There’s lots of food news coming out of New Paltz this month. APizza!, Green Bar and Burger Box all recently opened on Main Street. APizza!, owned by Mexican Kitchen’s Adam Monteverde, serves up delicious coal-fired brick oven pizza. Choose from a long list of toppings to customize your perfect pie. There’s even a gluten-free option. Green Bar has a tasty menu of organic juices, açaí bowls, brunch toasts, smoothies and more. You’ll find grass-fed local beef burgers, beers, fries and sides with local craft beer, and wine at Burger Box. Over on Church Street, the family that brought you the Bliss Wellness Center and Bliss Kitchen in Newburgh have opened Krishna Kitchen — an ethical Indian restaurant that provides vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free meals.
Of course, the rest of the region has some hotspots cropping up. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a trip to EJ Bonbons & Confections in Woodstock. The boutique was founded by Pierre Pouplard and Woodstock-native Emily Kellogg, two Michelin-star trained chefs. The handcrafted chocolates are as beautiful to look at as they are delicious to taste.
Jimmy “The Polka King” Sturr and John Glebocki of Orange County Distillery have paired up for a new collaboration: Jimmy Sturr Vodka, Sturr’d Not Shaken. The vodka has been in development for a while, but now it’s widely available in Orange County.
The Valley’s premier cheese and provisions shop, Talbott & Arding, has opened a new, expanded food store in Hudson (it’s three times bigger). Now, locals and visitors alike can enjoy bigger menus, including new pasta choices, expanded options of prepared foods and pastries, and indoor seating for the first time.