5 New Buzzy Spots to Eat, Drink and Unwind in Ulster County

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Phoenicia Diner by @emma.m.torres courtesy of Ulster County Tourism

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Along with the breathtaking scenery, rolling vineyards and fresh air, exceptional food and drink is a major draw in Ulster County. From grassfed rib eye to mai tais and mac and cheese, the latest crop of upstate New York restaurants is elevating nostalgic classics and showcasing international flavors while focusing on locally sourced ingredients. Here are the newest restaurants to eat, drink and unwind at in Ulster County.


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.

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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.


Betcha can’t walk by this place in Kingston’s Stockade District without your mouth watering. Lola’s wood-fired pizzas will draw you in, but the elegant dining room, pasta dishes like Bolognese Bianco, and antipasti selections like Bonita Applebaum will keep you coming back for more. Our Menu Picks: Cheeky Greek, Cacio e Pepe or the Bonita Applebaum. 


Located just 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


We’ve found your new favorite place for brews. In Midtown Kingston comes a new “nano-brewery,” serving up small-batch craft beers brewed onsite, along with pretzels, oysters and more. Our Menu Picks: Sourdough Pizza, Hopped Lager or Pale Ale.