On the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway Over the Hudson, you will find Crave in a fairly modest house, just at the bottom of the stairway accessing the walkway. It is intimate, with a decor that features mostly modern natural materials. They have some amusing drinks, such as a gingerbeer with fig flavored vodka served in a coppery cup or a blood orange, vodka and soda drink that was rich and fruity. They offer a good assortment of bourbons and scotches as well as wines by the glass, half-bottle or bottle, ranging widely in price.
There are quite a few small dishes and the option to order half-size portions. We ordered a half dozen cold smoked oysters that were barely warmed and had a rich, creamy flavor and texture ($15). The octopus was grilled quickly, so the outside was seared and the inside was tender. It was dusted with a spicy rub and served on a bed of "potato chip puree" which somehow works and balances the rub ($17). The duck was not offered as a half dish, so my husband and I shared it ($28). The waitress was gracious enough to plate it for two without being asked. It was cooked to perfection and very tender but my husband felt the honey flavoring dominated and there was not enough savory to balance it. The assorted baby vegetables were gently cooked, so there was still some crunch. Overall, we thought the prices were a little high but the food was very good and the service attentive enough without being intrusive. When asked, the waitress told us most of the staff trained at the nearly CIA.
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