We feature classic American dishes made using the freshest seasonal ingredients from local farms and high quality purveyors. All our food is prepared in house, from scratch, under the direction of Chef de Cuisine Sam Ohman, with inspiration from Founding Chef Eric Fleischer. Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and an extensive beer selection featuring the best of local breweries.
Chef de Cuisine Sam Ohman
Self taught since he was a young child, Chef Sam has traveled the world exploring different cuisines, always returning to put his new ideas into practice in his home kitchen in Franklin, NY. His natural culinary talent caught the eye of Chef Eric Fleischer, and he began his professional career at the Red Caboose, following Chef Eric's emphasis on classical French techniques. He was then invited to join the staff at Hudson, NY's Fish & Game, where he worked under Chef Zak Pellacio. Chef Sam returned to Oneonta to bring food he loves to the community he loves. He works to develop relationships with local farmers to bring the freshest ingredients into his kitchen, and carefully creates menus that highlight the best flavors of the season.
Founding Chef Eric Fleischer
Chef Eric brings a highly refined touch and passion for farm to table cuisine built on years of formal training in highly regarded Michelin Star restaurants, including Lucas Carton and Relais Louis XIII in Paris. He has worked in some of the best restaurants in New York City, San Francisco, and Washington, DC. Chef Eric came to Oneonta to enjoy small town life, and introduce a new level of dining experience to the region.
In 1883, a group of railroad workers gathered in a little four-wheel caboose and formed The Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, which would become the largest railroad workers union in the world. That Little Red Caboose now stands proudly in Oneonta's Neahwa Park, a symbol of the area's railroad history. Once home to the largest railroad roundhouse in the world, Oneonta was a major hub on the Delaware-Hudson railway. We opened The Red Caboose Restaurant & Bar to create a downtown gathering place for Oneontans and our visitors to enjoy the bounty of central New York's farms and breweries. So please, Eat, Drink, and Be Merry.