Crew Restaurant & Bar
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Taps: 9 / Bottles: 24
Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 17 | Reviews: 15 | Show All Ratings:
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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!
01-06-2005 00:42:33 | More by francisweizen
4.33/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
05-09-2004 14:10:22 | More by longpondbeerman
4/5 rDev -3.8%
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?
01-11-2004 02:38:05 | More by slander
3.86/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
01-04-2004 16:48:43 | More by nomad
3.88/5 rDev -6.7%
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!
01-03-2004 21:25:43 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Crew Restaurant & Bar in Poughkeepsie, NY
92 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.