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About Crave Restaurant & Lounge
Our mission is to achieve such distinction in food and wine, service, atmosphere, and setting that the restaurant gains a first-class reputation for gastronomy and gracious hospitality, which will bring new and repeat customers year after year.
We strive to have every customer who walks through the doors of Crave to have an overall dining "experience" and leave impressed with the seasonal and regionally-inspired menus and chic decor that they will be excited to return again. The team of chefs, consisting of alumni of the Culinary Institute of America, aim to make Crave the most exciting restaurant in Poughkeepsie.
The style, decor, and ambiance of Crave brings Manhattan to Washington Street. Located just under the entrance of the Walkway Over the Hudson, make a reservation for dinner or enjoy cocktails on our patio then take a walk over the Hudson and enjoy the views of our breathtaking Hudson Valley.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday through Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Please view our sister restaurant and off site catering company, Lola"s Cafe & Catering at www.lolascafeandcatering.com.
There is on street parking available right at the entrance to the Walkway over the Hudson as well as a private lot in the back of the restaurant. Take Orchard St. off of Washington St. to the first driveway on the right. Entrance to the patio of Crave is at the back right of the parking lot.
Bar Dining, Corkage Fee, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Crave Restaurant & Lounge Ratings and Reviews
It has been a month or so since eating at Crave and what a delight we had last night. A fabulous new seasonal menu and great desserts. I always come away wanting to go back for more. The wait staff are always welcoming, friendly and eager to please.
Thanks Eddie, Anderson and Timmy.
We went to Crave for restaurant week dinner on a Saturday evening. The place was very busy but that did not detract from the attention and service we received. The atmosphere was very friendly and warm. We had a great meal, one of us had the vegetarian lasagna and one had the pork special. We shared and both were amazing. The appetizers were really good as well. Desserts were lovely. We really felt like the restaurant week special was a great value. We brought our own wine which they graciously decanted for us. Now seeing their newly expanded wine list we won't bring it in the future as they have such an expansive list. Anderson and Eddie were wonderful hosts and we had a great time. I highly recommend dinner here.
Went there during restaurant week and didn't realize that they were only doing the restaurant week menu with no regular menu options. This posed some issue for a member of my party who had dietary requirements, but our waiter was extremely accomadating and the chef even ended up preparing a non dairy dessert option for her so it all worked out fine. Everything was delicious, and I will definitely return!
Wonderful meals. Unique and great cocktails with some hand made ingredients. We had the Ahi Tuna and Pork Belly to start. Great tastes and prepared well. Then we had the Scottish Salmon. Delivered with a soft flaky inside and a beautiful glaze outside. Perfectly done unlike the typically overcooked and dry fish in other places. The pork shoulder was tender with a great sauce on it. The creamsicle desert was superb. We will go back again soon.
This was our second visit to Crave and it was worth every penny once again. Place can get a little loud as the acoustics may not help them, but that being said, the restaurant delivers in everything else. There is a lot of details on the room, bathrooms and tables that let you know that they care about the whole experience. Meal was fantastic, perfectly balanced flavors and even desserts (often an afterthought in many places) were of great quality. I found service to be really helpful and trustworthy.
This is the fourth time we have dined at the Crave in the last 18 months. Every time we have had excellent cuisine and discussed the fabulous meal at home. Never once have we been disappointed and the dining fee is definitely in line with the superb dining experience. Definitely go.
Very mixed experience. My octopus appetizer and pork osso buco were delicious. As it was cold out, my wife wanted a nice hearty juicy burger, what could be easier than that? Unfortunately, what came out was 2 flat hamburger gray patties that were overcooked, chewey and pretty tasteless. While not expecting a steakhouse burger, please chef you got to do better than serving what I assume is supposed to be an upscale version of a McDonald's Big Mac. We told our waiter but nothing was offered. Your food is really good but please rethink this prep and serve a burger that can stand along your other fine dishes!
The food was creative, nicely presented, and pretty to look at. It seemed to fit well with the atmosphere in fall. It was a bit salty. Portions were small but enough. Ambiance was a little noisy. One could hear neighboring table's conversations. It was not quite cozy but pleasant.
The restaurant is small. By small, I mean tiny. The tables are almost on top of each other. However, the atmosphere is wonderful. I went for my first anniversary with my significant other and we were greeted with customized menus, which was wonderful. We were persistently asked if we were enjoying our meal, if anything could be done, etc. The food was phenomenal. All in all, aside from the space (which is typical of "classier" restaurants), I have nothing negative to say.
