Just found this site, after reading Calvin Trillin's piece in the New Yorker. And I'm hooked. Yet after scanning the entire history of this tristate board, I see only 2 exchanges about any food in Orange County. So, as a 20 year resident of said county, patiently waiting all this time for modern culture/arts/food to show up (slowly, there are signs of progress, and I certainly don't know about everything going on here), I ask, any suggestions?
Herewith, a partial list of a few current favorites of mine:
Goose Pond Deli, Rt. 17M in Monroe, opposite the Goose Pond: exactly 2 tables, Polish home cooking, serving a growing Polish community in Monroe, along with others like me (I am half Polish). Hearty, inexpensive food, including $2 soups (I haven't found the courage to try the tripe soup yet) and $4 meals. Some good cakes, cured meats, etc.
Ile De France -- Reputed to be a very good, real French restaurant, I haven't tried it yet. But the owner also has the Goshen Gourmet market across the street, at the heart of downtown Goshen, where you can get some nice breads, cookies and a KILLER creme brulee.
The Cherry Tree bakery, Liberty St. across from Washington's Headquarters historic site in the City of Newburgh -- Truly excellent cakes, tarts, and cookies, and a nice, classy place to sit and have a cup of coffee or tea. I buy by the slice, usually, wishing I had cause to buy whole cakes more often. The chocolate cake and german chocolate are my favorites; Kathy likes the marzipan cake. We both love the pear or apricot tarts. Worth a special trip.
Jean Claude's Patisserie, I believe it's named, in Warwick -- wide assortment of beautiful and tasty pastries, little works of visual art. (For taste, the Cherry Tree is even better.)
Hudson Valley Coffee Roasters, on Broadway (Rt. 17K), heading West out of the City of Newburgh. Fresh roasted coffee beans by the pound -- several big notches above any other coffee I've found here. They also serve lunch and dinner -- I've not eaten here, but I go out of my way to buy the coffee. (Up the road on 17K, near Stewart Airport, a very good health food store too, Nature's Pantry.)
Bodles Opera House, downtown Chester -- I don't know what the food is like, but it must be mentioned for the music -- live folk, blues and country -- find them on the web. I've seen Richie Havens, Dave Van Ronk, and John Hammond here -- OC is coming along indeed.
Blooming Hill Farm -- Rt. 208, north of Monroe, farm market open Sat. 12-5 and Weds. 12-6. Great selection and quality of fresh vegetables, herbs, melons -- all organic, also sold in NYC at greenmarkets I believe.
Cosimo's Pizzeria, Rt. 300 in Newburgh -- an attractive restaurant, with moderately priced pizza, baked in a woodfired oven, quite different from the typical pizza. Also, nice pastas and other entrees and a real wine list. But beware -- the Middletown Cosimo's, with the same decor and design but much larger, is a sonic pressure cooker, with such harsh acoustics that I will not go back unitl it's changed --am I just too sensitive?
Sugar Peas Market -- a genuine Korean market seemingly transplanted from NYC to New Windsor, on Rt. 32 just north of the notorious 5 corners traffic nightmare. A very good fish department is one of the best things about this place. Inexpensive, decent produce -- not all great quality, but good. Nuts, some oriental foods, sushi bar... and very nice people work there.
And, I've so far eaten two meals on the rapidly emerging Newburgh waterfront -- one very nice, the other not. Can't remember the names of these places now, will post later.
More to come...