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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Celebrate Spring in Ulster County

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2. Where to Eat


The Village TeaRoom is housed in a 200-year-old landmarked building.  

Save room for dessert at the Village TeaRoom, where locals head for slices of chocolate buttermilk cake, honey bee cake, and shaker lemon pie ($5-$6). Don’t ignore the regular menu, though, which includes homemade soups like potato-leek or white bean and kale ($5 each), as well lamb pies with pickles and mustard ($14). The restaurant sources most of its vegetables from a variety of nearby farms including Sorbello’s, while its dairy comes from Ronnybrook Farm.

Head to historic Huguenot Street in New Paltz for dinner at cozy newcomer Rock and Rye, a traditional-looking tavern serving a menu of sophisticated takes on comfort food. Standouts include the grilled pork chop from Rykowski Livestock over bacon-and-potato ragout ($26) and the house-made spaghetti with oxtail ($23). A recent salmon special featured some of spring’s first locally grown vegetables: watercress from Taliaferro Farm.

Enjoy a meal and a concert at Market Market Café, a friendly neighborhood meeting place where local musicians often perform on the weekends. Run by a couple who previously lived in Williamsburg, the menu is a hodgepodge of the foods—ranging from tacos ($8.50) to banh mi ($9.50)—that they missed from Brooklyn. The wine list is modest but well-priced, with most bottles under $25.


Published on Mar 29, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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