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Hudson Valley for 4 days!

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Heading to Huson valley, staying near Poughkeepsie; any great lowkey restaurants or pubs that we shouldn't miss? Favorite sites?

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  1. There were some great responses in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8537...

    My favorite places around Poughkeepsie include Twisted Soul Food Concepts, Crooked Rooster, Cafe Lola, Crave, and The Artist's Palate. Try to visit the Walkway Over the Hudson if you get a chance. The Vanderbilt estate is beautiful as well. Enjoy your trip!

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    1. re: applesauce23

      Thanks for the response. we have reservations at Artist's Palate for a Wed night, so glad it's on your list! Can't wait to check out your other recs. Thinking about A tavola or le canard for another night too.

      1. re: fahy

        A Tavola is an amazing restaurant. One of my absolute favorites. I recommended Poughkeepsie eats because I didn't know you were okay with driving a bit. A Tavola and Il Cenacolo in Newburgh are my top two.

    2. A favorite of mine is Gunk Haus, in Clintondale on the west side of the Hudson River. If it is still nice out, you can sit on the deck and view the Shawangunk mountains and the Catskills. Will you be touring the area at all? I like breakfast and lunch at Cafe Mio in Gardiner, south of New Paltz. Just had a special of peaches and cream French toast mmmmm. Oh, and also love The Global Palate, in West Park, also on the west side of the Hudson. Great choice in A Tavola.

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      1. re: Leslie

        Thanks so much for your recommendations! Yes, we have a rental car and will be touring around all four days. Staying on the west side in highlands, just across the river from poughkeepsie. Soooo many choices. Love the suggestions from those who have been there though. Our first trip.

        1. re: fahy

          Lovely area. If you like farmers' markets, the one in Rhinebeck is one of the best. Walkway over the Hudson is really nice. There are also pick-your-own farms up there if you enjoy that.

      2. You might want to try to get a reservation at one of the restaurants at the Culinary Institute of America, just north of Poughkeepsie.

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        1. re: Leslie

          thanks! have it for tuesday night. the only time they had available! Bocuse. Lucky! we are in HV tues thru sat wed night artists palate, then thurs night either crave, a tavola, or le carnard, and not decided on fri night. probably up to here! in food, and want something lowkey the night before we leave, like a cool gastro pub w a great view. obviously we live to eat, especially when we travel! thanks for all your input, its greatly appreciated! f.

          1. re: Leslie

            Gunk haus sounds great for our fri night. view, food, its got it all!

          2. If the weather gets a bit warmer, try Shadows in Poughkeepsie. They have "upscale pub" type food that is very nice, but the real draw here is the patio. It's built over the river, so you almost feel like you are IN the river!

            Not a gourmand place, but fun and very good well-prepared food.

            http://www.shadowsonthehudson.com/ind...

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            1. re: lemarais

              thanks! what a great suggestion! Has to be a great view.

            2. Have dinners covered, how about lunch places? thanks!

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              1. re: fahy

                Formosa Cuisine is a great lunch place. I also like Twisted Soul and The Crooked Rooster. Most of the restaurants mentioned on this thread serve lunch.

                1. re: applesauce23

                  Thanks! There are just so many great places to chose from.

                  1. re: fahy

                    I guess if I had to narrow it down to four lunch spots, I would choose Formosa Cuisine, Apple Pie Bakery at the CIA (no reservations are needed, but the lines can be long), Aroi Thai in Rhinebeck, and Hudson Hil's in Cold Spring. Enjoy your stay!

                    1. re: applesauce23

                      One of our friends that is coming with us is a big beer person. Any suggestions for microbreweries?

                      1. re: fahy

                        The Newburgh Brewing Company. Mixed reports on the brews. I don't recall what I had, but I liked it (I'm not an expert). They have a beautiful view if the Hudson. I loved their rosemary garlic fries, although online reviews of the food appear to be mixed. Definitely a fun place

                        1. re: fahy

                          I don't drink, but I've heard great things about The Hop in Beacon. http://www.thehopbeacon.com/

                          1. re: applesauce23

                            The Hop looks great, with a nice selection of beer, etc., but I don't think they brew their own. I'd definitely suggest a trip to Beacon, and the Dia art center. Lots if good food in Beacon.

                          2. re: fahy

                            Not sure if your trip is already over, but microbreweries in the area are Newburgh Brewing Company (Newburgh), Hyde Park Brewing Company (Hyde Park), The Gilded Otter (New Paltz), Keegan Ales (Kingston). They all have hit or miss beers, but you're sure to find a couple that you like at each one. Newburgh has a nice beer hall atmosphere. As applesauce23 mentioned, The Hop has a nice selection of beers but doesn't brew their own. For other good selections of beer, try The Beech Tree, The Dubliner, and/or Babycakes in Poughkeepsie, and the Golden Rail Ale House in Newburgh (that's a dive bar, very casual relaxed atmosphere with amazing popcorn and wings).