Poughkeepsie/Hyde Park Dinner for Nine
I'm heading to the east side of the Hudson for my niece's graduation from Vassar next week and need a recommendation for dinner on Saturday night for the family. Can't seem to find much in the way of recent recommendations. I used to live in Kingston, and visit often, but have lost touch with the dining scene in Dutchess.
ok. given that it's vassar graduation, anywhere close to vassar will be packed (ie. coppola's, which i don't think is special). and the nine people makes things tough.
i'd suggest shadows on the hudson, which is a mile or so south of the train station. the food is NOT super great or anything, but it's large, has a great view on the hudson, huge decent desserts, decent drinks, etc. half of their place is a place for weddings, so that will give you an idea of what you're in for.
if you weren't on a food board, i wouldn't downplay the food as much as i am. but it's really the only place i can think of that can fit nine and fits the occasion.
website is shadowsonthehudson.com
If you don't mind traveling a bit farther for good food, IMO the best in Dutchess is Madalin's Table in Tivoli.
Twist may be a little bit too tight for nine people, as they will have to put tables for 9 people in the middle of the restaurant, unless seating outside is not a problem for the poster and the family.
I second bob gaj's suggestion. Also Cosimo's on Delafield off Rt. 9 may be another choice. It is plenty spacious and good variety of selections with prices that are more approachable for a big group, if that's a factor.