Quick thoughts on Kingston?

Kingston, New YorkR emails:

So I've found my way into a first date with this awesome lady in Kingston, a town, city or whatever that I know nothing about. And it's tonight! Can you help with any suggestions with what I can do??

Other than the fact that Kingston was the first capital of New York State, we know pretty much nothing about the place.

So, any quick suggestions/tips/thoughts about Kingston for R? Please share!

photo: Michael Miello via Wikipedia


If you're okay with something casual, I've heard really good things about the Keegan Ales brewpub. Ask your date what she'd recommend. Given that she lives there and you don't, she'd probably be able to tell you places she likes.

As above: Keegan Ales is very casual.

Also a friend recommended La Florentina for casual italian.

Saugerties is between you two and there are some good places there too (New World has a place there that is good!)

There's an awesome/hip Korean Noodle Bar in Kingston called Yum Yum Noodle. It's in the older part of Kingston which is really nice to walk around. There's a lot of good thrift stores and boutiques around that area and a really cool old Dutch church.

Keegan's hands down. It's my go-to stop when I pass by on 87. Small menu, great beer, cute place.

Along the same lines of Yum Yum is a Korean/Mexican fusion called Crazy Bowlz just outside the city in an old Boston Market building.

It was fun, tasty, and cheap.

Also, BSP Kingston located right in the center of the Stockade District seems to be getting a lot of great shows (we saw Kurt Vile and Woods there recently)

If you're up for handcrafted cocktails and a seriously hipster vibe, try the Stockade Tavern! http://www.yelp.com/biz/stockade-tavern-kingston

Definitely check out the Rondout waterfront district. It's got a good vibe, it's walkable, it's historical, there are some interesting shops and restaurants, often there is live music in the summer. Sadly it's something we don't really have in Albany, at least not all in one place. http://www.yelp.com/biz/kingston-rondout-historic-waterfront-district-kingston

I'm personally a fan of Le Candard-Enchaine if you're going fancy, though it's been several years since I've been. They tried out an Albany location in the spot now occupied by Olde English Pub, but it wasn't successful for some reason.


On the opposite end of the spectrum is Snapper McGees for drinks and casual hangouts.

And if it works out, there are plenty of fun places to go explore in New Paltz, Rhinebeck and the rest of the mid Hudson Valley.

DUO Bistro downtown has seriously awesome truffle fries with shaved Parmesan. Their sandwiches aren't bad either.


A stop at Duo Bistro for a fine meal and drink should be on your priority list. Amazingly tasty food. Here's their Facebook page:

I 100% agree with D - go to the rondout waterfront district. I would recommend going to Mariners Harbor. Not because it is the best meal you'll have, but because it is the best setting for a first date in terms of the right price range, the food being perfectly fine, casual enough but not a beer hall, a nice setting near the river for a walk after, and quiet enough to hear the conversation. You can sit outside if the weather cooperates, although doesn't seem like that will happen tonight. Good luck!

Hey! Well BSP will be closed tonight, unfortunately, we do shows thur-sat, and occasionally other days (diiv next Mon for example)

Yes, I recommend Uptown Kingston, amazing food at Duo Bistro, or Elephant, which is a really hip wine/tapas bar, my personal favorite. Then Stockade for top notch drinks (they were just named a top bar in America by Esquire Mag) and just stroll around...its a beautiful neighborhood...check out the Artemis mural on the back of BSP (crown st) by world renown street artists Gaia!

I highly recommend:
Le Canard Enchaine
Kyoto Sushi and Japanese
Ship to Shore Steak and Seafood

You can't go wrong with any of them. It's also worth wandering into Woodstock and Saugerties. Both towns offer excellent dining options.

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