Give yourself an early break and cross the Hudson from exit 18 and go to the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. (They’re on-line for directions and info).
They run a little cafe in the main building that serves excellent soup and sandwiches and very good coffee.
The American Bounty Restaurant, also in the Main building , is excellent by anyone’s standards – it is open for lunch and dinner. Reservations are necessary. Two can eat very well, with wine, for about $80. The food is
american regional with an emphasis on Hudson Valley products.
They recently opened an Italian Restaurant, Caterina DiMedici, in its own Tuscan style villa on campus. They have great thin crust pizza for lunch, among other delicacies – and very good Italian beer! I’ve never had dinner in that restaurant, but I’m told it is excellent.
Also, at exit 18 is the Village of New Paltz, Gadeletto’s seafood serves fresh fish dishes that we like.
P&Gs is a famous old bar in the Village that serves a good hamburger, OK chile, and other lunch fare..
The Gilded Otter brew pub serves great fresh beers and ales, but the food is mediocre at best.
And these suggestions are just for starters…