Rockland newcomer Ramona’s Café serves breakfast comfort foods like fruit-topped oatmeal and French toast in a white tablecloth setting. Our lunchtime faves: salmon niçoise salad and French grilled cheese on a baguette. Al fresco seating too! (11 Strawtown Road, West Nyack; 845.358.3705; find them on Facebook).
At Silvia, you’ll be equally as smitten by the cozy-chic atmosphere as you are by tasty dishes like Sustainable Seafood Bouillabaisse spiced with curry and coconut milk and wood-smoked half chicken with farro risotto. Embrace spring with garden-inspired cocktails: spiced beet margarita and chamomile sour with a frothy aquafaba topping. Watch their website for the popular specials: $12 burger night, $1 oyster night, and 20 percent off wine. (42 Mill Hill Rd, Woodstock, 845.679.4242; www.silviawoodstockny.com)
Join the pack at Fetch, the new Goshen canine-themed eatery that is a spinoff from its Warwick base. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can brunch on banana pancakes with a side of bacon, huevos rancheros, and smoked salmon Benedict, all washed down with a Bloody Mary made with crop organic vodka (either tomato- or cucumber-based). Now that spring is in the air, your pooch will enjoy lounging on the patio. (2 Railroad Avenue, Goshen; 845.615.9533; find them on Facebook).
Heads up! Caffe Macchiato, “Newburgh’s best little café,” is now serving dinner on Fridays and Saturdays. Look for seasonal salads featuring local produce, swordfish street tacos, and bistro-style specials. (99 Liberty Street, Newburgh; 845.565.4616; www.99libertystreet.com)
A Cup of the Valley Coffee and Tea Festival pours on the region’s best brews and sweet and savory pastries. Modeled after similar European fairs, this first-ever local event also features tastings, latte competitions, and demos. (April 22, Culinary Institute, Marriott Pavilion, Hyde Park, 845.489.6465; find them on Facebook).
The Valley is blessed with great Mexican grub, but La Charla in New Paltz has raised the bar with fresh tortillas, tableside guacamole service, and authentic chamorro chileajo (braised pork shank with sautéed cactus). What about dessert? Churros with cinnamon sugar and chocolate sauce, of course. (127 Main Street, New Paltz; 845.633.8276; www.lacharlarestaurant.com)