Phoenicia Diner

What they say

“Family-friendly service and quality comfort food dished up with a side of nostalgic Americana. Diner classics and rotating seasonal specials spotlighting the region’s agricultural bounty, from a kitchen helmed by a veteran of fine dining.”

Signature Dishes

Arnold Bennett skillet with local scrambled eggs, chives, crème fraîche, and smoked trout; hot fried chicken sandwich with house-made bread, butter pickles, and buttermilk herb aïoli on a kaiser roll.

What we say

Often jokingly described as a Brooklyn restaurant in the Catskills, the Phoenicia Diner is what we wish more roadside diners could be: a friendly place where breakfast and local produce are on the tables from morning to close. Built in 1962, the current owner Michael Cioffi has breathed new life into the restaurant. The menu, which doubles as a placemat with illustrations, quirky facts about the Catskills, and suggestions of places to visit, toggles between diner classics like French toast and “eggs any way“ and more creative offerings like the butternut and polenta skillet made with spinach, Parmesan, and a poached local egg. Those refueling after a hike in the area will also find chicken and dumplings, and pan-fried trout. During the summer, a vintage trailer serves food outside.

What others say

“All the belly-warming comforts you'd expect – country-fried steak and eggs, skillets with pork belly or house-cured corn beef, burgers, BLTs, and tuna melts – done up with a modern chef’s precision and as many local ingredients as they can find.” Thrillist


A 1960s diner that celebrates ingredients from the Catskills & Hudson Valley


Michael Cioffi, owner & Merrill Moore, chef


Hours change seasonally


5681 New York 28, Phoenicia, Ulster, NY 12464


+1 845 688 9957




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