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Where to Eat in the Northern Catskills Near Hunter Mountain

Whether skiing Hunter Mountain, day-tripping to Phoenicia, or anything in between, here is a guide to the restaurants to check out in the northern Catskills

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The northern end of New York’s Catskills mountains is undergoing a restaurant renaissance. Spanning 35 high peaks and nearly 6,000 square miles, the Catskills were New Yorkers’ escape for luxury summering in the 1970s, but the region fell into disarray in decades since. Recently, locals and New York City expats have been trying to return the area to its former glory, including reopening long-closed resorts and appealing to a younger generation. Restaurants are a large part of that, with longtime businesses updating for millennials and newer openings catering to the Instagram set.

In time for the first big ski weekend of the season, here are the top restaurants near Hunter Mountain.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Catskill Mountain Country Store - Windham

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5510 NY-23
Windham, NY 12496
(518) 734-3387
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This breakfast and lunch spot has a branch in Tannersville, but its Windham location is the superior of the two. Alongside typical tourist trap-y accoutrement — fudge, mugs, and other tchotchkies — are local takes on diner classics, such as free-range omelets, buttermilk pancakes, grass-fed Angus burgers, cheese fries, and plenty of organic greens. It’s the sort of place where the pie of the day comes in a heaping helping and diners might leave with a book about the history of logging.

Catskill Mountain Country Store Michael A./Yelp

2. Millrock - Windham

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5398 NY-23
Windham, NY 12496
(518) 734-9719
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This bright dining room is located just across Route 23 from Windham Mountain Resort and serves seasonal variations on traditional Italian food. The menu is dominated by seafood such as frutti di mare and other fish, with a particular focus on salmon. No reservations.

3. Bistro Brie & Bordeaux - Windham

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5386 NY-23
Windham, NY 12496
(518) 734-4911
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In 2002, Lyon-trained chef Stéphane Desgaches transformed the historic 1875 home of the local newspaper into an acclaimed French bistro, and possibly the area’s finest restaurant. The menu runs to steak frites and herb-crusted rack of lamb accompanied by tomato soup in puff pastry, profiteroles, and a sizable wine selection. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings, the curious can take their own tour de France, with two- and three-course set menus available for $19.95 and $24.95, respectively.

Posted by Bistro Brie & Bordeaux on Sunday, October 23, 2016

4. Ze Windham Wine Bar - Windham

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5369 Main Street Behind the Post Office
Windham, NY 12496
(518) 734-9200
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Sommelier Cordelia Schreiber opened Ze in 2015. Her much-loved spot has been named one of America’s best wine bars by Travel & Leisure, and the selection — close to 40 vintages — lives up to the acclaim. There’s a small food menu of organic small plates and weekly wine school sessions that provide insight into the growing, pressing, and even storing of the beloved beverage. Closed on Sundays.

5. Jagerberg Beer Hall and Tavern - Hunter

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7722 Main St
Hunter, NY 12442
(518) 628-5188
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The Catskills were once a magnet for significant numbers of immigrants from Germany and other parts of central Europe, and the legacy of their cuisine can be found right on Hunter’s Main Street at places like Jagerberg. Classics like schnitzel and rouladen are spruced up with locally sourced seasonal ingredients, from the spinach ravioli in wild mushroom sauce to herbed spaetzle with honey. The tap list is full of German and Austrian brews. For those wanting a late start on the slopes, Jagerberg serves brunch.

6. Van Winkles - Hunter

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62 Liftside Dr
Hunter, NY 12442
(518) 263-5580
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Many ski resorts have their own official restaurant, serving exhausted skiers bland food they are too tired to taste. Not Hunter. Executive chef Tim Lang is both a graduate of nearby Hyde Park’s Culinary Institute of America and a native of the north Catskills, and his menu reflects that background. There’s both the typical — burgers, pasta — as well as pan-roasted duck breast and brie and apple chicken. Many dishes can be prepared both vegetarian and gluten-free.

