When I hang with my friends from Upstate that live in the city now, I swear Drake’s voice echoing… WE MADE IT.
I get it. I didn’t grow up here. Hell, I’ve been here for less than a year. My friends from Upstate, they didn’t grow up here either, but there’s a few things you born and bred New York City kids recognize. It’s not a competition. We’re not you. We don’t want to be you. And you need to appreciate your parents for raising you here, the same way you need to recognize we have more in common with them, than you. We appreciate this city just as much if not more because we had to work just to get here. We made it.
Unless you can go from work in Midtown, for a drink in Soho, rest your head in Bedstuy, know the difference between a black & white and a half moon, drive (see me parallel park and say something), have ever picked an apple off a tree, swam in a lake or partied in the woods – don’t press me on how much of a New Yorker I am.
It couldn’t have brought me any greater joy than to be introduced to the Upstate Craft Beer & Oyster Bar by my former classmate, friend and current neighbor. With GREAT pride, I get to share it with you.
Owned by Utica area native, Shane Covey, Upstate‘s environment immediately reminds me of everything I love about home. There’s F.X. Matt paraphernalia and the room itself feels like old Village Toy Shop or the current Domenico’s with lots of Adirondack wood and a tiled floor like the house I grew up in. I went for happy hour, which I strongly suggest, where you can get 6 Oysters and a draft for $12. With oysters from both coasts, more so than ever, I could tell the distinct difference between the types we ordered. We also had the charcuterie plate, salmon tartar (the capers and mustard <3) and a trout plate that is no longer on the menu.
Future visitors, plan on checking it out.