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Jul 29, 2011 08:57 AM

How Are the Restaurants at The Culinary Institute of America?

I'm going to be in the Hyde Park area one night in August, and was wondering which of the restaurants the CIA runs is the best to try. Any recommendations?

Culinary Institute of America
RR 9, Hyde Park, NY 12538

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  1. We had lunch at the CIA a few years ago--went to the restaurant called (I think) American Bounty. It was excellent.

    American Bounty Restaurant
    1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, NY 12538

    1. All the restaurants at CIA are good-- if not a bit stuffy. the de Medici and Escoffier are also part of the campus as well as American Bounty mentioned above.

      YOu could also drive 12 minutes to Rhinebeck and go to Terrapin.

      Escoffier Restaurant
      1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, NY 12538

      American Bounty Restaurant
      1946 Campus Dr, Hyde Park, NY 12538

      1. Where did you wind up at, Picklelicious?

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        1. re: menton1

          My travel plans changed and was unable to try what the CIA had to offer, hopefully I'll have an opportunity to try at a later time.

        2. Well, if you ever get the opportunity to go to the CIA again, you should. We went there for lunch two weeks ago, the day of the earthquake actually, and we had a wonderful lunch at St. Andews Cafe. We made a day of it by going to see FDR's home first, which is only minutes away.

          The room had a lovely view, and the food was perfect for late August - not too heavy, not overly filling, but satisfying. I had Cream of Garlic & Asparagus Soup followed by Duck. The duck was thinly sliced and atop rice with carmelized onions or shallots. My husband loved his "comfort food", which was meatloaf with mashed potatoes. Our son had "the best, juiciest cheeseburger ever" as he described it, with carmelized onion. Then we walked over to the bakery and bought a peanut butter/chocolate cookie, and a macaron to take home and eat later. Nice place to go, you won't be disappointed.

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          1. re: barbgail61

            the bakery is quite good, but they've now (past few years) made it a cafe thing as well, where you can get stuff you might not get at a bakery. i had pork belly buns there which were quite good and a fish (skate?) at one point. i know they also had banh mis, but i never stopped in to try them. my wife loved the truffle grilled cheese and a bunch of the pastries.

            forewarned: the bakery/cafe can sometimes have long lines around lunchtime, best to go during slightly off times.

            1. re: bob gaj

              Also, the bakery is only open M-F.So don't plan to eat there on the weekend. I agree it's very good.

              We used to eat at the CIA restaurants all the time but haven't been there in several years. Their new policy of keeping $15 if you need to change your reservation (which can be used when you eventually eat there, once you get another reservation) really bothers me, even though I rarely change my restaurant reservations.

          2. Looks like I may be back up in that area the week after next and hopefully will be able to visit one evening, for some reason the Italian seems to interest me.