Outdoor Dining: Rockland County

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Yeah! Great weather. After the jump, a list of places to dine outdoors in Blauvelt, Congers, New City, Nyack, Orangeburg, Pearl River, Piermont, Suffern, Tappan and West Haverstraw.

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A view of the river from the Hudson Water Club in West Haverstraw.

Rockland

Blauvelt

Lanie Lou’s Cafe: A cozy and comfortable place to enjoy a light meal, but be sure to save room for the honest, better-than-homemade desserts. The brownies are the foundation of the dessert menu, but the pies are the stars of the show. American. $. 135 E. Erie St., Blauvelt. 845-680-6199. www.lanielouscafe.com

Congers

Kennelly’s Grille House: The shamrock on the sign outside tells you there’s Irish hospitality inside. Grab a seat in the cozy dining room and order shepherd’s pie, steak, stuffed shrimp, pasta or just a hot sandwich. There’s a separate bar, as well. American. $$. 962 S. Route 9W, Congers. 845-268-9896.

La Triestina Ristorante: Italian cuisine with outdoor dining overlooking a lake. Indoors, white tablecloths in a dining room decorated with murals. Try the pastas. It’s also a great place for parties. Italian. $$. 75 Route 9W, Congers. 845-268-9671. www.latriestina.net

New City

Blu Fig: A casual but upscale-looking brick-oven pizza place with small plates, salads and pizza. There are walnut tables, blue and grey mosiac tiles and a big brick oven in the center of the restaurant. Plus, outdoor dining under market umbrellas on the limestone patio. Mediterranean. $$$. 191 South Main Street, New City. 845-708-5686.

Club House Bar & Grill, The: After a major renovation, this casual neighborhood staple reopened with a new outside bar and patio. The menu is typical pub food, ranging from burgers to renowned wings to lobster and porter house steaks. Another noteworthy mention: frozen drink rails on three tables and the two indoor bars keep your drinks frosty between sips. American. $$. 191 S. Main Street, New City. 845-638-1818.

Nyack

Casa Del Sol: Mexican plus pan-Hispanic and Hispanic fusion dishes served in a big but cozy room. Lots of little visual touches to help keep you focused after one of their potent margaritas and don’t miss the Day of the Dead skeleton tableau over the door. The lively bar scene and music kick off later on weekend evenings. Latin. $$. 104 Main St., Nyack. 845-353-9846. www.casaofnyack.com

Hudson House of Nyack: Hudson House is a long-time favorite for good food in an elegant yet unstuffy setting in Nyack’s erstwhile Village Hall, complete with jail cell turned wine cellar. Known as a great dinner, lunch, or Sunday brunch destination, it’s also a pleasant spot for a cocktail, beer, or glass of wine.  New American. $$. 134 Main St., Nyack. 845-353-1355. www.hudsonhousenyack.com

La Fontana Family Restaurant: Spread out and relax in the large Tuscan dining room with massive cathedral ceilings, or sit in the upstairs dining area for a view of the Hudson. Go to the prix fixe buffet brunch on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Kids 12 and under eat for $10, and adults for $20. Unlimited champagne and mimosas included. Italian. $$$. 95 S. Broadway, Nyack. 845-358-3770.

Riviera SteakHouse: A new steakhouse, bar and lounge with a decidedly upscale feel has joined the Nyack dining scene, offering everything from patio dining with views of the Hudson to white-tablecloth service in an elegant dining room surrounded by vintage-style brick walls. Owned by three men known locally as Spring Valley High School football alumni. Dine on signature Cajun ribeye steak, the surf and turf, or fish and pasta dishes, then enjoy the late-night/lounge atmosphere with signature cocktails. American. $$$. 19 Main St., Nyack. 845-358-1617. www.rivierasteak.com

Velo Bistro Wine Bar: Chef Anthony De Vanzo uses his classic training and experiences in Italy to create a modern menu with small plates, salads, pastas and entrees. The eclectic wine list changes frequently and has many by-the-glass and half bottle options. The food is very well executed, especially the goat cheese tartlet with honey and thyme and the addictive pastas. Try the gnocchi with lamb bolognese and the chianti risotto with black truffle. New American. $$$. 12 N. Broadway, Nyack. 845-353-7667. www.velonyack.com

Wasabi: Hip, very hip. Owner-chef Doug Chi Nguyen’s stylish sushi and sashimi creations have an equally stylish home with vivid green walls and a tiled sushi bar. Fusion dishes with flair include risotto with tuna sushi, lobster tempura, and Asian sticky black rice pudding. Japanese. $$$. 110 Main St., Nyack. 845-358-7977. www.wasabinyack.com

Orangeburg

Fiesta Mexico: On weekends, strolling guitar players roam as you dine on enchiladas, fajitas, tacos and sip margaritas. Mexican. $$. 380 Route 303, Orangeburg. 845-359-8309.

