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New Restaurants in Wappingers Falls

After months of waiting, Pho Max finally is open for business! I went this past Tuesday to get take- out. They had limited offerings; no rice dishes available, only appetizers and phos. No matter! I was happy to get whatever they had that day! We ordered spring rolls, summer rolls, and several different kinds of noodles to share. They all tasted good. The phos are on par with what I've had in the city.
They were still trying to get everything organized, but the owner was very nice. I had kids with me and it was raining. He helped me bring everything into the car. I cannot wait to return to try the rice dishes!!

On another note, I drove through Beacon yesterday and found a new restaurant named "Dim Sum Go Go." Knowing there is a dim sum place in Chinatown with the same name, I googled it. According to their web site, it is an offshoot of the one in the City!!

Chinese Food Duchess County?

I'd recommend these two places to. They're the closest to "authentic Chinese" food that you'd find in Dutchess County. Formosa just expanded their menu with a lot more varieties - definitely worth a try!!

agriturismo, pine plains

Thanks so much for checking. It has proved to be hard to find restaurants in the area that are child friendly - or let me rephrase - it's just plain hard to bring young children to any restaurant! (sigh~)

agriturismo, pine plains

I cannot wait to try this new place - is it child friendly??

Mid-Hudson Valley Celebratory Dinner help needed!

I haven't been to 36 Main and Swoon Kitchen Bar, but among the rest I'd pick Red Devon. I like their food, service and atmosphere. I personally would not go to the Rhinecliff Hotel for any celebratory dinner. The last two visits I had were not very good; the first time the stove was broken and the second time they were short on staff.

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Rhinecliff Hotel
4 Grinnell, Rhinecliff, NY 12574

Swoon Kitchenbar
340 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534

Red Devon Restaurant
108 Hunns Lake Rd, Stanfordville, NY 12581

thai spice, poughkeepsie

Agreed! The area has some really interesting eateries now. Thai Spice has some authentic dishes on their menu. Have you tried the other Thai place in Fishkill village??

Help me choose: Aroma Osteria or Il Cena'colo

I'd suggest Il Barilotto, the sister restaurant of Aroma Osteria, for more intimate dinner. Aroma tends to get really noisy due to its space and I find that the food at Il Barilotto is a little bit more refined than Aroma. I've never been to Il Cenacolo, sorry~

Thai Palace, Fishkill?

I second that! I think the quality of their food is getting better than it first opened. well...at least the plating is definitely improved from what it used to be....

The one near Vassar College is also worth a try if you've never been.

Kingston-New Paltz-Rhinebeck Triangle

One complain about the bistro side: the kitchen smoke/grease that gets on your clothes is really a bit unbearable for me last time when I went there with friends. Other than that, the little plates are decent.

twisted soul - poughkeepsie - yum (asian/argentinian)

So glad to hear that it's still open!! I really should go there more often!! Their dumplings are also good with the thin wrapper. I always ask to substitute a scoop of rice with veggies, as dumplings are starchy enough for me. I may need to go there today to just get a bubble tea!

Suggestions for dining near the C.I.A.

There are four restaurants and Apple Pie Cafe in CIA, but I can imagine that you probably want to leave the campus after a day's hard work there. In Hyde Park for dinner, there's Twist and Edo Sushi in the center of the town. Otherwise, Eveready Diner has decent burgers and sandwiches for a quick bite. Off Rt. 9G there's Thai House Restaurant if you feel like Thai food. I think it has improved a lot since it first opened. If you feel like dinning on the river, go south of Hyde Park on Rt. 9 to Shadows - the food is really just so so, IMHO, so have fish and chips and sit outside for the view.

Welcome & have fun!

ISO Good Beef Chow Fun .... Dutchess/Ulster/Orange Counties?

Not really a recipe, but just how my mom makes it. There are some "tips" that she taught me, which is important, as they prevent the noodles to get too soggy or sticking together. Not sure if this is the right board for posting this topic, so let me know & I'll email you those tips.

Hyde Park?

I'd say if this is your first time visiting CIA, it's worth it to try one of the CIA restaurants. I've been to all but Escoffier. I think it really depends on what you feel like having, contemporary American, Italian etc. It may not be a bad idea to check their Web site and take a look at the menu for each restaurant and then decide The campus is nice so you can walk around before or after you meal, and it's interesting to see all sorts of pastries that students are making for the Apple Pie cafe if you are there during the day.

Twist in Hyde Park is good for dinner, if you're staying more than one night. Eveready, a diner right in the town is good for breakfast, burgers, etc. (I would stay away from Pete's Famous, but it's just my personal opinion.) Rhinebeck is a cute town to stroll around as well. It's north of Hyde Park and takes about 10~15 minutes by car if you stay right in the Hyde Park town center. You definitely have a lot more choices for meals there.

Fall is the perfect time to visit the Hudson Valley! You will enjoy it!

ISO Good Beef Chow Fun .... Dutchess/Ulster/Orange Counties?

well...as a Taiwanese who's constantly looking for a good Chinese food place in Dutchess & surrounding counties, I have to say that I HAVEN'T FOUND ONE after all these years living here!!
However, if the urge really comes, I usually go to Golden Wok in Red Hook, but I don't think it's worth to travel all the way up here with the gas price now.

I used to loving going to Welcome on every Saturday when the original owner was there, but since they changed owner I found the food selections were not as good as it used to be. But if the OP is really up for making his own chow fun, it's not a bad idea to just pick some fresh wide noodles up from there, as bob gaj suggestions.

Hyde Park lunch, CIA influenced if possible?

Sad to say, there's really no "CIA-influenced" place besides Twist, and as you said Twist is not open for lunch. My suggestion would be going to Apple Pie cafe in CIA, which is less formal than other restaurants in CIA. The cafe has great desserts & plenty of selections on their lunch menu.

