I'm surprised there's so little mentioned on this board about Rosendale, NY. The funky, two-block Main Street has one great eatery after another with more on the way. Here's a list:
Foxberry Inn: Breakfast and lunch. Charming space and garden with market-driven dishes sourced locally. Excellent coffee. Reasonably priced.
Rosendale Cafe: Vegetarian/vegan. Consistently good. Laid-back cafe with nice garden for seasonal dining. Great baked goods!
Garden something: It's new. Outdoor garden where they serve brick-oven pizzas. A restaurant is opening there soon with a talented local chef.
The Big Cheese: A cool cafe and vintage clothing store. Middle Eastern-style salads and sandwiches. All great. Very good baked goods and coffee too.
Bywater Bistro: Haven't been but have heard good things.
1850 House: Nice for a drink and snack on the porch that overlooks the water. Romantic.
The Alternative Baker: Vegan baked goods and light dishes that are surprisingly good.
There's a popular restaurant, the something tavern, that's great for a big meal. It's good, solid food. The restaurant is always packed.
This is on two short blocks. It's a fun, artsy, friendly place to shop and eat well.