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Restaurants in New Paltz

Main Street, downtown New Paltz. Photo by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Daniel_Case

Downtown New Paltz, NY

Restaurants in New Paltz

There are lots and lots of restaurants in New Paltz, catering to just about everyone’s taste. I’ve divided them up by type of food, and provided maps to show which are in which areas of New Paltz. There are many more restaurants than I’ve listed, but I only felt I should review those I’ve been to at least twice.  Summary of my thoughts? Variety of beer and billards? Go to Bacchus. Microbrews and outside seating? Gilded Otter. Big TVs and sports watching? McGillicuddy’s. Asian food? Gomen Kudasai Japanese or Lemongrass Thai. Breakfast? Main Street Bistro or The Bakery. Best pizza? Rocco’s by the Stop’n'Shop. Romantic dinner out? A Tavola next to Rock and Snow.

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Restaurants to Drink Beer At

Bacchus Restaurant

4 S. Chestnut St, New Paltz, NY – (845)255-8636
When I started climbing at the Gunks in the 1980s, this was where we always went after climbing. Since then the food and service has gone downhill. I still occasionally get a tasty meal there, but it seems a bit overpriced for the quality. My current favorite is the Pork Tenderloin (bacon wrapped medallions served wth a horse radish-apple cream sauce, garlic mashed potatoes & veggies).  Looking for an obscure favorite beer? Try Bacchus. They have a ridiculous collection of beer here, the beer menu is just about as big as the food menu. They also have a billards hall connected to the restaurant if that’s your thing. There is a different menu for the downstairs bar from the upstairs dining room, but you can order mix it up a bit if you ask.  They serve brunch, lunch and dinner and have a kid’s menu. They’re located a couple of stores down Rt. 208 South, right off of the main intersection in “downtown” New Paltz.

The Gilded Otter Brewing Company

3 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 256-1700
Very popular restaurant and bar, beautiful building, but definitely lacking in sound proofing. Go on a nice day and sit outside where it’s quieter and you have a nice view of Skytop. They have a nice selection of beer – a few standards and then a couple of others that change during the seasons, personally they are not my favorite, but my friends seem to like their selections. My favorite is the Dusseldorf Altbier or the Octoberfest when in season. A number of my friends like the Three Pines India Pale Ale, named after a popular beginner’s climb at the Gunks. You can ask for samples of their beer before you decide. Food is OK, I’m not crazy about their menu but my friends seem to like it. My favorites are the Goat Cheese Salad and Fettucine Bolognese. They have a kid’s menu that was perfect for my kids when they were little because it had their favorites: buttered noodles and broccoli.

McGillicuddy’s Restaurant

84 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 256-9289
Nothing special but fine for standard decent American bar food, with attentive service. Sports on the TV. They have event nights, such as live DJ, poker, trivia.

P & G’s Restaurant

91 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-6161
Bar, decent bar-style food like burgers and sandwiches, good selection of beer on tap. Popular with bikers as well as college students. Landmark corner building over 100 years old.

General/American Restaurants

Barnaby’s Steakhouse

16 N Chestnut St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-2433
Been here twice. Both times… eh.

Mohonk Mountain House

View of the beautiful Mohonk Mountain House Resort on Lake Mohonk.

Mohonk Mountain House Resort

1000 Mountain Rest Rd, New Paltz, NY – (845) 256-2056
While the address is in New Paltz, this spectacular resort hotel is quite a ways out of town. If you have lots of money and have nicer clothes than what you climbed in, it’s worth a trip to see this beautiful place. Note that I said lots of money, this is not a casual affair. You will need to make reservations so that you’re on the list at the entrance gate and can drive up to the hotel and park. You’re expected to dress neatly and for dinner, it is required that men wear jackets. Their Sunday brunch buffets are enormous and will run you about $55 for an adult. They often have separate buffet tables for children’s tastes. The cost for overnight guests includes all the meals, and at least when I was there a few years ago, they often seat people together with others at tables to encourage socializing. I recall that the food was quite good, plentiful and the selection varied. It might be something worth doing if you have a special occasion to celebrate while you’re visiting the Gunks. If you want to spend the night, prepare to pay hundreds a night, but it’s a really special place and one of the last of the great Catskills resorts.

Rock da Pasta

62 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-1144 – closed Wednesdays
Rock da Pasta is in the main drag of “downtown” New Paltz. It’s worth stopping by just to read the menu and see the creative names they give their dishes, such as Nirvana Lasagna, or Pesto Palooza, with James Brownie for dessert. Unfortunately the one time I did eat there was disappointing despite the fun entree names. The service was really slow and the food was just OK. Will have to give them another try someday, mainly because I really love the creativity and sense of humor in their menu.

The Village Tea Room Restaurant and Bake Shop

Delicious honeybee cake from The Village Tea Room in New Paltz, with a honeycomb decorated frosting and little edible honey bees on it.

