The hustle and bustle of New York City got to be too much? Treat yourself to a proper digital detox: take advantage of a 2 hour drive to the Catskills from the city and get back to nature. Of course, that means eating some good food too. From Italian to Polish cuisine, the Catskill area has a surprising amount of diverse eats for most palates. Eat out, and then watch out for the deer that might cross the road on the way back to your cabin or tiny house. Here are 5 great eateries to check out:
Rip Van Winkle Brewery
If you’re in the mood for something straightforward and casual, the Rip Van Winkle Brewery is a great stop for a Sunday brunch. The venue is not crowded at all at 12pm on the weekends so you can sleep in and then head out for breakfast specialties like chocolate chip pancakes, several choices of omelets, and because it’s an Italian restaurant, you can choose between breakfast pizzas like sunny side margherita, or the paesano pie which comes with salami, pecorino and eggs.
New York Restaurant
Located in downtown Catskill, an area that has an old fashioned but upscale feel to it with antique shops and boutiques lining the main street (actually called Main Street), the New York Restaurant is an upscale, Polish themed venue with a rustic feel: lots of wood beams, tables, and chairs along with brass accents and tables lit by candlelight. The cuisine offered is classic Polish dishes for dinner like Gobakki (ground pork and rice stuffed cabbage rolls) and pierogi and kraut platters. There are also “classic American” dishes like the factory burger, half chicken, salmon with ginger steamed rice, and vegetable curry with shrimp added.
A low-key, budget friendly dining option located near the Catskills (in Hudson Valley) in a nondescript shopping center near the Salvation Army thrift store (so you can do some shopping beforehand), Plaza Diner is bustling at lunchtime. The diner is replete with options that range from breakfast favorites (pancakes, french toast, and omelets), as well as club sandwiches, open faced sandwiches, wraps, Latin cuisine, and seafood like salmon and scallops. Yes, they have a bit of everything.
Inn at Leeds Restaurant & Catering
When you walk in, don’t be surprised if the servers at the Inn at Leeds Restaurant & Catering are running around and give you a nod in a casual, “seat yourself kind of restaurant” vibe. The restaurant is located in the Hudson Valley town of Leeds-known for the Rip Van Winkle Bridge and Catskill Creek. The menu has sandwiches like roast beef, turkey, and corned beef, as well as dinner meals like fish and chips, ham and cabbage, and pot roast.
A Tiny House Resort
A community of 9 rentable tiny houses in the South Cairo area of the Hudson Valley, A Tiny House Resort feels like a home away from home-if that home was a petite space with all of the workings. Each home has a kitchen, full bathroom, heat/air conditioning, WiFi, TV and a private patio with a gas barbecue grill and fire pit. You can cook inside your tiny home, and if its breakfast, you can enjoy complimentary eggs from the on-site chickens. Afterwards, take a light hike to the on-site waterfall.
5 Foodie Essentials To Pack
1. Before dinner, hiking is made easier with the Thule Rail 12L Pro, a hydration pack with a magnet hose for sipping while moving.
2. To load up on essentials for your cabin, the 18 L soft cooler by Hydroflask allows you to store your goodies when you’re on the go.
3. For camping and hiking in Hudson Valley, the Otterbox Elevation 14 Mug comes in handy, keeping hot beverages warm for hours.
4. If you have leftovers to bring home from your time upstate, you can use the Osprey Ultralight Stuff Tote that folds into a small pouch when not in use.
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Source: Thanks https://www.forbes.com/sites/adriennejordan/2019/12/13/5-great-places-to-eat-if-youre-visiting-hudson-valley-new-york/