A couple weeks ago, my husband and I went to the Catskills for a quick hiking trip. We both love hiking – it’s the best to ‘detox’ from the sometimes busy and fast NYC life. I have been in the Catskills before, but never stayed overnight so we booked a pretty cool place – the Graham and Co – for the weekend.
As always when I travel, I do a bit of research in advance to check out my food options. Usually, no matter where I go out for dinner, there are always vegan options. Most of the restaurants are also pretty flexible and can make something up from scratch if you let them know. Better than eating vegan food at a non-vegan restaurant though, is actually checking out the vegan places in town.
We stayed in Phoenicia, which is about a 30 minute drive from the famous town of Woodstock. Turns out (ok, I’m not really surprised about this ;)) that Woodstock has quite the vegan scene. There are a number of options in town, as well as a cute little juice Bar with delicious home made kale chips.
Our destination was the Garden Café. The place has been around for a number of years but recently changed ownership. I was really looking forward to discovering their plant based creations.
First, we ordered two different appetizers: the Tofu Satay with Peanut Sauce and the Indian Chickpea Blinis. Blinis are mini pancakes that come in bite size. They were served with a cashew date chutney. Both appetizers were amazing. The tofu satay was soft and the spicy peanut sauce brought a perfect balance of Asian flavors. The blinis were fantastic as their light texture blended with the creaminess of the nut and date chutney. The sweet and savory combination was succulent!
Then we moved on to the main dishes. We decided to go with the Indian Red Lentil Vegetable Enchiladas and the Spinach Grapefruit avocado salad. The salad was refreshing and exactly what we needed to go with the heartier enchiladas. They came with a tomato coconut sauce, curried apples and sautéed green. Dreamy!
Although that was a generous amount of food, the dessert menu was too tempting to pass. We went with a chocolate fondant, served with a cashew ice cream. It was definitely dense but the lightness of the ice cream, as well as the combination of chocolate flavors with a nutty note, made it scrumptiously delicious.
All in all, I was blown away by both the quality and the creativity of all the dishes. You HAVE to check this place out or just make it your destination for your next weekend trip if you live in NYC!