Do not miss this restaurant. Make a pilgrimage just to dine at this restaurant. It is that good.
Perched unassumingly by the side of a Catskills highway, outside a small town, this sprawling country house features a lovely, large patio that I assume is conducive to summer dining and relaxation. I also passed through a very cosy looking bar.
We visited as a family of ten, ranging from age 11-71, to celebrate my mother's 70th birthday. Glancing through a window while waiting at the hostess stand, my nephew and I commented that the darling fireplace-lit room with the salvaged wood candelabra couldn't possibly be for us. But it was.
The menu changes regularly and features seasonal ingredients, mainly locally sourced, from what I could tell. The wine list is unpretentious, and we settled on a nice French white and a California red. Our glasses were topped up and tended regularly. Others ordered from a strong list of craft brews. While we were drooling over the menu, desperately trying to choose, little foccacia rolls kept tumbling out with herb-laced pale winter butter. I can personally attest to the deliciousness of wood-grilled squid, an unexpected pleasure this far from the sea. Dinner offerings were diverse and held multiple temptations. With expert advice from the kind and unceasingly knowledgeable and attentive staff, we had chicken with cardamom jus and jerusalem artichokes, striped bass, roasted root vegetables, ribs, steak, wild mushroom risotto... and to a person, we were delighted. Desserts were nice - and Mom's came with a sparkler - but could use a little more tartness, in the case of the apple cake, which was served with mint ice cream. The doughnut with (I think) a berry ice cream was a true hit, as was a chocolate cake.
Topping this off, the side patio featured a beautiful winter fire, roasting sticks, and marshmallows for youngsters (and me), provided we were supervised. (There is even a children's room!)
The real pleasures at Peekamoose are the inviting setting, understated and smoothly rustic decor, knowledgeable and welcoming staff, and a clear love for and understanding of food. Devilishly delicious and delightful.