I recently visited the Ice House on the Hudson in Poughkeepsie for lunch on a beautiful summer day. The restaurant sits directly on the east bank of the Hudson and has amazing views of the river from both the outdoor dining patio or inside the lovely interior with its large windows and exposed brick walls. A brief passing shower interrupted our plans to dine outdoors, so we elected to sit inside.
The oversized windows and 25 foot ceiling bring in a bounty of natural light which enhances the charm of the dining room. There are views of the river, the Walkway over the Hudson pedestrian bridge, and the Mid Hudson Bridge as well. The Ice House has the distinction of being voted the Best Waterside Dining in the HudsonValley by Hudson Valley Magazine and their readers.
We began our meal by sharing edamame in a spicy orange soy glaze, an order of Maryland Crab Cakes with Old Bay Aioli and arugula and “Le Cast” Mac and Cheese with pancetta , truffle and local cheeses. I also sampled a white wine Sangria which was perfect for this summer meal by the river.
Maryland crab cakes
For the entrée, I chose the Lobster Reuben which consisted of lobster tail, cole slaw , seasoning and swiss cheese. This combo was unique and brought a blend of different tastes to the palette.
Another member of our party ordered the Bridge Music Burger which included bacon, cheddar, tomato, garlic and herb aioli on a brioche bun (served with fries). I was told the dish was mouthwatering. Also ordered was the Lobster Roll which was so stuffed with lobster you could not see the roll underneath ! I had to take a bite and can honestly say it was fresh and very tasty.
The last choice of our party was a grilled chicken wrap with lettuce tomato, bacon and cheese. It was ordered with a side salad. The dish was delicious and fresh.
We were all very full but made room for one dessert to share, a Lava Cake served with Vanilla Ice Cream and chocolate ganache. What a nice way to cap off a meal.
I highly recommend this special restaurant for its fine food, fantastic views and its friendly and excellent wait staff. If you are visiting the Mid Hudson region this fall, put the Ice House on your list of places to eat.
1 Main Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone # 845-232-5783