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Restaurants in Rosendale and Tillson

Restaurants in Rosendale and Tillson

The charming small downtown area of Rosendale, NY. Photo by http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Daniel_Case

Rosendale, NY

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

Map with the best route highlighted from the Gunks to the towns of Tillson and Rosendale, NY, to the north.

Directions from the Gunks to Rosendale


Rosendale Restaurant Reviews

Garden House

4 Hardenburgh Lane (corner of Main Street, left of the Rosendale Theater) – (845) 658-3131 – This newer restaurant along Rosendale’s Main Street has become one of my favorites.It’s at the corner to the left of the Rosendale Theater, where you turn to get to the municipal parking behind the stores. It’s cozy inside, with pleasant seating outdoors. You can’t miss the giant brick oven on the front lawn. They specialize in middle-eastern foods and amazing artisan pizzas. I’ve taken many friends there and the consensus all around was that both the entrees and the pizzas were excellent. For something totally different for dessert, try the Sachlab drink. It’s sweet and tasty.

Red Brick Tavern

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.

Rosendale Cafe

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.

32 Lunch

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 ate there more than twice a year but the waitress remembered 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.

The Big Cheese

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.


Map of Restaurants in Rosendale

Map of Rosendale, NY, with restaurants that I've reviewed highlighted.

Rosendale Restaurants


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  1. Theresa

    If you are looking for greasy eggs, greasy bacon, greasy corned beef hash, greasy home fries and even grease on toast this is the place for you. It’s no good food as in Drive-ins, diners and dives. My stomach is still after only a few bites distressed. It is a shame as the Greek (and proud to be) husband and wife team work so hard together and yet produce below average food.

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