Fine dining destination in the Hudson Valley

One of the best things about New York City is all of the great day trip destinations in our own backyard! Just north of the city is the beautiful Hudson Valley, with a world of things to explore (see my other Hudson Valley posts here). One gem is The Culinary Institute of America, where the best chefs in the world are trained. You can enjoy fine dining at any of their restaurants, which are actually living classrooms for the students. We had a really fabulous and memorable meal here, and you can’t beat the beautiful setting on a bluff overlooking the Hudson River. This was a great daytrip!

I ordered the speciality cocktail of the day, a Manhattan made with local rye. First, the mixologist charred a piece of oak barrel right in front of us.

Next, he captured the smoke in the glass.

Finally, he poured in the mixed drink. With the first sip you could still get a whiff of smoke in the glass!
Black truffle soup topped with puff pastry. Perfect comfort food for a cold winter’s day.
Roasted beet salad.
Curried lamb on a bed of couscous.
Roasted brussel sprouts with bacon fat.
Curried cauliflower.
We had the best seats in the house, with a view of all the action in the kitchen!
Dessert #1: Chocolate cake.
Making our ice cream table-side with liquid nitrogen!

Dessert, round two. Freshly-made mint chocolate chip ice cream with a plate of bite-sized treats: matcha eclair, pear tart, churro with caramel dipping sauce.
And yes, more sweets! Just a few complimentary goodies to finish out the meal.

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