Residents of the bucolic hamlet of Gardiner, a couple of miles west of New Paltz, enjoy the simple pleasures of country life every day. They also have some of the areaâ€™s most popular restaurants for nighttime diversions. Below are some local favorites.
NuCavu, for example, sits aside the landing strip at Kobelt Airport, and on Fridays allows randomly selected diners to go for a quick, tandem skydive before dinner. For the earthbound, the restaurant features a classic car show every Thursday. When you tire of watching skydivers from the patio of NuCavu, head over to Grimaldiâ€™s and watch the homemade pasta dry as you tuck into some of the freshest Italian food in the Valley.
If German is your thing, the Mountain Brauhaus, at the intersection of routes 299 and 44-55 is a must. It has been run by the same family of German immigrants since 1955. It is renowned for providing an authentic experience and fare.
Two relative newcomers have joined this popular trio of classic Gardiner eateries to round out the little burgâ€™s exceptional dining options. CafÃ© Mio, located on Main Street, does an exquisite job of turning local ingredients into outstanding, affordable meals. The historic Tuthillhouse Gristmill, built in 1788 along the Shawangunkill River, now houses the Tuthillhouse Restaurant and Tavern. The beautifully renovated space offers high-quality cuisine along with a unique look at the working innards of a water-powered mill and its grounds. Along with these five outstanding restaurants, pizzerias and other dining options abound in Gardiner, making it a foodieâ€™s favorite.