The Catskill Mountains’s Borscht Belt glory days are long gone, but its Brooklyn Belt days are just beginning. The pandemic has accelerated an embrace of upstate living from the former city-dwelling crowd, with its cheaper housing, pastoral spaces, and domestic tranquility. That trendiness has flourished in a local “hickster” movement which has permeated beyond the artisanal Hudson Valley and into the scruffy Western Catskills — Delaware and Sullivan counties, along the Delaware River at the elbow of New York’s border. With menus both ambitious and playful, the area has gone from once being the puckish anti-Hamptons to now blossoming into delightful counter-Hamptons territory.
Now that trout fishing season is in full swing and summer is here, bold new arrivals have combined with establishment favorites to coalesce into a community of culinary craftsmanship.
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