47 North Front St.
Kingston, NY 12401
Boitson’s is a sort of culinary Cinderella story. Its owner, Maria Phillipis — a SUNY New Paltz grad — at one time lived in Brooklyn and became friends with her landlord, Alexander Boitson, and his wife. Al died in 2007; by then a widower with no children, he left Maria enough money to start her own restaurant. Maria, who had helped other family members open eateries on Long Island, launched Boitson’s in 2010 to salute Al’s memory. It’s a place where, as Boitson’s Web site puts it (referencing Al), “an old, sometimes rough-talking, Ukrainian-American sailor could get a decent plate of oysters, and everyone is warmly welcomed.” Loyal customers love the comfy vintage décor — as one patron said, “Don Draper (of TV’s Mad Men) would fit right in.” There’s also a pleasant warm-weather outdoor deck. The menu ranges from steak frites to quinoa spinach cakes, and the fried chicken draws raves. But many folks stop by for the signature oysters alone — Blue Points and Saint Simones are favorites. Wash ’em down with a cocktail or cold beer, or continue on and order a whole meal. Either way, you win.