New Paltz is already a Hudson Valley town known for its shops and its variety of dining options. Now this great destination has welcomed a new comer to downtown, Lola’s Cafe. Lola’s is already known to Hudson Valley foodies for its location in Poughkeepsie which opened in 2005. Owned by Chef Ed Kowalski who is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. The culinary theme of the restaurant is described as “American fast casual” with an emphasis on fresh locally sourced ingredients.
The new location at the corner of Main and North Chestnut Streets in the heart of New Paltz makes it the perfect spot to dine after apple picking or wine tasting on one of the local farms, or hiking up at Mohonk or at Minnewaska State Park. The newly renovated space has a simple vibe with earth tone colors and the use of natural materials. Outside on the patio is numerous seating under market umbrellas where you can see the Mohonk Escarpment in the distance.
The menu contains a full range of items including fresh bowls, wraps, sandwiches, paninis, and a wide range of salads. Beer and wine is also available with 8 different brews and 7 different varieties of wine. There are also craft sodas, and some fine ice teas.
The day we visited we sampled several items from the menu. The Power Bowl was a healthy meal with edamame, mushrooms, over farro and quinoa and served with a fresh ginger carrot vinaigrette. Very healthy and tasty. All bowls can add chicken or shrimp for an additional charge.
The Thai wrap was just one of the items on the wrap menu that was composed of grilled chicken, romaine, Asian slaw and a spicy Thai peanut sauce. The taste was just spicy enough without being overpowering, and the combo of ingredients was very satisfying.
There is a wide assortment of salads offered and we sampled the South Beach Salad. It included shrimp, mandarins, cherry tomato, dried cranberry, cucumbers, feta cheese, over mixed greens and served with a fresh herb vinaigrette. Delicious! For those who like meat in their salad, there are four other salad options with chicken as an ingredient.
With all this healthy dining we could not leave Lola’s without trying one of their decadent milk shakes. All shakes use Ronnybrook organic dairy products and local gelato. If you have the room, you may want to share one!
Lola’s is an excellent new addition to the vibrant New Paltz dining scene. In the future I hope to visit their Poughkeepsie location near the Walkway on the Hudson.
49 Main Street New Paltz, New York tel: 845.255.6555
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