Head Upstate And Unwind At These 5 New Restaurants

If you’re anything like us, we think you’ll agree: Baklava croissant wheels are worth a road trip. • Photo courtesy of Kingston Bread + Bar

Not that you’d ever get tired of winter in NYC, but if you need a change of pace, you’ll find all the ingredients for a relaxing weekend getaway just outside the city in Ulster County. From the skiing to the quaint towns to the fresh air, upstate New York is full of charm, tranquility and delicious farm-to-table eats and drinks. We got the scoop on the latest crop of hot spots you need to try when you head upstate to unwind. For even more places, check out Eat in Ulster County!



We’ve been obsessed with Kingston Bread Lab ever since we first took a bite of their Kingston Country. This February, the team behind the bread lab and their business partners Amanda and Anthony of Rough Draft opened a bakery and bar. Bread and pastries paired with local wine and beer. We’re there.

Our Menu Picks: Go on the weekend for the bagels.



You love Phoenicia Diner (admit it, you’ve driven upstate on a Saturday just for the Farmer’s Skillet), so make sure you get yourself to the owners’ latest spot, Dixon Roadside, on Tinker Street in Woodstock. Using fresh, high-quality, locally sourced ingredients and exceptional preparation, Dixon dishes out nostalgic comfort food elevated for our time.

Our Menu Picks: The Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Ancho Smoked Squash or Sunday Mac & Cheese.



Gather your squad for a trip to Turks and Caicos—er, New Paltz. This recently opened Tiki bar takes its design cues from the Caribbean. Between the exotic, intricate cocktails and the classy, laid-back atmosphere, it’ll quickly become one of your favorite spots in the Hudson Valley.

Our Menu Picks: Mai Tai or a Daiquiri.

Image courtesy of Lunch Nightly


Don’t mind us we’ll just be here obsessing over when Kingston’s Lunch Nightly opens. Expected to open sometime in the Spring of 2020, Lunch Nightly will feature a deli and whole-animal butchery during the day and transform into a bar and restaurant at night.

Our Menu Picks: While we can’t say what we’ll be eating just yet, we know we’ll be pairing it with a natural wine.



Confession: Road trips make us hungry. Located off the New York State Thruway (Exit 19), Alebrijes is a convenient stop on your way to or from Ulster County. The vibe is laid-back casual, the service can’t be beaten, and the food never disappoints.

Our Menu Pics: Enchiladas Rojas, Alebrijes Taco Soup Or Plato De Mariscos