Suggestions for dining near the C.I.A.
Having spent an enjoyable weekend in Hyde Park last month I wanted to express
my delight and appreciation for your wonderful restaurant. Were it not for the
driving time, four hours at least from Buckingham Pennsylvania, I would be a
regular diner there. The food was spectacular and the people were delightful.
I must honestly say that the experience at the restaurant was the highlight of
my trip. I would die for the recipe for your spinach and beet salad; the
finest I ever enjoyed. Keep up the good work and remember your labors did not
I just want to add a note for future people who search this board for Twist. My wife and I ate there Saturday night while visiting relatives in nearby Poughkeepsie. We had a tremendous experience. No reservations, but the wait was short (a bit after 8). The woman who is the manager (co-owner?) is very nice and is the resident wine expert. I prefer the simple things in life, so I was very impressed when the caesar salad arrived perfectly dressed, and my steak came out perfectly done. The accompanying ancho chile butter was amazing, and mashed potatoes with white truffle oil are pure bliss. Others enjoyed the scallops and duck and the spicy tuna tartare appetizer. All in all, it is just a great atmosphere with a cool vibe and an active open kitchen that is fun to watch. The food was simply divine and helped minimize the disappointment that we couldn't get into the actual C.I.A. (the chef/owners are graduates).
As adorno said, if you have a car and are willing to drive up to Rhinebeck, then you also might want to head south on Route 9 to Aroma Osteria, in Wappingers Falls. It's about 30 minutes south of Hyde Park. Delicious Italian food in a good atmosphere. Its sister restaurant, Il Barilotto, in Fishkill is also good, but that would be even further out of your way. I second the recommendation for Thai House in 9G in Hyde Park. I went there for the first time recently and was impressed.
Yes, there are a few places...only ones I've been to in the Dutchess County area are Thai House in Hyde Park and Sukhothai in Beacon. I enjoyed both of them. I thought they were better than Thai Garden in Sleepy Hollow, down in Westchester. Although not sure of how good a critic I am since I've never had Thai in Brooklyn/Queens/etc!
Solstice, I am indebted to you for your rec of Aroma Osteria.
We went on a fall foliage drive last weekend and stopped for lunch in Wappengers falls.
The restaurant is beautiful, brought to mind a high end Napa Valley experience. I have never been to Italy but my dining companions have and they said it was like a country restaurant there.
All of the food was extraordinary. We had 3 vegetables and an order of mussels as appetizers. The stand out was the peas with prosciutto. We also enjoyed broccoli rabe with garlic and chile pepper and Escarole with garlic and pine nuts. Pasta with diced squash and roasted squash seeds. Special pork chops with apples and cider sauce. Pork chop with vinegar peppers. A grilled ahi tuna. The one desert we shared was a Tartufo Classico "A zabiglione cream center surrounded by hazelnut gelato dusted with pralined hazelnuts.
I have to do the work to figure out how to post pictures. Thanks again solstice444. Lets have a drink sometime.
To second the other poster, you should of course first try all the CIA restaurants. Twist is a CIA chef and very nice. If you have a car, go up to Rhinebeck -- which is cute anyway and worth seeing -- and there there are lots of options --Gigi for good pasta, Terrapin for upscale pub grub, Sabrosa for imaginative tapas. A little further and in Red Hook, there's Mercato with really great Italian food.
There are four restaurants and Apple Pie Cafe in CIA, but I can imagine that you probably want to leave the campus after a day's hard work there. In Hyde Park for dinner, there's Twist and Edo Sushi in the center of the town. Otherwise, Eveready Diner has decent burgers and sandwiches for a quick bite. Off Rt. 9G there's Thai House Restaurant if you feel like Thai food. I think it has improved a lot since it first opened. If you feel like dinning on the river, go south of Hyde Park on Rt. 9 to Shadows - the food is really just so so, IMHO, so have fish and chips and sit outside for the view.
Welcome & have fun!