Been eating out more than usual, so thought I'd post an update of new experiences.
Kingston--Had a great meal at La Canard Enchaine. Wonderful apps and in retrospect would have ordered two great apps and no entree. They had a lobster cake special. Also, a goat cheese/wild mushroom in phyllo that was perfect--nice and hot, too.
Rosalita's--I've always been at a loss in the Rondout area. Now I'll go here. There's a great deck over the water from which to watch the boats and herons. Quality food, slow but considerate service, nice drinks, real napkins and cutlery. We just had 3-4 snack, okay guac, really good salad, good deal on shrimp quesadillas.
Also, further along from Rosalita's a new "upscale American" place is opening in an old foundry building. Looks like a very expensive renovation. Peeking in, we met the manager, v. nice guy who wanted to give us a tour. They also have a terrace over the water. Think it's called Steel City or something.
Tivoli--Milagro's, every time I go there I love the food, it's a good deal, nice people, good service. On the healthy side, nothing fancy, but worth a detour for lunch or jazz brunch.
Also, I noticed lots of new places in Tivoli that haven't been mentioned here yet.--69 Restaurant?, a new cafe near the intersection. Any reviews on those?
Pine Plains--not that anyone ever goes to Pine Plains but me, but I do want to warn anyone who might consider stopping into Calamity Jane's from hunger. When the 16-year-old "chefs" come in from doing drugs and making out in the parking lot and decide to touch your food, just hope they wash their filthy hands!! I could go on, but hey, why bother?
BTW, my visit to Calamity Jane's gave me a great product idea--a Morning After pill for when you are certain you just ate some poison food. Haaa.