A DINING TOUR OF ULSTER COUNTY

A weekend getaway to Ulster County involves a myriad of choices, from where to watch the sunset to which restaurants to try. The area is a destination for thoughtful food lovers seeking an authentic culinary experience. But how do you relish so many flavors over a scant 48 hours?

One place to start: follow this two-day dining itinerary that leads you from historic waterfront towns to scenic byways across the Catskills.

DAY 1
Breakfast at PAKT in Kingston.
Start your tour at this popular brunch spot in New York’s first capital. PAKT, 608 Broadway, celebrates historically southern bites like chicken and waffles and cheese grits, but vegetarians and the health-conscious will find plenty to love as well.

Mid-morning coffee at Lagusta’s Luscious Commissary in New Paltz.
New Paltz nurtures a healthy coffee culture, and you can taste some of the best at Lagusta’s Luscious Commissary, 11 Church St. Try the “Chemex With Chocolates For Two,” which pairs expertly made pour-over coffee with handmade chocolates.

Lunch at Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner.
Tuthilltown is beloved across the country for its Hudson Whiskey, but they also host Char 1788, 14 Grist Mill Lane, a farm-to-table restaurant with a lunch menu of grass-fed beef burgers, oyster po’ boys, and Nashville hot fried chicken, among other things.

Dinner at Aroma Thyme Bistro in Ellenville.
The culmination of chef Marcus Guiliano’s green philosophy can be found within the elegant, low-lit dining room of Aroma Thyme Bistro, 165 Canal St.Guiliano cooks with passion and discipline, and his always-evolving menu is much healthier than you’d ever guess (Zagat called it “stealth health”).

DAY 2
Breakfast at Phoenicia Diner in Phoenicia.
Experience the rustic charm of the famous Phoenicia Diner, 5681 Route 28, a staple of Ulster County. They serve all the diner classics, but their thoughtful re-imaginings are where it’s at — like the “Morning in Tunisia” skillet.

Lunch at Joshua’s Café and Restaurant in Woodstock.
Joshua’s, 51 Tinker St., has been serving Mediterranean-inspired global cuisine in Woodstock since 1972. Dishes like shawarma salad, zucchini flatcakes, moussaka, and falafel showcase the well-traveled palate of chef/ owner Stefanie Schachter.

Dinner at Annarella in Saugerties.
Ulster County is home to a number of incredible Italian restaurants. Annarella Ristorante, 276 Malden Turnpike, specializes in Tuscan fare, with dishes like Polpo alla Griglia (grilled Portuguese octopus). Annarella brings a taste of the Tuscan coast to the Hudson Valley — a fitting way to end your dining tour of Ulster County.

Two days isn’t nearly enough time to fully immerse in the wonders of the area’s dining scene, but this is a great start. Get to know the kitchens of Ulster County and start planning your dining tour today at ulstercountyalive.com.