Dining Out

Where to Eat in Poughkeepsie

Before we talk about anything else, can we bring up the views? Overlooking the entire span of the Mid-Hudson Bridge, the rooftop of Zeus Brewing Company is one of the most inviting spaces in Poughkeepsie. If you time it right, you’ll see the sunset reflected in the Hudson River. Voted “Best New Brewery” by the readers of Hudson Valley Magazine, this favorite of both locals and out-of-towners serves a wide range of sours, stouts, and IPAs. And the creative menu — think lobster mac and cheese pizza — makes the handsome dining room a destination even for teetotalers.

Poughkeepsie’s Mill House Brewing Co. is renowned for its clean, crisp IPAs, double IPAs, and sours that are served across the state. But a couple of things will make you want to enjoy them here. First of all, the dining room’s rough-hewn beams, wide-plank wood floors, and stained-glass windows give this place plenty of atmosphere. Second, the diver scallops and other nicely done dishes you don’t usually find in a brewery make for a memorable meal.

The chef is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America, as are many members of the staff, so you know you’re going to be well taken care of at Crew. A farm-to-fork philosophy means that as many ingredients as possible come from nearby purveyors. That means that your server can tell you which farms the chevre in the goat cheese wontons and the beef in the filet mignon with truffled potato croquettes came from. For dessert, try the lemon gelato with a swirl of limoncello.