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“You can go home again! Depuy Canal House better than we remembered!”
Review of Depuy Canal House - CLOSED

Depuy Canal House
Price range: $10 - $81
Cuisines: American, Italian, International, Contemporary
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Description: The Depuy Canal House, in the High Falls Historic District, offers an intimate dining experience in a 1797 stone tavern, beutifully furnished with local antiques. The restaurant is nestled in the Rondout Valley, between the Shawangunk Ridge and the Catskill mountains, allowing Chef Novi to offer unique seasonal menus using exceptional ingredients sourced from local farmers. The house has a large outdoor blue stone patio area for your cocktail or dining experience. The Depuy Canal House provides the perfect setting for private parties, corporate events, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions and holiday parties.
Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“You can go home again! Depuy Canal House better than we remembered!”
Reviewed April 7, 2014

After 30 years of living on the west coast my wife and I had the opportunity to spend the weekend in High Falls and decided to revist the Depuy Canal House and Chef John Novi...we were excited to be invited to dine in the kitchen while John and sous chef Sean created our spectaluar dinner! We were thrilled with the experience...the fish we ordered was fresh and the combination of flavors were amazing...Chef Novi's understanding of local food suppliers is brilliant and his ability to combine flavors is outstanding...I only wish he were located here in LA, so we could experience his culinary expertise more often...we are so happy we went back...just proving you can go home again to revisit experiences as long as they are new and refreshing - as John Novi's cuisine is! Outstanding!

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank CPMeister
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New York
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“ASHould Be #1 IN HIGH FALLS AND ALL OF NEW YORK”
Reviewed April 4, 2014

I have been coming to Depuy Canal House for over 35 years, initially intrigued by the investigation pursued after it was anonymously mentioned by New Yorker Magazine as the best suburban restaurant in the United States: it has been a restaurant for special occasions or simply for a spontaneous destination for a meal after a drive from the City or Westchester - - where I have lived over the years. I have stayed in the Cabin across the street; foraged throughout the Hudson Valley on one of the restaurant's renowned Car Rallies; and have been to events catered by Chef Novi, each time involving multiple memorable meals. Chef John Novi continues to amaze with his culinary creativity that complements the restaurant's historic and enduring charm. Over the years there have been subtle changes - - the wine cellar in the basement went through an evolutaion from a club with entertainment to a gourmet pizza bistro - - but the elegance of the menu and dining experience in the main restaurant has continued with fine-tuned imrovement. One of the unique experiences is to go down the back staircase (accessible from the second floor) to peek at the kitchen, often leading to a welcomed invitation from Chef Novi, as he explains what is being prepared, with a creatiity and attention to details like no other Chef within miles, including those at the famous Culinary Institute across the river. My first meal years ago will never be forgotten: squab en croate, with the legs protruding from a golden-baked crust, and decorated with cherry tomatoes; later memories include white chocolate soup and the sushi-inspired creative dishes Chef Novi has more recently developed. We mourned its temporary closing recently, and relish in its reopening, with an unqualified recommendation to those near and far - - it is WELL WORTH THE TRIP TO HIGH FALLS, just to dine once in this remarkable restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
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1 Thank cliff B
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Woodstock, New York
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

By far one of the finest eateries I have ever visited. Everything was a science my taste buds were jumping for joy! I am very lucky to live so close to such a fine restaurant. Chef Novi is a genius!

  • Visited February 2013
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2 Thank ROXXZ
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Los Angeles, California
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99 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
“Sensory Heaven”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

When you come to the Depuy Canal House you must know that the chef is world-renowned for his brilliant but eclectic mix of flavors. I read articles about the "Father of New American Cooking" as well as Chef Novi's interest in locally sourced foods years ago and eagerly anticipated my first visit and every meal since. The restaurant, with centuries of history within its stone walls, has a homestead elegance that is simply warm and comfortable. Each room has its charm, especially the center of the action, Chef John Novi's kitchen.
Yes, you can sit in the kitchen. Brilliant! The ultimate destination restaurant for someone who appreciates the art of food preparation.
The food is best for someone who can appreciate every nuanced mouthful, every - sometimes elegant, sometimes funky - presentation, as well as the overall experience. Whether it is a mouthful of hot pepper chocolate pate (hors d'ouevres) or a simple pumpkin soup (which is not that simple) the taste is amazing. If you think it is too "foo foo" for your tastes - then it is. If you want to delight your senses, then I know of no better place

  • Visited November 2013
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3 Thank LetsGoWithStyle
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New York
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30 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Dear Chef Novi: focus on the front of house, please!”
Reviewed November 29, 2013

This review would be 5-star except for the lack of care and attention received upon entering the Dupuy Canal House. For instance, is there a coat closet? It would be really nice to have one available, even self-service. The lovely antique dining room(s) look and feel shabby with all the winter coats draped on chair-backs.

The food is inventive, flavourful, top-quality and immaculately prepared and plated. Outstanding as always.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank where_to_next56
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