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Aug 14, 2010 07:39 AM

Callicoon area dining?

We're heading to the Callicoon area in mid-September for a week and, having never been in that area before, we looking for some recommendations on all meals - B/L/D. About the only thing we don't like is Indian food, so give us your favorites and we promise to post a trip report at the end of our week in the Catskills.

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  1. Our favorite spot is the Korean restaurant off 17B in Bethel, part of a campus with a golf course, lake and recreation village. While they don't have grills at the tables, the food is great--kimchee fried rice, bulgogi, bibimbap, sundubu, etc.

    Check out Callicoon Wine Merchant and the adjacent cheese shop on Lower Main Street--great, unusual selection and wonderful service. While not dining related, Lee Hartwell's antique shop next door has a carefully edited collection of pottery, furniture and jewelry. Cafe Devine has good coffee, bagels, soups and wi-fi. Pepito's Pizzaria is much better than you would expect but beware of mayonaise on their standard heros. Matthew's on Main has a great deck and live entertainment--we like it for dinner. The Creamery, at the intersection of 17B and Lower Main Street is perfect for an afternoon ice cream break. On Sundays from about 11:00am to 2:00pm, a nice farmer's market graces the park along the river behind Lower Main.

    There is an easy-to-miss Mexican place, good for lunch and provisions, on the main drag in Monticello. Other locals rave about the Fat Lady Cafe as well as Benji and Jake's near Bethel in Kauneonga Lake. Just opened on 17B across from Bethel Woods is the Dancing Cat; soon to be a micro-distillery, they had a great beer selection and simple food.

    Too bad you don't like Indian because you can order in advance from the Mini-Mart at the Fosterdale intersection of 17B!

    Have a great time!

    The Fat Lady Cafe
    13 Horseshoe Lake Rd, Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749

    4 Replies
    1. re: linrc1

      linrc1 - don't want you to think I didn't appreciate your recommendations. As it happens, instead of Callicoon, I opted for a week in the White Mountains of NH. Just getting ready to head back. May try for Callicoon next spring. I'll put a post up and see if you've come up with anything different. Thanks, again, for taking the time to respond.

        1. re: linrc1

          Ditto, would love to know where the Mexican place in Monticello is.

          1. re: kkbklyn

            ACATLAN GROCERY DELI--490 or 470 Broadway--great shrimp, etc. Not fancy.