- An affordable vegetarian sandwich from Outdated Cafe in Kingston.
From greasy spoons to take out counters, Chronogram contributor Melissa Esposito has rounded up the most affordable and delicious places to eat in the Hudson Valley. You'll want to grab a pen and paper—our list includes tacos, pierogies, falafels, and soul food.
Pick Your PriceOutdated Antique Café, Kingston
Outdated's vegetarian-friendly dishes are reasonably priced to begin with, but on the first Thursday of each month cafe-goers can take advantage of a "pay what you can" special. Those who can pay full price often do, while others who need use a financial break are still able to enjoy hearty breakfast options like huevos rancheros or buckwheat waffles, or a salad and sandwich for lunch, at little cost.
Our Pick: Coco Bowl - $10
Real-Deal FalafelAba's Falafel, Rhinebeck
Aba's, a go-to farmers' market staple, recently developed roots with a storefront in Rhinebeck, much to the delight of falafel lovers near and far. Israeli-born owners Cathy and Roy Naor are committed to providing fresh, authentic flavors that patrons have grown to expect: Crisp falafel and fresh veggies tucked into a warm and soft pita, flavored with rich, homemade tahini sauce for only $8. Don't forget to try the homemade baklava ($4.50), a treat not available at the farm stands.
Our Pick: Combination Plate (salads, hummus, falafels, pita) - $12
Soup or BowlKarma Road, New Paltz
Vegetarian café Karma Road has been pleasing herbivore palates for more than a decade, and their Afford-a-bowl deal satisfies wallets, as well. For just a few bucks, you'll fill up with a bowl of grains, beans, and veggies. If you choose to add a hearty soup onto your order, don't forget to ask for a punch card to earn your way to a free soup.
Our Pick: Afford-a-bowl - $6.99
Meatballs with a ConscienceSharkie's, Woodstock
Sharkie's from-scratch meatballs stand out thanks to the sustainable practices that go into them. At this Woodstock eater, you'll get three tasty meatballs of your choice: turkey, chicken, or beef and pork blend—all pasture raised and cooked with locally sourced ingredients, topped with house-made sauce. Think ahead and order a dozen for later.
Our Pick: 3 Meatballs with Sauce & Parmesan - $9
Slow Food Takeout