"I see cooking as a form of creative expression"

Paolo Garcia Mendoza, Chef 

Karenderya is a Filipino-inspired restaurant, based loosely on the affordable, roadside eateries, carinderias, of the Philippines. Our menu includes both traditional and modern Filipino dishes, as well as referencing other South East Asian flavors. Many of the dishes will be available in either rice bowls or as sandwiches, allowing for the experience of a new type of cuisine.


Our mission is to provide a unique culinary experience in Nyack, New York. inspired by Filipino flavors, in a casual, community-centered environment. 


Paolo Garcia Mendoza, Chef/ Owner

Paolo grew up in Pasay City, Philippines and then moved to Brooklyn, NY at age 15. As a young child, he would watch cooking shows with his mom.  He has been a lifelong fan of eating, and is most passionate about the flavors of Southeast Asia, as well as the cultures that have influenced those cuisines. He has 15 years of working experience in the restaurant business.

A graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education (formerly known as Peter Kump’s New York Cooking School), Paolo worked in the kitchens of some of the country’s most well-known chefs and restauranteurs, including Floyd Cardoz and Geoffrey Zakarian. In addition, he gained a great deal of experience in high-end catering, working for Abigail Kirsch. Since moving to Rockland County in 2010, Paolo has gotten to know the local restaurant industry well, having served as Sous Chef and then Executive Chef at Café Barcel in Nyack, and as Sous Chef at Roost in Sparkill. 


Paolo is eager to share the flavors of his native Philippines with diners in Rockland County.


Cheryl Baun, Partner/ Owner 

Cheryl is a Rockland County native and lifelong fan of eating. While it has never been a professional pursuit, until now, she has always been passionate about learning about, talking about, and of course, eating food. Furthermore, she spent almost a decade volunteering for various Filipino community organizations, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to raise awareness about Filipino culture in Rockland County through food.


Cheryl has spent the last 20 years working in the non-profit sector and hopes to use her skills in fundraising, relationship building, and donor communications to build a strong community-based presence for Karenderya.