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Monticello for Shabbos

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The Cameraman Jul 21, 2010 09:51 AM

As is the custom of my people, I will be going to a motel in the Catskill Mountains for Shabbos, August 6th-7th (Super 8 at $140 a night, the cheapest place I could find). Never having been before, I was wondering if anyone could make a recommendation for food in Monticello. Someone told me there's a place that will allow you to prepay for meals, but was vague on the details. Anyone know anything? Should I buy stuff and keep it in the room? Also, and I realize this is beyond the scope of Chowhound, but anyone know of a minyan within walking distance?

Thanks for the help.

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  1. berel RE: The Cameraman Jul 21, 2010 11:58 AM

    perhaps if you posted which motel someone can refer you to the closest Bungalow colony minyan. There is a orthodox synagogue in the town too (i think it was closer to the east side of town)

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      GilaB RE: berel Jul 21, 2010 12:00 PM

      I don't know Monticello at all, but some Googling shows only one Super-8 in the area, at 290 Broadway.

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        The Cameraman RE: GilaB Jul 21, 2010 12:03 PM

        That's the one; sorry.

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          berel RE: The Cameraman Jul 21, 2010 12:22 PM

          just looked at mapquest, that motel 9probably where I stayed 10 years ago on Shabbos) is on the east side of Monticello. There's a orthodox shul (the Kutsher family is/was it's main support) a few blocks away,

          landsfield shul

          http://www.mapquest.com/maps?1c=Monti...

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      vallevin RE: The Cameraman Jul 21, 2010 01:22 PM

      I used Shawarma King to deliver a shiva platter so I know they deliver. As my friend reported the food was good.

      279 East Broadway
      Monticello, NY
      845-794-2803

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        cappucino RE: The Cameraman Jul 21, 2010 02:25 PM

        "As is the custom of my people"
        With regard to weekends away and restaurants, please, by all means abandon the custom of your people or you will indeed find yourself in a Super 8 in Monticello with greasy Shabbos food. To paraphrase: Let your people go.

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          marissaj RE: cappucino Jul 21, 2010 02:58 PM

          My husbands parents live in Monticello year round. I asked them but they do not know a place to prepay for meals. I think your best bet is to go to the Landsfield Avenue shul and it is possible you might get invited out. Should you not be, or want to have back up food, there are a TON of places selling Shabbat take out food (there is a Buy-Rite and a 'Crunchies' in woodridge which I believe both sell takeout from Pomegrante in Brooklyn). If you object to getting ripped off, however, I would simply take food up with me.
          Cappucino- that was very funny ;)

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            The Cameraman RE: cappucino Jul 21, 2010 02:58 PM

            My in laws offered to take the kids for Shabbos and this is the very cheapest thing I could find. This will be the first time we have the opportunity to go away since my oldest was born. We could be sleeping on a park bench with a can of tuna and a box of matzah and it'll be gan eden ;)

            Maybe we can have a conversation that doesn't conclude with "why is the she crying again?" or "Did he brush his teeth yet?".

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            gleibler RE: The Cameraman Jul 21, 2010 11:02 PM

            it is shwrma king that allowss you to prepay and the food is heimsih. they are located at the opposite end of brodway from where you are staying but is walking distance. as someone said thelndfield synagogueis right near town hall inthe center of town near your motel.other than shwarm you have mountain food which has challah,fish,salads,deli{no chicken take out}.thereis also ichud grocery up the 42.good luck and enjoy

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              The Cameraman RE: The Cameraman Jul 22, 2010 09:38 AM

              Update: I called Schwarma King and the (very friendly) heimishe dude who answered the phone said they do have prepaid Shabbos meals. $35 per adult per meal, and $25 per child per meal (I didn't ask how old of a child). I think that's what we'll end up doing, at least for Friday night and Shabbos morning. Shalosh seudos we'll probably buy something.

              Thanks, Vallevin and GLeibler.

              I'm going next Shabbos, I'll let you guys know how it was.

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                The Cameraman RE: The Cameraman Aug 2, 2010 12:57 PM

                Update: ended up going this past Shabbos, instead. Food was nothing fancy. One of the entrees (the brisket in gravy), was a bit tough, but otherwise all the food was okay.

                Yes, I said "one of the entrees". Friday night, we were served plates of the aformentioned brisket, schnitzel, and three kinds of kugel. The food never stopped coming! They gave us all the food we could eat.

                Nice company, too.

                For that price ($140 for two adults for all three meals), I'd do it again.

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