Need recommendations for Kingston, NY
Hello out there,
we will be staying in the Kingston area in two weeks, and
would like some recommendations for restaurants which would
be big-crowd and kid friendly. We are looking for good
food and fast service (in case the kids get impatient)--nothing
fancy. American, Italian, Chinese, Japanese are all ok.
Thanks to all of you for your recommendations. We went to Armadillo's, and it was GREAT. We had the grilled snapper with salsa, and the chopped salad, and everything was fresh and well executed. The service was fast and fantastic--we had our 9 month old with us, and the server was very obliging, and brought him a fresh avocado to chomp on. :) They were busy but they took very good care of us.
Armadillo's was the highlight of our weekend, which included Terrapin at Rhinebeck, Mohonk Mountain House at New Paltz, and Marion's Country Kitchen in Woodstock.
6 of us had dinner on Terrapin on Friday night. I had the endive salad and a grilled sea bass special plus dessert. The food was good, but for the price I've had better. The fish was grilled well, but I didn't think the sauce went well with it. Service was excellent though.
Then, 40 of us went to Mohonk Mountain House for Saturday lunch. This is for my grandfather's 90th, so it's a big splash. We were there as day guests, and it was about $50/person, and I must say that the buffet offerings were very limited for that price. I thought the Mohonk would be similar to the Balsam's in New Hampshire, which had 2-3x the number of choices in both entrees and dessert, for maybe $30/person, I think. The salads and entrees they did serve was pretty good. The dessert was not great. I had a key lime pie which was heavy and bleah.
That night, 2 of us went to Armadillos while 20 others went to New World Home Cooking. The reports are that the service was REALLY slow--they were there 7:30-10:30pm! I won't comment on the food since I wasn't there.
The next morning, 20 of us went to Marion's Country Kitchen for brunch. There was ONE server who ran around serving us and the rest of the restuarant. Service was blindingly slow! We were driving the poor guy crazy! I had the pancakes, which were moist and tasty.
Two people in the party are locals, and chose the places for the large groups because they had good food there before. It seems like the restaurants were not necessarily set up to handle large groups though. The kids in the party had a really hard time waiting 3-4 hours for lunch and dinner to be over.
Ugly Gus, in the Uptown/Stockade district, across from the county courthouse, is the quintessential neighborhood restaurant. Lively bar where the politicos drink, quietly efficient waitstaff, hands-on owners (Chris and Tinsey, who used to run the Beekman Arms), fantastic grilled steaks, house-made banana cream pie (oh my)... Very affordable, for lunch especially. Try one of their burgers: thick, chargrilled, juicy, served on the best burger buns I've ever eaten. Kids' menu, kid friendly.
We always liked the Hillside Manor, at 240 Boulevard (Rt32) at the edge of Kingston. They were able to handle anywhere from 4 people to a crowd of 40 or more in the restaurant. The food there was great. I liked the Prime Ribs. The restaurant is large, good service and excellent food. There are mostly American and Italian selections on the menu. Prices are good.
We also like Hickory Smokehouse, out on Rt28, west from the Thruway traffic circle. Had some good ribs, slaw and beans a few months ago.
Forget Chinese food up there. Never had good Chinese meals up there.
i'm a fan of armadillos on abeel st. not big (american-mexican), but the service is extremely kid friendly...if merle is there (and not too busy) she'll come over and talk with your children for a bit.
other than that, there's the usual chain stuff by the malls. hickory bbq on the other side of the thruway (route 28) is as well...