From the Rondout to Uptown Kingston colorful new Delis and Restaurants recently opened, and are serving a hint of nostalgia with their diverse menus.
Along the Rondout Creek on Abeel Street, the P&T Deli had its soft opening a week ago, and is planning a major opening event in about two weeks. The location is familiar to anyone who has shopped for computer parts, duct tape, hammers, or jack knives at the marvelously eclectic P&T Surplus store. The P&T Deli is operated by Linda Smythe, the wife of the operator of P&T Surplus, Tim Smythe–aided and abetted by various family members–oh yes, and Igor the Robot. Those who have attended the wine and cheese art openings at P&T’s annual “Nuts & Bolts” art exhibition are familiar with Igor, who will be pouring sodas for the grand opening of the deli. At present the menu features traditional deli fare with not-so-traditional fresh-baked bread. There are breakfast sandwiches, hot soup, and, as soon as the weather warrants it, there will be a freezer case full of ice cream novelties. The menu is perfect for a take-out early spring picnic in the nearby Block Park. This is not a new venture in the food business for Linda Smythe. For decades she owned and operated the legendary Lindy’s on Rt. 9-w in Port Ewen. The ghostlike structure is still standing, and is a landmark on the busy highway. Linda is planning that the P&T Deli is going to be a neighborhood center as Lindy’s was, with newspapers, groceries, and general store items. Customers with mobility challenges are accommodated with curbside service. P&T Deli will eventually be the only general store in the area with a robot serving the sodas!
Traveling up the Kingston Corridor at 342 Broadway, one will now find the Taqueria, where Diego Rojos is doing a brisk business serving Huevos a la Mexicana, tacos, torta, burritos, enchiladas and many specialty dishes. The traditional Mexican take-out is proving very popular with employees of the area health centers and with Kingston High School! Mr. Rojos reopened his restaurant last week after a year long hiatus and finds his new location to be much better suited for his clientele – it is larger with more seating.
Continuing up Broadway, across the street from the Midtown Neighborhood Center and coincidently at the former location of the Taqueria at 456 Broadway is a new deli with a very familiar name, “Joe Beez.” People who don’t mind going a block out of their way for really good delectable edibles have been flocking to Joe Beez Kitchen and Catering at 40 South Manor Avenue for 11 years. Joe Beganz noticed that the Broadway location was vacant and felt it was “the right place at the right time” to open in a location more convenient for Kingston’s young people (and senior pedestrians as well.) The Manor Avenue location will still be open as always, serving delicious hot breakfast deli items, and the Broadway location will be open for lunch and dinner.
Nearby is Tony’s Pizzeria located at 582 Broadway. Dylan and Neely Kennedy have reopened the famous Kingston Landmark which is the oldest pizza restaurant in Kingston. Serving hot slices and cold brew since 1937, they kept the original name and neon sign on the outside and the iconic mural by Todd Samara is still the focal point of the interior, the hot, fragrant pizza is just as good as the old-timers remember!
Traveling to Fair Street in Uptown Kingston, a delicious fragrance wafts in the unseasonable spring breezes, coming from the propped-open door of 275 Fair Street, where Yum-Yum’s Noodle Bar opened in mid-February. The new Kingston Yum-Yums is owned by the same people who own the Yum-Yum’s Noodle Bar and Oriole9 in Woodstock. Luc Moeys, Nina Paturel, and chef and owner Erica Mahlkuck felt that the time was right to expand their business to offer Kingston diners a new choice for lunch and dinner. If that name “Paturel” seems very familiar, it is because Nina grew up in the now-legendary Cafe Espresso on Tinker Street in Woodstock, which was owned by her parents, Marylou and Bernard Paturel. The cheerful restaurant offers diners a variety of ambiance, as well as a diverse selection of noodles. One can chose either an intimate booth, a counter with a panoramic vista of bustling Fair Street, or an old-fashioned lunch counter with those revolving stools that nostalgically remind most of us of our childhood. The menu offers noodles, noodles and even more noodles, but in a dizzying variety. There are four types of noodles (including gluten-free rice noodles), five choices of sauce, and six choices of protein, including vegetarian tofu!
Joining our already long list of wonderful lunch and dinner spots along the Kingston Corridor we now have an expanded choice of menus offering something new with foundations deep in the area’s history for the past half century!