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Our Pick: Italian Breakfast Skillet ($7.75)
Historic Red Hook DinerRed Hook
Gleaming chrome exterior, neon signage, swivel stools, and aquamarine tiling—aah the splendor of the Red Hook Diner. It's everything you want out of a 20th-century, all-American roadside eatery—breakfast all day, bottomless coffee, stacks of flapjacks, and friendly staff. Nothing new or flashy here, just all the classics.
Our Pick: Long Horn Special ($9.75)
Underground Coffee and AlesHighland
In an undeniably stark culinary landscape, Underground Coffee & Ales is a bastion of good taste, serving up a rotating slew of craft beers, fair trade coffee, and elevated pub grub. The breakfast menu, available from 9:30-11am, offers a variety of cheap options (the Caboose Sandwich stands out, with two eggs, sausage, white cheddar, salsa, and avocado for just $7). Later in the day, it's harder to get in under the $10 mark, but still affordable.
Our Pick: Breakfast Burrito ($9)
Meyer's Old DutchBeacon
From the owners of the acclaimed Kitchen Sink Food & Drink, Meyer's offers a range of good ol' American eats at a reasonable price, including beef, lamb, and vegan options. The New York State Special, their quarter-pounder, comes in at just $7. Taking inspiration from their initials, the playful interior features mod accents and cool lighting.
Our Pick: Crispy Chicken Sandwich ($9)
Big W Roadside BBQWingdale
Warren Norstein traded a pedigreed French restaurant for a roadside barbecue joint, and he couldn't be happier. The meat is all dry-rubbed with spices and smoked for 5 to 17 hours. As a rule, sauce and slaw are served on the side. Extras like smokey beans, something green, and corn pudding are made daily from scratch. For the "truly sensible" you can get away with a pulled chicken sandwich for $6.85, but if you want a "Try It All" combo platter, plan to spend upward of $30 (and share with a friend).
Our pick: "Sensible" Pulled Pork Sandwich ($9.75)
Mexican KitchenNew Paltz
On Taco Tuesday, this shoebox Mexican joint is swarming with college kids clambering for $1 tacos and $2 beers. True, it's a hell of a deal, but you can't go wrong at Mexican Kitchen any day of the week. Full price, the tacos hover around $2.85 a piece, and are melt-in-your-mouth good. The tostadas are also a bargain, loaded with beans, queso, meat, lettuce, and onions.
Our Pick: Carnitas tacos x3 ($8.55)
Off Broadway in Kingston, on a little side street, this little "hole in the wall" serves up hot, delicious, authentic Mexican food at a bargain. The owners used to operate a beloved food truck that could be seen parked in Midtown. Now with a brick-and-mortar location, the menu has expanded and there is room to sit down and eat. The tacos are delicious, traditional street-style fare, with heaps of raw onion and cilantro, starting at $2. You can feast like a rey for $10, but don't forget to bring cash, no cards allowed.
Our Pick: Shrimp Enchiladas ($7)
One Yelper affectionately called Nelly's "A hole in the wall full of goodness!" This small Dominican restaurant offers all the Caribbean's island's hearty eats from pernil to oxtail to stewed chicken, empanadas, and plantains-a-plenty. With budget-friendly prices and big portions, this is a great place to eat with a family.
Our Pick: Small "Tres Golpes" breakfast ($5)
Main Street BistroNew Paltz
On weekends, Main Street Bistro is a smoothly oiled madhouse. Innocent weekenders retreat into corners as broke college kids storm the halls to rejoice over the $1.95 special: two eggs, home fries, and toast. The omelettes start at $3, the breakfast sandwiches at $2.50, and if you're willing to fork over a Hamilton, there is a smorgasbord of options, from the Alamo Scramble to the eggs benedict for just under $10.
Our Pick: Breakfast Special ($1.95)
- The breakfast special at Main Street Bistro in New Paltz is still $1.99.
The B-Side Grill
B-Side is a combo breakfast and burger joint. The holy grail of budget dining in this college town, most of B-Side's menu items are under $10. If you're very broke (and very hungry) try the Burger Challenge—two one-pound cheeseburgers, a pound of fries, a pound of onion rings, and a milkshake all in 30 minutes. If you fail, you'll have to fork over $25, but if you succeed, glory!