel Woods. Fat Lady Cafe, Benji and Jakes, Luzon Station and others. Around the corner in White Lake is the delicious Front Porch. A BBQ truck just started parking in a lot on Route 17B just before you reach White Lake. Best food in the County (IMHO) is served by Victor at the Buona Fortuna Pizza which is attached, but supposedly not connected, to the restaurant proper. I could probably start a thread on his place; don't let the funky layout fool you, this guy puts out fantastic, very tasty food. Try the swordfish sandwich with sweet potato fries.

        The Fat Lady Cafe
        13 Horseshoe Lake Rd, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749

        3 Replies
        1. re: highestfi

          when we spend a few days in bethel one meal is appetizer hoppin at kauneonga lake and one is a full dinner at the fat lady

          1. re: corky

            Food is ok at The Fat Lady Cafe if they do arrive..... After boating in the area, five of us went there for a late lunch. It took them 75 mins to service us a kid burger, 2 pasta dishes & 2 salads(picture that.... we were the only table at the time).

            On a recent Saturday night, our original plan was having delicious pizzas at Benji & Jakes. Unfortunately for us, they were closed for a wedding. So, we head to Luzon Station instead...... slow service in all areas (keep in mind...... it was primetime on a Saturday & the dinner room was only half full). We did ask our waitress why the food wasn't coming. She had no excuse and just smile. The only explantation we came up with is their menu is too big for the kitchen staffs to handle.... Anyhow, their Shrimp Fra Diavolo was pretty good!

            Did I mention Benji & Jakes is great place for pizza & entertainment!?

            The Fat Lady Cafe
            13 Horseshoe Lake Rd, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749

            Benji & Jake's
            5 Horseshoe Lake Rd, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749

          2. re: highestfi

            Where is Buona Fortuna Pizza?

            Nevermind, found it. 46 Forestburgh Rd, Monticello, NY, 12701

          3. I've been curious about White Wolf in Napanoch.

            1. Brothers Barbeque the 3-year-old restaurant on Route 32 in Cornwall, was destroyed by a early-morning fire. Story in Times Herald-Record. Hope the Brothers will rebuild this was a Great