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anniversary dinner in woodstock, ny?

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will be in the woodstock area for our anniversary. i've never been to the area before. any recommendations for a nice/delicious spot in or around woodstock? something "different" or "interesting" would be nice.

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  1. Emerson Grill is wonderful. I spend every summer at a theater festival up there and we just made it to the Emerson this year. We celebrated our anniversary with friends there two weekends ago and the food was wonderful. I had a phenomenal steak with a guinness sauce, we had a chicken satay appetizer that was a knock-out and the scallop special appetizer was superb. Honestly, nothing but good things to say about the local food and organic meats they serve. Also, LOVE the highbacked sofas to sit on during dinner. (Brunch on the porch is also fantastic - best burgers around)
    The Emerson at Woodstock
    Intersection of Rts. 375 and 212
    109 Mill Hill Road
    Woodstock, NY 12457
    (845) 679-7500

    Blue Mountain Bistro just outside Woodstock is also great - we spent a lovely anniversary there four years ago. I don't remember anything but really good food and very quiet and romantic - even more so than the Emerson in terms of quaint and sweet. I thought I heard they only did catering now, but I may have made that up.
    Blue Mountain Bistro
    Rt. 212 & Glasco Tpke.
    Saugerties, NY
    (845) 679-8519

    I've also frequented the Bear Cafe (wonderful collard greens) next to a beautiful stream that is lit up at night. Make reservations at this one. The New Yorkers that live out there love it...can be a little too 'see and be seen' for my taste, however, the food was lovely. (Although the chinese food at the Little Bear next door is wretched - don't bother).
    The Bear Café
    295 Tinker St./Rt 212
    Bearsville, NY 12409
    (845) 679-5555

    I would NOT recommend the Landau Grill in downtown Woodstock - I think it's overrated and overpriced for very mediocre food. Also not even remotely romantic, as it's on the busiest street and open air.

    Good luck!

    1. The Bear Cafe is the best food, best atmosphere, best desserts. Been going there for many years and have never been disappointed. The prices have gone up, and that was the only disappointment, along with our favorite waitress leaving! It is my favorite restaurant anywhere...Wonderful salads, great fish, interesting menu choices, even their steak is awesome. The best in Woodstock hands down.
      We also frequent New World, very funky, also interesting, very good food.
      Joshua's we love for lunch, but it is also great for dinner. Good location in the center of town for people watching. Great sandwiches and salads and vegetarian choices.

      1. i third the bear cafe.

        i'll recommend miss lucys kitchen in saugerties [just outside woodstock]. seasonal menu using local ingredients. Lovely, homey ambience.

        website with sample menus:

        http://www.misslucyskitchen.com

        1. For “different” and “interesting” (and also “wonderful” “fresh” and “local”) food and ambience, I would definitely recommend New World. Check out their website at http://www.newworldhomecooking.com

          1. The Red Onion in nearby Saugerties is excellent. Definitely romantic, old farmhouse... really well prepared food... good cocktails, nice winelist. Worth a visit.

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            1. re: groover8

              The Bear Cafe sounds great, any hotels in the area? we do not like B&B's. Thanks!

            2. New World Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants of all time! My fiance and I often find excuses to go to Woodstock just to eat at New World. The blackened stringbeans appetizer is an absolute must!

              1. Blue Mountain Bistro (sadly) has closed so New World Home Cooking and the Bear Cafe are top choices. There aren't any "hotels" in the Woodstock area. Nearest corporate style motels are Ramada Inn, Holiday Inn and Courtyard by Marriott in Kingston. If Kingston works for you then consider the Hoffman House for good American food set in a historical stone building.

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                1. re: EdAllegro

                  tough choice between the bear cafe and the new world cafe. both are excellent. we will be hitting one or the other on saturday. decisions decisions...