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Eat Local: Italian and Barbeque

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Valentine's Day may be over, but that doesn't mean dining out is done. Here are some great picks for this week:  

Grande Centrale (Congers)

  • Location/hours: 17 North Rockland Avenue; Monday through Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m., and Sunday until 8:30 p.m.
  • Pricing: $15 to $35 for a meal, prix fix menu also available
  • Atmosphere: Classy, fancy enough for a special occasion 
  • Why go: This place has been here since 1865! The food is delicious and the train running alongside makes you feel like you are indeed at Grand Central. 
  • My pick: Penne a la Vodka all the way, hands down. Savor each biteof that al dente pasta smothered in creamy pink sauce with contrasting green peas sprinkled in. 

Bailey's Smokehouse (Blauvelt)

  • Location/hours: 136 Erie Street; Daily from 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Pricing: $7 to $18
  • Atmosphere: Noisy sports bar, very casual, great place to kick back and relax
  • Why go: There aren't too many authentic BBQ joints in Rockland, but this is definitely a top choice. With the numerous hours the meats are spent in the smoker, the aroma in this restaurant will make any mouth water.
  • My pick: No matter what you choose for your entree, make sure to accompany it with the sweet corn souffle and you will not regret it. (Imagine creamed corn and cornbread smashed together with a great crunch on the top.) The perfectly seasoned, homemade BBQ chips are a great way to start or enjoy with your meal.
Donna Schmidt February 17, 2011 at 10:31 PM
Antoine McGuires Oyster and Ale House in Haverstraw. Down the street from Union. Valet parking. You will not believe you are still in Rockland County! Anthony's French cuisine with a Defiant brew.....nothing better!
arthur February 18, 2011 at 02:12 AM
The best restaurant in nyack is lanterna great food and service
Elaine Duddy February 18, 2011 at 04:23 PM
Bailey's.has the best ribs around & yes you must have the corn soufle but I am also in love with the spicy greens (collards). Their fried chicken is also a real treat according to my husband. I always order the ribs. Enjoy!
Donna Schmidt February 18, 2011 at 05:17 PM
I had the best burger last night at CB Kitchen Bar in New City. Just the right size, not too big, not too small. Moist and topped with Blu Cheese. http://www.cbkitchenandbar.com. It was a pleasant surprise!

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