Instead of summer weekends out East, New Yorkers flock upstate in the wintertime to breathe clean air and hit the ski slopes. What better way to celebrate your chilly weekend than with some wine and comfort food? There really is none. So we ventured out of the city to find all the greatest Catskills eats for you this winter. It's cold out there, so we're packing on the carbs to stay warm! Because #hibernation.
Rossi Rosticceria Deli
A hungover staple for the students at Marist College, Rossi's makes the biggest baddest Italian paninis in the game. The one on the left is their Imports Mix with prosciutto, sopressata, coppa, fresh mozz, arugula and roasted peppers. On the right is my favorite chicken cutlet and prosciutto panini with mozz and peppers.
Hudson is a very unique town along the river, with incredible restaurants and shops. Many of the chefs come from the Culinary Institute of America in Poughkeepsie and open up 5-star restaurants in Hudson. This town is known for their gay and hipster residents who gave a pop of trend and color to a once rundown town. It's like a mini Greenwich Village.
Ca'Mea is located in the heart of Hudson and serves up some seriously delicious Italian food...with a twist. The twist being that their bartender is a mixologist wizard who individually pairs house made cocktails to compliment the flavors in each dish.
We started off our lunch with baby kale tossed in a cherry plum balsamic with dried cranberries, toasted sunflower seeds and mcgrath fresco cheese.
Paired with their seasonal sour: local New York black dirt bourbon, rosemary sour, and house made cherry plum shrub. Like I said...we're trying to stay warm here.
Next we tasted their house made black seabass stuffed ravioli served with taylor bay scallops and grilled Massachusetts calamari, finished in lime and vermouth. If you go to Ca'Mea, this dish is a must.
Paired with "The Sue Rose" cocktail: local New York peony vodka, house made peach lavender shrub, and rose hibiscus syrup. This drink is so pretty it belongs on the NYFW runway.
And then there's their delicious fall-off-the-bone North African lamb shank. Slowly braised and served with my favorite roasted squash and ginger water. Doesn't matter if you're not a big lamb lover, the flavors in this dish are so rich and the meat so tender, I promise you'll want more.
They paired the lamb with their "Winter is a Dram" cocktail: made up of local New York rolling hills rum, all spice dram, house made ginger concentrate and lime juice. Shit that is fresh.
For something a little sweet, we ordered their classic tiramisu made with expresso soaked lady fingers and layers of mascarpone cream.
Fish & Game
Also located in Hudson, Fish & Game actually used to be an old blacksmith shop before becoming chef Zak Pelaccio's modern American restaurant, serving farm-to-table dishes. With their rustic decor, warm leather furniture and candle lit energy, this restaurant embodies all the best charactertistcs of upstate New York.
They have a varied wine and cocktail menu, making it a nice spot for drinks and appetizers at the bar too...
I ordered the foie gras which is prepared with preserved husk cherry, sumac and celery that I schmeared on top of warm, buttery brioche.
You definitely have to order their wood oven roasted snails swimming in herb butter, absinthe, LJA vinegar and fresh basil. If snails don't rub you the right way just dip their crusty bread in the buttery pesto...power couple.
And since calories are no object, get the chicken liver with brown butter onions and pumpkin seeds. Eat it plain or with their wood oven baked focaccia bread because why not. Winter gains.
Also, this is how they slowly roast their meats over natural fire. The closest we got to feeling like a character in Game of Thrones.
The Chicken Run
Windham is known for its ski slopes and quaint catskill main street filled with restaurants and local boutiques. After a long cold day of skiing the Windham mountains, there's nothing better than going to the Chicken Run for hot comfort food, live music and drinks at the bar.
The BBQ ribs, cornbread and mac n' cheese are like a hug from your grandma.
And you can't go wrong with a classic! This looks exactly like the cheeseburger emoji.
Todaro's is your one stop shop for sandwiches, pasta salads and the best deli meats & cheeses. We got their breakfast sandwiches for a lazy Sunday morning:
Bikini season is over so put you're snuggie on, light a fire and carb it up.. no one's looking!