Woodstock Journals

Dining Out in the Mid-hudson Valley

A June 2006 trip to Woodstock by alighieri3

Quote: Come dine in my hometown!

Little Bear

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Restaurant | "The Little Bear"

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Little Bear is right down the road from the infamous Woodstock, NY. This Chinese restaurant has the most beautiful, understated yet elegant decor I have seen in a restaurant of this price range in this area of the Hudson Valley. What makes it so beautiful is not only the inside of the restaurant, but also what is outside. The restaurant overlooks a beautiful creek that flows by while you dine. One night during a snowstorm my fiance and I went here and were entranced by the snow falling and melting into the water. Simply breathtaking! Of course, the environment is topped off by the wonderful food served here. The menu is extensive, and vegetarians like me will be thrilled to see that ther...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on July 12, 2006

Little Bear
Rte. 212
Bearsville, New York
(845) 679-8899

Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant

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Restaurant

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Mountain Gate is the only Indian restaurant in Woodstock, and because of that it does fairly good business (who doesn't love some naan and dhal?!) Despite the fairly decent business that the restaurant brings in, though, it has its problems. The first and most notable problem is that it only serves naan on the day that it serves dinner buffets. On any other night, your bread choices are limited. Second, the service tends to be a little slow for my liking. The servers are pleasant enough, but tend to take their time bringing the bill or refilling your water glasses, etc. The menu is the standard Indian fare you might expect, but it's not the best of its kind. The dish I almost al...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 12, 2006

Mountain Gate Indian Restaurant
4 Deming St.
Woodstock 12498
(845) 679-5100

Taco Juan's

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Restaurant | "Taco Juan"

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Taco Juan's is on the bustling (especially on summer weekends!) main street in the famous Woodstock, NY. It retains the funky vibe that Woodstock is known for, as bright colors adorn its exterior and interior. The place is tiny; some might call it a hole-in-the-wall. Nevertheless, if you can't get a table, you can always take your food and sit on the bench outside where you can have loads of fun just people watching. (Trust me, Woodstock has its share of colorful characters.) If it's a Sunday in the summer, you can watch the drum circle on the village green right through the door that's always open. As far as the food goes, it is quite good. The menu options are somewhat limited, with yo...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 12, 2006

Taco Juan's
31 Tinker Street
Woodstock, New York 12498
(845) 679-9673

Oriole 9

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Restaurant

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Oriole 9, owned by the same people who run Cafe with Love in Saugerties, moved into the spot previously occupied by Heaven in downtown Woodstock. Those are some big shoes to fill, as Heaven was very popular both with locals and with tourists.Oriole 9, however, doesn't disappoint. The food is amazing. They serve a brunch menu until the late afternoon, consisting of light breakfast fare (granola and fruit) and heartier breakfast fare (goat cheese and spinach omlette), as well as sandwiches and salads. Both times I've been there I've ordered the goat cheese and spinach omlette. The omlette is loaded with fillings (tons of yummy goat cheese) and is served with a salad for accompaniment...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 4, 2006

Oriole 9
17 Tinker St.
Woodstock, New York 12498
(845) 679-5763

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Catskill Mountain Pizza does a brisk business as the only pizza shop in downtown Woodstock (Pizza on the Green recently closed). Because of this, it is sometimes difficult to find a seat in the small dining room. If you can get a seat inside, you'll be treated to a variety of magazines and newspapers to read while you wait for your food, along with some cool artwork on the walls.If you can't find a seat inside, or if it's too hot inside, grab a seat outside, where you're surrounded by the colorful flowers that are planted in the garden between Catskill Mountain and the tattoo parlor. From your seat outside, you can check out all the passers-by walking along the sidewalk.While you'r...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 6, 2006

Catskill Mountain Pizza
51 Mill Hill Rd.
Woodstock, New York 12498
(845) 679-7969

Maria's Bazaar

Restaurant

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The name Maria's Bazaar may not suggest a great eatery - or an eatery at all for that matter. Once you walk in to the shop, however, you'll realize that you've entered a foodie's paradise (or at least as close to one as you'll find in this tiny town). Lining the walls and shelves are imported specialty foods - fine chocolates, beautiful marzipan, decadent dipping oils, even single serving packets of Nutella! Every time I pore over the shelves I find a new treasure (last time it was imported French licorice).Don't let the wares fool you, though, this isn't a hoity-toity establishment. There is no table service, though there are plenty of tables, both inside and outside. The food is mainly bre...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 13, 2006

Maria's Bazaar
21 Mill Hill Rd.
Woodstock, New York 12498
(845) 679-5434

Café Mezzaluna

Restaurant | "Cafe Mezzaluna"

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Café Mezzaluna is a charming little place. Although the parking can be difficult (a small, unpaved lot behind the building), as soon as you step into Mezzaluna, you know you’ve stumbled onto something special!You have your choice of hand-painted seats, some vintage and some modern. On your table, do not be surprised to find some lovely and unusual pieces of quartz or amethyst adding an earthy feel to your experience. Once you’ve finished admiring everything set out before you, look towards the walls. Mezzaluna, in addition to being a restaurant, is also a gallery, with exhibits that change frequently. I have seen beautiful handmade quilts on display here, as well as wonderful photographs and...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

Café Mezzaluna
626 Rt. 212
Saugerties 12477
(845) 246-5306

Rancho (El)

Restaurant | "El Rancho"

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When you enter the restaurant, set on a rural highway, you are greeted by Mexican tilework and greenery. The tables in the main dining room, a large open space with a patio-like feel, are decorated with laminated wine bottle labels.Quickly after you are seated, you are brought a complimentary serving of homemade chips and salsa. The salsa is heavy on the cilantro, and quite tasty.Although the menu warns that, because everything is cooked to order the meals may take a while, I have always received my food quickly. The portions are very generous, and there are options for both meat eaters and vegetarians like me (the chiles rellenos, in particular, are delicious). The prices are very...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2008

Rancho (El)
2904 Rt. 32
Saugerties
(845) 246-2797

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This natural food store is tucked away in a shopping center beside a drugstore, a bank, and a video store. In spite of its far-from-exciting location, Sunflower is a fabulous market.Specializing in natural and organic foods, the prices are more expensive than you would pay in a traditional grocery store. If you know how to shop at Sunflower, though, you can actually save money and shop ethically. First, make sure to hit the bulk bins. Sunflower sells bulk spices, grains, nuts, and granola. These are mainly organic and are great deals. I can refill my spice jar of oregano for approximately 25 cents this way. In addition to dry bulk bins, Sunflower also sells tamari, agave,...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on August 13, 2006

Sunflower Natural Foods Market
75 Mill Hill Rd
Woodstock
(845) 679-5361