Van Winkles Kaatskill Mountain Club/Yelp

7. The Prospect - Hunter

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13 Scribner Hollow Rd
Hunter, NY 12442
(518) 628-5150
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Chef Alex Napolitano’s restaurant serves up brunch and dinner with a heavy focus on meat and fish at the new and very chic Scribner’s resort. Prices are certainly up-market, with the locally sourced, dry-aged strip steak going for over $40 and a pork chop with smoked apple butter not far behind. But critics and locals rave about the food, whether it’s breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

Prospect Prospect [Official Photo]

8. Hunter Mountain Brewery - Hunter

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7267 New York Rt 23A
Hunter, NY 12442
(518) 263-3300
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Don’t let this newcomer’s name fool you — every brew on tap at this downtown Hunter room is made out-of-house. But the extensive draft list, cocktails, and no-frills takes on burgers, meatloaf, and mac and cheese are exactly what legions of slope-slogged skiers prefer at the end of the day, with sizable servings and reasonable prices. Open evenings during the week, and from noon on weekends.

Hunter Mountain Brewery Linda W./Yelp

9. Le Chateau Belleview - Tannserville

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6589 NY-23A
Tannersville, NY 12485
(518) 589-5525
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Belleview’s faux-Alpine exterior, a standby of the Catskill’s many defunct resort towns, comes off as either gaudy or nostalgic, depending on tastes. But between its cozy dining room, fantastic views, and French dishes from chef Gerard Andre Uhrik, this place is worth stopping by. Expect area-standard pricing ($28 for filet mignon), with an extensive wine list and nightly specials like fondue Thursdays that make for a somewhat more relaxed take on French dining.

Le Chateau Belleview Le Chateau Belleview [Official Photo]

10. Mama's Boy Burgers - Tannersville

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6067 Main St
Tannersville, NY 12485
(518) 589-6667
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Michael Koegel opened this burger place in the same Main Street spot as former classic roadside spot Smiley’s, but he aims for a more deluxe approach. His souped-up burgers, sourced from the nearby East Jewett Farm, match their decent price point (most hover around $11) with deluxe ingredients like smoked mozzarella and fresh kale. Local hot dogs, creative vegetarian options — try the “fun guy,” a truffled portobello burger with swiss cheese and truffle mayo — and ice cream from Kingston institution Jane’s make this a significant draw.

Mama’s Boy Burgers Robert Rubsam

11. Last Chance Antiques & Cheese Café - Tannersville

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6009 Main St
Tannersville, NY 12485
(518) 589-6424
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The oldest restaurant in Tannersville opened as a purveyor of cheese and antiques all the way back in 1971, expanding over several generations to include a well-stocked whiskey bar, live music room, and local treats store, offering chocolate, gifts, and more than 100 cheeses. Second-generation owner David Kashman recently expanded the restaurant, the charm of its typical American-style burgers, pies, and steaks revealed in the details: grilled brie, locally sourced meat, 300 specialty beers to drink, and organic vegetables from just down the road at Fromer Market Gardens. With most prices between $10 and $15, this is an agreeably affordable option with something for everyone.

Last Chance Antiques and Cheese Cafe Robert Rubsam

12. Maggie's Krooked Cafe - Tannersville

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6000 Main St
Tannersville, NY 12485
(518) 589-6101
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Maggie Landis has been serving up organic salads, sandwiches, pastas, and travel advice from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. since 1986, and her massive menu includes tofu scrambles, CLTs, and takes on Mediterranean, Creole, and Mexican food. Don’t let its quirky exterior or cozy interior fool you: Maggie’s is by no means cheap, with few dishes below $15. But Landis more than makes up for it with creativity — her cheese fries casserole is a real doozy — and commitment to organic, healthy ingredients. Check out the recently added juice bar.

Maggie’s Krooked Cafe S O./Yelp

13. Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts - Tannersville

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5950 Main St
Tannersville, NY 12485
(518) 589-6262

This recent hit, opened by Susan Kleinfelder and Charlene Holdridge in 2013, is only open from Thursday to Sunday but makes for a perfect pitstop. Everything is right out in front, from the massive coffee roaster and bags of beans to the cooking itself, with all pastries made-to-order on a Belshaw Donut Robot. While Twin Peaks’ extensive menu includes creative variants like caramel pretzel and eggnog, the basics remain the best — try the maple-glazed or cinnamon sugar.