Looking For Hyde Park Recommendation

And you can always get a scoop of gelato from Bread Alone or Jane's ice cream from Village Pizza afterwards. Or Holy Cow, an old fashioned ice cream place in Red Hook in a strip mall next to Subway, about 5 minutes away from Rhinebeck, is always on the top of my list!!

Amish Market-Hyde Park

I am really sad about their closing - they had wonderful seafood selections and the cold cuts were good and reasonably priced. The produce was not necessarily more expensive than the ones in Stop & Shop. Wonder why they just cannot compete with the big store chain??

I guess I'll go back to Adams now..

Looking For Hyde Park Recommendation

Unfortunately, the CIA restaurants are closed on Sunday...

Twist in Hyde Park, one that I usually recommend to people is also closed on Sunday. I'd say Rhinebeck would be your best bet for lunch, and besides you can always stroll around the town afterwards. There are plenty of restaurants to choose from besides Gigi.

Millbrook, NY b&b or hotel, and restaurant? (moved from New England)

I second Serevan - had the most amazing mussels there last time with the in-laws. Since then this dish of theirs has become the benchmark of every mussel dish that we order in any restaurant!!

Arielle in Rhinebeck?

According to my friend who ate there when they just opened, the food was good. (sorry that I cannot be more specific, but I do plan to find out by going there pretty soon!) It is the same owner as Belvedere Mansion on Rt. 9.

Poughkeepie (ish) lunch/dinner?

Artist Palate on Main Street Poughkeepsie may be another good choice for both lunch and dinner. If you want something more casual, Soul Dog on the far end of Main Street close to the river is another option. Also near Vassar College there's a cafe that has great soup and salads and decadent pastries, the name escapes me now, but it's a good place to grab a quick lunch.

Ellenville, NY adventures

Aroma Thyme Bistro is probably the more "sophisticated" restaurant in town. You can look up the Web site for their offerings. http://www.aromathymebistro.com/

Other than that, I'm not quite sure if the town is as lively as you imagine would be. The last time I went there for a show in Shadowland, Aroma Thyme and the theater were the two "lively" thing that night in town, and it was a Saturday night......

If you can hitch a ride, New Paltz is always a good destination for food and activities.

Anything near Staatburg, NY?

If you're in Stattsburgh, you can either go South to Hyde Park or North to Rhinebeck, both about five minutes from the center of Stattsburgh. For restaurants serving seasonal food using local ingredients, I'm thinking Terrapin may be your best bet. In Hyde Park, there's always Twist. Though they don't put as much emphasis on "local ingredients" as Terrapin, their food is definitely good. Other than Twist, there are several diner style places in Hyde Park.

If you're looking for something more interesting, I'd say Rhinebeck may be the town to head to....

MERCATO OR MADELIN'S TABLE ?

My hubby and I love Mercato. The food is simple yet fresh and flavorful with seasonal ingredients. The downside of the restaurant is that the service tends to get a little bit sketchy on busy nights and the front dinning room gets cramped when every table is occupied. The back room is OK for a bigger party, but then you don't get to feel all the action going on in the open kitchen facing the front dinning room.

I haven't been to Madeline's Table, but from my observation while sitting at Santa Fe, the Cali-Mex restaurant diagonal across the street, the restaurant is spacious and has that "Great Getsby-ie" feel. (I guess that has a lot to do with the kind of chairs they use, which I somehow associate with the story or that period.)

As to the second question, I agree with what Solstice444 said. Thinking of it this way, if you are going from Hyde Park to Rhinebeck or Red Hook, it's really just a town or two away!

MERCATO OR MADELIN'S TABLE ?

My hubby and I love Mercato. The food is simple yet fresh and flavorful with seasonal ingredients. The downside of the restaurant is that the service tends to get a little bit sketchy on busy nights and the front dinning room gets cramped when every table is occupied. The back room is OK for a bigger party, but then you don't get to feel all the action going on in the open kitchen facing the front dinning room.

I haven't been to Madeline's Table, but from my observation while sitting at Santa Fe, the Cali-Mex restaurant diagonal across the street, the restaurant is spacious and has that "Great Getsby-ie" feel. (I guess that has a lot to do with the kind of chairs they use, which I somehow associate with the story or that period.)

As to the second question, I agree with what Solstice444 said. Thinking of it this way, if you are going from Hyde Park to Rhinebeck or Red Hook, it's really just a town or two away!

Thai Spice in Poughkeepsie

bob gaj,

any idea how Thai Spice is compared to Sukhothai in Beacon?? I thought Sukhothai was a bit more authentic than the Thai place in Hyde Park and offers more selections, though still not remotely close to what one would usually see in NYC Thai places.

I will be the happiest when Dutchess Co. has a good Chinese restaurant...

The best Hudson River Valley Farmer's Markets?

bob gaj, I think popovich provisions is at Rhinebeck farmers market as well, at least it was the case for last year. Hope they're back there again this year!

There's also one in Hyde Park, which definitely has less vendors and less selections. But I guess for people who come during the weekend to visit the parks, it's another good stroll-around place.

Pick your own fruits/Great farm stands in Dutchess county?

This farm was featured in the "Table" magazine this issue.

http://www.thompsonfinch.com/

Samosa House, Fishkill NY

I just wish that the owner there could once in a while has a smile on his face.....

Starr Place in Rhinebeck

We indeed went there for the birthday celebration after I posted the question. Since we had eight people in our party, I got to taste a little bit of everything. The mussels weren't bad, but it was not as good as what I had in another restaurant a few weeks ago before that. My overall feeling is that the restaurant tries to aim high, but unfortunately it's not quite there.....But for a quick bite before movie next door, it may not be a bad choice since they have burger & fries on the menu.