Dining in the Cooperstown, NY, area
There is a restaurant for every taste in Cooperstown and Otsego County, in general
The Cooperstown, N.Y., area offers big-time dining choices with each restaurant serving up a distinct personality. Whether it's romantic lakeside dining or eating informally in front of a big screen television with lots of loud children and adults cheering predominantly for the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox, Cooperstown has all the bases covered when it comes to finding great local restaurants.
Cooperstown Diner 136 1/2 Main Street, Cooperstown - (607)547-9201
The tiny Cooperstown Diner is better than some restaurants that think they're really good. One taste of the chicken and biscuits dinner special makes one realize that home style cooking can still be done effectively when eating out. Hearty breakfasts, substantial lunches and a few dinner selections (the pot roast is very
The Doubleday Cafe is pure Cooperstown, an extremely pleasant, popular one-room cavernous bar and restaurant attracting tourists and locals. The Doubleday has a knack of going beyond good "grub" and venturing into some sophisticated and ultimately well done dinners. It may be a great restaurant for a burger, but it's even better for a marinated vegetable dish or seafood special of the day. A popcorn machine, four televisions, a charming brick wall and high ceilings, and always good service add up to the ultimate "townie" restaurant to dine.
The Hawkeye Bar and Grille PO Box 311; Location: 60 Lake Street, Route 80, Cooperstown (800)348-6222
The Hawkeye Bar and Grille is a great Cooperstown Village dining choice. Located in the stunning Otesaga Hotel -- a Federal-style piece of architecture featuring incredible 30-foot columns, an elegant interior, the magnificent Leatherstocking Golf Course, and huge outside porches with rocking chairs overlooking the 700 feet of lakefront -- the Hawkeye Bar and Grille, open for lunch and dinner, serves the best steak, seafood and chicken dishes in town. Contrary to the upscale Hotel, the Hawkeye Bar and Grille is informal, and in some areas, has a clear and beautiful view of Otsego Lake. The melange of New England seafood ( Shrimp, Scallops, Lobster and Littleneck Clams Served over Linguine Pasta with a Tomato Basil Vinaigrette) is as good as anything served in New England as the seafood and pasta are equally fresh and combine to make a truly exceptional dish. Another fine choice is the rack of lamb with a zinfandel reduction -- this is so tasty, you might want to come back one more time during your vacation to sample this excellent entree. Sample menus
Kettle Restaurant, 4 Lancaster
Street, Cherry Valley, NY (607)264-3078
Stagecoach Coffee might be the best run restaurant in Cooperstown. Clean, attractive and with quick service, the Stagecoach would bode well in any urban area with its attractive hardwood floor, funky background music and light and airy coffeehouse feel. Sandwiches are terrific -especially the fresh panini - and the variety of coffees, ice cream, smoothies and muffins make the Stagecoach an instant favorite for people of all ages. The backyard patio is particularly pleasant, sort of an oasis in a Village that already is an oasis. The Stagecoach does everything right, which isn't always the way Cooperstown restaurants operate in the Village.
Blue Mingo Grill 6098 State Highway 80, Cooperstown (607)547-7496
The Blue Mingo creates such fine cuisine that it competes with the unbelievably beautiful setting on Lake Otsego. The scenic boatyard, and the amazingly fresh air would be worth the price of admission even if the Blue Mingo served the worst fast food. They don't and that is a good thing.On our memorable night, we sampled a healthy green salad (translated: no iceberg), bourbon berry baby back ribs and a herb flavored sea bass that rank somewhere in our top five best meals, including some pretty well known choices in Boston, Mass., and Quebec City, Quebec.The menu changes frequently and is brought to you on a chalkboard by the wait staff. Regarding the wait staff, we found them to be always courteous, right there when needed, and very friendly.
The Blue Mingo is located in a boatyard a few miles from the Cooperstown.You have to enter through a gift and clothing shop before finding the soothing environment of the Blue Mingo. From that point on, the night is there to remember long after you've left this incredible lakeside restaurant. Blue Mingo Grill dinner menu ... Blue Mingo Grill lunch menu SEASONAL
The Lake House, 2521 County Highway 22, Richfield Springs, NY. Tel. (315) 858-2058
you like to have your dinner with a scenic lake view, we strongly
recommend trying the Lake House in nearby Richfield Springs, N.Y.
Cafe Nicoletta 96 Main Street, Cooperstown (607)547-7499
Cafe Nicoletta is terrific, on par with some of the best urban Italian restaurants. It's best experienced as a special night out, although families are more than welcome in the handsome dark, candle lit environs with Sinatra frequently playing in the background.
Pit at the Tunnicliff Inn ,
34-36 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown (607) 547-9611
Brooks Bar-B-Que Restaurant, 5560 State Highway 7, Oneonta, N.Y. (607)432-1782
Famous for some of the best barbecue chicken, pork spareribs, beef, pork and steaks this side of the Mason-Dixon line, Brooks isn't one of those "Johnny-Come-Lately," trendy barbecue joints that serves watery rotisserie meats. With the largest indoor charcoal barbecue pit (38 feet in length) in the East, Brooks Bar-B-Que certainly isn't for the macrobiotic, vegetarian crowd as this 300-capacity family-oriented restaurant serves high-quality, hearty portions that never disappoint. The great food, low prices, efficient service and cleanliness make Brooks a must-visit dining spot when visiting Cooperstown, even if it is a half-hour away. Brooks Bar_B-Que Restaurant lunch and dinner menu
Editor's note: read more about Cooperstown restaurants at our "Cooperstown dining on a budget" section
Cooperstown dining in the news: Rachel Ray, host of the Food Network's $40 a Day, once traveled to Cooperstown to find the best ways to dine on a $40.00 budget. This episode wonderfully combined great footage of the Village and its attractions, Ray's love for the area and its people, and, of course, the great dining options -- including the American Hotel in nearby Sharon Springs, N.Y., Danny's Main St. Market, Brewery Ommegang, the snack area at Cooperstown Dreams Park, and the legendary Brooks Bar-B-Que Restaurant in Oneonta, N.Y. It was a great show and one that we hope will broadcast again soon!
Editor's note: CooperstownForKids.com, a Web Site dedicated to helping families plan a Cooperstown vacation, offers additional perspectives on some of the Cooperstown area restaurants mentioned above, as well as other Otsego County dining spots.
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