MUST EATS? near rt.28 Margaretteville/Catskills Park/Kingston area?
My finance's family owns a house up in the catskills past Margaretteville in Bell Ayre Village, I tend to spend quite a bit of time up there in the summer, however solid eating options? There are only a handful I know of between Peekamoose, and ofcourse Sweet Sue's Phoenicia.
So, do any of the great and famed Chowhounders have any solid reco's to hit up once you get off the Thruway @ Kingston going West? I'd love to start checking out some different places up there.
You'll need to drive a little. Woodstock offers New World Home Cooking and the Bear Cafe. Both are excellent and worth the drive. If you go as far as Kingston, the Hoffman House is quite good. It's in the "Stockade" or historical district and worthy of a walk around the old town.
On a whim I hit up Winchell's Pizza in Shokan yesterday on the way home, pretty damn good deep dish pizza, awefully dough-y in a great way, crust was good. had the bbq sampler platter, brisket was a lil over cooked chicken was good and ribs were crusty a lil over cooked but smokey and I was surprised by how good the place was considering I always pass it on 28 but never went in until now, it just might be a spot I hit more often on my way upto Highmount.
Alternatives to New World Home Cooking and myriad other woodstock favorites you will hear about are two that we like and can recommend:
The Reservoir Inn in West Hurley, although the service can be frustrating. They serve pizza but don't let that deter you, their entrees are very good.
A bit (well, more than a bit) off the beaten path is the Country Inn in Krumville. known for their wide selection of beer, they also have great food.