BY ELISA TAYLOR
One of Ramapo and Rockland’s gems, no doubt about it, is Rhodes North Tavern in Sloatsburg.
Owner Tyler Rhodes works hard to assure that Rhodes North Tavern remains a favorite destination for many of Rockland County’s residence and he gets the job done. He and his staff wear their passion on the sleeve and it shows!
Rhodes is an always busy, but very cozy, restaurant and bar located in the heart of Sloatsburg. The kitchen offers a large variety of food choices from sandwiches, burgers and pizza to pasta, seafood, chicken, steaks, pork and chops.
Their steaks and burgers are all cut on the premise in their in-house butcher shop for freshness. “We don’t take any shortcuts when it comes to the quality of the food we serve our customers,” says Rhodes, who isn’t kidding.
There is truly something for everyone at Rhodes North. Patrons can enjoy dining outside during the lazy summer months, relaxing with their children on one of the Adirondack chairs on a sandy beach overlooking a babbling brook, while enjoying live music, great food and a cold beverage. Rhodes had truckloads of ocean beach sand shipped in to make the setting feel real, and it does!
The tavern attracts an interesting array of people, which you can see just by the cars that roll in. On any given day you can see a range from Porches to Minivans to Motorcycles. Rhodes actually features a special side lot specifically for motorcycles and attracts a healthy biking crowd, although the owner is fast to point out he does not cater to any kind of outlaw or thug biking community.
In fact, many of his most loyal customers are law enforcement officers from the local, state and federal level.
The tavern has nightly entertainment Monday thru Saturday and live music on Sunday during the day. If you are lucky you will find Joe Carelli behind the bar, his uplifting spirit is a real crowd pleaser.
Rhodes North books amazing musical talent like that of “The Russ Paul Band,” led by son of the late great Les Paul, in addition to amazing blues bands, solo acoustic talents and some good classic rock and roll.
Rhodes North is a family owned business that caters to its variety of patrons every whim, “We are creative and always seek additional ways to make our customers feel at home during their time at Rhode,” says Tyler Rhodes, who first found a restaurant called Rhodes South, on City Island in NYC, before taking his passion for the restaurant business to Rockland County.
Charming little things are bound to be discovered every time you visit Rhodes, for example, anytime the bartender receives a $20 tip, a large cowbell that hangs from the ceiling is rung.
“We are currently investing in the expansion of the dining area to accommodate the demand for dinner reservations. We take great pride in our award winning food, Staff and appreciate our many returning customers who have become part of the Rhodes family.”
Rhodes North is known for their late hours and being open everyday even in bad weather. The place is open Monday thru Sunday 365 days a year until 4 a.m. and food is served until 3 a/m. “There’s always something going on at Rhodes, so bring your family and meet mine.” Tyler’s daughter Jenny Rhodes usually is onsite when Tyler is not.
Rhodes North is on my A list for places to experience in Rockland. I personally have and will continue to enjoy the outstanding music, food, staff and love bumping into many good friends at Rhodes.
For Directions, Menu, Reservations or Calendar of Events visit their website, rhodesnorth.com. Rhodes North Tavern at 40 Orange Turnpike (Route 17) Sloatsburg, NY 10974.
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