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The Vassar College Dining Experience

The Ivy League of the Mid-Hudson Valley, Vassar College, is a collegiate masterpiece located in Arlington, NY a suburb of the City of Poughkeepsie. Not only is the campus stunning, but just a step off campus and you’re in the walking district of a college town offering delicious eats. If you’re a Vassar student, you may already be familiar with most of these places, but if you aren’t and are looking to visit the area, here are a few places to try.


44 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Monday-Wednesday, Friday 7am-7pm; Thursday 7am-9pm, Saturday-Sunday 8am-6pm

(845) 483-7070

If you’re looking for a fresh brew to get your day started or an evening pick me up. The Crafted Kup is your place. The hours are long making it a great destination 7 days a week. This place also has one of the best atmospheres to get work done in around. As a student at Marist, when I’m sick of the library, this is the place I’ll take a trip to for a change of scenery. Just a fair warning though this place gets pretty crowded late mornings. The Crafted Kup brews Coffee Lab Roasters beans from Tarrytown, NY. As a Westchester local, it’s thrilling to see this place expanding and selling to coffee shops in other counties.

What to try: Any of their coffees or specialty lattes.

33 Arlington Ave #2, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Monday- Friday 7am-3:30pm; Saturday-Sunday 8:30am-1pm

The grand opening of Chakra Bowls took place this past Monday, October 15th and I gotta say it was well worth the wait! Former Marist Alumni, Lauren Hoheusle, started her journey with a GoFundMe page that has since helped fund her opening of the store. What started as a home delivery service of nutritional smoothie bowls, has now become a superfood cafe in an effort to bring more health and wellness to the Poughkeepsie area.

What to try: Seasonal Bowl or Classic Mermaid Bowl

Brunch & Lunch & Dinner

1 Collegeview Avenue, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Tuesday-Thursday 8AM – 9PM; Friday & Saturday 8AM – 10PM; Sunday 8AM – 4PM

(845) 485-8411

For almost 15 years this place has been a staple to the Arlington walking

district.Previously known as Babycakes Bakery Café specializing in baked goods only, this place has become a full service restaurant and bar. While you can still find the fresh baked goods that gave this place it’s name, now you can enjoy a number of other dishes that make this one of Poughkeepsie’s top restaurants. Since expanding in 2007, this place has secured its spot as a local favorite among Vassar students and community members.

What to try: Thai Peanut Noodle Bowl or BLT Bowl

60 Raymond Ave, Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Sunday-Thursday 11am-10:30pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-11pm

(845) 473-7200

This casual chain restaurant first set up shop in Florida back in 2011 and has since expanded to over 100 locations throughout the United States. One of these locations is right in Poughkeepsie’s backyard. If you’re looking for a new burger place to try, definitely add this one to your list. BurgerFi sources its beef from only 1% of the worlds beef population to maintain their promise to the “Never-Ever” program. This program promises that heir beef is free-range, humanely treated and raised on vegetarian diets never exposing them to steroids, antibiotics, growth hormones, chemicals or additives. Their menu also offers hot dogs, chicken, and a number of vegetarian options to satisfy everyone’s needs.

What to try: A classic BurgerFi Cheeseburger and Fries with Parmesan Herb & Garlic Aioli

15 Collegeview Ave, Arlington, NY 12603

Monday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm

(845) 473-7779

Also located in Fishkill, NY this Dutchess County destination has something even the pickiest eater would enjoy. Their extensive menu offers everything from all-day breakfast to made to order pizza and calzones. You can enjoy your meal outside on their beautiful patio, or inside their newly renovated location in Poughkeepsie, NY.

What to try: Brunch & Honey Sriracha Wings

If you haven’t yet checked out my blog post exploring Marist College eats, be sure to do so! You won’t want to miss any foodie destinations in Poughkeepsie.


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