Poughkeepsie Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Poughkeepsie

April 14, 2018 Stefan Strunk

A short ride away from New York City on the Metro North commuter rail, Poughkeepsie sits on the banks of the Hudson River. The close proximity of Vassar College and the Culinary Institute of America guarantees the presence of fun boutiques and fine dining. Main Mall Row, a group of 1870s Renaissance Revival storefronts along Poughkeepsie's Main Street is on the National Register of Historic Places. The twenty-two surrounding parks provide the opportunity to take a relaxing break from city life.
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1. Rosticceria Rossi and Sons

45 S Clover St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3004 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Delivery Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast +1 845-471-0654
Excellent
90%
Good
6%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 161 reviews

Rosticceria Rossi and Sons

Reviewed By Ronb89 - Matamoras

Lived on North Clover back in the 80 s , Rossi breakfast sandwich was the best I ever had or ever will have , when you walk in you will think you are in Italy , excellent deli !!

2. Lola's Catering and Cafe

131 Washington St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1813 Delivery, Takeout, Seating American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch SGD 7 - SGD 59 +1 845-471-8555
Excellent
75%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 162 reviews

Lola's Catering and Cafe

Reviewed By Susan L - New York City, New York

Perfect quick lunch spot next to the stairs leading up to the East Gate of the walkway. We had delicious sandwiches (Philly Cheesesteak & turkey/brie pannini). The menu also has salads and soups. I saw some nice-looking desserts too. A good find right where we needed it.

3. Nic L Inn Wine Cellar on the Hudson

135 N Water St, 135 N Water Street, 12601, Poughkeepsie, New York, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1756 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Wine Bar, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 16 - SGD 39 +1 845-452-5649
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 215 reviews

Nic L Inn Wine Cellar on the Hudson

Restaurant and wine bar serving house made pasta and other Hudson Valley foods. Featuring scenic views of the Hudson and the Walkway and self serve wine machines as well as eight craft beers on tap, a full bar and thirteen wines by the glass.

Reviewed By Julie K - Apalachin, United States

The Nic L Inn is truly the total package. Great food, drink, service and atmosphere! This was our favorite restaurant 35 years ago when we lived in Poughkeepsie. We had the opportunity to return to Poughkeepsie this weekend and were thrilled to find out it was still open and going strong. For a restaurant to last that long you know they must be doing something right!!

4. CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge

129 Washington St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1813 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner +1 845-452-3501
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

CRAVE Restaurant and Lounge

Reviewed By Jay V - Kinderhook, New York

Crave is easy to find down a flight of stairs right from the Walkway. The service was incredible which added to the entire dining experience. The mussels appetizer is a great choice. The Tortellini dinner and nightly special Pork Short Rib made excellent dinner selections. They offer several speciality cocktails. Save room for their deconstructed chocolate torte or carrot cake desserts.

5. Crew

2290 South Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-5586 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night 845-462-8900
Excellent
59%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 245 reviews

Crew

Reopened recently after being closed for a while.

Reviewed By Panguin - Asia

It is my third visit within 9 months. The food is fantastic. Certainly, credit to the CIA-trained chefs.

But service continues to falter. I see entirely new waitstaff each time.

This most recent one dropped a used fork from the neighbouring table on to my pants leg and then did not even bother to apologise. We kept having to flag for service.

Service is a part of the entire dining experience and so I hope the owners fix it. Would love to continue to return and to recommend friends.

Btw, the prices are for a fine-dining restaurant.

6. The Artist's Palate

307 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3116 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks SGD 21 - SGD 39 +1 845-483-8074
Excellent
62%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 360 reviews

The Artist's Palate

A 70 seat American-Fusion Restaurant, the only one in the area using truly local ingredients and changes thier menu every two weeks based on the availability of products. Both the beer menu and wine list are extensive and reasonable. As well one of the only restaurants that say if we don't have we will do our best to get it for your reservation.

Reviewed By njm389 - Hopewell Junction, New York

The gimlet was delicious. The scallops luscious. The duck was probably cooked to perfection but a bit rare for my liking.
Our waiter Greg was helpful and attentive- but not overly so.
All in all, this was a good time at a comfortable place. We'll be back.