Doughnuts from Twin Peaks Robert Rubsam

14. Brio's - Phoenicia

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68 Main St
Phoenicia, NY 12464
(845) 688-5370
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An institution since 1973, Brio’s does it all, all day long. Italian breakfast runs every day of the week, with wood-fired pizza served from noon until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. In between, lunch offers dishes like a duck quesadilla or wild mushroom lasagna, as well as lactose-free smoothies, cakes to go, and 22 beers on tap. The comfortable dining room, straightforward decor, and convenient Main Street location in Phoenicia, as well as the generous portions and friendly staff, make it a great fit for families.

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Posted by Brio's Pizzeria & Restaurant on Saturday, April 8, 2017

15. Phoenicia Diner - Phoenicia

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5681 NY-28
Phoenicia, NY 12464
(845) 688-9957
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This long-running roadside spot has been transformed by transplant Mike Cioffi, whose keen eye for vintage decor and graphic design has turned the diner into an Instagram sensation. Cioffi’s upmarket versions of classic diner fare use local meats, cheeses, and eggs for make-your-own omelets, caramelized mushroom toast, and a house-cured corned beef Reuben. Though dishes are on the smaller side, all the food is fresh and unpretentious, and the generous alcohol selection — bloody marys, mimosas, and bourbon milkshakes among them — certainly help.

Phoenicia Diner Robert Sietsema

16. Woodstock Brewing - Phoenicia

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5581 NY-28
Phoenicia, NY 12464
(845) 688-0054
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Brewpubs have become a Catskills staple, with many craft breweries serving up fancified takes on traditional bar foods alongside their own selection of brews. Woodstock Brewing was started by a pair of friends in a local garage, recently expanding both brewing and serving into a large, casual space off Route 28. Their deviled eggs, fries, and burgers share space with cheese plates, cauliflower banh mi, and buttermilk fried chicken, with plenty of vegetarian options. Visitors in the summer can take advantage of plentiful outdoor seating, firepits, and mountainside views.

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1. Catskill Mountain Country Store - Windham

5510 NY-23, Windham, NY 12496
Catskill Mountain Country Store Michael A./Yelp

This breakfast and lunch spot has a branch in Tannersville, but its Windham location is the superior of the two. Alongside typical tourist trap-y accoutrement — fudge, mugs, and other tchotchkies — are local takes on diner classics, such as free-range omelets, buttermilk pancakes, grass-fed Angus burgers, cheese fries, and plenty of organic greens. It’s the sort of place where the pie of the day comes in a heaping helping and diners might leave with a book about the history of logging.

5510 NY-23
Windham, NY 12496

2. Millrock - Windham

5398 NY-23, Windham, NY 12496

This bright dining room is located just across Route 23 from Windham Mountain Resort and serves seasonal variations on traditional Italian food. The menu is dominated by seafood such as frutti di mare and other fish, with a particular focus on salmon. No reservations.

5398 NY-23
Windham, NY 12496

3. Bistro Brie & Bordeaux - Windham

5386 NY-23, Windham, NY 12496

In 2002, Lyon-trained chef Stéphane Desgaches transformed the historic 1875 home of the local newspaper into an acclaimed French bistro, and possibly the area’s finest restaurant. The menu runs to steak frites and herb-crusted rack of lamb accompanied by tomato soup in puff pastry, profiteroles, and a sizable wine selection. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday evenings, the curious can take their own tour de France, with two- and three-course set menus available for $19.95 and $24.95, respectively.

5386 NY-23
Windham, NY 12496

4. Ze Windham Wine Bar - Windham

5369 Main Street Behind the Post Office, Windham, NY 12496

Sommelier Cordelia Schreiber opened Ze in 2015. Her much-loved spot has been named one of America’s best wine bars by Travel & Leisure, and the selection — close to 40 vintages — lives up to the acclaim. There’s a small food menu of organic small plates and weekly wine school sessions that provide insight into the growing, pressing, and even storing of the beloved beverage. Closed on Sundays.

