Where to have lunch in Nyack, during the May 3 house tour

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Five great suggestions from my colleague Liz Johnson. Click here for a quick link to the post about the house tour that’s sponsored by the Historical Society of the Nyacks.

Bourbon Street of Nyack: Big windows open to the street so you can feel like you’re in New Orleans in downtown Nyack. Crawfish etouffee, jambalaya (vegetarian and regular), blackened catfish and a couple of gumbos are the mainstays of a menu that also includes po’ boys, a crawfish boil, as well as some Creole and Cajun-free options, like pasta. 132 Main St., Nyack. 845-727-4954.

Harry’s Burritos: Fun and funky décor and an easygoing menu. Tex-Mex via California, with a customizable selection of tacos, nachos, salads and burritos. Bonus: There are plenty of vegetarian choices. 90 Main St., Nyack. 845-353-5520. www.harrysburritos.com.

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O’Donoghue’s Tavern: Burger and a beer? You’ve found the right place. In addition to the 50 years of Rockland memorabilia decorating the walls, a rotating beer tap and the live music on Saturday nights, a friendly and talkative staff makes this a great place to relax. Try the bistro salad, the burger, the roasted half-chicken or the Thai wrap: poached chicken in a peanut sauce. 66 Main St., Nyack. 845-358-0180. www.odonoghuestavern.com.

Hudson House: A long-time favorite for good food in an elegant yet un-stuffy 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. 134 Main St. 845-353-1355, hudsonhousenyack.com.

8 North Broadway: The magnificent copper bar and tin ceilings of the former Lushane’s have been maintained, but the restaurant has received a modern face lift inside and out. The menu features traditional Mediterranean dishes with ever-shifting local ingredients, sure to keep regulars coming back to see what chef-owner Constantine Kalandranis will whip up next. 8 N. Broadway. 845-353-1200, 8northbroadway.com.

— Liz Johnson

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Bill Cary's idea of a good weekend is to dig in a few dozen bulbs, turn the compost pile, pull weeds for a couple of hours and fill the car twice with new annuals from the nursery. He grew up in Louisville, Ky. His gardening was limited to growing parsley and impatiens on the windowsill of Manhattan walkups until the mid-1990s when he bought a rundown old chicken farm on 8 acres in the Hudson Valley. Now he spends his weekends chasing deer, hacking away at invasive shrubs and vines and wondering why he doesn't have more meadow and less lawn.

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  1. For lunch in Nyack, I would highly recommend Art Cafe. Great patio, organic and natural foods, excellent coffee and tea, amazing pastries, and incredible Mediterranean food. New beer list too.

    Another recommendation is True Food on upper Main. Very tasty hand made brunch and hot plate lunch dishes, paninis, wraps and pastries. Great coffee too. All natural and organic cafe.

    For dessert, hit Didier Dumas Patisserie across from True Food on upper Main. The best French pastries in NY. The little chocolate coconut dipped macaroons are beyond amazing.

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