A video was produced by VICE/MUNCHIES featuring one of our fantastic restaurants in Franklin, The Tulip & Rose Cafe, and then Greenanne Farms in East Meredith. Get to know two of the culinary greats in the Catskills.
THE TULIP & ROSE CAFE, Franklin, New York
The Tulip and the Rose Cafe in Franklin, NY is the type of place you could drive by for years and have no idea of the vivacity until you walk inside. Started by members of the Osmanli Dergah, a Sufi Muslim group that’s found a home in the Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York, the restaurant serves international food focusing on Malaysian, Indian, Turkish, Thai, and American recipes. The restaurant is known throughout the area for its lamb chop, gyro, hummus, Javanese noodles and Malay curries. The story of this restaurant is one of leaving biases at the door. Hasan and Erdem, who own the restaurant, have stayed true to their ethos, despite past conflicts with some in their small pastoral town. With help from their undeniably intriguing food, The Tulip and the Rose Cafe, as well as the members of the Osmanli Dergah, have been embraced by their community and continues to thrive.
GREENANE FARMS, East Meredith, New York
Greenane Farms is a small family farm in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York and it’s the type of place that you would never know existed unless someone gave you a heads up. Patrick and Thanya Rider’s farm raises chicken, pig, cow, goats, sheep, quail, and other livestock. They serve their fresh meats at the farm’s restaurant, which specializes in traditional Mexican food. From carne asada tacos, to Cornish hen mole, to chicken enchiladas, the family restaurant is focused on bringing authentic Mexican flavors to the tiny community of Meredith, New York. Patrick and Thanya’s story is unique; Thanya comes from Mexico City, while Patrick comes from the rural Catskills. Though their cultures differ, Patrick and Thanya (and much of her extended family) have made a peaceful home for their family, as well as a vibrant community restaurant, at Greenane Farms.