5369 Main Street Behind the Post Office
Windham, NY 12496

5. Jagerberg Beer Hall and Tavern - Hunter

7722 Main St, Hunter, NY 12442

The Catskills were once a magnet for significant numbers of immigrants from Germany and other parts of central Europe, and the legacy of their cuisine can be found right on Hunter’s Main Street at places like Jagerberg. Classics like schnitzel and rouladen are spruced up with locally sourced seasonal ingredients, from the spinach ravioli in wild mushroom sauce to herbed spaetzle with honey. The tap list is full of German and Austrian brews. For those wanting a late start on the slopes, Jagerberg serves brunch.

7722 Main St
Hunter, NY 12442

6. Van Winkles - Hunter

62 Liftside Dr, Hunter, NY 12442
Van Winkles Kaatskill Mountain Club/Yelp

Many ski resorts have their own official restaurant, serving exhausted skiers bland food they are too tired to taste. Not Hunter. Executive chef Tim Lang is both a graduate of nearby Hyde Park’s Culinary Institute of America and a native of the north Catskills, and his menu reflects that background. There’s both the typical — burgers, pasta — as well as pan-roasted duck breast and brie and apple chicken. Many dishes can be prepared both vegetarian and gluten-free.

62 Liftside Dr
Hunter, NY 12442

7. The Prospect - Hunter

13 Scribner Hollow Rd, Hunter, NY 12442
Prospect Prospect [Official Photo]

Chef Alex Napolitano’s restaurant serves up brunch and dinner with a heavy focus on meat and fish at the new and very chic Scribner’s resort. Prices are certainly up-market, with the locally sourced, dry-aged strip steak going for over $40 and a pork chop with smoked apple butter not far behind. But critics and locals rave about the food, whether it’s breakfast, brunch, or dinner.

13 Scribner Hollow Rd
Hunter, NY 12442

8. Hunter Mountain Brewery - Hunter

7267 New York Rt 23A, Hunter, NY 12442
Hunter Mountain Brewery Linda W./Yelp

Don’t let this newcomer’s name fool you — every brew on tap at this downtown Hunter room is made out-of-house. But the extensive draft list, cocktails, and no-frills takes on burgers, meatloaf, and mac and cheese are exactly what legions of slope-slogged skiers prefer at the end of the day, with sizable servings and reasonable prices. Open evenings during the week, and from noon on weekends.

7267 New York Rt 23A
Hunter, NY 12442

9. Le Chateau Belleview - Tannserville

6589 NY-23A, Tannersville, NY 12485
Le Chateau Belleview Le Chateau Belleview [Official Photo]

Belleview’s faux-Alpine exterior, a standby of the Catskill’s many defunct resort towns, comes off as either gaudy or nostalgic, depending on tastes. But between its cozy dining room, fantastic views, and French dishes from chef Gerard Andre Uhrik, this place is worth stopping by. Expect area-standard pricing ($28 for filet mignon), with an extensive wine list and nightly specials like fondue Thursdays that make for a somewhat more relaxed take on French dining.

6589 NY-23A
Tannersville, NY 12485

10. Mama's Boy Burgers - Tannersville

6067 Main St, Tannersville, NY 12485
Mama’s Boy Burgers Robert Rubsam

Michael Koegel opened this burger place in the same Main Street spot as former classic roadside spot Smiley’s, but he aims for a more deluxe approach. His souped-up burgers, sourced from the nearby East Jewett Farm, match their decent price point (most hover around $11) with deluxe ingredients like smoked mozzarella and fresh kale. Local hot dogs, creative vegetarian options — try the “fun guy,” a truffled portobello burger with swiss cheese and truffle mayo — and ice cream from Kingston institution Jane’s make this a significant draw.

