The Best Restaurants In Phoenicia, New York
You may just be driving through to eat at its namesake diner, but Phoenicia has other great restaurants you should check out too.
Chances are, if you’re in Phoenicia, you’re probably going out of your way to eat at Phoenicia Diner. We fully support this, but also want to let you know that there are a couple other places in town worth your while if you decide to stay a little bit and eat something besides a corned beef skillet. For example, there’s a fancy spot in a restored farmhouse, a brewery that looks like it belongs in Woodstock, and a homey cafe with some pleasantly fluffy waffles.
As much as you’ll feel like you’re walking into Portlandia Goes To Woodstock, it’s pretty much impossible not to love Phoenicia Diner—and everybody we know who’s been here feels the same way. The menu is full of stuff you want to eat, including all-day breakfast with pancakes that need to be part of any order. The inside has a quintessential diner feel, but if you arrive to a long wait on the weekend, don’t hesitate to order at the food truck and dine at the picnic tables. Your corned beef skillet or Catskills po'boy will be just as delicious.
Sweet Sue's Phoenicia
This cozy cafe that recently got a revamp makes great flapjacks the size of a frisbee for breakfast or lunch. They also do Belgian waffles that are perfectly crispy on the outside and dusted with pearlized sugar. This is the place to go before or after some time exploring nearby towns like Woodstock and Saugerties.
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Peekamoose is an even better restaurant than it is a word, and that’s saying a lot. We’d put it alongside Cucina in Woodstock as a must-visit for dinner. The space is in a restored farmhouse, with two options for seating: make a reservation for the more formal dining room, or head to the deck where there’s plenty of first-come, first-served outdoor seating. The menu includes a list of dishes that make you want to order everything, including plates of wood-grilled octopus and homemade gnudi.
Despite the name, Woodstock Brewing is technically located in Phoenicia. The indoor space has huge windows and a tap list that includes beers like a pineapple passionfruit gose, an IPA with malted oats, and a porter that tastes like Dr. Pepper. Outside, there are tons of tables and a full food menu, including a phenomenal burger.
The menu at Brio’s is encyclopedic in length, so we’ll save you some time and tell you to just focus on the pizzas (and the 14 flavors of frozen margaritas). This old-school Phoenicia spot makes very good thin-crust Neapolitan-style pies in both personal and large sizes. Heads up: They don’t start making pizzas until noon, so plan your day accordingly.