You are talking about some pretty slim pickins south of Albany-except perhaps some decent ‘Texas’-type hots in Newburgh..or if you detour up NY 17 [exit 16 off the Thruway] to Middletown for either:
a] Some pretty good Coney dogs at [where else?]Coney Island Restaurant…take exit 122, make the right at the light,and take that road/street in about 4 miles ,and at the 9th[!] light,make a right [Railroad Ave if you get lost],and follow that street in about 1/2 mile on the left, next to the bus depot….dogs are good…burgers are pretty good regular sized square ones [they still get them from the best meat market in town]..fries are pretty dreadful though..oh well..
b] Continue past Coney to the traffic light,make the right, and continue about 1 1/2 miles,just past the 3rdlight on the right is Maddy’s Diner,a great 20 stool, 10 booth hole in the wall-GREAT breakfasts, nice hot lunches with REAL spuds,decent,tender ridiculously cheap steaks…
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