Tucked away off the beaten tourist path in the charming college town of New Paltz, NY, Garvan's Gastropub is a culinary gem that is not to be missed. Known for its authentic and delicious food, this cozy restaurant is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike. What sets Garvan's apart from other restaurants in the area is its historic atmosphere, with quirky decor that gives the feeling of stepping back in time. And the view of the majestic Shawangunk mountains from the restaurant's windows is truly breathtaking. Since 1759 they racked up quite a following (and quite a few Google Reviews), so as a professional lifestyle and travel photographer who explores the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions, I had to check out this unique culinary experience for myself. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint.
At first glance, Garvan's Gastropub looks like grandma's farmhouse, but that's exactly how it should look like! Restaurants are cultural experiences and Garvan's Gastropub is one of those great examples of a place that transports you into a different dimension. The ambiance is historic and fun, with Irish tunes playing in the background and quirky decor that was a blast to photograph. The crackling fireplaces in each dining room radiate inviting vibes. The fresh flowers on each table add a touch of elegance to the rustic atmosphere. The staff is friendly, energetic, and attentive and it looked like they are having a blast working there. From the moment I walked in, I knew I was in for a unique dining experience.
For my drinks, I tried the Foggy Down cocktail and the Acinum Prosecco. The Foggy Down cocktail was a unique mix of blackberry-infused gin, orange cognac, melon liquor, and lime. The blackberry flavor was the standout element, and the combination of the other ingredients made for a refreshing and complex cocktail. The Acinum Prosecco was also a delight, with its bright and crisp flavors perfectly complementing the scallops I ordered for my main course.
The vegetarian stuffed mushrooms were the perfect starter, with the mushrooms being perfectly cooked and stuffed with a flavorful and well-seasoned mix of vegetables. The dish was served over a creamy sauce that perfectly complemented the earthy and savory flavors of the mushrooms, and was topped with melted cheese for an added touch of indulgence.
The seared sea scallops were another standout dish that I couldn't get enough of. The scallops were perfectly cooked, and the bed of arugula and creamy risotto they were served on made for an incredible flavor combination. The risotto was creamy and rich, while the arugula added a refreshing and slightly bitter contrast to the dish.
After finishing my meal at Garvan's Gastropub, I couldn't resist trying the apple pie for dessert. And let me tell you, it was the perfect ending to a fantastic meal. The pie had a buttery, flaky crust that was the perfect vessel for the warm and comforting apple filling. The cinnamon notes were the standout flavor, giving the pie a warm and spicy depth that made me feel like I was back in my grandmother's kitchen. The pie was served on a fancy caramel drizzle, which added a gooey creamy sweetness that complemented the warm pie perfectly. It was a truly delicious and satisfying end to a wonderful meal.
Overall, Garvan's Gastropub was a homey, hearty, and delicious culinary experience that I would highly recommend to anyone looking for authentic and tasty food in a unique and quirky atmosphere. The food was perfectly executed, the drinks were excellent, and the ambiance was historic and fun.
If you enjoyed my review of Garvan's Gastropub, be sure to check out my other restaurant reviews in the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions. As a professional lifestyle and travel photographer who is passionate about food, I am always on the lookout for the most authentic and delicious culinary experiences in the area.
Whether you're a local or a visitor, there is so much to explore in this beautiful part of New York. From the quaint towns of Woodstock and Rhinebeck to the bustling city of Kingston, there is no shortage of fantastic restaurants to discover.
If you're in the mood for some mouth-watering barbecue, check out J&J Smokehouse BBQ in Catskill. Or, for a delicious brunch, head to Oriole 9 in Woodstock, where you'll find delicious and healthy dishes made with locally sourced ingredients.
Whether you're a foodie looking for your next great meal or simply someone who enjoys exploring new places and trying new things, the Hudson Valley and Catskills regions have something for everyone. So why not venture out and discover some of the amazing restaurants that this area has to offer?