When in this area the place for food is at the CIA. This great campus on the Hudson is a place of great chefs and not spies, because this CIA stands for the Culinary Institute of America. Whether it is lunch at their café or gourmet student deli or dinner at one of the four fine restaurants, this is an experience not to miss.
My French appreciation commenced last week at Bocuse at The Culinary Institute of America. The former Escoffier Room has been remodeled and renamed for Paul Bocuse, the father of “nouvelle cuisine,” a modern and lighter, yet still classic approach to French cuisine. I’ve shied away from French cooking, under the assumption that all sauces are created from a wheat-floured roux, a no-no for the gluten-free. I was wrong and I’m more than OK with that.
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“Weather was hardly a deterrent to the diners. Though a deep freeze lingered Saturday night, customers eagerly fled the windy 19-degree temperature for the warmth and welcome of the new Bocuse Restaurant…”
“When you sit down at the new Bocuse Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America, you’ll probably notice a few things right off the bat. You may appreciate the Hudson River view or the sleek new decor (courtesy of famed restaurant designer Adam Tihany), or your gaze may be drawn to the oversized window through which you can view almost every inch of the brand spanking new stainless steel kitchen.”
“After leaving the Culinary Institute of America’s campus in Hyde Park, I called our Hudson Valley Restaurant Week lunch at Bocuse Restaurant “The Lunch of the Year” because it was different from any other lunch we had this year: very theatrical, French minimalist, and educational.”