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“City fare at country prices”
Review of American Bounty

American Bounty
Ranked #3 of 47 Restaurants in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: With a focus on the seasons and products of the Hudson Valley, contemporary and traditional regional dishes are brought to life at the American Bounty Restaurant in an honest and flavorful way. Rounded out with a first-class American wine list and comfortable warm service, this casually elegant restaurant sets the stage for an unparalleled dining experience in New York's Hudson Valley.
Reviewed November 10, 2012

this is one of the gourmet restaurants that is part of the Culinary Institute of America. Just before graduating from a rigorous culinary education, the students staff the flagship restaurants to showcase what they have learned. I always choose this to treat favorite out-of-town guests.

Thank Fran_HudsonValley_NY
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Reviewed November 10, 2012

First I realize that this is a school operated dining room. But these are seniors who are the servers and in the kitchen--they were graduating the next day. And each section of the restaurant is supervised by accomplished instructors who hopefully are committed and watchful to guide students about best practices. Be that as it may.

The dining room is elegant and stately. The kind you would find in a fine hotel, private country club or cruise ship. Customers are mostly in suit and tie or business casual.

We arrived early and asked that our reservation be moved up and that was graciously done. Dining room was mostly empty at the time and by the time we left, about 2/3's full on a Thursday night.

Thinking that this is NY state, asked for a wine menu that included NY wines by the glass. None available--only a few bottles. So settled for a 1/2 bottle of BV cabernet from California. Bottle arrived and student waiter started to decant a 2010 vintage. Obviously as part of his training but of course totally unnecessary. He did a nice job. However, the wine was cold. He explained that it came from the "cellar" Well we all know and he did too that cold --not just cool-- red wine is not acceptable. The students get a three week wine course as part of their training. He graciously took it away and returned with a warm decanter (how?) not a new bottle. The wine was as expected the second time.

Apptizer section was a little exotic for us so we ordered two salads. One with an onion tart with goat cheese that was delicious. The other, I asked for extra blue cheese but did not recieve until I asked for another side dish of cheese which was promptly delivered. Only choice of dressing was a lackluster viniagrette. The salad greens portion are huge and could serve two persons adequately.

Short ribs are a favorite and glad to see it as a leader on the menu. Asked for a side of the sauce because I new it would be delicious as everything at the CIA is scratch. No side sauce delivered and the meat, potatoes, and braised vegetables were tepid. Returned to the kitchen and again just slightly warmer but not acceptable. The manager instructor came over to appologize. She explained that the product were cooked long and slow earlier in the day (expected) and reheated at service which is totally understandable. I asked her (professional instructor) to what temperture NY State says the reheated foods should be heated to and she did not know (165 F). Meat was very tender but not very tasty. Could have used a little pumping up with traditional spices and seasonings.

After the third time on the short ribs just gave up. Stayed because the weather was bad and just did not have the energy to look for another dining venue for celebratory dinner.

They did bring a small teasser cheese plate between the second and third short rib replacement.

Lemon tart was presented well and very tasty. However the crust was built like a Mack truck rather thin and flaky.

Breads are all fresh baked and with 4 varieties, the best part of the meal.

As students, they focused on technique versus customer interaction.

Offered the dining room manager to speak to students about our feed back but they declined. It is shame that they did not take this opportunity from a real customer to give their feedback.

Mistakes happen. But it is how you interact and respond to them that makes or breaks a relationship. An essential step that should be incorporated into the curriculum.

I hope that this was one of only a few similar experiences. The CIA has been in buisness since 1946 and has a supurb reputation for launching successful futures of some of the top chef's and food service professionals in the world.

Hope your experience is better.

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4  Thank droffilc
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Reviewed November 8, 2012

Pretty good food choices on the seasonal menus. Portions are small and service is iffy, but overall a great place to dine.

Thank Jim2525
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

Went there this weekend, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy...
What a nice relief to have great, attentive service. Every one of the staff was there to help! They were knowledgeable and informed. Always there if you needed them, and discreet if you wanted privacy.

The food was superb...presented in a wonderful fashion, with care to how it looked. It simply tasted wonderful, too!

For this level of quality and service, the place is a bargain!

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Thank Jason J
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

We recently celebrated my mothers birthday at the American Bounty for lunch. The selection of food, beverage, and desserts were just right - as they were not overwhelming and everything on the menu looked fabulous. I really like the soup sampler - where you get 3 small samples of the soups - I wish more places has this! The presentation of food is wonderful and the portions are also very good. We left feeling full, but in a healthy way. The service is also very good - the students are attentive and friendly. I look forward to going back - especially when the weather is a bit warmer to take advantage of the hudson river views. This is definately a great place for a special meal and see the campus of the CIA.

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Thank SailorGrl103
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