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Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Life: Binnekill Tavern in Margaretville, NY

Before we traveled to Roxbury, New York in Delaware county, we did some serious research on the best local eateries.  Coming from Long Island, we didn't want to venture too far away from the hotel.  Mainly due to our unfamiliarity with the area and the  dark roads with possible wildlife running across it.  Throughout our research, the neighboring town of Margaretville kept popping up.

When traveling, I like to go where the locals go.  We always try to avoid tourist spots so that we can get a real feel for the area without a cookie cutter experience.  Following true to this, we settled on a restaurant called Binnekill Tavern (link).  This eatery is a local favorite and has been a staple in the Margaretville community for decades.


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Binnekill Tavern | Margaretville | NY


Binnekill Tavern is located in a historic building that sits on a bridge that goes over Binnekill Creek.  Historic and scenic?  Yes, please!  This historic building was originally an ice locker used to store perishable items and meat.  It was then re-established to become the local gathering place, watering hole, and home away from home for the community.  

The restaurant had an ownership change a few years back.  The new owners refurbished the restaurant but made a point to keep the classic atmosphere and many of the antiques that date back to it's roots.  Of all those things, the original antique copper bar is the one that impresses the most.  It really adds to the atmosphere of Binnekill Tavern.

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Now let's talk food..  Ladies and gentleman, I can't even explain to you how absolutely amazing this food was.  When I first saw "Swiss-German Cuisine", I was a little nervous.  Well, all my nerves were completely unnecessary.  Not only was everything we had delicious, but they boast serving locally sourced products.  From a food perspective, Binnekill Tavern is one of my top ten best food experiences within the past 5 years.

My girlfriend and I split a burrata cheese, prosciutto, and fig salad appetizer which is pictured above.  My husband and his friend split the wings.  We were all extremely pleased with the portion sizes, presentation, and taste.  Ugh, even thinking about it getting me hungry!  For dinner, I ordered the trofie pasta with pesto and melted tomatoes.  My husband ordered lamb meatloaf with a goat cheese sauce.  Despite my original scoff at his food choice, we were both very pleased with our meals.  The food wasn't like something ordered in the middle of the Catskills.  It was more like a meal that would be served in a high end, overly priced New York City restaurant.  The Binnekill Tavern gets five stars for food!


The Binnekill Tavern is known for their antique copper bar and exquisite drinks.  Since I was very cold, I ordered a hot apple cider from the bar.  It came steaming hot and filled with fresh herbs.  It tasted delicious, warmed me up, and really did look so pretty!  So pretty that I had to take a quick video to share here..

We covered the restaurants history, it's food, and it's drinks.  What I didn't cover was the ambiance.  The Binnekill Tavern looked like a typical mountain restaurant on the outside and on the inside.  It was warm and welcoming.  The large fireplace in the middle of the establishment gave off this lovely aroma and left us feeling cozy while being reminded of the ski lodge we left a few hours before.  In addition to the cozy, mountain lodge atmosphere of the interior, the exterior is even more scenic yet was too cold for us to sit down in.  It overlooks the Binnekill Creek and a pretty red bridge.  This article shows you the view (link).

Finally, we need to talk service.  The service at Binnekill Tavern was AMAZING!  Our waitress hunted down a charger for us so that my son wouldn't scream the whole meal.  She asked the chef every single one of our annoying questions.  She even mildly entertained the kiddies when they started getting restless.  The waitress joked with us, accommodated us, and made us feel like we were locals!  The other employees were just as welcoming, accommodating, and warm.  Imagine that?  WARM people in NY!

I would highly recommend The Binnekill Tavern (link) for food, drinks, and service.

Have you ever had Swiss-German cuisine?

Orbitz

9 comments :

  1. What is binne and why did they kill it? :)

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    1. I don't know what it means, but a lot of the towns upstate end in "kill". We went to Plattekill mountain which isn't too far from Fishkill.. you get the picture. LOL

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  2. Well, I’m Swiss and German, but I’m not sure if I’ve had the cuisine. LOL! I’ve been to Hofbrauhaus, does that count? I’m cracking up that you ordered pasta, but I usually order a salad at a burger joint, so I understand! Sounds like a great restaurant find!

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    1. Deutch food is uber lecker! I mean I do not eat it since I am a vegetarian, but it is mostly delish comfort food - sauerkraut, potatoes, sausages, all very nom nom nom.

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    2. What Dez said is spot on. Their famous dish is some type of ethnic sausage. While those aren't my favorite types of flavors (which is why I was nervous) this food was so good! My husband asked me to try to recreate his lamb meatloaf with goat cheese sauce. I'm not sure I can fulfill that request, but it goes to show how much he liked the meal.

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  3. I have never had Swiss German cuisine that I can remember, but I'll take sauerkraut and potatoes like Dezzy says if it's on the menu. I also like to find eateries that the locals visit when we travel. We have a rule to never eat to places similar in our area so we are always trying something new on our trips. This restaurant sounds cozy and welcoming. If I'm ever in NY again, we'll be sure to pop in for a bite.

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    1. If you ever roasted sauerkraut in the oven with some sausages on top, you had German cuisine, deary, that is as German as it gets :) And also if you ever had Schwarzwald cake which is cocoa sponge with whipped cream and cherries.

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  4. mmmmm, Swiss-German! Makes me miss the time I lived in Germany. Their food is so dang good and full of flavor. I'm glad you enjoyed your meal! I love that the new owners kept the classic atmosphere and antiques. I'm sure that was appreciated by many. Hey! We NYers are very warm! Just ask us, we'll tell ya.

    Elsie

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  5. Very interesting name "Binnekill Tavern". But looks a Comfortable place. So far i have not taste anything from "Swiss-German Cuisine".

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