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New Vassar Foodie: Where to eat in/ near Poughkeepsie?

ateenfoodie_17 Jun 12, 2012 05:40 PM

Does anyone have any rave reviews or suggestions for where to eat in the Poughkeepsie, New York area?

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  1. iluvcookies RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 12, 2012 06:21 PM

    Hi and welcome!
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      debmom RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 13, 2012 02:32 PM

      The CIA is 15 minutes away

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        ateenfoodie_17 RE: debmom Jun 13, 2012 02:54 PM

        I had no idea you could go there to eat! But how hard is it to get a reservation there?

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          priscilla56 RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 13, 2012 03:00 PM

          They have a few restaurants. In my experience it is not as difficult to get a reservation as it used to be.

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            debmom RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 13, 2012 03:09 PM

            When we visited Vassar we went there to the Apple Cafe where they don't take reservations. It was fun, we liked some of the food and not others but it was definitely worth going

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              bob gaj RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 13, 2012 03:35 PM

              also, search this board for the towns surrounding poughkeepsie, you'll find tons of places.

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                ateenfoodie_17 RE: bob gaj Jun 13, 2012 05:14 PM

                okay :) I guess my main problem is that I am a student so money is tight and I want to make sure the restaurants I try are the best one first

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                  Elisa515 RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 13, 2012 05:33 PM

                  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).

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                    ateenfoodie_17 RE: Elisa515 Jun 13, 2012 05:37 PM

                    is it Palace Dumpling?

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                      applesauce23 RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 13, 2012 06:55 PM

                      Yes, that's Palace Dumpling.

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                        homeihead RE: applesauce23 Jul 30, 2012 08:21 PM

                        MSP hounder dropping off nephew at CIA. Stopped for dumplings at the Palace, and they were some of the best I've had stateside. Clearly handmade. Tried beef, chicken, and pork - some steamed, some fried- ALL good. Can't wait until the next time I visit him!

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                    applesauce23 RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 13, 2012 08:15 PM

                    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.

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                      ateenfoodie_17 RE: applesauce23 Jun 13, 2012 08:43 PM

                      thanks for the link, there are quite a few really awesome looking places

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                        MisterBill2 RE: applesauce23 Jun 22, 2012 08:48 PM

                        Agreed on your CIA comments. When their prices used to be more reasonable, it was worth going. Apple Pie Bakery is quite good. Sadly they are only open M-F.

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                Leslie RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 13, 2012 05:51 PM

                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.

                1. applesauce23 RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 13, 2012 06:54 PM

                  Everything but Crave is reasonably priced for a student:

                  My recommendations:

                  Vassar area:
                  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

                  Marist area:
                  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!

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                    ateenfoodie_17 RE: applesauce23 Jun 13, 2012 07:21 PM

                    Whoa! Thank you so much!!! Thanks for taking the time to make such a great list of recommendations :) Definitely will be investigating most if not all

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                      applesauce23 RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 13, 2012 08:09 PM

                      No problem!

                      If you don't mind driving and want a nice night out, I would also highly recommend A Tavola in New Paltz (expand the thread to see my review here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/808241). Phenomenal meal.

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                        MisterBill2 RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 22, 2012 08:49 PM

                        Have your parents take you to Crave when they (I assume) drop you off at school :-). Get there early so you can walk on the Walkway Over the Hudson, although since you'll be there full time you can do it any time.

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                      ryanallday RE: ateenfoodie_17 Jun 18, 2012 12:01 PM

                      Hobnobin Pub has great food

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