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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Bistro
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“Best of Hudson Valley award winner! Located at 59 Main Street in the heart of downtown, New Paltz, New York. Breakfast and lunch in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Specializing in eclectic American and Vegetarian cuisine. The Bistro's extensive beer and wine list contains some of the most interesting and unusual bottles from around the globe. The in-house bakery provides wonderful, freshly-baked breads, cookies, brownies, pies and many other delicious treats!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Voted Best Restaurant in Hudson Valley 2013 & 2014, Best Pasta in the Hudson Valley 2014 and Best Italian Restaurant in the Hudson Valley by Hudson Valley Magazine 2013 A Tavola, Italian for "at the table", is an expression more commonly used to beckon friends and family to the table when it's time to eat. A Tavola is a trattoria in the Hudson Valley based on that same principle. With inspiration drawn from the Italian countryside, A Tavola focuses on fresh, local produce and ingredients in a rustic, family-style atmosphere. The seasonally inspired menu centers on bringing the farm to the table and includes many creative homemade pasta dishes inspired by classics found throughout Italy. Mismatched farm tables set under candlelight call diners to the table to enjoy a crescendo of rustic country country fare. Whether stopping by for a small antipasto and a glass of wine at the bar, or enjoying a meal with friends, A Tavola evokes the true art of Italian dining. Call (845) 255–1426 from 9a – 5p daily, or book online with our reservation system. Reservations are strongly encouraged.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Shopping Centre
“An outdoor market featuring boutiques, food, antiques, and much more. Also home to the Denizen Theater.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Wonderful vibe, best place for a burger and fries, excellent veggie options. Cozy but sophisticated atmosphere. Excellent outdoor seating (dogs welcome on patio).”
  • 37 locals recommend
Gift Shop
“If you are in New Paltz and want a nice shaded place to go for a stroll, check out the old town. Its quiet and aesthetic and a quick walk back to main street for food and beverages.”
  • 27 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Local brewery, menu with lots of choices, fun atmosphere, popular New Paltz destination”
  • 27 locals recommend
Gastropub
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“Billiards, a very long beer list, and homey New Paltz vibe make this a great evening spot. This bar has a slightly more alternative feel, compared to P&G's, which is more mainstream. Also family friendly for dinner!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
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“Hudson Valley Award Winner! Your local growers/farms. Vegetarian friendly. From their website: "Within the walls of 11 Main St. in the heart of the Village of New Paltz, Karma Road is a springboard of self improvement & a haven for provisions that nourish the soul as well as the body. We look forward to sharing the vision that we've developed with over 25 years of collective experience in healthy kitchens on Long Island & in Manhattan. Please put us in your plans & leave room for the worlds finest soups, salads, curries, stews, smoothies, juices and delectable desserts. We use organic ingredients, and work with several local farms, including as many in-season foods as possible. We welcome you to enjoy Karma Road as an empowering gathering place & a springboard for self-improvement. Looking forward to serving you!"”
  • 28 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
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“Our favorite family restaurant for years with consistent quality. Great Sushi & Dinners Jerry (owner) is a very friendly host. Outdoor seating available. Make a reservation, it gets busy here. hokkaidonewpaltz.com”
  • 19 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A National Historic Landmark District, Historic Huguenot Street encompasses 30 buildings across 10 acres at the heart of the New Paltz, NY. In 1677, a group of Huguenot families established a community in the Hudson Valley of New York in the hope of creating a home where they could worship as they chose. In 1894, their descendants formed what is now Historic Huguenot Street to protect their legacy in the buildings, objects, and stories they left behind.”
  • 27 locals recommend
American Restaurant
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“Never disappoints, local farm fresh. Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
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“This is a great bakery In New Paltz that also does sandwiches and other lunch foods. Great place to pick something up to-go if you’re headed out for rockclimbing or sightseeing. ”
  • 16 locals recommend
Sporting Goods Shop
“All your outdoor equipment needs. Also a great place for guidebooks and local advice.”
  • 22 locals recommend
University
“Love Suny New Paltz. Great college and adorable town. Great restaurants and shops! ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Bus Station
“Convenient location for seamless transportation to the city or other Hudson Valley locations ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Cinema
“Grab your popcorn and candy and settle in, current releases and $6 tickets!!!”
  • 8 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Bistro
“Best of Hudson Valley award winner! Located at 59 Main Street in the heart of downtown, New Paltz, New York. Breakfast and lunch in a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Specializing in eclectic American and Vegetarian cuisine. The Bistro's extensive beer and wine list contains some of the most interesting and unusual bottles from around the globe. The in-house bakery provides wonderful, freshly-baked breads, cookies, brownies, pies and many other delicious treats!”
  • 51 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
“Voted Best Restaurant in Hudson Valley 2013 & 2014, Best Pasta in the Hudson Valley 2014 and Best Italian Restaurant in the Hudson Valley by Hudson Valley Magazine 2013 A Tavola, Italian for "at the table", is an expression more commonly used to beckon friends and family to the table when it's time to eat. A Tavola is a trattoria in the Hudson Valley based on that same principle. With inspiration drawn from the Italian countryside, A Tavola focuses on fresh, local produce and ingredients in a rustic, family-style atmosphere. The seasonally inspired menu centers on bringing the farm to the table and includes many creative homemade pasta dishes inspired by classics found throughout Italy. Mismatched farm tables set under candlelight call diners to the table to enjoy a crescendo of rustic country country fare. Whether stopping by for a small antipasto and a glass of wine at the bar, or enjoying a meal with friends, A Tavola evokes the true art of Italian dining. Call (845) 255–1426 from 9a – 5p daily, or book online with our reservation system. Reservations are strongly encouraged.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“Wonderful vibe, best place for a burger and fries, excellent veggie options. Cozy but sophisticated atmosphere. Excellent outdoor seating (dogs welcome on patio).”
  • 37 locals recommend
Brewery
“Local brewery, menu with lots of choices, fun atmosphere, popular New Paltz destination”
  • 27 locals recommend
Gastropub
“Billiards, a very long beer list, and homey New Paltz vibe make this a great evening spot. This bar has a slightly more alternative feel, compared to P&G's, which is more mainstream. Also family friendly for dinner!”
  • 36 locals recommend
Sushi Restaurant
“Our favorite family restaurant for years with consistent quality. Great Sushi & Dinners Jerry (owner) is a very friendly host. Outdoor seating available. Make a reservation, it gets busy here. hokkaidonewpaltz.com”
  • 19 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Never disappoints, local farm fresh. Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options”
  • 22 locals recommend
Café
“This is a great bakery In New Paltz that also does sandwiches and other lunch foods. Great place to pick something up to-go if you’re headed out for rockclimbing or sightseeing. ”
  • 16 locals recommend

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