Poughkeepsie, New York, just 70 miles north of New York City, is a city known for its history, its breathtaking views of the Hudson River, its colleges, and its nightlife. A city with many bars and clubs that primarily serve college students would be nothing without a bustling late-night food scene, and Poughkeepsie certainly delivers on this front. Marist College is one of several colleges in the area and is surrounded by restaurants, many of which cater to the unique sleep schedules of college students. These four late night hot spots are all essential in the Marist College experience, serving great food until late in the night.
1. The Palace Diner
194 Washington St., Poughkeepsie
The Palace Diner is a favorite of many and is frequented around the clock by Poughkeepsie locals and Marist College students alike. Since 1981, the diner has been serving its wide array of food to patrons twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Palace offers a large variety of delicious desserts, all welcoming you from a display right when you walk in the door. The pie and cake portions are gigantic, so you may opt to share with a friend. The Oreo cheesecake is a personal favorite, it is one of the best desserts I’ve had anywhere. The Red Fox wrap, named for the Marist College mascot, is a grilled wrap with chicken, bacon, lettuce, tomato, cheese, and ranch dressing and is a staple menu item at the diner and a favorite among many Marist students. The Palace Diner serves its full menu around the clock, so when you get a hankering for some sweet potato fries or a stack of homemade pancakes at 3:00 am, look no further! They also offer take out dishes and catering. The diner offers a full parking lot, and is a short walk from Marist College and St. Francis hospital.
2. P-Ridge Pizzeria
264 North Road, Poughkeepsie
This pizzeria, previously called “Pleasant Ridge Pizzeria”, was always affectionately referred to as P-Ridge by its customers and recently changed its name officially to fit the nickname. P-Ridge is a Marist College favorite, but primarily after the bars close. It is nearly impossible to get a taxi back to campus from a bar without at least one person requesting a stop at P-Ridge on the way. The pizzeria becomes its own party at night, as everyone reconvenes after a night out to enjoy some delicious pizza. Most nights, the restaurant is open and delivering until 4:00am. P-Ridge sells pizza by the slice or by the pie, as well as a wide variety of Italian meals. The chicken bacon ranch pizza (commonly referred to as “CBR”) is a personal favorite, and I think many would agree its the best pizza in the area. The prices are very reasonable, and they have a few tables for sit-in dining, but also offer take-out and delivery service. There is a small parking lot, but the pizzeria is also just a short walk from Marist and St. Francis hospital.
3. The Eveready Diner
4184 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park
This Hyde Park classic was featured on the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and for good reason– their wide variety of homemade food never disappoints. This diner offers a full menu and a large assortment of fresh bakery items from 5:00am to midnight seven days a week. The Eveready has the decor of a vintage diner, giving it a very fun and unique ambiance. The staff is always friendly and welcoming and the food always exceeds expectations. They are especially well loved for their diner classics, such as chicken pot pie, meatloaf, and oversized milkshakes and malts. Though it is technically in Hyde Park, the Eveready is less than a ten minute drive from Marist College and more than makes up for the distance with its food and atmosphere. There is a full parking lot for customer convenience. The Eveready also offers takeout meals and catering.
4. Campus Deli
11 Marist Drive, Poughkeepsie
The Campus Deli and Convenience Store is a perfect stop for a late night meal. The deli, which is open until 2:00am on week nights and 4:00am on weekends, offers hot and cold sandwiches and recently began serving pizza. Everything is made to order. The service is always quick and friendly, and the prices are very reasonable. Because Campus Deli is also a bustling convenience store and gas station, there are no seats for dining and the service is take-out only. It’s the perfect destination if you need a few items from a shop and also want a freshly made deli sandwich on the go. The Campus Deli has a small parking lot, and is also a short walk from Marist College or St. Francis hospital.