New Vassar Foodie: Where to eat in/ near Poughkeepsie?
Does anyone have any rave reviews or suggestions for where to eat in the Poughkeepsie, New York area?
If you have access to a car, one great place is the dumpling joint on Rte. 9 in the same strip shopping center (looks semi-abandoned) with the Family Dollar. There is a whole thread about it, if you have trouble finding it. The dumplings are freshly made for each order. Not at all doughy, with really interesting fillings.
We found it because people wrote about it on Chowhound, and now make detours to go there whenever possible (we're in northern Westchester).
IMHO, after trying Caterina 'de Medici, American Bounty, and St. Andrews Cafe, I would save my money and go somewhere else. The food is good, but there are better restaurants run by CIA grads in the area (http://culinary.imodules.com/s/898/al...). Apple Pie Bakery Cafe is great for lunch, but the lines can be long. Maybe Escoffier is good, but I've never eaten there.
Twisted Soul, one of my favorite places, is right across from Vassar. Unusual mix of food. Dumplings, noodles and bubble tea and then arepas and empanadas. Somehow the mix works and is perfect for a student on a budget. Also over by Vassar are Babycakes Cafe and Beech Tree Grill. Both are very popular and are frequented by students and college staff.
Everything but Crave is reasonably priced for a student:
Twisted Soul: empanadas, dumplings, salads, bubble tea, cupcakes (!!!), Vietnamese sandwiches (not traditional, but delicious...some w/BBQ pulled pork), arepas, etc.
Babycakes Cafe: good pancakes and French toast
Krafted Cup: pretty good coffee and tea, Moxie cupcakes
Tokyo Express: decent sushi
Formosa Cuisine: bubble tea, great Taiwanese cuisine...love their grilled pork chops and noodle dishes
Cafe Lola: delicious sandwiches (near the Walkway Over the Hudson)
Crave: pricey, but great
El Ameer: great Mediterranean cuisine
Near Poughkeepsie train station:
Soul Dog: GF menu items, great hot dogs, cool ambience (you can play Connect Four)
Kavos Gyros: great chicken gyros
Rossi's Deli: fantastic Italian deli (as a former Staten Island resident, I have to say that I'm very impressed by their food)
Akari Sushi (a little pricier than Tokyo Express, but delicious)
Near Arlington High School/Planet Fitness (Rt. 55) area:
Amedeo's Pizzeria: good Italian dishes, brick oven pizza
Seasons' Cafe: nice lunch items, great pastries, nice breakfast
Yogee's: frozen yogurt, similar to Pinkberry and Red Mango
The Arlington farmer's market across the street from Vassar takes place on Thursdays from 3-7 p.m. It would be a good place to check out some of the local offerings. The Greek festival (https://www.facebook.com/GreekFestiva...) is also a Poughkeepsie fave. You should definitely go early, or else they're run out of everything.
Hope this helps! This a great foodie area. Enjoy your time at Vassar!