Cheap, good food & casual ambiance can be found at the European Diner (not your usual diner & definitely not diner food) in Cold Spring. This is a place the locals (who call it the "alchemical cafe") frequent. It specializes in breakfasts w excellent pancakes & omelets, as well as lunch & dinner specials that include sauteed trout with pesto sauce. Sandwiches & salads are also superb. As there is no liquor license, you can bring your own bottle. It is in an off the beaten track location: Perks Plaza on Rt 9, just north of Rt 301. All the cooking is done to order by the chef (CIA trained?), so the service is not fast.