Nyack Wins ‘Favorite Restaurant Town’


After 40 votes (C’mon people! I want to see more participation here!), the poll results are in. Your favorite restaurant town in the Lower Hudson Valley is Nyack, with 37 percent of the vote.

Here are the results:

  • Nyack: 37% (15)
  • Rye: 17% (7)
  • Cold Spring: 22% (9)
  • Port Chester: 5% (2)
  • Mount Kisco: 17% (7)

Total Votes : 40

Now you have some explaining to do. What do you like so much about Nyack’s restaurants? Which ones are your favorites? What do you like to order there?

Since I live there, I”m happy to start.

Pub food at Olde Village Inne

Roast Chicken at O’Donoghue’s

Tuna steak at LuShane’s

The little olives at the Art Cafe

Eggs Benedict at The Hudson House

Tuna-stawberry roll at Wasabi

That gets the ball rolling, right?


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. To be truthful: none of the above. there are good restaurants but scattered. and its hard to find a bunch of good places all in the same place. except way below hudson. NY/Brooklyn. Also I hate to admit it there are some decent places in Jersey. But I havent found one town where you can have a selection of cuisine and they were all worth the trip. I take food seriously. So i always ask people what do you want and how much do you want to pay and how far do u want to drive. then I tell them where I would go.

  2. Nyack is so diverse.

    One day it’s the best burger under heaven at The Old Village Inn,

    Maybe then some fabulous sushi at Wasabii.

    Then Maybe to Lu Shanes for some Cheese Fondue
    Then to Heathers for some incredible, and I do mean incredible Butternut Squash Ravioli
    Then maybe to The hudson House for brunch for tgose faboulous crab cakes.
    Then maybe to La Fontana for some good old (upscale) Italiano food.
    Then perhaps to The River Club for some succelent ribs
    Then maybe to Reality Bites for the freshest salads ever.

    If I want to go under $15.00 for 2 people I go to Temptations and bring my own wine.
    Maybe to The San Juan Cafe for a cuban sandwich.
    Perhaps one day it’s The Amazon Cafe for The Amazon Grande. which is roasted chicken with lettuce, tomato, salsa, red sweet onions and sour cream, YUM YUM. All the wraps and smoothies are great there.
    There are so many more. I go to each and ever resturant in Nyack and enjoy them all!


  3. dear mrs.
    i am from rye and i came to nyack a list three time a months and i think the best restaurant in your town is Lanterna Tuscan Bistro and now i am very happy because
    Rossano open a restaurant in Larchmont 10 min away from my home same menu very good restaurant Viva Lanterna

  4. The steak au poivre at The Hudson House is so amazing – I have dreams about it! The staff and owner, Matt Hudson, are very friendly. The atmosphere is warm and inviting, and it’s a great place to take a date. I absolutely LOVE this restaurant.

  5. Nyack….nah! Overpriced and quite mediocre, IMHO. Hudson House, had a bad experience 1st time, 2nd time, worse! Lanterna, quite ordinary, and very uncomfortable. LuShanes? Heathers? NYC pricing, but not quality.

    My #1 choice for restos is Bronxville.
    Tarrytown, pretty good.

    The towns are too small here to have lots of good restos. Usually you have to pick and choose and go to several different towns. Bronxville is the closest one to having several very good choices. Probably one of the most attractive towns as well, doesn’t hurt.

  6. Stay away from Lushanes. Overpriced very mediocore food, poor service and noisy too boot. A much better meal can be had at Lena’s, Lanterna or Hudson House. Take it from a couple that eats out nightly in Nyack.

  7. I agree with all above.. Reality Bites is still my numbr one pick! music is awesome, comfy setting, easy easy… Oh, great food!

  8. After having multiple bad experiences at Reality Bites, I will NEVER go back.

    My favorites:

    Gracie’s Ravioli – They have an incredible assortment of fresh ravioli and pasta, awesome selection of Italian products (imported and domestic) and the sandwiches (both panini’s and hero’s) are the best ever.

    Thai House – Unique dining experience, QUALITY Thai food (best Thai Spring Rolls I’ve ever eaten) and great service.

    Bourbon Street – I love eating here when it’s warm out because of their outdoor dining. Very good “bar” type food (but much better) with a cajun twist.

  9. Wasabi is by far the best food and drink in Nyack. Great quality and service. Expensive but doesn’t have to be.
    Thai House has great authentic food but the wine is not so great. A unique, fun experience. Love it there.
    La Lanterna is very disappointing, food was nothing special at all. Wouldn’t go back.

    I have yet to find a place in Nyack better than these good ones i mentioned above!

  10. O’malleys french onion soup… is on point!
    (along with the whole menu)

    Stay away from Vertigo unless you want to
    pay alot of money and go home hungry =(

    Turiellos Beef patty

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