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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

19 Ratings
Ratings: 19
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: n/a
Taps: 9
Bottles: 24
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Bar, Eatery ]

2290 South Rd
Poughkeepsie, New York, 12601-5586
United States
phone: (845) 462-5900

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @crewrestaurant

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

The wife is working in Westchester and I get to play around. My second time around Poughkeepsie took me to the FDR Library and, of course, Half Time again. Can't avoid it driving down Route 9.

Oh, Half Time, always disappointing, always the worst service. But this time I decided to try Crew right next door. 4 people at the bar at 4pm on a Monday. There is an open Kitchen and a classy-kitschy atmosphere. Sort of like a better Applebees, maybe Eddie Merlot’s. I bet this joint gets packed at night with fake-blonde MILF's casually chugging overpriced glasses of generic Cabernet.

10 taps: Southern Tier Warlock, Blue Point Summer, Ninkasi Quantum, Ithaca Flower, Bell’s Best Brown, Stone Smoked Porter, Yonkers. Bottles are crap except six craft bottles from NY state (Keegans, Ithaca, Ommegang). The taps a little too cold, I had to let my Warlock warm for a while. $7.50 for a goblet of Warlock, not too cheap.

Service was a little slow, considering the place was almost empty, but the bartender was extremely gorgeous and she was gushing about how much she loved Warlock. "I'm going next door and buying 24 bottles of this". Go get it, girl.

Photo of mmmbeerNY
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of CochonKing
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Paul68
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of iBeer16
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a great place but it is kind of expensive, definitely worth it though theybhave Great elegant food with very talented chefs. Very diverse menu not too huge but has great options for all. Uses local ingredients so taste is very good. Beer selection is pretty good too, only place I've ever been to with DFH 120 min on tap. One thing I liked was they do half pints, which allowed me to enjoy a Brooklyn chocolate stout with dessert before driving home. The ambiance is interesting, almost looks like it belongs in NYC, very dark but elegant. Open kitchen with a bar overlooking the kitchen as well as a normal bar. Lava cake is incredible, highly reccommend!

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Had dinner here tonight while in town for work. The place was not huge but had both a regular bar and a "bar" where you could observe the chefs/cooks at work, and then a dozen or so tables. It was comfortable, and had an overall "trendy" sort of vibe but not in an obnoxious way. The waitresses were all quite attractive and scantily dressed; my (female) colleague remarked on how their attire was "cute."

A beer list at the table showed about 10 taps, and a pretty decent selection. They included Stella and Hoegaarden, but also Brooklyn Summer, Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold, Clown Shoes Hoppy Feet, Sam Adams Rustic Saison, and the rest mainly micro selections. Not great, but certainly quite solid.

Although the waitresses were "cute," I would not have asked any questions about the beer and expected a knowledgeable response. Perhaps the bartenders would have been knowledgeable, but I can't say.

The menu was interesting, sort of modern American but in a trendy way. A trendy feel here in general. What I ate (steak frites, of which the steak was slightly overcooked compared to how I ordered it and the frites wer good but unremarkable) was good, not great, but tasty and satisfying. My colleague's dinner ( a shrimp special of some sort) also seemed good, although she wasn't entirely pleased with the cooking of the shrimp.

All in all this seems like a good place to visit, particularly if you are already next door at Half Time. Poughkeepsie does not have a brewpub and doesn't seem to be a particularly great beer town, so the beer list here, although small, is solid enough. I would stop back.

Photo of madmanjf
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Crew has re-opened full-time with bar as of June 18th 2009 and is under New Ownership. It had been closed since April of 2008.

I returned to find much of what was liked by all has not changed. Some enhancements to the food menu have taken place, but for all intents and purposes, it's the "same old crew" which is a GOOD thing.

Many old faces have returned. Tommy at the bar is simply one of The Best bartenders you'll ever come across. Having him at Crew is like hitting the Daily Double.

My first visit back I had Delerium Tremens on tap followed by a grilled shrimp appetizer.

Other taps included Captain Lawrence Pale Ale, Dogfish 60min IPA, Bluepoint Toasted Lager.

