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Aroma Osteria - 114 Old Post Road Wappingers Falls, NY, 12590   845-298-6790

An excellent Italian restaurant serving “Rustic Italian Cuisine” their description. Good, knowledgeable service in a quiet setting just off Route 9. Non-smoking dining room, accessible, but assistance may be needed. Call for reservations on weekends and leave the kids at home.

The Beekman - 1766 Tavern & 4 West Market St, Rhinebeck  (845) 871-1766

Yes the name is accurate, one of the oldest restaurants in America.  Very good, creative American food.  Pricey, but a very worthwhile dining experience.

Castillo Espanol Restaurant - 763 Main Street, Poughkeepsie NY.   (845) 452-5924

. A very good Spanish restaurant with a large menu. Excellent seafood, large portions with friendly informed service. Reservations suggested on weekends. Good value. This is Spanish food not “Tex-Mex” and is quite authentic.

The Culinary Institute of America - Route 9,  Hyde Park,    (845) 471-6608

They are usually busy so keep trying, it's worth it.  This is one of the premier training establishments for chefs in the world (yes, the world).  They open their dining rooms to the public as part of their training and educational process.  There are four restaurants and one cafe to choose from:

American Bounty - regional menu, heavy use of local products

St. Andrew's Cafe - healthful choices in a varied menu

Caterina de Medici - classic Italian, formal menu

Escoffier Room - Classic French, formal menu

Apple Pie Bakery Cafe - lite menu, baked goods, sandwiches.

Jackets are required for men in the regular restaurants.  All Non-smoking, and accessible.  Great choices, very good value for what is presented - Lunch is a bargain and is easier to get reservations for.  Be prepared to spend at least two hours eating.  The settings are beautiful as is the entire campus; allow time to stroll the grounds.

Web site - you can reserve on line.

The Inn at Osborne Hill - 150 Osborne Hill Rd, Fishkill 12524  (845) 897-3055

Excellent food, varied menu, in a very attractive setting.  One of the best wine lists in the area.  Reservations strongly suggested.  Very professional service, good portions, priced in the upper mid-level range.  A bit out of the way but worth the trip.  Non-smoking dining room, accessible.

Miss Saigon Restaurant - 25 LaGrange Ave, Poughkeepsie  (845)  485-9706

A very good Vietnamese restaurant in an attractive setting.  Friendly but very slow service.  Very well priced.  A great place to be introduced to Vietnamese cuisine.  Non-smoking, accessible.

The Piggy Bank - 448 Main Street Beacon NY 12508 (845) 838-0028

This Southern Barbeque restaurant is located in a converted bank building in the up and coming revitalized city of Beacon. Basic barbeque ribs and chicken in a variety of combinations; plus grilled chicken and burgers. Great side dished plus several vegetarian choices. Very good food with fair prices, in a very pleasing setting. Spend the day in Beacon and enjoy an excellent lunch. Children’s’ menu.

River Station - One Water Street, Poughkeepsie (845) 452-9240

Open 7 days. A large menu with a full choice of seafood (their specialty). Good food, well prepared, large portions. The second floor has great river views, the lower floor has outdoor seating overlooking the river as well. Full bar. Own, but limited parking.

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