6 Best Food Places In Rockland County

6 Best Food Places In Rockland County


With summer approaching, everyone is always looking to try and find new food places. Living in Rockland County for over 15 years, I have come to find some of the greatest places for a quick bite, breakfast, desert, a cup of coffee, and everything in between.

1. Blu Fig, New City.

Blu Fig is definitely one of my favorite stops for lunch. They serve a combination of Greek and Italian food Before whatever your main dish may be, I highly encourage you to order the fried zucchini chips; A must have!

2. The Strawberry Place, Nyack.

Whenever my family or friends from out of town come to visit, I always have to take them to The Strawberry Place. The Nutella french toast is my favorite dish (as pictured above). From the outside of the shop, it appears as a little hole in the wall. However, it is true a cozy gem inside.

3. David's Bagels, Valley Cottage.

This bagel shop is not too far away from my job, and the only time I ever go is on my way to work. Their bagels are by far one of the best in Rockland and they have a huge selection of bagels, spreads, and coffee flavors. Nothing pairs with an everything bagel better than their caramel iced coffee.

4. Gypsy Donut, Nyack.

They have fresh donuts and great espresso to go with them. I suggest going earlier in the day, when they are first made, in order to get the true experience. Their donuts are creative including, salted caramel, cranberry sugar glazed, maple bacon, blueberry bourbon basil, peanut butter cup, and birthday cake.

5. Art Cafe, Nyack.

One of my favorite things about this cafe is the amazing hours. On the weekends they are open until 12 a.m. and on the weekdays they are open until 10 p.m. Their lattes are beautifully crafted and the food is aesthetically pleasing as well.

6. The Filling Station, Palisades.

Located on route 9W, one of the best stops for a great burger! The food is a tad pricey but most definitely worth it. If you go during the day on the weekends, you will be surrounded by bicyclists. But they just add to the atmosphere.

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.

Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:” Line Matters,

I want to start off by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can’t afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you’re just lazy and you “don’t feel like it”? Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you’re unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the US Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck.” stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:” line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can’t seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to ten people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!”

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the seventeen other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there’s a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 dollar bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of ten times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession - whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food, and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a forty dollar bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes - as if you’re better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you’ll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

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The 5 commandments of drinking

My favorite time of day is happy hour!


Whether your choice of drink is a shot of tequila, a fine bottle of wine or some local beer, you should always try to adhere to these five choices that your body, mind, and soul will thank you for in the long run.

1. Know your limit.

One of the most important things you should remember when you're out drinking is knowing your limit and pacing yourself accordingly. First off, every individual's consumption limit is different. The limit typically depends on a range of factors. (i.e. height, sex, weight, etc.) This should be taken into account as well as the duration you will be drinking. Determining your blood alcohol tolerance can prevent you from getting too drunk or even worse, blacking out. Blacking Out is a phenomenon caused by an excessive intake of alcohol which causes an individual to not recall a period of time. Imagine having the best night out with your friends and not being able to remember any of it the next day. How tragic. I'd suggest if you're still trying to figure out what exactly your limit is, to take it one drink at a time.

2. Drink plenty of water.

You should always drink water no matter what! Water is your best friend, okay? Alcohol usually has the effect of depleting water from your body and the chances of being dehydrated are more likely. Drinking water in-between drinks will prevent hangovers, keep you hydrated and will help you from getting way too drunk for your liking. From my understanding, people typically drink to have some fun, socialize, or whatever it may be; but I think we can all fully agree, nobody drinks to feel immensely sick.

3. Don't drink on an empty stomach.

If you love yourself, please don't drink on an empty stomach. Remember to always eat something before you drink. Something is always better than nothing and your body will thank you for it. When you decide to drink on an empty stomach, the alcohol will absorb much quicker throughout your bloodstream and into your vital organs. Sure, you'll become intoxicated faster but the chances of becoming sick also highly increases––almost a guarantee. You could black out, do something incredibly stupid, or even vomit bile. Bile is a fluid that is made in your liver, stored in your gallbladder, and travels through your small intestine for digestion. These are the organs affected most when you're drinking, as well as your brain. Vomiting bile typically happens on an empty stomach and is far worse than vomiting regularly for the reasons that it's far more painful in your abdomen, sour taste in your mouth, and has you feeling nauseous for what seems like forever. I for one can vouch that this is the worst feeling in the entire universe.

4. Always be aware of your surroundings.

This one is for both the guys and gals out there. I'd like to believe the world is a nice place where I can enjoy a night out with my friends, have a drink, and not have a care for the world for once, but that's not always the case. My rule of thumb is to always be aware; whether it's out at a club, house party, or small get together with friends, anything can happen. You should always remember that no one is going to be there for you more than yourself, especially if you've had a few drinks.

5. Don't drink and drive.

I cannot emphasize this enough––please do not drink and drive. Do not drink and drive for your sake or anyone else's. If you're planning on drinking and you know you'll be in a situation where you're incapable of driving home later, plan accordingly. If you even have to question at any point in time if you are capable of driving, just don't do it. There's an abundance of choices who are more than willing to help you if this happens. (i.e. Designated driver, Lyft, Uber, Taxi, etc.) Anything is going to be better than getting behind a wheel when you're intoxicated. You may think that at the time you're capable of driving but the alcohol in your system gradually affects your impairment over time. Sure, your blood alcohol content may read that you're legally able to drive at this time, but as soon as you drive down the road you may be drunker than you were initially. Don't be stupid. Don't become another statistic. Don't become the reason for an accident. Don't risk the chance of injuring yourself or even worse, death.

You should always drink responsibly! Of course, have fun and do your thing, but take the necessary precautions to prevent yourself from doing anything you may regret for the rest of your life.

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