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UPDATE Aug 2009: Prices for tap beer are quite pricey; especially since they are in 16oz pints and not 20oz Imperials. Be prepared to pay non-competitive prices ... $6 to $8 for Domestic micros.

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch with my mom before a Half Time trip based on the recommendation of a BA I met at Mahar's. The place was packed at lunch and there really isn't much around it which will tell you something. The first thing I noticed was the beer selection. On tap that I remember Golden Draak, Capt Lawrence Smoked Porter, Sam Adams Winter, Sierra Nevada Celebration, A Czech pilsner, Old Rasputin RIS, and St Bernadus. The prices for lunch were very reasonable and the food was really good. Being next to half time it is simply too perfect especially for those traveling.

Photo of tgbljb
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped for lunch after a very successful visit to Half Time. The restauarnt was moderately grouded, but we were promptly seated. The tap was good, but not great. I guess I was looking to try somehiing that I hadn't had before, but I had no luck. The bottle selection was also good but not superb. Our drink and food oreders were taken in an acceptable time frame. The drinks and food were served promptly. I had a chicken wrap amd my wife had a chicken sandwich and both were excellent (I ended up eating half of hers) We were in a bit of a rush and everything ws done promptly. (I hate sitting around for 15 minutes waiting for the bill after I am done eating and drinking. I can highly recommend Crew based on food, service, and a good beer selection.

Photo of HBESloth
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4.5

A good place to go have a drink, and a good meal. A bit pricey but the food and beer selection is great. Owned by a CIA graduiate so the slection of food is kinda small but the prestiaion is good. I had the pulled pork sandwich and i wanted a hundred more it just melted in my mouth. There are many differnt beers on tap weekly so some times they get the real good beer and it is gone quick. The Crew is a classy joint so dress nice though they do not enforce a dress code it is always good to look nice.

Photo of Gavage
4.63/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5

After playing a round of golf at Casperkill located just behind Half Time, the group of locals I played with jumped at the chance to eat lunch at Crew. They all stated the place was great and frequent it often.

The place is not large but the decor is modern. Two bar areas, with one located in front of the grills. Pleasant on the eyes.

The lunch menu focused on salads and sandwiches. The group loved the food they had, and I had a great pulled pork sandwich.

The real focus for me was the great beer selection. 50 bottles and 10 taps. The tap list was so good I did not even look at the bottle menu - Pranqster, EKU Pils, Cisco Summer, Avery Karma, Weyerbacher Double Simcoe, Redhook Brown Ale, Jenlain Ambree, DFH Shelter Pale, Bear Republic Black Stout and Sam Adams Summer Ale. The Simcoe and Stout I had were wonderfully fresh and tasty.

This will be a must stop when I visit Half Time on future trips.

Photo of sraimondi
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Stopped here for the 3rd time today after stocking up at Half Time. The first time I was here was with my 14 year old daughter last Summer, prior to a Hudson Valley Renegades baseball game. I'll get to the beer next, but the food here is very good. I guess this should not be a surprise, given Crew's proximity to the Culinary Institute of America. On both visits the soups were really good. Last time I was in, there was red pepper infused tomato soup, not spicy at all. Today I had a VERY good butternut squash soup, accompanied by one of the tastiest pork loin sandwiches I have had at a restaurant. On the beer front, 10 taps, all high quality stuff. I had an Avery Red (really an apricot colored concoction) and a Monschof Schwartzbier, both very fresh and outstanding; and not too cold. Service at the bar, from Dana, was really good too. I also thought the pricing was reasonable--2 pints and half a sandwich with bowl of soup for less than $20. Next time I go, I will sit at the counter in front of the open hearth kitchen, so I can see the "action". I highly recommend this place for anyone in the Poughkeepsie area, whether you shop at Half Time or not.

Photo of Loki
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Review from a dinner with clients on 11-3-05

Atmosphere: Very nice restaurant. Seemed lively and friendly.

Quality: All of the beers available where very high quality. Selection included good regional beers and some quality imports.

Service: right on, no complaints. Friendly and attentive.

