Every day, Mina used to make a two-hour commute to her job at a restaurant in Queens. The trips were exhausting, and she soon began searching for work closer to home. It was then she discovered a puzzling fact: there were no Spanish restaurants in the Hudson Valley. Mina herself had plenty of experience cooking Spanish cuisine for her family and friends, so she took a risk and opened up her own restaurant.
Mina's Spanish Kitchen strives to channel the atmosphere of an authentic Spanish household. Merengue and bachata play in the background, and diners gather with their children to discuss the past week's adventures at school, work, and spy college. The menu features a little something for everyone—classic appetizers such as empanadas and arepas share menu space with vegetarian and gluten-free options. But the pièce de résistance has to be the signature roast pork: a whole pork shoulder seasoned with a blend of traditional spices and roasted in the oven for several hours until reaches the pinnacle of tenderness. At the New Windsor location, bartenders also sling sangria, mojitos, and signature cocktails from the full bar.
Crystal chandeliers hover above tables accented with colorful cloth napkins, illuminating Bombay Castle's guests as they dine within the contemporary restaurant's sunlit garden room, spacious dining room, or elegant banquet hall. However, despite Bombay Castle's contemporary decor, the menu remains traditional. Experienced chefs lovingly handcraft authentic paneer and warm naan and bake seasoned lamb, chicken, and goat in a clay tandoor oven. The restaurant even extends its culinary borders to include several Indo-Chinese dishes packed with spicy chicken, thin noodles, and vegetables, whereas popular Indian desserts made from milk and spiced sugar syrup can finish off any hearty meal or indoor naan-tossing match.
To the uninitiated, the corner of State Route 17K and Clermont Lane might seem like just another unassuming patch of grass. With the aid of modern technology and a parking brake, however, the chefs of ATOMiC lunchbox frequently transform it into a pop-up diner. Settled at the corner in their bright red food truck, they dish out breakfasts of sausage gravy and biscuits or refreshing yogurt parfaits to hungry morning passersby. As lunch bells begin to peal, they ready their signature Hugeburgers, whose massive patties are stuffed with chorizo, bacon, cheese, and onion. ATOMiC lunchbox’s scratch-made salsa adds a tart counterpoint to flautas, and the truck’s legendary wings arrive double-spiced and perfectly crisp, like the wings a second-generation phoenix.
Pastas, olive oils, and tomato sauces imported from Italy line the aisles of Noto's Italian Deli, giving shoppers all they need to prepare authentic Italian cuisine at home. But many patrons prefer to leave the food preparation to the cooks behind the deli counter. Starting at 6 a.m., those cooks fry eggs for breakfast sandwiches and omelets brimming with pastrami, homemade italian sausage, and other savory ingredients. Later in the day, the focus shifts to sandwiches piled with italian meats, housemade stuffed lasagna, homemade italian sausage, chicken marsala, and specials such as Black and Bleu philly cheesesteaks. Patrons quench their thirst with natural fruit juices and fresh fruit-flavored waters.