Bella Rose Cafe Opens in Haverstraw


Between the Italian Grilled Cheese, the Adult Mac & Cheese, the signature lasagna and a coffeehouse-style lounge with drinks brewed from locally roasted coffee beans — there are plenty of reasons to keep you coming back to Bella Rose Cafe, which opened in the fall in Haverstraw.



Photos by Seth Harrison/TJN

Brothers John and Matt Lima, left and right —

— are using their parents’ and grandparents’ recipes to inspire chef Nick Gaglio in the kitchen, but the menu also has chicken wings, burgers and other American favorites. “We mix it up,” says Matt. The cozy dining room seats about 50, and has brick walls and oak floors original to the 1870s building.

The decor includes refurbished antiques made in Haverstraw. There’s also a lounge area for people to kick back with their coffees and enjoy the wifi. Can’t decide which of these reasons are enough of a draw? Check out the restaurant on Mondays, when there’s a buffet from 11 a.m. to closing with a plethora of choices.

Details: 11 New Main St., Haverstraw. 845-429-9400,


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, 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.

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