In 2003, chef Matthew Lanes and his wife Dominique (“my better half”) decided they were done with the city. After quitting their jobs, they moved upstate, an area they fell in love with while at Cornell University, where Lanes studied art and his wife agricultural economics and business. Lanes had cooked professionally for a long time in New York City and was ready to open his own place. They bought the local watering hole in Callicoon and transformed it into an elegant little bistro.
Matthew’s on Main manages to combine the comfort of a casual eatery and bar with the refined cuisine of a fine dining establishment. The food is the star, with an emphasis on fresh and homemade. With the farmer’s market situated right behind the restaurant, there is ready access to local ingredients, including quail, chicken, pork, lamb, farm-raised trout, eggs and cheeses.
A forager gathers delicacies like wild mushrooms and ramps for seasonal dishes. In addition to the everyday menu of burgers, salads, quesadillas, chili, crepes and sandwiches, they have a specials menu that changes every Friday. It’s eclectic, often ethnically inspired (chicken tikka masala) and always based on what’s fresh at the market (stuffed local trout). The restaurant also has one of the best brunches in the area, with delicious classics like eggs Benedict and a breakfast burrito, which pair well with a Bloody Mary.
At Matthew’s on Main, the motto is “Food Bar Happiness.” And that’s exactly what you’ll get.
19 Lower Main Street, Callicoon, NY