Selection: Good, but considering it is owned by the owner of Halftime, a little disappointing. If you didn't know that it wouldn't be in the least. They have a good selection, but my expectations may have been to high from having been to Halftime before. Still, having a pint of Keegan's Mother's Milk and then Bear Republic Racer 5, how can you complain?

Food: Fantastic all around. Everything we had was great.

Value: excellent price for what you received.

A must hit for the Poughkeepsie area.

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

next door to half time.. convenient to say the least.

the inside is quite hip.. spacious with lots of natural light through big windows. exposed piping on the ceiling and creative paint choices. brooklyn bistro done with upstate space. the bar is a bit more 'conventional,' luxurious and shiny wood.. comfortable stools and about 20 seats. the day's papers scattered on the bartop.

been here a couple times, and the food is good. sandwiches are all inventive and portions are medium sized. they make their own chips. the red pepper bisque i had was very fresh and not overly creamy or rich. again, shooting for an urban clientele with ethnic and organic twists on old pub faves..

service has always been great. attentive and courteous, dressed very well. kitchen is exposed and looks very clean. the crowd is one of few negatives.. long island priss types and local seniors.

beer.. the beer! 12 or so taps, all rotating. the times i've been there, hennepin and southampton secret were both on tap. there was a dedicated boont tap and a few belgians (corsendonk, gulden draak, karmeliet). a couple other micros as well. good bottle selection as if you couldn't find something you wanted here.. but they do offer many selections cold (presumably all found next door.. )

but since you can't drink them in half time with a paper, hot soup, sandwich, and good company.. this place is a must-stop for my trips to beer mecca.

Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is a nice little restaurant that happens to be located next door to the best beer store in the states! The atmosphere is good. Futuristic and a bit "uppity", but not intimidating. Quality of the beers was very good, although I only got one draught (Arrogant Bastard) it was tasty and fresh. Service was very good and fast. When our veggie sandwitch was delayed for a few minutes we got two free bowls of awesome home-made soup! Both soups were very, very good! Try the Red pepper bisque if you get the chance! Selection was good with about 60 bottles of some interesting imports and micros, and 12 taps all pouring micros of different calibre. Food, as mentioned was awesome. The fries here are killer as is the veggie sandwitch. A new "no brainer" for future half-time visits!

Photo of longpondbeerman
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

I've never gotten used to restaurants and bars located on strip malls, and Crew is certainly one of those. The major redeeming factor about its location is that it is directly next door to Half Time Beverages--arguably one of the best places to shop for beer in the Northeast. In fact, Half Time and Crew are under the same ownership and management, a real plus for each. Route 9 in Poughkeepsie notwithstanding, they've done a great job with this place. It is not large, but there is a sense of spaciousness. The interior is one third classic English Pub (long and fairly narrow with tables and booths along one wall and various bars along the other), one third Beni-Hana with the CIA chefs working directly in front of customers at a long eating bar, and one third "Ten Forward" from Star Trek; The Next Generation, with contemporary lighting and lots of burnished metal cladding to offset the stylish red booths. As strange as it seems on the surface, this mix works very well, and it felt comfortably sociable.

We arrived at about 5:30 pm on a Saturday, and already the place was half full. By the time we departed a bit over an hour later, it was full. The wait staff was very attentive and cheerful. The beer selection is worthy and balanced--nine choices on tap, some imports some domestics, including one of my favorites: the delicious Stone IPA. Of course, there were more beers to be had in bottles. I thought the advertised selection was a bit tilted towards the designer macros (often the case when food is the primary concern, which it is here), but I suspect you could special order any beer available next door, as long as you know what you want. There's also a wine list.

Speaking of the food, it was excellent. I sprung for the Filet Mignon, which was generously portioned, cooked precisely to specifications, and complemented by tastefully seasoned beets, garlic mashed potatoes, and asparagus. My wife went low brow; she ordered the basic cheeseburger, which she indicated was quite good, and she expecially like the seasoned fries. Finally, the coup de grace: after a very pleasant dinner, we went next door to Half Time and replenished our beer supply.