6067 Main St
Tannersville, NY 12485

11. Last Chance Antiques & Cheese Café - Tannersville

6009 Main St, Tannersville, NY 12485
Last Chance Antiques and Cheese Cafe Robert Rubsam

The oldest restaurant in Tannersville opened as a purveyor of cheese and antiques all the way back in 1971, expanding over several generations to include a well-stocked whiskey bar, live music room, and local treats store, offering chocolate, gifts, and more than 100 cheeses. Second-generation owner David Kashman recently expanded the restaurant, the charm of its typical American-style burgers, pies, and steaks revealed in the details: grilled brie, locally sourced meat, 300 specialty beers to drink, and organic vegetables from just down the road at Fromer Market Gardens. With most prices between $10 and $15, this is an agreeably affordable option with something for everyone.

6009 Main St
Tannersville, NY 12485

12. Maggie's Krooked Cafe - Tannersville

6000 Main St, Tannersville, NY 12485
Maggie’s Krooked Cafe S O./Yelp

Maggie Landis has been serving up organic salads, sandwiches, pastas, and travel advice from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. since 1986, and her massive menu includes tofu scrambles, CLTs, and takes on Mediterranean, Creole, and Mexican food. Don’t let its quirky exterior or cozy interior fool you: Maggie’s is by no means cheap, with few dishes below $15. But Landis more than makes up for it with creativity — her cheese fries casserole is a real doozy — and commitment to organic, healthy ingredients. Check out the recently added juice bar.

6000 Main St
Tannersville, NY 12485

13. Twin Peaks Coffee & Donuts - Tannersville

5950 Main St, Tannersville, NY 12485
Doughnuts from Twin Peaks Robert Rubsam

This recent hit, opened by Susan Kleinfelder and Charlene Holdridge in 2013, is only open from Thursday to Sunday but makes for a perfect pitstop. Everything is right out in front, from the massive coffee roaster and bags of beans to the cooking itself, with all pastries made-to-order on a Belshaw Donut Robot. While Twin Peaks’ extensive menu includes creative variants like caramel pretzel and eggnog, the basics remain the best — try the maple-glazed or cinnamon sugar.

5950 Main St
Tannersville, NY 12485

14. Brio's - Phoenicia

68 Main St, Phoenicia, NY 12464

An institution since 1973, Brio’s does it all, all day long. Italian breakfast runs every day of the week, with wood-fired pizza served from noon until 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. In between, lunch offers dishes like a duck quesadilla or wild mushroom lasagna, as well as lactose-free smoothies, cakes to go, and 22 beers on tap. The comfortable dining room, straightforward decor, and convenient Main Street location in Phoenicia, as well as the generous portions and friendly staff, make it a great fit for families.

68 Main St
Phoenicia, NY 12464

15. Phoenicia Diner - Phoenicia

5681 NY-28, Phoenicia, NY 12464
Phoenicia Diner Robert Sietsema

This long-running roadside spot has been transformed by transplant Mike Cioffi, whose keen eye for vintage decor and graphic design has turned the diner into an Instagram sensation. Cioffi’s upmarket versions of classic diner fare use local meats, cheeses, and eggs for make-your-own omelets, caramelized mushroom toast, and a house-cured corned beef Reuben. Though dishes are on the smaller side, all the food is fresh and unpretentious, and the generous alcohol selection — bloody marys, mimosas, and bourbon milkshakes among them — certainly help.

5681 NY-28
Phoenicia, NY 12464

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16. Woodstock Brewing - Phoenicia

5581 NY-28, Phoenicia, NY 12464

Brewpubs have become a Catskills staple, with many craft breweries serving up fancified takes on traditional bar foods alongside their own selection of brews. Woodstock Brewing was started by a pair of friends in a local garage, recently expanding both brewing and serving into a large, casual space off Route 28. Their deviled eggs, fries, and burgers share space with cheese plates, cauliflower banh mi, and buttermilk fried chicken, with plenty of vegetarian options. Visitors in the summer can take advantage of plentiful outdoor seating, firepits, and mountainside views.

5581 NY-28
Phoenicia, NY 12464

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