215 Huguenot St.
New Paltz, NY 12561
A good tavern has an atmosphere that evokes a certain sense of place and time — relaxed, a little nostalgic, a place where no one minds if you laugh a bit too loud. But a great tavern has these qualities, plus a stellar menu of belly-satisfying food, top-quality wines and cocktails, and the finest microbrews. The Rock and Rye fits the bill perfectly, with hearty meals such as roasted duck breast with creamed corn, leg confit, and shiitake mushroom hash; or the vegan-friendly polenta and spring vegetable napoleon with aged balsamic drizzle. The tavern has beautiful aged wood floors that match the exposed ceiling beams, all illuminated by soft lighting and small candles. The wine list spans regions from California to Columbia County, and beer-lovers can enjoy a variety of brews, bottled or on tap, including smooth ales, heavy stouts (with high alcohol content, made to be sipped), and locally made options from the tristate area.