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ljk11238 Apr 21, 2008 02:53 PM

My boyfriend and I are going up to Kingston, NY, for a night in a B&B next week. We're celebrating both of our birthdays so I was looking for a good, somewhat nice (though not ridiculously expensive) place for dinner on a Monday, and then maybe a good local place for lunch. Thanks for any help!

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    loupeppe2 RE: ljk11238 Apr 22, 2008 04:33 AM

    The Reservoir Inn in West Hurley is about 6 miles from Kingston. Don't be fooled by the pizza on the menu, the regular menu and daily specials are very good. Also Miss Lucy's Kitchen in Saugerties http://www.misslucyskitchen.com/ and New World Home Cooking in West Saugerties http://ricorlando.com/ are both very good. All are close to Kingston and worth the drive. I live in Kingston but haven't found a restaurant in the city I like as much as these three.

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      loupeppe2 RE: loupeppe2 Apr 22, 2008 05:06 AM

      I should mention Ship To Shore in Kingston. It's in a great location on the Rondout. Search these boards for reviews, I haven't been there in awhile so can't really comment. Here is a link. http://www.shiptoshorehudsonvalley.com/

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        Dale J. RE: loupeppe2 Apr 25, 2008 03:59 PM

        Hickory BBQ has nice lunch menu, they are five minutes from town and a deck - http://www.hickoryrestaurant.com or if you want to stay in Kingston, try the Hoffman House.

      2. Fred19 RE: ljk11238 Apr 22, 2008 06:41 AM

        We occassionally go to Kingston and two of the restaurants that we like alot are the Hillside Manor on Rt 32 and Le Canard Enchaine on Fair Street. The Hillside Manor is not pretentious, but has good food.
        http://www.le-canardenchaine.com/
        http://www.thehillsidemanor.com
        ~Fred19

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          jaylowe RE: ljk11238 Apr 22, 2008 01:33 PM

          In Kingston itself:
          Le Canard- good and occasionally great classic French. http://www.le-canardenchaine.com/

          Ship to Shore- good but somewhat over priced creative american. http://www.menuexplorer.com/shiptoshore

          Elephant- this place is fairly new and is currently my favorite place to eat in Kingston. It is more of a tapas and wine bar then a sit down restaurant but it is a great place to go if you enjoy tasting lots of different things and the prices are very reasonable. I eat here weekly have not been disappointed yet. http://www.elephantwinebar.com/

          Woodstock/Saugerties area
          New World Home Cooking - Very interesting place with good food. This used to be one of my favorites in the Hudson valley but I feel like it has lost a step on the creative side. http://www.ricorlando.com/

          The Red Onion- Probably my favorite restaurant in Ulster county. http://www.redonionrestaurant.com/

          Bear Cafe- Great space, great food but on the pricey side. http://www.bearcafe.com/

          Little Bear- Next door to the Big Bear with an equaly awesome setting and really, really good Chinese food. http://bearsystems.com/lilbear/lilbea...

          All of the Woodstock area places are within 20 minutes of Kingston and it is a nice ride up Rte. 28.

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            bob gaj RE: jaylowe Apr 22, 2008 04:30 PM

            elephant is absolutely wonderful, but i don't believe they're open on monday evenings. went a couple weeks ago again with a friend, had 6 or 8 dishes, i forget which? gorgonzola dates with bacon, pork belly and oyster? or clam,
            snail toast (the only one i didn't care for, but my friend loved) a meats/cheese combo of jamon serrano, manchego and another meat, and a couple other dishes. wonderful service (thanks maya!), great food and drink. wish i lived closer - it's lower east side nyc. whether that's good or not is up to you.

            i like new world as well, totally different stuff. newworldhomecooking.com

            if it wasn't a monday, i'd reco armadillo's for the tex-mex, but i think they're closed then as well.

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              jaylowe RE: bob gaj Apr 22, 2008 05:59 PM

              Armadillo is closed Monday unfortunately. They do offer some good Tex-Mex though.

              Not sure of Elephant's hours. That would be my first choice if they are open.

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            Leslie RE: ljk11238 Apr 23, 2008 01:16 PM

            I've had some wonderful meals at Ship to Shore and Le Canard, if you want to stay in Kingston.I love the Bywater Bistro, in Rosendale, a few miles south of Kingston. It looks like rain for this weekend, but they have a nice small backyard garden with seating,or a stroll after dinner. There have been several very nice places suggested. It depends if you want to stay close to the B&B , or if you plan to explore the area, what direction you want to head.

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              dropdeadcookie RE: Leslie Apr 23, 2008 06:10 PM

              My husband and I went to Bywater Bistro during Hudson Valley Restaurant week and found it to be a charming place with satfisying food -- as a vegatarian I had the Asian dumplings and a tofu dish which was pleasant. The back garden was closed due to weather, but it seems that it would be a lovely place to relax. I think there's a lunch spot near the Motor Vehicle in uptown Kingston. It's a small place whose name escapes me -- anybody out there know? Or else for lunch on Monday, what about the Little Bear in Woodstock? It's a Chinese place with a great streamside setting. If you want funky and healthy while in Woodstock, there's Elijah's Cafe near Dharma Ware -- you have to wait for the food to be freshly made, but it's a nice spot. I also like lunch at Joshua's on Tinker Street -- middle eastern. It's a treat for us displaced New Yorkers who miss our ethnic food.

