December 1, 2011 by Nina
I’ve been to the Bear Cafe three times. Once with Julian’s grandmother, for his sister’s graduation, and my friend’s birthday. Everyone who has grown up in this area knows about this restaurant, but of course, my parents were never the types to spend money on dinner, let alone a fancy dinner. The entrees are anywhere between $20-30 so I understand why they never took me here. Generally speaking I don’t go to such restaurants (with an American menu, and Hefty prices), but I was pretty excited the first time I was treated to go. I remember feeling extremely disappointed with my food, thinking that with a $30 entree it must be at least $15 better than my favorite meals at other restaurants.
It has a nice back room with four tables and a fireplace, with a dimly lit romantic atmosphere. The most recent time I went, I ordered the $34 Filet Mignon. We had a bottle of wine for the table, and one cocktail. When my food came, I remember thinking that it was nicely presented, with the mashed potatoes decorated with a pipping bag. The part that really angered me was that there were only two asparagus (for $34 they couldn’t give more veggies?), and they weren’t even that good. I had to leave half of one because it was clearly the end you’re supposed to cut off. I also found the staff to be pretty unfriendly. My friend had thought maybe we were, “being a bother” even though we were clearly spending a lot of money and not at all being obnoxious. I have consistently found my experiences here to be disappointing.
The Bear Cafe
295 Tinker St
Woodstock, NY 12498
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November 27, 2011 by Nina
I’ve hated Bread Alone for a while. As a kid, my dad and I would hangout with our friends in Woodstock, and our only options at the time (now there are so many restaurants) were Bread Alone and Maria’s. As a kid I was an extremely picky eater and hated “healthy food,” these days my reasons for disliking Bread Alone are a bit different. Over the years I’ve tried many things: bagels, sandwiches, scones, fruit and granola parfait, oatmeal, flourless chocolate cake, apple strudel and torte, baguettes, brownie, and many other pastries. I think the worst thing I’ve had is the brownie, which was like a powdered piece of cardboard. The baguettes really are good, and the oatmeal is well worth the price, but other than that, the place is so overpriced. I always feel ripped off.
22 Mill Hill Rd
Woodstock, NY 12498
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October 13, 2011 by Nina
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October 10, 2011 by Nina
I’ve been trying to think of what I really want to say in this post. I guess I should start by saying that I think having a noodle bar in this area (one that barely has thai food) is absolutely wonderful. And since there are few good restaurants in Woodstock, it’s really great. I’ve been waiting anxiously to go here since it opened. I must warn you that this post will be severely affected by the waitresses negative behavior. When we walked in, she stood there, hand at her hip and asked “what do you need?,” which made me think I had walked into a private party. I asked if they were open and she said we could sit down. Generally speaking, she was just plain unpleasant. After my meal was finished my mom asked if we could have a baggie, and she scoffed and said “we don’t have baggies,” and then brought over the food in containers, without a bag to put them in. It’s difficult to explain someone’s strange and rude gestures in writing, without being able to demonstrate the cold body language and rolling eyes, but just believe me that she made me very uncomfortable. But like I said I am very happy to have a noodle shop in the area, and I thought my food was good. Like most noodle shops, the portions are quite large for under $10. I had the Coconut Curry with Soba Noodles and Tofu. I thought it was funny that the tofu and hard boiled eggs were uncut, but found it difficult to cut with only the spoon. Still, I enjoyed my food, but it could have been a more pleasant experience overall. I must say I am really loving these tiny “hole-in-the-wall” restaurants we’re getting in the Hudson Valley, and I thought the decor here was especially cute.
Yum Yum Noodle Bar
4 rock city road
Woodstock, NY 12498
Hint: only open for dinner!
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September 26, 2011 by Nina
Located on Route 28, a road I don’t frequent, it’s a bit of a strange spot for a place with such delicious food. When I walked in, I was reminded of Stone Soup, with cases of fresh, inventive foods. I had a difficult time deciding what to get, with so many great choices, but finally decided on bacon covered dates, which were superb. Best of all, I had the best carrot cake I’ve ever had. My dad brought home some local mushrooms that I cannot wait to use. Also, it was the first time that after handing my card over to the server, the owner came out and introduced himself. I was very impressed by this gesture, and he was quite kind, and just as I imagine a food expert to be. I now understand why Bistro To Go is rated #1 on Trip Advisor.
Bistro To Go
Kingston, NY 12401
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