The Honeybee Cake at the Village Tea Room

10 Plattekill Ave, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-3434 – closed Mondays
The Village Tea Room is in an old house on a side road, just past the Chase Bank. First thing you see when you walk in is the dessert case. You may never get any farther than this. Fantastic creations that look absolutely irresistable, especially the beehive cake with little chocolate bees all over it. But you’re probably here for breakfast, lunch or dinner, not just dessert, right? Get seated in any number of creaky small rooms of the house and enjoy their interesting menu. Food here is quite good, some dishes more than others, I love the wild mushroom bread pudding side dish. There’s beer, wine and of course, they have a huge selection of teas. Worth a visit.

 

Breakfast/Bakery

The Bakery

13 N Front St, New Paltz, NY (845) 255-8840
Down a side street from where P&G’s Restaurant is you’ll find The Bakery. Tasty pastries,egg dishes, bagels and coffee, good sandwiches, soups and salads for lunch. Seating upstairs or outside. Very popular.

Main Street Bistro

59 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-7766 – all week breakfast & lunch; dinner only Fri & Sat nights
Seems like this place always has a line out the door, especially on weekend mornings. Excellent breakfast selection, creative choices, quiche, sandwiches, soups, along with bagels and muffins to go.  For lunch and dinner, it’s eclectic American food and vegetarian entrees. It’s a good choice for breakfast if the line isn’t too long.

 

Diners

College Diner

500 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-5040
This is the diner which is to the east of the Thruway exit. Nothing to write home about, it’s a diner. Food is good enough, but I’d say out of the three diners in New Paltz, this is the least favorite.

Genesis Restaurant Diner

401 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-5075
This is the newest diner in New Paltz, in front of the 87 Motel next to the Thruway exit. Only been here twice, and if I recall, food was decent and service was decent too. It’s a decent diner, need to eat here more to form any opinion.

New Paltz Plaza Diner

27 New Paltz Plz, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-1030
This diner is in the large Stop and Shop plaza, not far from the Thruway exit. It’s decent. I go here for a fast hot breakfast, and their belgian waffles are usually pretty good. Service is usually fast, food is… well, diner food.

 

Pizza and Italian Restaurants

A Tavola

46 Main Street, New Paltz, NY - (845)-255-1426
I’ve eaten at A Tavola three times and each time I was very impressed. It’s next to Rock and Snow, up a few steps.  I read a really good review of a Tavola in the Hudson Valley magazine and had to try it. It’s a two story restaurant, so if you get a seat upstairs, you get a nice view of New Paltz through a wall of windows, as well as a view straight down to the 1st floor of the restaurant if you’re seated along the railing. It’s a cozy atmosphere. Nice and classy, but a little rustic. Even a little romantic. The menu isn’t very big, but the selection is creative and unusual. I had a very rich appetizer of Funghi E Uovo (egg and wild mushrooms with creamy polenta & tomato sauce) and it was tasty and very rich, with plenty of delicious mushrooms. Rich enough to make me worry if I had room for dinner. Dinner was a parsnip ravioli which was a combination of interesting flavors and quite delicious. My husband loved the Lamb and roasted beet salad. It’s pricey, but at least you’re getting delicious quality food for the money. Probably the highest quality food you can get in New Paltz. Tops my list for where to go to celebrate special occasions.

La Bella Pizza & Bistro

194 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-2633
Been here a couple of times. Once was while my daughter attended a birthday party dinner here, and everyone seemed happy with how it went. Came back a month or two later with just the kids and the service was atrocious. They forgot my daughter’s dinner, despite me mentioning it to the waitress a couple of times and eventually having to go up to the counter and complaining. By the time they admitted they screwed up, the rest of us had almost finished eating and she was so hungry she was ready to cry (we shared the rest of our food with her when it was apparent her food wasn’t showing up soon). They weren’t too apologetic either. So I doubt we’ll go back there, even though I think the food was decent.

La Stazione

5 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561 – (845) 256-9447
La Stazione is a casual but slightly upscale italian restaurant in the historic old New Paltz train station building, next door to the Gilded Otter Brewing Company. Been there a couple of times. I would say the food was OK and a bit on the expensive side, and wasn’t outstanding enough for us to go back.

Rocco’s Pizza

4 New Paltz Plz, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-7161
This is my favorite of the New Paltz pizzerias. It’s in the Stop’n'Shop Plaza, near the movie theater. Because of the theater, it can get very crowded, as it’s a small place. While they have entrees as well, I go there for the pizza. Nice selection of pizzas, especially the square ones with the sliced mozzarella, tomato, basil on it (I believe it’s the caprese one). The garlic knots are my kids’ favorite – buttery greasy and garlicky.

 

Asian Restaurants

By the way, I have yet to find any edible Chinese food in the New Paltz area.

Gomen Kudasai Japanese Noodle Restaurant

215 Main Street, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-8811
Gomen Kudasi is my family’s favorite Japanese restaurant. They recently closed and reopened in a new location in the Rite Aid Plaza, in the same shopping center as the Inner Wall Climbing Gym. They have a very active presence in the community. They host many community cultural events such as the Bon-Ordori Music & Dance Festival, classes on activities such as Japanese flower arranging or Japanese cooking, and prominently display works by local artists on their walls. Weekends they usually have local musicians performing to accompany your dinner. According to my daughter, who has been to Japan, this restaurant is authentic. Their food is prepared like the food she ate in Japan, which differs from the usual Japanese-American restaurants. Also they use fresh, local and organic ingredients as much as possible. They don’t yet have a sushi bar set up, but that’s fine with me, I don’t eat sushi. :-) It’s primarily a noodle shop with excellent noodle soups. The owner, Youko, is a wonderful warm and friendly person and will make sure you are happy with your meal there. The service sometimes has hiccups but every time we had a problem, Youko more than made up for it. Prices aren’t cheap either. But we love to support local business who are authentic, honest and support the community and the food is delicious as well.

