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Weekender: The Catskills

Joshua Paul

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Where to Eat
The Kitchen 4879 Rte. 52, Jeffersonville, Sullivan Co.; 845/482-9332; dinner for two $40. Since June, Sullivan County locals and weekenders alike have had a place to find home cooking away from home, thanks to owners Jill Rowe and Randy Florke. Rich Southern food fills the menu (don't be afraid of the fried dill pickles), but regulars know to save room for dessert. The three-layer cakes—you can choose red velvet, chocolate, or hummingbird (a vanilla-cream filling)—are the stuff of dreams.

1906 Restaurant 41 Lower Main St., Callicoon, Sullivan Co.; 845/887-1906; dinner for two $60. In a building just a block away from the Delaware River, it's surprising to find exotic game, such as ostrich, instead of trout on the specials list. The extensive wine cellar holds vintages from Alsace to Australia; perhaps one of those bottles will take your mind off the pink décor.

Café on Main Main St., Margaretville, Delaware Co.; 845/586-2343; dinner for two $60. Chef-owner Domenico Rana takes pride in experimenting with unusual combinations, such as red-mustard greens stuffed with baby shrimp. Portions are generous, so come hungry: the whole red snapper arrives hanging off the plate.

The Bellavista At the Point Lookout Mountain Inn, Rte. 23, East Windham, Greene Co.; 518/734-3381; dinner for two $80. On a clear day, you can see five states, including a smidgen of New Hampshire's White Mountains, from the glass-walled restaurant. The owners recently hired two graduates from the Culinary Institute of America, and the new chefs are redoing the menu in hopes of receiving a Michelin star. Go before the guidebooks get here.

Bear Café Rte. 212, Bearsville, Ulster Co.; 845/679-5555; dinner for two $70. Dishes at this local favorite fall into the fusion category, such as the sesame-crusted salmon with sushi-rice croquettes and napa cabbage. Just keep your cool if you find Uma and Ethan, the newest celebrity residents in nearby Woodstock, dining à deux.

Depuy Canal House Rte. 213, High Falls, Ulster Co.; 845/687-7700; dinner for two $110. Owner and chef John Novi has been turning out original cuisine in this historic building for more than 30 years. The creamy four-mushroom soup, duck confit, roast poussin, and many other dishes are made with organic ingredients from local farms.

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