Miss Lucy’s Kitchen
We discovered Miss Lucy’s in 2015 when we rented a house for the month of August in Palenville. Being based for the month on the Catskill side of the Hudson gave us the opportunity to explore several restaurants in Ulster County. We liked Miss Lucy’s so much that we return frequently even though it means “Crossing the River.”
The restaurant is owned by Marc Popper and Michelle Silver. The couple had owned a restaurant in the West Village and decided to move full-time to Saugerties a few years after 9/11. They renovated the building, including apartments overhead which are available for rent. (Popper and Silver recently opened a second restaurant down the street, called ‘Cue, which serves barbecue from April to mid-November. We will visit ‘Cue when they reopen in the Spring!).
What compels us to return? Miss Lucy’s oozes warmth and comfort. We love the high pressed-tin ceilings, wide plank floors and wooden farm tables. Their commitment to providing a satisfying experience shows in its commitment to local farmers (check out their “About Us” section on their website), their varied and creative menus, the seasonal cocktails and cozy bar, and their knowledgeable and friendly wait staff who are eager to please. They claim to change their menu DAILY, and in fact, they do, showcasing new items to complement their customer favorites.
Having had our fill of Thanksgiving dinner and its ensuing leftovers, we ventured to Miss Lucy’s on Saturday night with our dear friends Vicky and Marthinus. We introduced this young South African couple (now living in Manhattan) to the tradition of stuffing oneself over a four day weekend about five years ago, and we look forward to sharing the food-based holiday with them every year. This year, we were blessed with fantastic weather: cold but sunny and without the usual windy greyness that usually claims that weekend. So we were all in a jovial mood as we bundled up and drove to Saugerties — an absolutely charming town.
The bar was busy, every seat in the restaurant was occupied except one and hoped it was the one we reserved. It was and once seated, we dug in.
First, cocktails. Their menu features specialty cocktails (their margaritas are off the chart but we reserve those for summer outings), craft beers, and a strong wine list. I opted for the Thames Street, which featured Smith & Cross Navy Strength Rum, Local Apple Cider, Averna, Lemon, Allspice Dram & Angostura Bitters. It was warming and refreshing at the same time; not too sweet but with enough zip to start the evening off perfectly. Lew opted for a craft beer; Marthinus a glass of wine. Vicky held off since she felt like she was coming down with something (turned out to be strep) and didn’t want to mix alcohol with medicine (we are not only good drinkers, we are responsible ones).
Our waiter brought us a lovely basked of fresh baked sour dough bread, served with butter, both room temperature. Lew commented that the combo hit the spot and we all agreed.
After the drinks came the starters. They had me at Fried Calamari, which Vicky, Marthinus, and I split. I’ve had it before at Miss Lucy’s (OK, I think I order it every time) and V & M both agreed it was among the best they ever had. Crispy, light, no trace of grease or discernible oil.
Lew had deep fried oysters and found them to possess the same light and flavorful touch. Cooked perfectly and served with a tasty remoulade sauce.
On to the entrees. Vicky opted for the French Onion Soup (good for the sore throat) and a small salad, both of which she loved (if Miss Lucy’s did lunch we probably would have stopped there today so she could have another bowl). Not salty with a healthy onion taste. The picture is more descriptive.
Marthinus selected the House Smoked Baby Back Ribs with mashed potatoes, coleslaw and cornbread (we think the South African in him leans toward American South food!).
Lew ordered the Flounder Francese with roasted sunchoak, fingerling hash, and tarragon cream.
I wish I had taken a picture of his empty place-if I didn’t know that he has lovely manners I would swear he had licked it clean. And I was enamored of the pasta because it came with sauteed gulf shrimp, cherry tomatoes, wilted greens, fennel, leeks and sliced garlic. I needed some green veggies and fish after all that turkey and bad carbs from the previous two days. The portion was large enough to take leftovers home and eat for lunch today.
We purposely left room for dessert after our lovely waitress told us she doubled as the restaurant’s baker. Boston Cream Pie and Pudding Parfait were shared by all. The desserts were good but we will order different selections next visit.
We staggered away from the table to the free parking lot across the street fully content and looking forward to our next visit.
Know Before You Go:
Miss Lucy’s posts their daily menu on line mid-afternoon, so if you’re like me and want to go in armed with information, check it out.
Reservations are strongly suggested and are taken by phone or email. If you do the latter, give them a few days to respond. You can phone the day you want to go, but be flexible about your preferred time.
Flying solo? Eat at the bar. The locals are welcoming without being overly chatty.
See if you can get the table in the front of the restaurant. Great people watching along Partition Street.
Saugerties is worth exploring, so think about shopping and/or checking out the galleries before your dinner.
The owners take great pride in serving wholesome food to families and has a special kids menu for $5 per entree.
Miss Lucy’s Kitchen
90 Partition St.
Saugerties, NY 12471
Hours of operation:
Wednesday–Friday lunch 12–3; Saturday & Sunday Brunch 11–3
Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday Dinner 5–9; Friday & Saturday Dinner 5–10