Was looking for a pre theatre restaurant in Poughkeepsie and Crave consistently came up everywhere with good reviews so decided to make a reservation. Didn't know it was Hudson Valley Restaurant Week until we looked at the menu. Nice surprise! Three courses with difficult choices since they all looked so good. Both of us were very impressed with the creativeness, presentation and portions. And other than being a bit too salty (which other reviewers also mentioned), the food was perfectly prepared and quite tasty. Service was enthusiastic but a bit spotty (ex. we waited a long time for our cocktails and after taking two sips, our food started arriving. Ordered some wine with our main course and were almost finished by the time it arrived). Run entirely by CIA (Culinary Institute of America) grads, the place has a great chance for the success it deserves. Would definitely return and already recommended it to friends...
My wife and I last went to Crave about three years ago and we absolutely loved it - we were really looking forward to returning and our expectations were pretty high. We went on a Thursday evening with two friends during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, which was really just a coincidence and I was a little disappointed to see that they ONLY offered their special restaurant week menu. However, it was still FANTASTIC! For the 3-course meal, I ordered the pork belly, the beef tri-tip, and "PB & J" dessert. They were all just perfect, I mean, absolutely perfect! The people in the kitchen at Crave are top-notch and have such a beautiful attention to detail. All four of us loved everything we ordered. So glad to see that Crave has not skipped a beat with the quality of their cuisine and it remains by far our favorite restaurant in the Hudson Valley. The only minor downside of the evening was that the place was packed (due to restaurant week, I believe) and it was pretty noisy in the relatively small room. However, the establishment handled the large volume of people as well as could be expected and the quality of the food obviously was NOT compromised one bit! Our server - I forgot her name but looked to be in her 20s and had dark hair - was very attentive and provided excellent service, despite the large number of customers. So, as you can see, WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND CRAVE!
It was my birthday it was a depressing one but did not tell the reservations. Thankfully a friend called ahead to let them know.
When we entered we were greeted with the usual warm welcome and many happy birthdays. To top that my menu card had "Happy Birthday Peter" written across the top. This was such a nice touch that it changed my mood immensely.
The food was amazing, the roasted chicken is probably the best I have had. The pasta appetizer was light, al dente and dreamy.
Dessert are always wonderful and the PBmouse&Jelly Ice cream was lovely.
Thank you for turning around my birthday.
Four of us went to Crave for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week. I've wanted to try it for some time now. It's quite small and it seemed as a table was cleared off more customers were immediately seated. It was a Wednesday dinner so I don't know if they are normally that busy. It didn't seem that this hampered the service and the kitchen at all. It was a very successful meal.
We went for Restaurant Week and that was the only menu available which to me is genius! Do a few things well (in this case spectacular!) rather than incorporating a new menu (Restaurant Week) with a regular menu; sometimes dishes are not executed as well as they should be. Staff is attentive, but not pushy. Cocktails are inventive and reasonably priced. Can't wait to go back.
This was our third time at Crave, the first during HV Restaurant Week. We always like the ambiance because it is never too noisy to talk. This was no exception. The food this time, however, was not as exciting as it has been in the past. It was good but not worth traveling the hour each way that did. The food in the past was spectacular and well-worth it. The service was very attentive - perhaps too much - but the server who brought our food confused our order with another table's twice. It got straightened out but we thought after one mix-up she'd get it straight for the next course. Dessert servings were very small - which is OK - but almost too small to really get a taste, especially if you're sharing. We'll be back, but first we want to try other places in the area.
We came for Restaurant Week dinner, which featured an excellent creative menu. In fact, Crave only offered the special menu through the promotional weeks, and there was abundant choice to please every palate.
We both had an appetizer of pasta with tiny clams (out of the shell), fennel and corn. lightly white sauced. It came out piping hot, perfectly cooked and gently flavored, a moderately-sized portion just right as a starter. There was a bit more salt than I liked, but my friend found it perfect.
One of us had the beef tri-tip, a more than generous serving, cooked exactly as ordered, with caramelized onions, fingerlings and sprouts. The other went with Scottish salmon with a caper buerre blanc, saffron arrancini and deeply roasted cauliflower. Yum in both cases.
Both the PB&J and chocolate mousse desserts were clever and tasty with little unique twists that lifted them beyond ordinary.
If you are a wine person, there's an interesting list grouped in 3 set prices. The Italian )white)wine made from Favorita grapes is good value, a good food wine and delicious, with a lingering flavor of bitter almond.
We've never been disappointed by Crave! The food is always beautifully prepared, with a fine selection that features local products. The occasion for our most recent dining experience was Restaurant week, and the offerings were wonderful--a celery root veloute and a pork belly appetizer were wonderful; so too the tri-tip, salmon, and osso bucco entrees. Wines are reasonably priced, as are cocktails. Service was attentive and unhurried. Well worth a trip.
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