With winter and the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to rage, there is not much to do in and around Nyack. But if you’re feeling the winter doldrums, there’s one thing that might cheer you up… FOOD. Even though the Rockland region has lost some of its greatest culinary establishments, the local culinary scene remains rich, with many inventive and diverse options. Here are 5 dishes from local restaurants that we love and recommend for those looking for a pick-up this weekend.
Grub Massaman curry
If there is a better Massaman curry, show it to us. Please. Grub’s makes the perfect spice-sweet combination, and the beef and potatoes are cooked to be perfectly tender. NYC has a lot of great Thai restaurants, but none of the ones we sampled offer anything close to Grub’s massaman.
Art Café’s Sabich
Art Cafe has a long and impressive menu. But it’s hard not to keep coming back to sabich: a warm, chewy pita stuffed with hard-boiled egg, diced onions, cherry tomatoes, hummus, and A + pickles. Good to know: order it with the eggplant add-on.
Karenderya Shrimp Adobo
Karenderya does everything extremely well – which is probably why it was on Esquire’s Best Restaurants America list a few years ago – but one dish he does particularly well is Shrimp Adobo. The sweet yams compensate for the salty taste and complex acidity in a way that will keep you sizzling for seconds.
Moussaka by Kavos Grill
Moussaka is more or less the Greek version of lasagna. And like any great lasagna, each layer of Kavos moussaka complements the last, both in texture and flavor. This includes eggplant, potatoes, ground beef, all topped with a creamy bechamel sauce. It’s a little pasty with a little crunch. A little sweet with a little acid (thanks to the tomatoes). Very heavy and very delicious.
Dal Makhni from Mumbai Dreams
Rich, spicy and hearty, if you don’t like lentils, this dal will make you a convert. Particularly good with a lamb shank.