On the way back from a day trip to the Ashokan Area in the Catskill Mountains we made a stop at the, Gunk Haus Restaurant, in Clintondale about 45 minutes from Middletown. We we’re glad we did.
After a hard day of sightseeing autumn leaves and a short hike to a picturesque covered bridge we were ready for some food and liquid refreshment. We stopped in for a late lunch. The server made it all the more enjoyable because she knew about and could explain about the beverages—unique beers and brews and the food served.
The restaurant sits in a perfect spot with views of both the nearby Shawkangunk Ridge and the Catskill Mountains off in the distance. On a nice day or evening their deck with tables for dining is the place to be.
What’s the food like? With”Haus” in the name you’ve guessed it’s German. But not traditional or classic style. They call it “Modern German”.
They explained it’s based on local cuisine. Using local in season produce, local farm raised beef, breads baked on premises and offerings from local breweries, distilleries and wineries.
I had a sauerbraten sandwich. It came on a one their fresh baked pretzel rolls; the meat was tender and flavorful without being over seasoned. The Cole slaw was made from a savory red cabbage with a light dressing. Not your traditional slaw in any way. The server said you couldn’t go wrong with this sandwich and she was right.
My wife had fries with her sandwich. They were hand cut. They came with a special dipping sauce that has a little kick but is addictive.
We split a desert that deserves a mention. Flemish Pie. Ground almonds, apricots and lemon. All in a luscious crust with a dollop of crème fraiche on the side. They said they don’t always have this, but if it’s on the menu when you go, try it.
The restaurant has just remodeled its front entrance to give space to a bakery take out area.
The next time you’re out rock climbing in the Gunk’s, or just out sightseeing and you want a nice time dining keep the, Gunk Haus, in mind.
The address is 387 South St, Highland, NY 12528. which is on South Street north of NYS Route 44-55 in Clintondale.
By Arthur Livesey