The Eggs Nest, High Falls, NY
Today being a lovely soft Spring day we decided to venture up and over the mountain to High Falls to pay a visit to one of our favorite lunch places - The Eggs Nest.
To describe this place as eclectic is to understate it. First I should tell you about High Falls. It is a scattering of buildings along a two lane macadam road where there happens to be two outstanding restaurants: John Novi's four star Depuy Canal House, and the Egg's Nest. There's also a cafe across the street from the Eggs Nest that is said to be good, but we've never been there. The Rondout Creek runs thru the area and there's a dam and an very old (I think, still functional) electric power plant; the Delaware and Hudson Canal brought some fame and prosperity to the community until it closed down in 1905. Today the ruins of the canal locks bring tourists, and the area below the dam is said to have been the scene of some action in a movie- "Splendor In the Grass"; which also attracts some skinny dipping visitors. Now-a-days there's quite a vibrant arts community scattered around the area - writers, painters, actors, dancers, you name it...
Richard Murphey, the owner and decorator-in-chief of Eggs Nest is imaginative and fearless in his decorating scheme for the restaurant. The business is located in an old house on a small lot that drops precipitously to the creek , so parking is limited - thus, on a busy evening, cars are parked for several hundred feet along the highway.
The entry door's panels are painted in dayglo pinks, reds and greens. Open the door and a laquered wall greets you with someone's take on Krazy Kat and a jazzy 20's looking theme. Turn to your right and you enter a small dining room with a vaguely Mexican air -bright clashing colors - and with garlands of Easter Eggs added for the season. Next you have a choice of taking a table in the closed-in porch with an American Indian/ taxidermy/ second-hand-store motif; or you can enter the second dining room/bar which is currently something of a Bhuddist Temple. There are carved Buddas, oriental motifs, and color, color, color all over the place. The furniture thruout the place is a mismatch of old kitchen and dining room tables and odd chairs - but it is comfortable. Every square inch of the walls and ceiling are painted in garish colors depicting oriental scenes.
Eggs Nest has been in business since sometime in the 1960s and the menu has grown but not appreciably changed over the years - they still offer my favorite, a Mexican.southwestern themed "pray soo" (that's a transliteration from the French for a kind of pie), but they've added two additional of the same - Greek and vegetarian. Those dishes are a large taco served on a tin bakng dish and covered with cheese peppers, vegetables, olives and some other items rn under a broiler (or maybe done in a pizza oven). Otherwise there's a very good hamburger, fat deli type sandwiches, soups, etc., etc, etc. A choice of quite a few beers on tap and in bottles are offered- the tap beers are always fresh as this place pumps a lot of beer every afternoon and evening. The bar is a lively local gathering place with everyone freely mixing - tourists, laborers, arty types, business and professional types, and even senior citizens.
High Falls is in Ulster County, NY about 12 miles southwest of Kingston on NY rt 213 - It is about a half hour drive from exit 18 on the NYState thruway via New Paltz and up and over Mohonk mountain along Mt Rest Road.