5 North Broadway, Nyack
With the addition of Rockland Community College’s Hospitality & Culinary Center to Nyack’s Main Street last year, the village now has a pipeline in place to train students to be qualified employees, a perennial problem for chefs and restaurateurs in the region.
The Culinary Center offers several pathways into the food and beverage world, including fast-track culinary arts certificate programs, workforce-ready training for veterans and under-served populations, and a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen.
The latest addition? Hudson Market on Main, a 45-seat café serving an assortment of baked goods, soups, salads, and sandwiches.
A collaboration between RCC and FLIK Hospitality, whose past projects include a conference center at Harvard Medical School and the former IBM Learning Center in Armonk, Hudson Market on Main gives students an opportunity to gain real-world experience. In their classes, students work with chefs at the café to cook some of the food that is sold at the market. Some students will be candidates for internships or job placement after graduation. At the moment, about 25 percent of the café’s employees are RCC graduates.
Stop in for everything from gourmet sandwiches like Tuscan grilled chicken with sundried tomatoes and roasted peppers, sangria-braised short rib, and their signature: brisket with caramelized apples and onions, Swiss cheese, and horseradish dressing. Customers will also find a pint-sized breakfast menu complete with coffee beverages, plus a salad bar, and a retail shop stocked with local food products.
Open Mon–Fri, 6:30 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun, 9 a.m.–3 p.m.