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Poughkeepsie gift certificate-- ideas?

i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 4, 2008 01:25 PM

My boyfriend wants to get a retiree at his job a gift certificate. He lives in Poughkeepsie, and we're not too familiar with the dining scene up there. He likes a broad range of restaurants, including but not limited to Mexican and Indian. Help us out-- what's a good place for him to go with his wife? We're thinking nice, but not fancy-- "He's not an upscale kind of guy," says my bf, but he appreciates good food. Thanks!

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  1. applesauce23 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 4, 2008 02:22 PM

    I'm not sure if these restaurants have gc, but for Mexican, I would go for La Puerta Azul in Millbrook. It's nice, but not fancy, as you specified, but the food is wonderful. Busy Bee Cafe has wonderful dishes and is located right in Poughkeepsie. For a more upscale dining experience in Poughkeepsie, I would go for The Artist's Palette or 96 Main. For a fun evening out, I would probably go for The Dutch Cabin or Cosimo's.

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      honeyfarm RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 4, 2008 08:10 PM

      The Busy Bee cafe in Poughkeepsie is a great restaurant they also have gift certificates there address is 138 south ave. I think on the first Saturday of the month they have a Jazz trio. There number is 452 6800. The Artist Palatte is on Main St. in Poughkeepsie is a nice place also.

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        Feaster18 RE: honeyfarm Apr 5, 2008 05:45 PM

        La Puerta Azul is fantastic! Also, Beech Tree in Poughkeepsie is a pub-=by type place with great food!
        If he likes Italian, Il Bariloto in Fishkill is wonderful!

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        Solstice444 RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 6, 2008 03:53 PM

        I have not tried La Puerta Azul, I hope to soon...but 2 friends of mine went there for dinner 2 nights ago and they raved about everything from the appetizers to the dessert. Aroma Osteria has delicious Italian in Wappingers Falls, it's pretty much right off Route 9, so easy to get to from Poughkeepsie, and the building and interior is very nice.

        1. i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 6, 2008 04:26 PM

          Thanks for the recs so far, guys! We will take these ideas into consideration.

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            vanessaknows RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 6, 2008 04:32 PM

            Did you consider a gift certiicate to the cia, they have some fun eating classes and restaurants. He'll have the time given he's retiring:)

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              lbfoody RE: i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream Apr 21, 2008 02:40 PM

              Get a Culinary Institute gift certificate. They can pick from the restaurants there that run from fancy French to healthy casual food. Gorgeous location and good food.

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