Photo of slander
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

It's about damn time. Haven't they been working on this place for (like) a million years?? Anyway, it's done, it's here, it's ready, it's open, it's now. Located approximately 75 feet from the car you just loaded full of beer at HalfTime, Crew is now your logical choice for lunch.
The restaurant is long and narrow, with the bar to the left first and beyond it the open food prep area with seating attached. There are tables adjacent to the bar and prep area that run straight to the back of the place. They'e got a solid breakfast and lunch menu. Sandwiches, wraps, burgers, salads and a good selection of Coffes, teas, and desserts, as well as over 50 wines.
They've got 10 beers on tap. I caught 5 micros (Rogue Dead Guy Ale, Sierra Nevada Celebration, Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Heavyweight Hammer, Widmer Hefe) and 5 imports (Fullers ESB, Corsendonk Pale Ale, Hoegaarten, Bluebird Bitter, Weinstephaner Hefe). The bottled list also shows roughly 54 bottles, broken out by type (Golden Ales, Lagers, Porters, Stouts, Brown Ales, Pale Ales, Bitters, Belgian Golden Ales, Wits, Dark Lagers, and even categories for After Dinner and Dessert beers. The Porters, Stouts & Brown Ales category lists the Anchor, Smuttynose and Heavyweight Hammer Porters, the Brooklyn, Newcastle, McChouffe, Sam Smith and Trois Pistoles Brown Ales, and Guinness, Old Rasputen and Sam Smith Oatmeal Stouts.
What more do you need after an early afternoon 100 mile drive to HalfTime?

Photo of nomad
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

Thank you John for posting the first review of this place - I've drank but not yet eaten at Crew, so I felt uneasy being the initial review!

Ditto on the modern feel, lots of sleek and highly shined wood, with soft and round lines dominating the design accents (lights, seats, etc.) Glass-backed bar is nice as the TV's are set back into the wall, large but not obtrusive. The open kitchen is quite interesting as you can see everyone from the Executive to the Saucier to a piddly line chef at work; you can also sit at a bar in front of this prep area, eating just inches from their chopping. Though I have not chomped a slice of their food, the menu is pretty standard New American fare with little innovation - its also not very deep, so limit your thinking. Staff was pretty nice though looked a bit inexperienced in the food service business, as the bartender and waiters had some behind-the-scene juggling of responsibilities and the maitre d' was very nice but a little awkward in her handling.

Regardless, a nice place for a drink, as the ten taps stretched from the Interbrew Belgian trio through Stone, Anchor, Brooklyn, and a Middle Ages line. The Rogue Mocha Porter was great as was my lady's S. Smith Oatmeal Stout. Everyone else at the bar was drinking Miller or Bud.

So Alan, if you read this, how about you open up the bottle and tap list to include the hundreds you have next door in Half Time? Sorry, had to ask. A great stop for a bite if you're on a long haul in and out of the beer heaven next door.

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

As if Half Time wasn't enough they had to go ahead an add food to the mix. Located right next to Half Time beverages in Poughkeepsie, Crew serves up breakfast lunch and dinner for those with discriminating tastes. Very modern looking and long and narrow with a bar in the front, tables on the right and further back an experimental open style kitchen where you can watch a CIA trained chef prepare food.

Beer ran the gamut from the more banal beers such as Hoegaarden and went all the way up to the extremely rare 3 Philosophers on tap. 10 taps in all. There were also about 50 wines on the menu. Had a Stone IPA that was very fresh and tasted wonderful.

Food was good as you could imagine, yet a little uninspired. The chinese chicken salad I had was good, but nothing mindblowing. They seem to be sticking to a pretty traditional fare, but one can hardly blame them as Poughkeepsie is not the harbor for fine and eccletic dining.

Service was fine. The waiter came by several times to make sure everything was in order and drinks were served promptly.

All in all its a great place and I think its best purpose will be to house special events, such as the upcoming Garrett Oliver booksigning for the Brewmasters Table. I would love to see them put on some beer dinners or the likes. I feel like the tap lines in Half Time proper are much more interesting, but again business is business. Good stop and a nice place to go after some excellent beer shopping, which certainly makes me hungry!

Crew Restaurant & Bar in Poughkeepsie, NY
92 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.