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Sep 14, 2012 06:26 AM

Mexican Restaurant in the Hudson Valley Area

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

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    1. re: Motosport

      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.

      1. re: Motosport

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

      2. You might want to check out Cesar's Bistro in Wappingers ( 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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        1. re: applesauce23

          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.

          1. re: ryanallday

            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.

            1. re: ryanallday

              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 :-( )

            2. re: applesauce23

              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.

              1. re: Solstice444

                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.

            3. 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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              1. re: Mike in Rhinebeck

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

                1. re: DGresh

                  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.

                  1. re: WhateverLolaWants

                    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.

                    1. re: bob gaj

                      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.

              2. 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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                1. 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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                  1. re: adobocaster

                    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.

                    1. re: legsdiamond12

                      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.

                      1. re: barbgail61

                        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.