The Catskill Mountains have long been a destination for those seeking a respite from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its stunning natural beauty and abundance of outdoor activities, it’s no wonder that this area has become the playground for a new generation of elites (not so rich, but famous, Instagram influenSTers I am talking about here :). And among the many dining options in the region, the Phoenicia Diner stands out as a true gem.
My meal at the Phoenicia Diner was nothing short of extraordinary. I started off with the seasonal pumpkin soup, which was a perfect blend of warm spices and creamy pumpkin. The soup was hearty and rustic, and the perfect way to start a crisp winter day in the Catskill Mountains.
For my main course, I had the local trout, which was cooked to perfection. The fish was incredibly fresh and had a delicate, flaky texture that was truly a treat, and the rosemary lemon garlic butter splashed all over it was such a delightful touch. The garlic potatoes and market vegetables that accompanied the fish were also perfectly cooked, and together they formed a delightful symphony of flavors that was both comforting and satisfying.
To accompany my meal, I ordered a local Hudson Valley hot cider that had been spiked with a shot of rum. The addition of the rum added a nice depth of flavor to the cider and created a warm, cozy feeling that was perfect for a cold winter day.
In conclusion, the Phoenicia Diner is a must-visit destination for anyone visiting the Catskill Mountains. The food is outstanding, the atmosphere is rustic and charming, and the service is personable and authentic. It’s a true treasure in the Catskill dining scene, and I can’t wait to return for another meal. If you’re looking for more local and unique dining experiences in the Catskills, Hudson Valley, NYC, and the Hamptons, be sure to check out my other restaurant reviews, where I highlight some of the best hidden gems in the area. So, foodies come and explore the culinary delights of the Catskills and Hudson Valley regions!