Restaurants in Rosendale and Tillson
An alternative to the crowds in New Paltz is the cute little town of Rosendale. The New York Times seems to think it’s the next hippest thing, but it’s just a quiet little town along the river. Most straightforward way to get there from the Gunks is to go back towards New Paltz and take Rt. 32 north. If there’s traffic going into New Paltz (which is always the case during busy fall weekends), there are other back ways to get there (follow along with your map): Rt. 299 east, left on Butterville Road which turns into Canaan Road, take right fork onto Dug Road, which ends and you make a left onto Springtown Road (county rt. 7). Make a right onto Tillson Road, then a left onto Rt. 32 north. Got that?
Map of Roads from the Gunks to Rosendale
Rosendale Restaurant Reviews
388 Main St, Rosendale, NY – (845) 658-8500 – Closed Tuesday Casual atmosphere, decent American food, good value. Can get busy, reservations recommended. Has a pool table and decent beer.
434 Main St, Rosendale, NY – (845) 658-9048 Nice selection of vegetarian food in a funky cafe adorned with local artists’ work. A few small tables outside too. My favorite is the Mushroom Tofu Stroganoff. They often have live music there, singer-songwriter Tuesdays, Celtic music sessions and more.
Rosendale Shopping Plaza, Rt. 32, Rosendale, NY 12472 – (845) 658-9191 - Facebook page. There isn’t anything fancy about 32 Lunch. It’s in a run-down shopping plaza with an unimposing name. Inside are two people working their asses off to bring you fast service and tasty breakfast and lunch. This luncheonette had far more character during the George Bush years, with anti-Bush posters and signs everywhere and Grateful Dead stickers on most surfaces. They redecorated and removed all the anti-Bush and hippie stuff, but you still may hear the Dead playing on the speakers or see a random steal-your-face sticker. My friend from NJ barely eats there more than twice a year but the waitress remembers him and what he orders and how he likes his coffee and toast. It’s pretty amazing. It’s a small 2 person local operation that deserves the business. Pay them a visit -especially if you’re already camping at Creekview Campground in Rosendale. Oh, and while you’re in that shopping plaza, buy something at the liquor store there. Ask to have the little white dog serve you at the counter and pay by credit card. Really. It’s worth it for the adorable entertainment.
402 Main St., Rosendale, NY 12472 – (845) 658-7175 This eclectic little cheese shop is worth a visit. They have an excellent variety of cheeses, and small food items such as panini sandwiches, roasted artichokes, spinach rolls and salads. There are a couple of tables inside to sit at. The interesting thing about this store is the back half of it is a thrift shop. So you can browse the racks of clothing, books or assorted junk while you wait for your lunch.