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American Bounty
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Ranked #3 of 47 Restaurants in Hyde Park
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, 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 April 27, 2007

We ate in the American Bounty. The appetizers and desserts were great but our entrees were not good. Service was pretty good, but they brought me the wrong dessert the first time. They also didn't tell us about the option for the prix fixe. Other people we spoke to had a better experience in the Escoffier and the Italian restaurants. The Apple Pie Cafe had good pastries. The CIA tour is a must.

2  Thank micheleg
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Reviewed March 21, 2007

From indulgant service, to excellent recomendations, to extrordinary food, to reasonable prices, it was one of the best surprises we have had in dining. A particularly nice touch was the ability to order a "sample of soups" and a "flight of wines".

2  Thank ADente
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Reviewed October 17, 2006

I had read that the Culinary Institute of America restaurants were not all they were cracked-up to be. However, one of the best-cooked meals I've had in recent memory was by a CIA graduate, in New London, New Hampshire. I told him my cousin and I would be stopping at CIA's Hyde Park campus for a tour and asked which of three on-campus restaurants would he recommend. I was curious about his immediate change of enthusiastic demeanor to a rather dour expression and repeated response... "All I can say is American Bounty Restaurant is staffed by senior students."

The campus was a seminary at one time, and the buildings and grounds are beautiful, in a "Harry Potter" kind of style. Well worth the $5 tour fee. The tour includes descriptions of classes and peering-in through huge windows at open hands-on classes in session. The aromas are euphoric and all the activity is exciting to see.

We were hungry after the tour, so we stopped at the bakery in the same building as the tour, the Apple Pie Bakery Cafe. We selected several wonderful-lookng pastries, and they tasted even better than they looked! Superb! If you end your visit at this point, you will be enthralled with the place, as were we... until dinner a couple of hours later.

We arrived at American Bounty Restaurant and were courteously seated by an uneasy-looking student. Everything on the menu was expensive, but what the heck, this is the best of the best, so let's do it right. Our waiter was doing his best to look happy, but he was stressed... as were everyone else who came to our table. Well... maybe it was finals week, or something.

Without getting into all of the details, the food was very poorly prepared, cold and haphazardly presented... except those items that were bakery-prepared, such as tarts and breads, which were excellent.

Alright... just a bad day. Been there before and we didn't hold it against them, despite the high prices, two hours for dinner, and all the other unfilled expectations... until we read a little card, tucked under the bill titled, "Explanation of the Service Charge that Supports Our Students' Education." It's three paragraphs explaining that the 15% charge on your bill is a "Service Charge," and not a tip. If you want to tip the poor students working their butts off "completing their final degree requirements," that is over and above the fee. It also says that the fee is not mandatory, and that "you may adjust the charge according to your level of satisfaction" (although it's already calculated in your bill), and that you should "see the maitre d' hotel instructor" if you have any questions. What a crock!

We spoke with our waiter, who gave us an earfull about his displeasure with the place, and it explained the long faces and strained expressions of his classmates.

However, as I said, the tour is great and the bakery is wonderful, but I would definitely not recommend a restaurant, based on my experience.

15  Thank Kentuck
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Reviewed April 2, 2005

We'd do been looking forward to our dinner at the American Bounty restaurant at the CIA. I'd taken a class earlier that day and was raring to go for a delicious dinner. But I have to report a mixed experience. We were greeted warmly and taken to a lovely table. The servers were helpful and attentive and recommended a wonderful pinot noir from a local vineyard. Before dinner, I enjoyed a glass of sparling blanc de blancs for only $5.50 a glass -- such a deal! My husband had a sample of the three soups being served that evening. The chicken with noodles and the potato soup were just ok and the butternut squash soup was wonderful but none of the soups were hot enough and by the time our server returned to see if all was ok, it was too late. This was a chronic problem throughout the dinner -- failure to serve things promptly! My roast pork tenderloin and my husband's salmon entrees were both terrific but our guests' braised rabbit and vegetarian entrees were practically inedible -- too salty, too cool and in her case, not thoroughly cooked. The desserts were lovely and rich but I ordered a cheese selection and my friends were finished their dessert and their first cup of coffee before the cheese cart was even brought over for me to select -- at that point, I just passed.

I know that CIA restaurants are staffed with students but in each case (and we asked) our server, bus-person and "captain" were all just about to graduate so there's little excuse for the cordial but relatively ineffective service and no excuse whatsoever for the variation in the quality of the food. Disappointing for us all!

29  Thank NJGIRL
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Reviewed November 16, 2013
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