New York - Hyde Park - The Tavern @ CIA (3 photos) / by Dave Hileman

The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park is worth a trip just to see but even better to eat in one of the restaurants. We have been to two of them and chose a different one for our third visit, the Tavern @ American Bounty Restaurant. It is a lighter fare place in the tradition of American Bounty and open at hours that fit our stop. It was, as has been every meal here, excellent. This place focuses on American food from the Hudson Valley. It is somewhat casual but still very nice, superior service and fine food. CJH had housemate buttermilk ricotta on wheat toast garnished with plum and I delicious fish tacos with dill onions and seasoned fries. Plus they bring you popcorn while you wait. Yay.