Hokkaido Japanese Restaurant

18 Church St, New Paltz, NY – (845)256-0621
Located off a side street from the main section of New Paltz is a little corner Japanese restaurant. Food here is good, my family rates it the #2 Japanese restaurant. My husband likes their sushi.

Lemongrass Thai Restaurant

125 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 256-0161
Nice but casual restaurant with good service and very tasty food. My kids are addicted to their vegetable fried rice. I recommend it!

Neko Sushi

49 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-0162
Neko Sushi Japanese Restaurant is right in the main intersection of town. It’s nice inside, food is good, but my family rates it the #3 restaurant. My daughter speaks a little Japanese, and found she couldn’t practice here because they’re Korean. Oh well.

Suruchi – A Fine Taste of India

5 Church St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-2772 – closed Mon & Tues
Suruchi is on a side street down from Main Street where the Bistro is. It’s a nicely done small restaurant with some Indian style cushioned platform booths and lots of vegetarian options from their menu. I’ve been here twice and thought the food was delicious, but not cheap.

 

Mexican Style Restaurants

Not much in New Paltz for sit-down Mexican dinners except a couple of really good and simple burrito places. If you really need Mexican food, drive up to the  Gypsy Wolf Cantina in Woodstock.

Mexicali Blues

87 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-5551
In the heart of Main Street is a tiny restaurant serving up fresh Mexican food. And I mean tiny. It’s basically a kitchen and a counter, not much room here to eat. But the food is good. And according to Anthony Bourdain, celebrity chef, they have “The best tacos on the East Coast!”.

Taco Shack

255 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-2366
The Taco Shack is a small little place attached to the beer store. Doesn’t look like much, but eat here and you’ll get more than you bargained for. It’s a good value. The burritos are tasty and enormous, on the verge of intimidating. There are tables inside the simple interior, or get take out and gnaw at your giant taco elsewhere.

 

Middle Eastern Food

Anatolia Turkish Restaurant

76 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561- (845)255-1424
This restaurant was in New Paltz in the past and reopened in 2011 (I think). I don’t remember it, but my friends were very excited that they had returned. Everyone raved that the red lentil soup was to die for. To be honest with you, I’ve only eaten there once. I walked in there and 4 tables had local climbers that I know sitting at them. The menu had fascinating choices – I chose a vegetarian dish, my husband got meat. I enjoyed my meal, but my husband didn’t. So before I pass any judgment, I’ll have to try eating there again.

Moonlight Cafe

53 Main St., New Paltz, NY 12561 – (845) 255-4813
It’s good middle eastern food, the dinner buffet (Thurs and Fridays) is a really good value. We’ve had the gyros and falafel here and they were delicious.

Yanni Restaurant & Cafe

51 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 256-0988
Simple restaurant, typical middle-eastern menu, OK food.

 

Fast But Healthy Deli/Takeout

Karma Road Organic Cafe

11 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-1099
Karma road is a funky little cafe next to the bike store, downhill towards the bridge. If you like smoothies and shakes, this is the place to go. They have organic local vegetarian food in the form of soup, salads, and an enticing variety of hot and cold foods in their deli case. Last time I was there, I had a sample of 3 items for lunch which blew me away. Delicious!

Main Course Catering and Restaurant

175 Main St, New Paltz, NY – (845) 255-2650
Main Course is mostly known for their catering, but they do have a shop in town with some tables to eat at or take out. The food is absolutely fantastic and made from fresh local ingredients. You get what you pay for, it’s not cheap, but worth it.

 

Fast Food Chains

Burger King – 238 Main Street, New Paltz (845)255-3071

Dunkin’ Donuts – 250 Main Street, New Paltz (845) 255-7685

McDonalds – 261 Main Street, New Paltz (845) 255-8141

Starbucks – 1 Plattekill Avenue, New Paltz (845) 256-9815

Stewart’s – 98 North Chestnut ST, New Paltz (845) 255-4382

Subway – 234 Main St # 4, New Paltz (845) 256-6425

 

Maps

Wide view of New Paltz showing eateries east of the main intersection all the way to the Thruway (click to see full size):

Map of Restaurants - New Paltz, Wide View

Map of Restaurants in New Paltz, NY

 

Map of Restaurants in New Paltz on the West end near the Wallkill Bridge

West end of New Paltz near the Wallkill Bridge

Map of Restaurants in the Downtown Intersection of New Paltz

Restaurants in the downtown main intersection of New Paltz

Map of Restaurants in the Center of New Paltz, showing side streets

Restaurants on the side streets of downtown New Paltz

Latest update 7/23/2012

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