Pearl?River

Quinta Steakhouse: The beef draws people here, but there are several other specialties. The stewed loin of pork and sweet small clams spooned out of a classic iron pot are outstanding. Before you go home, you also must try one of the specialty coffees.  Steakhouse. $$$. 24 E. Central Ave., Pearl River. 845-735-5565. www.quintasteakhouse.com

Piermont

Cornetta’s Restaurant: A steak and seafood place with an Italian twist. Simple decor with knotty pine walls, and a covered tent in the back parking lot looks out over the Hudson River. Seafood. $$. 641 Piermont Ave., Piermont. 845-359-9852. www.cornettas.com

Slattery’s Landing Steakhouse: Long-time locals will remember owner Sean Slattery from his eponymous restaurant in Nyack. These days, Slattery, a friendly Irishman who always wears a smile, is running this steakhouse. Take a table in the dimly lit, green-walled dining room, and order steak, seafood or veal. Or slide into a stool at the full bar and pick at the pub menu. In summer, there are sidewalk tables perfect for watching strollers in Flywheel Park. Sunday brunch, too. Steakhouse. $$$$. 5 Roundhouse Road, Piermont. 845-398-1943. www.landingsteakhouse.com

Sidewalk Bistro:  Brasserie style (big mirrors, mahogany bar, lots of beers) and simple but elegant bistro food, including salads, organic chicken, rack of lamb and rib eye with frites. Partners Alain Eigenman and and Daout Celestin have good street cred: Eigenman’s formerly chef at Provence in Manhattan and Celestin is former maitre d’ at Xaviars at Piermont. There are seats on the sidewalk, naturally, but also on the back patio. 482 Piermont Ave., Piermont. 845-680-6460

Tequila Sal y Limon: On the upper floor of the Turning Point music club, Mexican food in a kitschy  but classy setting. Inside, hardwood floors, a small bar and brightly colored Mexican art. Outside, porch dining, too. The menu is heavy on seafood, and the Camerones Tequila is a huge hit. Mexican. $$$. 468 Piermont Avenue, Piermont. 845-680-6740. www.tequilany.com

Pomona

Gilligans Clam Bar and Grill: The restaurant arm of C&M Seafood shop is more pseudo-Caribbean vacation than seafood shack. Expansive and exuberant, it’s decorated with sunny peach walls and decked with potted palms. The atmosphere is festive enough to engage kids, but not so hokey that it’s off-putting to adults. Everything is fresh and expertly cooked. As good as the food is, the best thing about Gilligan’s is the service, with its well-trained friendly, attentive, and energetic staff. Their enthusiasm is contagious, especially when they give a spirited rendition of the Gilligan’s birthday song. Seafood. $$. 366 Route 202, Pomona. 845-354-2139.

Suffern

Caffe Dolce: Full of atmosphere, this Italian restaurant offers everything from a simple pizza to complex pastas and an extensive drink menu. Enjoy an antipasti, Caprese, or crab cake appetizer, then move on to its signature dish: linguini with bacon, clams, and leeks. Italian. $$. 24 Lafayette Ave., Suffern. 845-357-2066. www.caffedolce.com

Tappan

Morgan’s Publick House: A cozy neighborhood pub with a landscaped patio and garden. Inside, a mirror-backed bar and a dart board, and a rear dining room with about a dozen tables. The food is worth noting; try the Guinness stew.  Pub Food. $$. 79 Old Tappan Road, Tappan. 845-365-3653. www.morganspublickhouse.com

West Haverstraw

Hudson Water Club: Dramatic river views, an appealing menu that highlights seafood but goes beyond, and service that both professional and personable make this waterfront restaurant a dining destination. Even when weather shuts down the outdoor tables, the expansive windows on the airy dining room offer the same lagniappe of terrific scenery with your meal. American. $$$. 606 Beach Road, West Haverstraw. 845-271-4046.

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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.

5 Comments

  1. In Haverstraw – Civile’s is on the River, and Union has a beautiful patio!

  2. Another one – Sonoma Grill at the PJ Rotella Golf Course has a patio/deck that overlooks the Golf Course.

  3. Ravi Continental Cuisine just opened it’s outdoor patio “Patio 150” last weekend June 11th.

  4. I noticed that the River Club in Nyack isn’t on the above list. We were searching for an outdoorsy place for dinner on Saturday. I came across there website. Funny we’ve lived in Rockland for 11+ years, and never knew the place existed. Enjoyed the appetizer, artichoke dip, served with garlic toast points, and our drinks, a margarita, and dirty martini were priced fair, and perfectly made. Dinner was fine, but when we go back it will be for the appetizers and drinks at the bar. Nice night, nice breeze, and a great view.

    http://nyackriverclub.net/

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