One year ago I travelled to the Catskills, state of New York. My goal, the café/restaurant Table on Ten in Bloomville. I drove there from JFK airport, having Google maps as my guide, accompanied by jetlag and driving the craziest small roads possible, almost losing faith of ever arriving but eventually I managed to find my way to no place better than Bloomville. It is situated in the middle of nowhere (actually on route 10 as the restaurant name suggests) with chickens and cats running free.
As I have always felt that customer service in the States is top-notch I wanted to see with my own eyes how hospitality works. I found interesting articles on Bon Appétit, the New York Times and Condé Nast Traveller about Table on Ten and was very excited to organize the work experience thanks to the sweet and kind owner of Table on Ten, the Dutch Inez Valk.
No pampering luxury here but all you need to feel warm and welcome.
The idea of having a café/restaurant and above guest rooms reserved via Airbnb is smart. Guests enjoy breakfast and lunch from the café and on Friday and Saturday evenings Table on Ten prepares an imaginative selection of scrunching pizzas. The rooms above have a lot of character and especially the whole attic has its own 45 record player, lots of intriguing books to look at and a free-standing bathtub. No pampering luxury here but all you need to feel warm and welcome.
The selection of food is limited and everything served is prepared with love.
The café/restaurant has a European feel to it. The selection of food is limited and everything served is prepared with love. The food ingredients are sourced from local producers. It makes a lot of sense. As a coffee lover, I was impressed with Irving Farm´s Table on Ten coffee blend A3 and Inez dries herself the herbs that make the two delicious tea infusions. There are small hints of Holland like the checkered teatowel and speculaas cookies.
The pizza evenings are organized to perfection in the kitchen and I wish Finnish restaurateurs could take a lesson here to understand that by organizing all the stations in advance, the pizzas keep coming from the oven fast. The kitchen is a very small space and yet many dishes are served.
The popular eggs in a white or red pan are a must!
Those who have a sweet tooth find happiness with the Four &Twenty Blackbirds pies. My favorite was hojicha flavor, a Japanese roasted green tea. The popular eggs in a white or red pan are a must! The white has mushrooms, cream and parmesan cheese whereas the red has tomato sauce, basil and parmesan cheese. Both are filling and yummy.
The staff at Table on Ten made me feel at home from day one and I truly am grateful for the experience. A characteristic locality and for the foodie the place to visit.