New York Restaurant
353 Main St, Catskill, NY 12414
NEW YORK RESTAURANT - A Catskill Treasure
New York Restaurant took its place as the crown jewel of Main St., from the moment owner Natasha Witka,opened its doors in 2015. Being a Catskill native, Natasha knew what her customers would be looking for: ﬁne,original fare, warm atmosphere, and a characteristic often used in describing Catskill itself - authenticity. NYR is the place where everyone is made to feel like you belong there. And Natasha makes sure that you do.
Born into a big Polish family of great cooks, Natasha was at her grandmother’s stove by age ﬁve, learning the great old world recipes. Her dream of making food for people was born in those early days. Through college, a career in real estate, and several restaurant jobs she kept the dream going until it was time to make it come true.
She found a place that spoke to her right in her hometown on Main St.. Vacant for over nine years, the neglected shell had housed restaurants in its heyday since the 1920s. She opted to name hers in honor of the original one - The New York Restaurant. For almost two years Natasha’s family worked with her to manifest her vision. Now celebrating it’s ﬁfth anniversary, New York Restaurant has become everything she wanted, or as she puts it,’a comfortable extension of my living room, a place that made people feel good, a happy place.”
The menu expresses Natasha’s style - taking care of everyone but all with a personal point of view. She has taken advantage of the pandemic shut-down to retune and come up with some fresh ideas. Always aﬀordable, the new weekly menu will be rotating so there’s always something diﬀerent for the regulars, but the classics will remain. The best burger in Catskill (the factory burger) will still be on the menu, along with three signature dishes, the arugula salad, and a family style option, and of course, it wouldn’t be Natasha’s without her grandma’s Polish cuisine proudly represented. The famous bar will still be curated by talented mixologist Michael Gilfeather.
Take-out service begins the week of May 4. There will be Mother’s Day specials on May 7 through 10. Ask about the delivery option.
The other big news is Natasha’s carry-out market in her front window! Fresh produce and protein items as well as toiletry products, all locally sourced will soon be available.
Natasha is hoping to return to limited in-house dining by mid-June. “We’re taking it in baby steps,” she says. Whatever it takes, we can’t wait to return to the “happy place.”