Cheap Eats: Affordable and Inexpensive Restaurants and Places to Eat in the Hudson Valley

The Valley is home to some of the most sophisticated restaurants on the planet — but sometimes, you just want a really good hot dog. These 19 eateries provide a wide range of wallet-friendly dishes representing a number of cultures and types of cuisine



We call this feature “Cheap Eats,” but don’t be fooled: The meals described below may not cost you a week’s salary, but their simple, satisfying, down-home tastiness makes them worth their weight in gold. We profile 19 eateries with dishes that run the gamut from comfort food favorites like hot dogs and mac ’n cheese to ethnic specialties. (A bowl of African waakye, anyone?) So be sure to bring your appetite — but you can leave the credit card at home.
 

 

mexicali blue

Mexicali Blue, New Paltz

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Mexicali Blue, New Paltz
By Rosemary O’Connor

 

fiesta mexicana

Fiesta Mexicana, Brewster

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Fiesta Mexicana, Brewster
By Melissa Esposito

 

the spot

The Spot, Hopewell Junction

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: The Spot, Hopewell Junction
By Rosemary O’Connor

 

mix n mac

Mix N Mac, Middletown

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Mix N Mac, Middletown
By Melissa Esposito

 

billy joes ribworks

Billy Joe’s RibWorks, Newburgh

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Billy Joe’s RibWorks, Newburgh
By Melissa Esposito

 

american burger mac and cheese company

American Burger, Mac and Cheese Company, Carmel

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: American Burger, Mac and Cheese Company, Carmel
By Melissa Esposito

 

cheryl's fried fish and soul food

Cheryl’s Fried Fish and Soul Food, Middletown

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Cheryl’s Fried Fish and Soul Food, Middletown
By Melissa Esposito

 

safari african restaurant

Safari African Restaurant, Poughkeepsie

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Safari African Restaurant, Poughkeepsie
By Rosemary O’Connor

 

woodstock garden cafe

Garden Café, Woodstock

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Garden Café, Woodstock
By Melissa Esposito

 

noshi's coney island

Noshi’s Coney Island, Poughkeepsie

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Noshi’s Coney Island, Poughkeepsie
By Melissa Esposito

 

kosiner brothers organic hot dog cart

Kosiner Brothers Organic Hot Dog Cart, New Paltz

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Kosiner Brothers Organic Hot Dog Cart, New Paltz
By Melissa Esposito

 

coney island cafe

Coney Island Café, Middletown

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Coney Island Café, Middletown
By Melissa Esposito

 

soul dog

Soul Dog, Poughkeepsie

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Soul Dog, Poughkeepsie
By Melissa Esposito

 

big w's roadside bar-b-q

Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q, Wingdale

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Big W’s Roadside Bar-B-Q, Wingdale
By Melissa Esposito

 

jerk chicken

Janet’s Jerk Stop, Poughkeepsie

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Janet’s Jerk Stop, Poughkeepsie
By Melissa Esposito

 

ramblers rest

Rambler’s Rest, Monroe

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Rambler’s Rest, Monroe
By Rosemary O’Connor

 

toro

Toro, Fishkill

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Toro, Fishkill
By Melissa Esposito

 

phil-asian foods

Phil-Asian Foods, Poughkeepsie

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: Phil-Asian Foods, Poughkeepsie
By Melissa Esposito

 

bj's restaurant

BJ’s Restaurant, Beacon

Best place to eat on the cheap in 2012: BJ’s Restaurant, Beacon
By Jennifer Leba

 

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