Located at a winery near Trumansburg, I had never heard of the Crystal Lake Cafe until I went there with a group of colleagues. It is worth the visit with a reasonable ambience, and an extensive brunch/breakfast menu. The winery is the Americana Vineyard. And, when we pulled up, the parking lot was packed; they take no reservations but we were fine. . . . on a Sunday around noonish.
While the menu seems to change regularly, the food clearly emphasizes local and made in house. I had a 3 potato chorizo hash with eggs (and a side of bacon) -- and the sausage was made at the Cafe. It came in a smallish cast iron skillet but packed a big spicey hit, and was more than I could eat! Others with me got smoked trout with eggs or the whole wheat oatmeal pancakes. Everyone said their food was good -- and except for me, ate it all! The server was very patient with substitutions -- an english muffin instead of foccacio bread, potatos pancakes instead of home fries, etcetera. All in all the service was timely, and not intrusive. In fact, we were there for a long long time -- clearly working -- and they coped well with that. We ended up getting checks twice -- and the second time was mainly tea, a few juices, and -- gasp -- a mimosa-like concoction that involved sparkling wine and pineapple juice. It might even have been called a pimosa?
The bathroom is a tiny bit odd, sort of through a hallway into what is clearly an added on building. While a bit chilly, it was totally fine. And loads of people seemed to be going in and out from the cafe per se to the wine tasting room. I did not visit that but just might another time.
Located on East Covert street, between Trumansburg and Interlaken, NY, here's the urban spoon link:
Have you been there? What did you think?