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After Hiking in Harriman State Park -- where to?

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The towns surrounding Harriman State Park -- Tuxedo, Sloatsburg, Suffern, Stony Point, etc. -- is there anywhere to eat that you recommend? Especially after a hike or a day in the woods?

It doesn't have to be classy or even exceptional food -- you know how you just want to eat hearty after being on the trails.

Love the park and the hiking -- just would love recs for where you go to get a bite afterwards.

 
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  1. How about crossing over the Bear Mountain Bridge and heading to Peekskill? Gleason's, Peekskill Brewery, Ramenesque are all there--do a search for recent write-ups on them.

    I haven't been to Table 9 (on the Annsville Circle, it's a bit closer to the bridge), but others have written positive things about it here. Head up a little north on Rte. 9 toward Cold Spring, and there's a barbeque place on the left that people here have enthused about.

    1. POPEYE"S on RT 17

      1. http://www.rhodesnorth.com/

        1. You mention areas to the south and west of the park. While I know a few places there, none worth recommending for more than a slice of regular pizza.

          Take 20 minute drive north through small towns to Newburgh to the Peruvian restaurant Machu Picchu. While I haven't been there since last spring, I think it is a great Peruvian place, better than most in NYC.

          301 Broadway, Newburgh, NY 12550
          http://www.machupicchurest.com/

          In Peekskill, to the east of the park, there is a new ramen place, Ramenesque. I haven't been yet, but it has had very good reviews here on CH.

          http://www.ramenesque.net/

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          1. re: JMF

            Just for clarification, it is closer to a half-hour drive to either Newburgh or Peekskill from Harriman, unless you're speeding. ;)

            1. re: foodiemom10583

              I guess it depends upon what side of the park you are on. I was figuring from the traffic circle by the Inn and the Bridge. But, you are probably right. Forgot to figure that in. 90% of the time when I drive from Harriman Park/Bear Mountain to Newburgh I am on my motorcycle, and it just doesn't like to go less than 70-90 mph. My car is the same Peculiar.

              But I'm pretty sure that Peekskill is only 15 minutes from Bear Mountain, and that's at normal driving speed.

              1. re: JMF

                Just out of curiosity, I plugged it into Google Maps. It is 19.1 miles from the Harriman Stony Point exit to Ramenesque in Peekskill with 28 minutes driving time. For you, though, 15 minutes.

                1. re: foodiemom10583

                  But from the Bear Mountain Bridge (which is right by the park), more like 15 minutes (10 to Table 9). Depends where the OP is starting the drive.

                  1. re: Elisa515

                    Agreed. I thought they were ending their activities at Stony Point.

                    1. re: foodiemom10583

                      The OP just listed Stony Point as one of the towns.

                      Google maps says 23 minutes to Machu Picchu from the Inn, and 15 minutes to Ramenesque. That's at "normal" speeds I would assume.

                      1. re: JMF

                        (edited due to canine distractions)

                        For the sake of consistency, Google Maps says that going from Harriman at Stony Point to 301 Broadway in Newburgh is listed at 23.5 miles and 29 minutes traveling time (31 minutes with current traffic). Of course, normal speeds are always assumed.

            2. re: JMF

              The Macchu Picchu menu looks great, by the way. It will be going on my list of places to try this season.

              1. re: foodiemom10583

                I've been going there since the mid 90's if I remember correctly.

                1. re: JMF

                  Anything in particular that you recommend? I love ceviches and choclo and the boys love lomo saltado. Have you tried their pisco sour?

                  1. re: foodiemom10583

                    I haven't tried their cocktails. I'm almost always on my motorcycle with an hour ride home, or completely exhausted from hiking.

            3. When I was a girl I went to camp in Harriman State Park, and on visiting day my folks took me to lunch at Bear Mountain Inn, which was an incredible treat. I'm pleased to see that the place is still there. Maybe it would suit your needs.

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              1. re: bitchincook

                Bear Mountain Inn is pretty bad. Back before the 1970's it supposedly was quite good. During the 70's-90's it was terrible. Then around the late 90's they renovated it and brought in a good chef, but I thought it was still mediocre at best. It closed down again for major renovations back in 2005 and opened up again two years ago. I haven't been to the restaurants since then but I heard recently the food is still only ok, trying to be more than what it is, and service is atrocious. They brought in a good executive chef, but I don't know if he is still there and I think the kitchen is struggling to keep up.

                1. re: JMF

                  Actually, there's a tapas restaurant there now, Restaurant 1915. It got a Good in the NYT. So that's another options, and probably the closest.

                  1. re: MisterBill2

                    I heard from folks who have been there recently and as I said above, "I heard recently the food is still only ok, trying to be more than what it is, and service is atrocious. They brought in a good executive chef, but I don't know if he is still there and I think the kitchen is struggling to keep up."

                2. re: bitchincook

                  Thanks for that! I decided to try it for myself, for brunch. Can't go wrong with a simple omelet and a cup of fresh fruit! The dining room is really nice and mostly authentic.

                3. Charliethedog, I reread your original post, although I do not have firsthand experience with the brunch itself if you are hiking on a Sunday the Bear Mountain Inn's Sunday brunch sounds like it would fit the bill. You can buy a map that includes all of the trails in Harriman at the police barracks/parks department located at the far end of the parking lot, there may be an app available too.
                  Brunch is served until 3pm and it's a buffet.

                  There are plenty of challenging trails (IMPO) including the Appalachian Trail which is right there if you want to hike your meal off. There is also the Hiker's café that has decent to good but also overpriced food, one caveat I'm not sure if the café is open in February.

                  If you actually have a Charliethedog as opposed to being Charliethedog there is the Cove deli in Stony point/Tomkins Cove 9W where you can grab a sandwich or other deli type food. There are some good eagle watching spots on 9w in that area as well.

                  If you do decide on Bear Mountain what the article states about the restaurants being very popular is true, definitely must plan ahead/reservation for the brunch.

                  http://www.lohud.com/article/20140125...

                  http://www.lohud.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ga...

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                  1. re: chowdom

                    I'm not the OP, but thanks for the info. I didn't know about the eagles and I live about 5 miles away from that rest stop mentioned in the article on 6/202. Brings back memories, when I was a kid growing up in Northern NJ, a couple of times my parents took us up to Bear Mountain to see ski jumping there, and we'd have hot cider at the inn.

                    1. re: chowdom

                      Thanks for all the details, chowdom. Yes, I was looking for somewhere to eat after a weekend hike through Harriman, or before a day hike in Bear Mountain. I decided to check out brunch for myself this past Sunday. I stuck to the a la carte menu and got an omelet. It's not too expensive and the service was great. We got there early and sat in the almost-empty dining room, near a huge window that overlooked the Hudson River.

                      My only complaint is in the details. In a dining room as special as Bear Mountain Inn, you'd like to see a nice touch here or there: some flowers on the table, something else on your plate besides an omelet, all alone -- some fruit, or toast even. The coffee should be hot.

                      They told me the Hiker's Cafe is open just on weekends now.

                      Thanks for the tip on the Cove Deli, too! I'll check that out too, before our next hike (and yes! I have two elderly (former) shelter dogs who traded in the institution for the trails.)