Catskill, NY is a quaint river town known for its stunning waterfront and rich history. It's the perfect setting for a memorable dining experience and that's exactly what I found at the New York Restaurant. This historic eatery, which dates back to 1913, has been recently revived by Catskill native Natasha Witka and has been featured in top publications such as The New York Times, The New Yorker, and Forbes.
As soon as I walked into the casually elegant dining room and full bar, I was struck by the warm and inviting atmosphere. The menu, which blends traditional Polish cuisine with modern American cooking, immediately caught my eye, plus Mexican Cuisine's favorites were on the special apps menu that night. I started with my favorite mango margarita on the rocks with a salt rim, which was expertly prepared and the perfect way to warm up on a chilly evening.
Next, I decided to embark on a culinary adventure with their "Tour of Poland" which included golabki, potato & cheese pierogi, kielbasa, kraut, and mashed potatoes. The golabki, which is a traditional stuffed cabbage dish, was a standout. The tender cabbage leaves were filled with a savory mixture of ground beef and rice and simmered to perfection in a rich tomato sauce. The pierogi, which are Polish dumplings, were another highlight. These delicious pockets of potato and cheese were perfectly boiled then fried and served with a side of sour cream and caramelized onions. The kielbasa, a type of Polish sausage, was smoky and flavorful, and the accompanying kraut was tangy and crunchy and went really well with rustic mustard. The mashed potatoes were creamy and comforting, making for the perfect comfort food.
As a travel photographer and a food critic who is always on the hunt for authentic modern rustic experiences in the area, I was impressed by the way the New York Restaurant seamlessly blended these traditional Polish dishes with modern American cooking. It's fitting for a restaurant named "New York" since New York is a melting pot of cultures and cuisines from around the world. This worldly influence is what makes dining at the New York Restaurant so unique and memorable.
Finally, I ended my meal with their NYR Cheesecake, which was a delightful dessert. The graham crust was perfectly crisp, and the bourbon caramel sauce added just the right amount of sweetness. I paired it with a 2015 Quinta de Corte, which complemented the cheesecake beautifully.
In conclusion, if you're looking for a memorable dining experience in Catskill, NY, be sure to check out the New York Restaurant. With its rich history, casual elegance, and diverse menu, it's the perfect place to gather with friends and enjoy a delicious meal. Whether you're a fan of traditional Polish cuisine or modern American cooking, or Mexican cuisine's favorites, the New York Restaurant has something for everyone. After the dinner, I stopped by Catskill Creek which is just a block away from the restaurant, and took a few cool shots of the waterfront including one hazy shot of the miniature Statue of Liberty that is still a mystery to me. It literally started hailing, so I had to retreat to my car, but I'll come back another day to figure that one out 🙂 Enjoy the Photo Gallery of the night in Catskill, NY below!
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