Nursery rhymes don’t necessarily need to be for kids. Secrets being shared with everyone absolutely still applies today, and while I might not be uncovering any government conspiracies, I have the next best thing; food. Food is one of those things that is mutually understood in any friendship or relationship, but can also cause and solve problems. Food is also typically better when there is a solid variety to choose from. This is what makes “secret menus” at restaurants so fascinating. Not only do people love getting the inside scoop, they love food too.
Most Marist students will know the first exit on Route 9 South as the exit for Mahoney’s, River Station or the train station. What they won’t know is the restaurant half a mile before all of the above listed locations.
Opened on August 13, 2013 the Nic L Inn has been bringing a wonderful variety of food and wine over the past three years. Owners Nick and Lynette Deluccia, who used to have the exact same name in LaGrange, moved to Poughkeepsie because they saw a great opportunity with the location of the building. It is believed that the name of the restaurant is for their daughter Nicolette. They enjoyed being right on the Hudson River and they also came up with the idea of making the restaurant a wine cellar style. It is closed on Monday’s and is a lunch and dinner place for Tuesday through Sunday.
Last week, student reporter Maddie Garcia published a piece on The Red Fox Report about one of the actresses working at the Headless Horseman Haunted House attraction in Ulster, NY.
That attraction is listed as the top haunted house experience in the country by several major publications, but its almost $50 price tag and location over of the Mid-Hudson Bridge make it a bit of an investment of time and money for Marist students. For a cheaper and closer but still spooky alternative, look no further than Kevin McCurdy’s Haunted Mansion.
Located south on Route 9 in Wappinger Falls, McCurdy’s has been a seasonal attraction in the Hudson Valley area for exactly 40 years. The ghoulish experience is designed by ImaginArts Studios, the company behind intricately designed activities such as the Guinness World Records Museum in San Antonio, TX. ImaginArts works with Dutchess County Parks to get the attraction up and running every year. Continue reading
Whether you are tired of Starbucks’ Pike roast, experiencing cabin fever studying in the library or just seeking a more hipster-esque space to lounge in, there are some cool local coffee shops worth checking out. Independent coffee shops like Cafeteria and The Crafted Cup offer a rich brew and a certain ambience that is hard to find at a generic coffeeshop chain. Although both places are overseen by the same owners, each offer a friendly, unique atmosphere of it’s own. Continue reading
Most Marist students, when they find themselves in need of groceries, attend the Stop and Shop on Route Nine, past the Culinary Institute of America. There is an intersection right before where the mega-mart lies, and most of the time everyone takes the path most trodden. No one ever thinks to go right. For those who are brave enough to stray from the normal path and make a right turn will find themselves headed toward a true diamond in the rough.
Located on Violet Avenue in the middle of Poughkeepsie, New York, is a small café and creamery that serves some of the best food and ice cream that you will have in your entire life. The Violet Avenue Café and Creamery is one of Poughkeepsie’s most hidden gems and is a place that will change your life at Marist College for the years that you attend. Continue reading
After a night of drinking, many college students can be found scavenging for food. Luckily for Marist students, Amici’s Pizzeria Late Night Window provides just that. Here’s what you need to know about this saving grace: Continue reading
Just 10 miles up Route 9 from Marist, Staatsburgh State Historic Site rests peacefully on the Hudson River, secluded from much of the surrounding area of Staatsburg, NY. Getting to the mansion takes you up a winding road, with colorful trees overlooking the path and leaves scattered about, ready for footsteps to crunch them.
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!
Located at 111 Main Street Poughkeepsie, New York is an old school, traditional style, award-winning pizzeria owned and managed by two brothers. Egidio and Emiliano Guerriero have run Emiliano’s Pizza for over twenty-one years and counting. Unfortunately for the Marist College Class of 2016, very few have ever eaten at Emiliano’s, and most have never even heard of its highly regarded pizza.
You can arrive by foot or boat, only.
If you’re walking, you must be wary of the tide chart delineating the twice-daily flooding of the half-mile trail to the lighthouse.
“Among the suggested packing list items are waterproof footwear, a flashlight, and your favorite snacks and beverages, as the only meal served on the premises is breakfast,”an e-mail from Lighthouse Keeper, Anna Landewe, preceding my one night stay with my visiting friend in a lighthouse, converted into a bed and breakfast, last January.
A time-lapse video of the half-mile walk to the Saugerties Lighthouse.
Saugerties Lighthouse, located in Saugerties New York (just 45 minutes from Marist) at the convergence of Esopus Creek and the Hudson River, was originally erected in 1834 by a $5,000 grant funded by U.S Congress to guide ships to the nearby port. After a damaging fire, the structure was re-built in 1869 as it stands today, a still-functional lighthouse and now historic site owned by Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy, who bought the property from New York State in 1986 for one dollar. Continue reading