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                tracyk RE: dropdeadcookie Apr 24, 2008 07:10 PM

                if you want healthy / funky / veggie, i would head to rosendale cafe about a million times before elijah's. i want to like elijah's, but it just doesn't do it for me. i don't think the food's all that good. they seem to rely more on their quirkiness than anything else. the lemonade is decent, though.
                i really enjoy joshua's and would go weekly if they could do something about the atmosphere. it just isn't the type of place i want to sit and eat. i find the atmosphere really weird and unappealing.
                new world is a perennial favorite. the food never disappoints (okay, sometimes the bread does, but it's bread from bread alone, which is only sometimes decent).
                for very casual, you could try gypsy wolf cantina. mexican a step above the usual. they at least have black beans and a sense of humor.

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                  MsDiPesto RE: dropdeadcookie May 16, 2008 10:31 AM

                  You're thinking of Solstice in Kingston near the Motor Vehicle dept. I think the owner/main chef's name is Jordan, and he's great! Watching him make breakfast in a tiny lunch counter place is fun to watch, sit at the counter and enjoy the show.

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                  ljk11238 RE: Leslie Apr 23, 2008 07:12 PM

                  We're definitely not averse to exploring the area a bit! Thanks so much to everyone for all these great recommendations.

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                    jspear RE: ljk11238 Apr 25, 2008 04:07 PM

                    Do the red onion, great food, great ambience, great service, great wine....we love it there and travel an hour to partake...

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                  eatsandruns RE: ljk11238 Apr 30, 2008 06:51 PM

                  Stella's on North Front St is a nice Italian place in Kingston. Note that Little Bear was closed for renovations recently and Elijah's is also closed -- I think they are moving. Little Bear might be open by now.

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                    catskills RE: eatsandruns May 13, 2008 01:57 PM

                    You should try Violette Restaurant (www.violettewoodstock.com) in Woodstock. Great food...great atmosphere. They have a really nice patio for the summer, too!

                  2. MsDiPesto RE: ljk11238 May 29, 2008 12:04 PM

                    Just learned Solstice in uptown Kingston is closed....too bad...

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                      EdAllegro RE: ljk11238 May 31, 2008 02:23 AM

                      All these suggestions are good ones. Kingston/Woodstock has an abundance of decent eateries. We like the Hoffman House on North Front Street in Kingston, a locals favorite with seating at an outdoor patio for warm afternoons or evenings.

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                        Fred19 RE: EdAllegro May 31, 2008 05:09 AM

                        I like the burgers at the Hoffman House. Nice revolutionary American atmosphere.
                        ~Fred19

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                        nytimesa00 RE: ljk11238 Jul 25, 2008 02:51 PM

                        Thank you, everyone, for suggestions in the Kingston area!

                        A follow-up request: please offer additional recommendations for both the Kingston Area and... what about the Ellenville area in the Mid-Hudson Valley? Please help & thanks once more. - J.

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                          spector49 RE: nytimesa00 Jul 26, 2008 06:21 PM

                          In Ellenville for lunch I love the European Deli. on rt 209 opposite and just south of the McDonalds. wonderful home made Polish food, superb blintzes, soups and peirogi, grilled kielbasi and parprika wild mushroom sauerkraut.
                          very very reasonably priced. My favorite place in Kingston is El Danzante Mexican up near the start of Broadway, close to the Thruway. The real deal, owned and partonized by Mexicans who live in Kingston. As good or better than the food like this I get on visits to California.

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                            cherel RE: nytimesa00 Aug 3, 2008 09:37 AM

                            I can't comment on the Ellenville area but I know Kingston restaurants quite well so here are my recommendations....

                            Stella's - uptown Kingston on North Front Street - cute, cozy, italian restaurant - very reasonable prices - homemade dishes...my fav is the chicken sorrentino and my husband's fav is the calamari (he asks for it spicy and he says that they do it very well).

                            Ugly Gus - uptown Kingston on Main Street - Best place to go for a steak in kingston - the garlic steak and the blue cheese encrusted filet are great - order a martini or another great cocktail if Steve the bartender is working b/c he is one of the best.

                            Kyoto Sushi - great sushi and they have cool party rooms if you have a larger group - I love the octopus salad, shrimpy mango roll, beef negamaki, and all of the sashimi is very fresh ...would suggest weekends for ultimate freshness.

                            LeCanard - uptown on Fair Street - French - very good food but a bit pricey. If you want to save a bit of money, go on Monday night...they offer some of their bottled wine at half off....i would try the sancerre...about $23 after half off.

                            Armadillo - downtown on Abeel Street - Mexican - cool atmosphere and good food but I haven't been there in a while so not 100% sure if things are still the same

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                            darkamber RE: ljk11238 Jan 24, 2009 09:49 AM

                            I whole-heartedly agree that Elephant is a great addition to the dining options in this area. I've been several times and always left happy. They have a great selection of cured meats and cheeses. They make a wonderful pate' and are quite inventive with the other dishes. Every ingredient is top-notch. My most recent favorite was the truffled grilled cheese sandwich with serano ham and fig jam. They get it all right...from the atmosphere & music to the menu and wine selections...the service is wonderful, friendly, knowledgable and you can tell that they are enthusiastic foodies. This is now in my top 3 favorites!

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