My new favorite- Cafe Mio in Gardiner, first town south of New Paltz. They use a lot of local ingredients, have great specials and regular menu and are overall an excellent place for lunch --and breakfast. If headed up to Minnewaska, you can continue up rte. 44-55 and avoid a lot of the weekend traffic in New Paltz. In New Paltz, I like the Harvest Cafe, especially sitting outside with the wonderful view. Also, the Mudd Puddle, downstairs in the Water Street Market has a limited but very good lunch menu and again, its nice for sitting outside.
10 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561
2356 Route 44 55, Gardiner, NY 12525
Karma Road is great. I'm not a vegetarian, but I thought their food was excellent. Harvest (upstairs in the Water Street Market) is also very good. If you want something quick, Mexicali Blue and The Bakery are great.
87 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561