Where to Go on a Dining Day Trip to Nyack
Known for its sprawling street fairs, proximity to New York City, and thriving downtown, Nyack offers visitors a variety of international cuisine, cute and casual cafés, and scratch-made menus.
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | BR: Brunch | T: Take-out
“Let me take you down, cause I’m going to” Strawberry Place — and the French toast game here is downright decadent: Challah French toast arrives stuffed with chocolate hazelnut sauce and bananas, decorated with fresh strawberries, and topped with a scoop of strawberry ice cream. A little too light for your liking? Try the Jameson, a bacon cheeseburger deluxe served between homemade waffles.
845.358.9511, find them on Facebook, B, L, T
Photo courtesy of Boxer Donut & Espresso Bar
Simply put, the sweet little treats at Boxer Donut & Espresso Bar are a knockout. Mixing it up with a variety of yeast-raised, cake, or choux-based doughs, the folks here never settle on a donut assortment. Past confections range from seasonal, cranberry-orange glazed donuts for Thanksgiving, to sugar overload, like the chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-filled donuts. We recommend something more subtle, like the vegan lemon rosemary glazed.
Maura’s Kitchen offers a unique opportunity to try Peruvian cuisine. Peru’s history of colonization and immigration has resulted in a slew of multicultural cuisines, the most popular of which may be chifa, a blend of Cantonese cooking styles with Peruvian traditions and ingredients. Chaufa, a fried rice with cabbage, red pepper, snow peas, egg, and scallions, is a great introduction, as is lomo saltado: sirloin strips sautéed with plum tomatoes and onions, served with fries and rice. Maura’s also offers numerous ceviche and seafood dishes. Sunday brunch is not to be missed with bottomless drinks (including pisco sours and margaritas).
845.535.3533, www.mauraskitchen.com, L, D, BR, T
You won’t find a dozen different tacos at El Cuñao Taqueria & Deli, but you will find a family-run operation that locals regularly call “the best tacos I’ve ever had!” Carnitas, grilled chicken, chorizo, and carne asada cover the basics, while specials rotate on a weekly basis. Tacos come in orders of three, for about $3 apiece.
845.405.9086, find them on Facebook, L, D, T
At Velo, all of the pasta and desserts are made in-house, and the menu ranges from rustic Italian (gnocchi with lamb Bolognese) to eclectic American (mac ’n’ cheese with pastrami, Swiss, and Grana). Stone-ground white corn makes for an outstanding texture in the shrimp and grits, and even pizza isn’t without its quirks: the “Joe Breeze” is topped with roasted butternut squash, caramelized onions, and brie.
845.353.7667, www.velonyack.com, L, D, T
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Recently named one of Esquire’s Best New Restaurants in America 2018, Karenderya is a neighborhood Filipino restaurant inspired by the roadside food stands scattered throughout the islands. The menu mixes traditional dishes like lumpia shanghai (fried mini eggrolls stuffed with ground pork and served with a spicy banana ketchup) and bicol express (pork braised in a spicy coconut milk) with new techniques and presentations that chef Paolo Garcia Mendoza picked up by working in high-end restaurants.
845.875.7557, www.karenderyany.com, L, D, T
A swerving copper bar serves as a focal point at 8 North Broadway, where diners enjoy refined Mediterranean cuisine in a convivial setting. Soft lighting, exposed brick, and enormous street-front windows only enhance tantalizing seafood dishes like falafel-crusted swordfish with harissa, hot chili, cilantro, and avocado. We love the sizzling Spanish octopus with Israeli couscous and red wine vinegar, but pescaphobes will find high quality, organic meats make all the difference in standards like chicken Milanese and filet mignon. Those looking for a light night can grab a couple of Copper Bar Cocktails and a selection of six mezze for a slow evening at the bar.
845.353.1200, www.8northbroadway.com, L, D, BR
A beloved spot inspired by the cafés of Tel Aviv, Art Café serves an array of American standards, Israeli staples, as well as Counter Culture coffee. Try their Shakshooka, the phonetic spelling of shakshuka, a gorgeous dish of two eggs baked in a spicy tomato sauce, topped with Bulgarian feta and herbs. Tons of salads and rice bowls are also available, but don’t skip the borekas, puff pastries stuffed with a variety of fillings and garnished with sesame seeds. After dark on Fridays and Saturdays, Art Café transforms into a super-chill, speakeasy-style bar, complete with international beer and wine selection, live music, and board games.
845.353.4230, www.artcafenyack.com, B, L, D, T
Photo by Julie Stapen Photography
Open for almost three decades, The Hudson House of Nyack allows diners to eat in a former village hall and jailhouse. Luckily, nothing is “behind bars” now except their wine inventory (stored in two of the former cells). Serving American fare in a fine dining setting, the menu features a variety of seafood, poultry, and steak dishes. However, the real talk of the town at Hudson House are the desserts crafted by co-owner and baker Matt Hudson. Sticky toffee pudding cake with candied ginger or warm pear upside-down cake with vanilla ice cream are just a few standouts, although how can anyone resist black bottom banana cream pie?
845.353.1355, www.hudsonhousenyack.com, D, BR