Grinds & Grains

New Paltz
Mon7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tues7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wed7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thu7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sat7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sun7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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New York
Feb 12

7 Black-Owned Culinary Destinations in Upstate New York

When in New Paltz, come for the world-class rock climbing and stay for the cool restaurants like cereal bar, Grinds & Grains. Started by old friends, Rashid Chambers and Melanie Caron, and opened in the summer of 2019, the cooking duo has braved many storms. “We’re freaking tenacious,” says Caron, recounting the times they didn’t close: not during the toughest winter in 10 years, not during a town water crisis, and not during the pandemic (which throughout, they’ve run orders up and down from their colorfully-designed second floor location to customers on the street). Now open for indoor ordering, people can mix and match their to-go breakfast from 20 different options, making as many cereal combos as they can fit in a bowl. Sure, there are healthy choices like steel cut oats with coconut milk or fruit-topped homemade granola from nearby Raspberry Fields Farm. But Caron says folks keep coming back for the nostalgic bites of Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, and Cookie Crisp. You can also get a warmed croissant with Nutella, soups, and popular drinks like the new Dirty Coco, which is a gourmet hot chocolate with Ghanian cocoa (made from beans that have been dried between banana leaves) and topped with a double shot of espresso.  
How to get there: 1 hour, 20 minutes by car. 1 hour, 35 minutes via Adirondack Trailways bus

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