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Mexican Restaurant in the Hudson Valley Area

chocopink Sep 14, 2012 06:26 AM

I would love to hear about some new recommendations for a Mexican restaurant in the Hudson Valley area. I've been to Cafe Maya in Fishkill and Wappingers Falls but I'm interested in trying out a new Mexican restaurant for adventure!

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  1. Motosport RE: chocopink Sep 14, 2012 07:10 AM

    We recently went to a fabulous Mexican place in Kingston called Armadillo!! A very nice eating adventure!!

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      legsdiamond12 RE: Motosport Sep 14, 2012 07:22 AM

      There's a place in Piermont, the name of which unfortunately escapes me, which serves excellent Mexican food. Beautiful town right on the Hudson River, and it has a variety of good restaurants. I usually dine in the Mexican place, or, depending on my mood, the Irish restaurant across the street (the name of which also escapes me).

      Not positively sure that Piermont (below Nyack) is technically the Hudson Valley, but I tend to think of it as the lower Southern portion.

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        jayjay RE: Motosport Sep 14, 2012 11:00 AM

        Just to clarify--Armadillo serves Southwest style food, not Mexican.

      2. applesauce23 RE: chocopink Sep 14, 2012 01:06 PM

        You might want to check out Cesar's Bistro in Wappingers (http://www.yelp.com/biz/cesars-bistro...). It used be called Tacocina. Same owner and similar menu. I haven't been there since they changed the name, but I love their food.

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          ryanallday RE: applesauce23 Sep 14, 2012 02:38 PM

          i'm gonna have to second this, I love love loveddd Tacocina, I cant wait to try the new Cesars Bistro...... and OP I really did not enjoy the one time I went to Cafe Maya but maybe I need to try em again. A little out of your way is Fiesta Mexicana in Brewster, it's pretty good, however Tacocina was better.

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            chocopink RE: ryanallday Sep 14, 2012 05:29 PM

            Thank you for the recommendation. My teenage daughter is a vegetarian and she likes Cafe Maya.... It's just ok. I wanted to find something better than Cafe Maya.

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              Solstice444 RE: ryanallday Sep 16, 2012 01:15 AM

              The Cafe Maya in Wappingers is better than the one in Fishkill IMO and better, brighter atmosphere. Outdoor seating area too (although soon it will be too cold :-( )

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              Solstice444 RE: applesauce23 Sep 14, 2012 05:23 PM

              I went there maybe 2-3 weeks ago during a time when they should've been open and they were closed. I'll have to check again and report back, I wonder if they are closed for good or if they were just on vacation. Has anyone been to Salinas Tequilas, on 9D (not sure if it's technically in Wappingers or Beacon)? I've been wanting to try that place also.

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                Leslie RE: Solstice444 Sep 14, 2012 06:24 PM

                It was reviewed a few weeks ago in the Poughkeepsie Journal. It was given a "good" rating, but it sounded as if everything was horrible.

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              Mike in Rhinebeck RE: chocopink Sep 14, 2012 05:45 PM

              Two possibilities:
              If you want to go high end, try La Puera Azulejo on Rt. 44 just west of Millbrook.
              More informal ad less expensive will be Mole Mole,which has two locations in Poughkeepsie ( oe ach near Marist and Vassar) and one near the Kingston waterfront. The original owners of Mole Mole are from Oaxaca, I believe.

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                DGresh RE: Mike in Rhinebeck Sep 17, 2012 05:24 PM

                isn't it La Puerta Azul? We went there three years ago and enjoyed it quite a lot.

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                  WhateverLolaWants RE: DGresh Sep 18, 2012 12:41 PM

                  Not sure of the timing of his departure, but the former chef at La Puerta Azul now owns Ramiro's in Mahopac. Pan-Latin, similar level of fancy-ness as La Puerta Azul. Great food - the pernil is lick-the-plate good, and they do nice fish preparations.

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                    bob gaj RE: WhateverLolaWants Sep 18, 2012 01:31 PM

                    the quality of la puerta azul dropped when chef ramiro left. i believe they've gone through 2 or 3 chefs since then.

                    we still go because it's close to us, but it dropped a bit in quality while keeping the same price point.

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                      bob gaj RE: bob gaj Oct 2, 2012 05:30 AM

                      there's now a new chef there, and i hope that he's able to serve better quality ingredients cooked the right way. my wife had stopped getting one of the chicken dishes because the chicken would always be way too dry.

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                Barrels41 RE: chocopink Sep 17, 2012 01:26 PM

                Las Mananitas on Rt. 22 in Brewster near Heidi Motel has an incredible deck for the reservoir and forest view and great menu. The same owner Luis has Fiesta Mexicano in the shopping center with McDonald's in front on Rt. 22 at Rt. 312, Brewster. Great drinks, food and prices.

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                  weedy RE: Barrels41 Sep 18, 2012 09:04 PM

                  that looks well worth a try!


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                  adobocaster RE: chocopink Sep 19, 2012 05:32 PM

                  I like Cilantro in the CVS plaza in Fishkill. The Green enchillada is good and the posole is nice .Pleasant service

                  I liked Tacocina

                  Can't understand the Tacocina to Cesar's transition

                  Tacocina came up with this 3 taco minimum policy. How much can one eat?

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                    legsdiamond12 RE: adobocaster Sep 20, 2012 08:58 AM

                    By the way, in reference to the Mexican restaurant I mentioned in Piermont, the name of it isTequila Sal Y Limon at 468 Piermont Ave., Again, this might not technically be considered the Hudson Valley, per se, but it's a nice little town on the Hudson River, easily accessible to Rt. 9W northbound, and is a very nice little Mexican restaurant that I always attempt to eat at when I'm in the area.

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                      barbgail61 RE: legsdiamond12 Oct 2, 2012 11:09 AM

                      Yes, Rockland County, which includes Piermont, is part of the Hudson Valley, actually part of the Lower Hudson Valley. While I haven't been to the Piermont Tequila Sal Y Limon, I have been to the Suffern Tequila Sal Y Limon. Suffern is also in Rockland County. This was a very good restaurant, so I'm hoping that the Piermont location, which was first, is equally as good. Their fajitas and enchiladas were very good. Our favorite Rockland County Mexican Restaurant is Zapata, in Palisades NY (on Piermont Road, close to Orangeburg NY and Northvale, NJ). Zapata is worth trying.

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                        legsdiamond12 RE: barbgail61 Oct 3, 2012 06:00 AM

                        I'll have to try the Suffern location, Barbgail61. I'm not overly familiar with Suffern, but I did used to eat occasionally at a restaurant/bar that has closed and is now a Greek restaurant, I think. Zapata sounds good, and sounds like it would be close to Nyack, which I am more familiar with.

                  2. chocopink RE: chocopink Sep 20, 2012 09:02 AM

                    Thank you to all for the wonderful recommendations!

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                      Mberko RE: chocopink Nov 17, 2012 04:25 PM

                      Hacienda de don Manuel in Suffern is quite good and serves items not normally seen in most Mexican restaurants in Rockland.

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