Draft Pub: Reality Bites, Nyack


If you’ve ever written your own blog, you know there’s a nifty little feature called “save,” where you can put off publishing your post till later. That works great for procrastinating writers and busy editors (of which I am both), but sometimes it backfires, and the draft log becomes much larger than you’d like. When that happens to me, I feel compelled to purge what I’ve been saving. So today I’m launching a new feature I like to call “Draft Pub.” It has nothing to do with beers or bars, but I think the name is kind of catchy, and the act of it gets you the information I’ve been hoarding for way too long.

Here, an August lunch at Reality Bites in Nyack.


The bites were actually the best part of the meal. We tried, which you can see in the photo, prawn with jelly on toast, deviled egg, artichoke, olive tapenade, sundried tomato dip and a lame tomato with cheese. The sundried tomato won, hands down.

Street scene in Nyack:


Steak sandwich:




The “pasta” salad:


Another salad:


The food was fine; nothing amazing, nothing tasteless. I’ll definitely go back and try dinner, which is probably a better litmus test.

Now. I love to point out menu malapropisms. I’m sorry; it’s the cruel streak in me. The word panini is especially abused. The word in Italian is panino. If you have more than one, it’s panini. It’s never paninis; that’d be like saying sandwicheses. And it’s not panini’s; that’s like saying sandwiches’s. (I’m sure I’m gonna hear it for all my typos now, so bring it on….)


Quotation marks are also funny:


By the way, I realize I’m playing right into a couple of my favorite blogs. The “Blog” of “Unnecessary” Quotation Marks” and Stuff White People Like.



The 411 on Reality Bites.

Reality Bites in Rockland magazine.


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. Been there twice. Dinner – seems that the food is assembled with pre-cooked food rather than cooked on the spot and why bother with the tablecloth if you’re serving food on plastic plates? Brunch Mother’s Day 2008…omelettes had to go back to be heated, ingredients were missing, and freshly “washed” floors smelled like a cage.

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