Whether the weather agrees or not, ski season is fast approaching, and skiers at Greene County’s mountaintop region will find several new options for a quick breakfast, a slice of NYC-style pizza, a hot drink or a full-service dinner in nearby towns. Catskill’s Main Street has gained two new restaurants. A tea shop opened in East Durham, while Prattsville has a new bakery and Freehold a new pizzeria. See below for a brief roundup of some of the new places, and be sure to check out earlier stories on Captain’s Inn Point Lookout, Ze Windham Wine Bar, Tannersville’s Hudson-Chatham Winery and Hammo’s Brewpub in Hensonville.
The New York Restaurant: 353 Main St., Catskill, 518-943-5500. Lunch and dinner Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Sunday brunch, closed Wednesdays. Catskill native Natasha Witka opened this new spot at the end of September, offing seasonal comfort food and a great wine list, along with live music on weekends. There are $5 tacos on Tuesdays and $9 brunches every Sunday. Look for pumpkin pancakes with local syrup, cornmeal-dusted catfish with sesame-ginger slaw, plenty of vegetarian options and standards like steak frites.
394 Main: 394 Main Street, Catskill, 518-947-4774. This combination coffee shop, wine bar and cafe opened in August serving seasonal, locally sourced dishes under the direction of Gil and Mary Ann Bagnell, who also operate a bed and breakfast in town.
Irish Tea Shop: 2460 Route 145, East Durham, 518-634-2582. Thursday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A new venture from the owners of Gavin’s Irish Country Inn resort in East Durham, this cozy spot in a 19th-century building offers tea and sandwiches along with Nellie Gavin’s Irish bread and scones, made fresh daily. [Editor’s note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly listed the tea house address at the same address as Gavin’s Inn. It has been corrected.]
Fresh From the Oven Cafe: 14560 Route 23, Prattsville, 518-291-2959. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located inside the Prattsville House Hotel, this new bakery and coffee shop makes bagels, English muffins and breads in house, serving them with maple cream and homemade jams and jellies, as well as soups and sandwiches.
Freehold Pizza & Grill: 9495 Route 32, Freehold, 518-634-2453. NYC transplant Nick Hajdari, who also operates four city pizzerias and a fifth in Connecticut, serves up pizzas by the slice ($2.50) and by the pie, along with pasta and other Italian specialties in the Greenville hamlet of Freehold. He makes the dough from scratch, as well as a full bakery line of desserts. (Nutella puff pastry, anyone?) Read more from Buy In Greene.