Lots of Hudson Valley restaurant and pub happenings on the right bank this month, with three new openings in New Paltz. Pay attention now; you will need a scorecard to keep track of the players.
Year-end 2015 saw the closing of one of our favorites, Rock & Rye Tavern at the Locust Tree Golf Course. The owners have moved on but the tavern’s popular bartender, Matthew Sweeney, has teamed up with one of our favorite publicans, Theresa Fall of Jar’d Wine Pub in the Waterstreet Market, to open The Parish, a Cajun-Creole restaurant and pub. Matthew will run the front of the house, and Theresa will do what Theresa does. The restaurant is in the Water Steet Market space that was most recently home to the Harvest Cafe. You can peek at their new menu on their Facebook Page.
327 Main Street
Water Street Market
New Paltz, NY
Cajun & Creole Restaurant | Gastropub
Restaurant Facebook Page
That story still leaves an opening at the Rock and Rye location, which was quickly filled due to the unexpected shuttering of New Paltz favorite, Shea Obrien’s. The manager at Shea O’Brien’s, Garvan McCloskey, has taken over the space at the Old Locust Tree / Rock & Rye, and reimagined the historic road house as an Irish Pub, with a decidedly upscale dining room adjacent to the tavern.
The small dining room next to the bar has been repurposed as a tap room. High tops now stand where the dining tables had been. The much more formal back dining room is still used for lunch and dinner service. You can view the menus here. Garvan has designs on expanding the operation to the pavilion adjacent to the restaurant, to accommodate parties and festivals at enough of a distance to protect the dining room patrons from the revelers (and bagpipes). Those applications for permits are pending.
215 Huguenot Street
New Paltz, NY
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 12 PM – 10 PM
Heading south to Main Street, 36 Main to be exact, Schatzi’s has cloned their successful Poughkeepsie gastropub theme in the space that held 36 Main, and more recently, Il Gallo Giallo Wine Bar and The Huguenot Restaurant. The menu offers a very extensive selection of small plates and pub fare, with a German focus.
I highly recommend the pierogies, which arrive on Wednesdays fresh from the kitchens of Anna Samko of Helena Specialty Pierogies in Kerhonksen. You can check for the latest updates on the restaurant’s Facebook page.
36 Main Street
New Paltz, NY
German Restaurant | Gastropub
In addition to these three newcomers, New Paltz had two other restaurants open recently – Huckleberry, which I wrote about a few weeks back, and End Cut on Church Street, which is playing to great reviews, and is on our list of places to visit soon. Stay tuned.