Just returned from a week and a half break up there. A few restaurants etc. to report on:
1. Sweet Sues, Phonecia. You must go for breakfast here. We were addicted to their pancakes. Truly unrivaled. We only managed to go twice. I recommend the Blue Monkey - blueberry and banana. Also, the homemade muffins are good too.
2. New World Cafe, Saugerties. Went for dinner mid-week. The food was good, but not as good as they described it to be in the menu. They claim to use only the best ingredients, what's in season, etc. The Hudson Valley Salad, while good, was overdressed. Plus, it had apples in it, which I know are not yet in season. Husband had the BBQ pork, which he liked and came with yummy vegetarian-healthy sides - beans, rice, sweet potatoes,kale. We split the "pot au chocolat" which was a thick pudding, with chocolate, a bit of cinnamon and chile powder. That's worth going for. Really delicious.
3. Farm Stands- hit Alice and Roger's in Mt Tremper. We were so lucky to be there during tomato and peach season. The produce that was not seasonal was not great.
In addition, we found a lady ("Baba") who makes and sells smoked trout out of her house, on Wittenburg Rd in Bearsville. From Woodstock, take Wittenburg practically to the end. There's a sign. A nice treat. Supposedly she makes fresh horseradish in November.
Happy eating your way through the Catskills!