39 Best Restaurants in The Catskills, New York

Roscoe Diner

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This quintessential diner and local landmark has been owned by the same family since 1969 and it holds a fond place in the hearts of regulars who stop by for a belly-busting breakfast on weekends. (Get here on the early side, as it gets packed closer to noon.) Grab a booth by the window and peruse the pages-long menu. There's a little bit of everything, but the homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches are always reliably good.

Shindig

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A casual eatery in the heart of Woodstock, this popular local hotspot delivers comfort food "just like mom used to make," if she used organic ingredients sourced from local farms and dairies. The soups and salads are tasty, but the burgers and sandwiches—like the farmhouse burger (with cheddar, bacon, and sriracha aioli) and the veggie-friendly grilled cheese (three types of cheese with date preserves)—are what keep people coming back. Mac and cheese or hush puppies are the perfect sides. Wash it all down with craft beer or cider, or a selection from the surprisingly varied wine list.

Sweet Sue's

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French doors open into a bright, airy space filled with white wooden booths, marble-top café tables, and a stainless-steel counter where trays of fresh muffins cool. You'll see why it's a local favorite when you tuck into the Blue Monkey, a stack of blueberry-banana buttermilk pancakes, or the savory huevos rancheros and experience the efficient, friendly service. Take a note from the locals—who come armed with newspapers and books—and grab a seat outside under the colorful umbrellas. Note that Sweet Sue's is a cash-only eatery.

33 Main St., Phoenicia, NY, 12464, USA
845-688–7852
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Rate Includes: Closed Tues. and Wed., No credit cards

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T. P's Café Restaurant

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At the counter of this luncheonette, locals fill the stools by the griddle at breakfast and lunch. The bright, cheerful dining room, with pale yellow walls and a tin ceiling, has five tables overlooking Veterans Memorial Park. The amiable staff will let you sit as long as you like.

7 Railroad Ave., Stamford, NY, USA
607-652–4752
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Rate Includes: No credit cards, Closed Mon.

The 1906 Restaurant

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Ostrich, buffalo, and venison are served alongside traditional New York strip steak, pastas, and seafood dishes at this brick-storefront restaurant. At various times the building has housed a bank, a dry-goods store, a luncheonette, and a clothing store; the restaurant takes its name from the date of the building's construction, which appears prominently on the facade.

41 Lower Main St., Callicoon, NY, USA
845-887–1906
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Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

The Cheese Barrel

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Locals come to this upscale deli-grocery for breakfast and lunch, or to pick up specialty ingredients. You can eat a sandwich or sip an organic coffee drink at one of the café tables in the simple dining area. While waiting, study shelves of vinegars, olives, old-fashioned candy, and Italian lemonade.

The Red Onion

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The menu changes daily at the Red Onion, meaning that chef Kevin Katz is always looking for creative ways to use fresh, local ingredients. Recurring favorites include out-of-the-ordinary Faroe Island salmon with a citrus beurre blanc and seafood risotto with Mexican jumbo shrimp. Appetizers may range from traditional guacamole to black truffle pierogies—all made on the premises, of course. The place is known for its generous cocktails, but there's also a smart wine list. The dining room is in an atmospheric old farmhouse, and there's a porch perfect for drinks in summer.

Vesuvio Restaurant

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Lush gardens surround the outdoor terrace at this regional Italian restaurant. Inside, the long bar that dominates a corner of the dining room is a favorite spot with locals. Traditional dishes figure prominently on the menu, which includes pork chops with vinegar and peppers, veal scaloppini with artichoke hearts, and shrimp and lobster served over cappellini.

Yum Yum Noodle Bar

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Craving hearty Japanese soba noodles, curlicue Chinese ramen, gluten-free rice noodles, or thick wheat udon? Choose your favorite at this popular local hangout, then customize with your choice of broth, veg, and protein—from shrimp to tofu to pork belly. Don't be entirely distracted by the noodles; award-winning chef Erica Mahlkuch also serves up delicious mains like miso and sake-cured salmon with brown rice and asparagus. The interior has a chill vibe and huge chalkboards listing the specials; there's outdoor patio seating for warmer evenings.