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May 3, 2010 11:44 AM

Rehearsal dinner options in the New Paltz/Poughkeepsie area?

Hi, I'm wondering if anyone can help me out. I'm getting married in West Park, NY on May 29th and am looking for a good rehearsal dinner spot for Friday night, May 28th serving 44 people.
I'm not from the area, so any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated. I'd really like to have something not too formal, preferably along the waterfront. The venue is in West Park, the hotel is in Poughkeepsie, so somewhere in that general area - including New Paltz - would be great.
I wanted to do it at Mariner's on the Hudson, but I was told the food is not that great by a few people. A few others said that as long as I stick with the steak or lobster special, it should be fine and it's a pretty location.
Any thoughts, suggestions? I also checked out the Ship Lantern Inn, but I found it to be a little too stuffy of an ambience and not the vibe my fiance and I are going for.
Thanks in advance.

Ship Lantern Inn
1725 Route 9W, Milton, NY 12547

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  1. I have it on the authority of the young lady who sent me to Crave that Ship Lantern Inn has seen better days.

    Crave (not on the water) is outstanding, I highly recommend it.

    I'll find out from her the places on the water where she and her sister had bridal-ish occasions.

    Congrats, by the way.

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    1. re: anonymouse1935

      thanks so much, i appreciate the help!

      1. re: anonymouse1935

        Crave is very good! But their space is too small for 44 people, unless they have some hidden back room I don't know about.

        1. re: Solstice444

          You're right, of course. I just checked it and they only have seating for 28.

      2. can global palate (west park) do that large?

        artist's palate in pok is probably the best food choice, see if you can use their next-door facility (i believe it's called canvas).

        although the food isn't 'as' good, i'd also recommend shadows on the hudson. artist's palate has better food without a doubt - but shadows is RIGHT on the water. great views, etc which would work really well with a rehearsal dinner crowd.

        EDIT: may 28 = memorial day weekend? yikes. but at least it's not the weekend before (marist/vassar graduation)

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        1. re: bob gaj

          I agree- other places mentioned have great food, but Shadows might be the best choice, given the size of the crowd and short notice. The food is good- not great, but Shadows is right on the water, has a great view and they can do larger groups. I don't think the Global Palate can do that large. Another suggestion- The Would, in HIghland, just south of West Park.

          Global Palate Restaurant
          1746 Route 9 W, West Park, NY 12493

        2. cosimo's (http://www.cosimospoughkeepsie.com/) or the gilded otter (http://www.gildedotter.com/splash.htm) might be good options. the food is ok, but the space is definitely big enough for your party.

          if you want a nice river view, i would agree that shadows is a great location. the food is decent.

          you could also rent out alumnae house at vassar college (http://aavc.vassar.edu/house/index.html) and have twisted soul (http://www.twistedsoulconcepts.com/home) or lola's cafe and catering (http://www.lolascafeandcatering.com/) take care of the food. =) congrats and good luck with the planning!

          1. I would also suggest Shadows, just for the location. The food is okay, but the location/view will really make it great.

            Leslie suggested the Would, which I think has wonderful food!! However, the ambience may not be what you are looking for.

            Also love Artist's Palate ... yum.


            The Artist's Palate
            307 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

            1. loki15, I found out one of the places, am still working on the second.

              I went to a bridal shower at The River Grill in Newburgh. It's on the water and the food was very good. My bad on Crave for the number, but this place can handle your party. The service was also very good.

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              1. re: anonymouse1935

                loki15, the second place I'd recommend is The Rhinecliff Hotel. Nice location, very good food, and excellent service. Not in POK, but not too far either.

                Whatever you choose, enjoy.