News and notes from the Valley’s dining scene

Paula’s Public House, a new gastropub with an epic wine and beer list, has opened at the former site of much beloved Mulligan’s in Poughkeepsie. Owned by Paula Young of Fishkill’s late Paula’s Stone Cottage, this cozy getaway features loads of small plates — like roasted cauliflower with cumin and white beans — and curious retro cocktails. (2186 New Hackensack Rd, Poughkeepsie; 845.454.7821)


The next time you’re looking for great tacos and guac, check out Roma Nova in Beacon. Yep, they’re known for Italian, but they happen to have a killer south-of-the-border menu, too. Rethink lunch with a pambazo, toasted bread stuffed with chorizo and other fixins’. (6 Eliza St., Beacon; 845.831.5729)

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Ever since it debuted in a former Newburgh diner two years ago, Bliss Kitchen has been luring us with its tasty vegetarian and vegan Indian food. Now there’s a new perk: combo cooking/nutrition classes that teach how to prepare “alternative” dishes in an Ayurvedic style. (94 S. Robinson, Newburgh; 845.245.6048;


Greek-inspired, mix-and-match pitas and salads with scrumptious sides like zucchini fritters and tzaziki are drawing crowds at Kovo Rotisserie, uptown Kingston’s latest darling. Feast on yogurt pancakes and stewed apples or avocado pita toast at weekend brunch. And don’t miss the traditional Friday fish fry — people come for the garlic dip alone! (43 North Front St, Kingston; 845.338.5686;


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And for a winter warm up, head to Buns-N-Bourbon, a fun Putnam watering hole specializing in 140-plus bottles of whiskey, available for sampling in flights. Dine on locally sourced beef, veggie, or chicken choices piled on a bun, like the 50/50 Farm Burger with Pataki South Farms grass-fed, organic beef blended with Lanza Farms pork chorizo and goat cheese. (55 Hudson Avenue, Peekskill; 914.788.2867;

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