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Rockland County best kept secrets..

jahngra Oct 23, 2012 08:00 AM

Hi all- this weekend we had some great tacos in Haverstraw at Tacos Marianita, and it made me wonder what else I'm missing in Rockland that's great- particularly ethnic restaurants. So I'll start with some of my favorites:

Tacos Marianita, Haverstraw- great homestyle Mexican.Whenever I've been in there it's packed and I'm the only gringo in sight.

Maura's Kitchen, Nyack - fantastic Peruvian food- roast chicken, ceviche, etc - also has Peruvian beer, wine and spirits, and the people are super friendly.

Vietnam, Spring Valley - the old standby for pho and all things Vietnamese.

Can anyone add to my list? I'm particularly interested in Spring Valley which has loads of small ethnic restaurants that would take a long time to explore.

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    fitzpth May 17, 2013 09:50 AM

    Taqueria VeraCruz in Suffern - (near the train station)

    O Lar in Piermont - (need reservations and place is very small, but great.

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      chiefofeating Feb 2, 2013 08:03 AM

      Bistro Filipino right on RT-303 in Blauvelt. Great filipino food.. all the classics seesig, pancit palabok etc. Been there three times and everything was quality.

      Posa Posa, well-known as one of the best pizzerias in the burbs (especially the Fresca and stuffed sicilian slices). It's also a great sit-down dining experience as well. Besides the pizza, the Fritto Misto appetizer is worth a visit alone (does that count as a secret?).

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        lemarais Jan 9, 2013 09:03 AM

        Quinta Steakhouse in Pearl River. Lovely atmosphere, feels like a European rustic farmhouse... The $10 3 course lunch is one of today's great bargains. Food is wonderful!

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          Mberko Nov 17, 2012 07:28 PM

          Hanabi Japanese Restaurant in Stony Point, Hacienda de Don Manuel (great Mexican) in Suffern, Turquoise in Monsey (turkish food in small strip mall).

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          1. re: Mberko
            JRBlack Nov 19, 2012 03:40 PM

            Correction for anyone looking for it online: it's Turkois Grill (not spelled like the stone). It is great, and underappreciated. And one of the owners has another Turkish place in New City, called Ephendi.

          2. Bosmer Oct 25, 2012 08:33 AM

            My 3 favorite restaurants, in no particular order, in Rockland County:

            1. Restaurant X / Bully Boy Bar and/or Xaviars in Piermont, http://www.xaviars.com/
            2. Alain's Bistro in Nyack, http://www.alainsbistro.com/
            3. Velo in Nyack, http://www.velonyack.com/

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            1. re: Bosmer
              JRBlack Oct 25, 2012 08:22 PM

              Off the Hook in Haverstraw for terrific fried fish and Southern side dishes. Mainly for takeout, though.
              Caribreeze in Spring Valley--Island-style vegetarian/vegan food.
              Not sure it's a best-kept secret, but the New City Kosher Deli in New City. It's not quite the Second Avenue Deli, but a worthwhile stop.
              Rockland Farm--not a restaurant and I'm not certain about the name, but it's the fruit/veg market in the Nanuet strip mall that's just south of the former Nanuet Mall. Low prices on produce, plus a great source for lots of ethnic products--spices, jams, sauces, sweets, canned goods, cheeses, teas and so on from various Middle Eastern countries, Pakistan, India, Eastern Europe, etc. There's also a butcher shop and a standard Boar's Head type deli under the same roof, but I've never patronized those.

              1. re: JRBlack
                jahngra Oct 26, 2012 07:00 AM

                Great! that's what I'm talking about. Off the Hook and Caribreeze. I can add to that Main Essentials in Nyack, which is another vegan/Caribbean place.

                1. re: JRBlack
                  double0 Oct 26, 2012 07:31 AM

                  Just a point about Rockland farm, The butcher shop is Halal like you would see in Paterson NJ. Right next door is Kalavari. A top notch Indian resto with a huge menu that has a section of Jewish style Indian food, besides northern and southern Indian food. If you like it spicey they'll make it for you.

                  1. re: double0
                    Bosmer Oct 26, 2012 10:23 AM

                    "Kalavari" is close.

                    416 NANUET MALL SOUTH
                    NANUET, NEW YORK 10954
                    Tel: 845 215 9794


                    They have 3 locations.

                    1. re: Bosmer
                      JRBlack Oct 26, 2012 07:13 PM

                      A couple more thoughts:
                      La Bamba in Sparkill. Little Mexican place hidden away in the back of a Mexican grocery store.
                      Cafe Portofino in Piermont. Kind of off the beaten path in Piermont in that it's several blocks north of the main "downtown" area. Not a hole-in-the-wall place but in a county that's full of Italian restaurants, this place shines. It's small, lovely, and civilized, with warm service that really makes you feel like a valued guest.

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                        JRBlack Nov 3, 2012 01:04 PM

                        Update on Portofino--they're quite close to the Hudson and got slammed by Sandy. Not clear when they're reopening, but please consider supporting this small business when they do.


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                          michele cindy Nov 8, 2012 05:34 AM

                          Thanks for the Article JRBlack. I drove by on my way to vote. Hope they get up and running soon. We also love O'Lar, which is right next store..

                2. re: Bosmer
                  bbond27 Nov 8, 2012 12:10 PM

                  Velo is excellent! The staff there is amazing, very knowledgeable and helpful. The food is outstanding and it is a great place to go for a glass of wine or cocktail. Highly recomend!

                  1. re: Bosmer
                    MisterBill2 Nov 17, 2012 09:08 PM

                    I'm not sure I'd list Restaurant X under "best kept secrets" since I'm sure it is one of the best known restaurants in the county. Freelance Cafe in Piermont might be closer to qualifying.

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                    jahngra Oct 24, 2012 12:14 PM

                    Didier Dumas is a local treasure for sure, and Gypsy Donut is great for coffee and of course donuts. How about El Rey de Pollo? Anyone been there? Any favorite pupuserias or taco joints, or West Indian places in Spring Valley? And how about Indian? My new fav is Karavali in Nanuet. Places seem to to be cropping up in the western part of the county.

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                      lemarais Oct 24, 2012 11:47 AM

                      Paterisserie Didier Dumas--a trip back int France for great coffee,pastry and lunch specials. Flies under the radar. 163 Main st, Nyack..

                      The vererable Old 76 House in Tappan. Very historic,a genuine 200+ year old building. New chef has upgraded the cuisine,a very nice experience close to home. They also clam a real ghost on the premises!

                      Also,art Cafe in Nyack. Nice atmosphere,a unique Middle Eastern cuisine sans meat. Try the "Malawiches" unique.

                      1. Bosmer Oct 23, 2012 09:04 AM

                        Gypsy Donut
                        18 North Franklin Street
                        Nyack, NY 10960
                        (That’s 1/2 block north of the corner of Main Street.)

                        845 353 5300
                        or Toll Free
                        855 GET DONUT


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