Marist students may not be too aware of Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, but it’s a local institution that has been offering fine dining at affordable prices twice a year since 1998. The event is currently going on until November 15, but students at Marist can get in on the action until then with ten choices that have plenty of delicious options for students to enjoy, according to Kelly Seiz, Editorial Assistant of the magazine that presents the event each year, Valley Table:
- Kitchen Sink Food and Drink (Eclectic): This Beacon-based restaurant prides itself in its farm-to-table style cuisine, with a wide
variety of different choices for everyone. All of the food is locally sourced from owner Brian Arnoff’s family farm. Their specialized menu for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week provides a three-course meal for dinner only, for every day except Monday. Options for the meal include the Parsnip and Celery Root Soup as the starter course (with the Charred Broccoli Salad as an option for vegetarians), the Cauliflower
Faux Risotto as the entree and either Seasonal Panna Cotta or an assortment of cookies and truffles for dessert.
- Terrapin (New American): Remodeled from a rundown church in Rhinebeck, Terrapin has consistently been voted the Best Restaurant in Dutchess County by Hudson Valley Magazine for five years. You have the option of ordering either a two-course meal for $24.95 or a three-course meal for $29.95. Danielle, the restaurant manager, says that the menu features meals that are all mainstays at the restaurant and portions are not downsized, unlike in other usual HVRW participants. Her picks for college students include the Guinness Braised Lamb Shank topped with Garlic Chips and the Pumpkin Seed-Crusted Alaskan Salmon with Tomatillo Sauce. “These are definitely not things you will find on a college campus,” she exclaims.
- Shadows (New American): A Poughkeepsie mainstay, Shadows on
the Hudson has varied options for Restaurant Week this time around, including Butternut Squash Risotto, Pumpkin Tortellini, Cauliflower Chowder and Swedish Almond Cake. Manager Seamus Quigley says via email that Shadows “is an avenue to explore cuisine that students might otherwise steer away from, thus broadening their horizons and comfort level in navigating menus and cuisine at finer restaurants.”
- Cosimo’s (Italian): This chain has a location right across from Marist, and for this Restaurant Week, Cosimo’s in Poughkeepsie is offering entrees for whatever suits your fancy. There is a pizza, pasta, salad, meat and seafood option featured on each menu. The dessert menu options are especially interesting and innovative; they include the Acorn Hill Farmstead Ricotta Cheese Cake and the James Cinnamon Ice Cream. If you have not had the opportunity to explore Cosimo’s yet, you can take a quick stroll across the street to indulge in the restaurant’s fine Italian dining.
- Al Fresco (Italian): Located on Main Street in the town
of Fishkill, this rustic place combines the old and the new with its unique take on Italian cuisine. There are great options on both the lunch and dinner menus, according to one of its employees Susan Amy. Amongst the lunch menu entrees, Amy recommends the Pollo alla Graziano, or a pan seared chicken breast stuffed with goat cheese, garlic and figs served with soft polenta. As for the dinner entrees, the Risotto alla Zucca is the meal du jour; a pumpkin risotto tossed with shrimp and scallops.
- Cinnamon (Indian): For those of you who are in the mood to step out of your comfort zone, Cinnamon might be the place for you. Based in Rhinebeck, Cinnamon offers a unique, gourmet-style take on traditional Indian cuisine. People who may not be too familiar with Indian cuisine can get a crash course by choosing an appetizer, entree and dessert on their own and not from a pre-selected menu. Also, if you go on a Friday, you can hear exciting live music for free!
- Ole Savannah (American Traditional): A Southern-style restaurant and bar might be an unusual choice for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, but Ole Savannah (located on the riverfront in Kingston) puts a unique and creative twist to traditional Southern cooking. Their Restaurant Week appetizer (or “first bite”) options attest to their brand of cuisine. You can try either Belgium Endive and Pear Salad or Pork Occo Busso. The entree options include Traditional Fish and Chips as well as Fleisher’s Grass-fed Sirloin Steak. There is only one dessert option, the succulent Local Red Apple and Vanilla Cake.
- Queen City Bistro (New American): This Main Street hidden gem specializes in “small plate dining” along with an excellent selection of craft beers and specialty cocktails for the 21 and over crowd.
Queen City Bistro is offering a five-course meal this time around to stand out from the competition, with ten options to choose from including a Poached Pear and Arugula Salad, Rigatoni Bolognese, and House-made Pumpkin Ice Cream with Ginger Snap Crumble. The restaurant also stands out because of their various vegetarian and gluten-free options.
- Bluestone Bistro (New American): I happened to pay a visit to this particular eatery myself, which is located in the IBM Plaza right off of Route 9 here in Poughkeepsie! The menu has an wide assortment of options, which generally remain the same for both
lunch and dinner with the exception of the Pan Seared Arctic Char replacing the Flatbread Pizza on the list of entrees for dinner. I was personally a fan of their Campanelle Pasta as well as their S’mores Pie, the latter of which was one of the dessert options on the lunch menu. The bistro has only been open for a year, which is another exciting reason to check it out.
If you are interested in eating at any of the other Restaurant Week participants, here’s the website with complete information on each of the restaurants involved this time around. Happy Fine Dining!