7. Mill House Brewing Company

289 Mill St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3111 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pub, Brew Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Drinks SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 845-485-2739
Excellent
55%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 576 reviews

Mill House Brewing Company

Mill House Brewing Company opened in the Fall of 2013. For us, it is the culmination of years of professional culinary/hospitality experience, expressive design and construction, and craft beer artistry. Located in the rehabilitated Mill House, Mill House Brewing Company offers a warm, historic and visually appealing setting, casual, yet professional service, food cooked from as close to the source as possible, and artfully crafted ales. For our team, this means the commitment to the amazing farmers, cheese makers, and other artisans that make the Hudson Valley such an amazing place to live. At Mill House Brewing Company, our philosophy is simple: provide a complete Hudson Valley dining experience, showcasing the region's most delicious offerings of food, and beer.

Reviewed By Woolite-13 - Brewster, NY

We had a delicious meal on a cold wet Sunday afternoon. The building is interesting and recently remodeled.
My husband had a burger and I had the mussels, we shared a flight of beer.
We were waited on by a couple of people, the place was busy and the staff was very quick to help you with information about the many beers and ales brewed there. There is a very interesting cocktail menu to look at if you are not in the mood for beer.
We are not from the area, and almost missed the turn, so pay attention if you are trying to find the parking lot.

8. Brasserie 292

292 Main St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-3108 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts Credit Cards European, French, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks SGD 18 - SGD 42 +1 845-473-0292
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 295 reviews

Brasserie 292

Brasserie 292 combines the old-world charm of Poughkeepsie's historic Main Street district with a timeless, classic Brasserie fare. Diners can choose from a menu that boasts an impressive range of selections, from our Raw Bar to the Prime Boneless Ribeye, and includes a diverse wine and beer list. Once a popular garment destination, our inviting dining room has been transformed into a spacious haven that can accommodate over 80 people. We have a simple philosophy at Brasserie 292: use fine, local ingredients coupled with traditional cookery to create an incomparable and exceptional dining experience.

Reviewed By tektektek - Hopewell Junction, New York

My wife and I were heading to a movie at the Bardavon Theatre in Poughkeepsie, and we wanted to see the Christmas Lights parade without standing outside. So, when I made reservations I asked for a table by the window. When we arrived, we were...MoreDear tektektek, Thank you for your kind words describing your dining experiences here at Brasserie 292. I and my team strive to bring great food and service at a price that is fair. We thank you for your contineued support.

9. P.C.'s Paddock Restaurant

273 Titusville Rd, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603-3269 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 24 - SGD 34 +1 845-454-4930
Excellent
60%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 232 reviews

P.C.'s Paddock Restaurant

Reviewed By Jeffrey_M_K - Poughkeepsie, New York

This is a local spot that for years I'd pass. I'm glad a friend got me there for drinks one day and I tried the wings, because now it's becoming a favorite. I not only really, really enjoy their wings (Honey Hoisin & Asian Cowboy Smoked are my fav's), I can always seem to find something on the menu that hits the spot perfectly. I tend to stick with the Poor Boys (after all, I'm also eating wings), and have not had one bad experience (eaten there approx. 7X). Everything has always been cooked well, and importantly, with taste/flavor. I find them so good it unfortunately keeps me away from the other items on the menu. I am looking forward to trying. The staff always seem friendly. Also, something that I personally like, they don't bother you too much, but are close by if you need them. Which is great. The interior is nice, quaint. Homey kind of charm. I definitely recommend to try this place. And I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. I would describe it maybe as really good comfort food, which will have you going back. Like it has me. Just wished I stopped in there sooner....

10. Cosimo's Trattoria & Bar

120 Delafield St, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601-1752 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 845-485-7172
Excellent
46%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 187 reviews

Cosimo's Trattoria & Bar

Reviewed By Greenpizzakid - Woodbury, New York

Cosimo’s is a very nice trattoria. It’s very modern and well-built. We sat at the open table and the people next to us were locals, which proved this place was well recommended. Our server was very absent and hardly showed up to ask us how we enjoyed everything. When one member of our party had complaints and asked for a salad to be returned, he didn’t ask what was wrong, which to me, showed he didn’t care. As for the Italian food, it’s very good and well prepared. They tended to overdress the meals in my opinion but that might be my opinion. This is a very nice place and I would recommend to come here in Poughkeepsie

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