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The name of this café invokes the idea of making a conscious decision at the proverbial fork in the road. That’s just what owner Kim Gabelmann had to do some years ago when she opted out of a successful but stressful corporate career that was taking a toll on her health. A juice retreat changed her life, restored her well-being and set her on a new path at her own fork in the road.

The café’s tagline—Nourishing the mind, body, and soil—speaks to this eatery’s connection to the nearby black dirt region of Pine Island. That dark, fertile farmland is where Gabelmann grows much of the produce used in the café in the heart of the Village of Warwick. It’s a warm and inviting space, with artwork by local artists on display.

That same ethos permeates the Consciousfork kitchen, where chef Kelly Hance prepares fresh and lively fare. Coconut, almond and hemp milks for smoothies are house made, as are the sauerkraut, kombucha and other fermented foods. All breads are baked on premises, and healthful, gluten-free sweets are part of the daily fare.

Popular menu items include seasonal soups, generous sandwiches, avocado toast and fresh juices. “We love to grow our base of non-believers who become steady customers,” Gabelmann notes. Non-vegan men, especially, are skeptical at first, then surprised by the flavors and textures of the food. Gabelmann calls the top-selling Tex-Mex Bowl a “gateway” to vegan dining. “The guys love it!” she says.

And yes, vegans can drink! Consciousfork serves beer, wine, cocktails muddled with fresh herbs, and juices spiked with spirits.

14 Railroad Ave, Warwick
(845) 988-5253

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is back this April 8-21!