Essie’s Restaurant

Essie’s Restaurant

Essie’s Restaurant  locationArlington, New York, Dutchess

(16 Reviews)

Essie’s is an elegant yet casual dining American restaurant located in the heart of the Little Italy section of Poughkeepsie, NY under the direction of Executive Chef Brandon Walker a CIA graduate from Brooklyn, NY. Chef Walker's Modern American menu is inspired by global flavors and his family roots from the Caribbean and American South. Chef Walker uses modern cooking techniques and local seasonal ingredients when available to support the local food economy and to show case the best ingredients that the Hudson Valley offers. Let us take the stress away from you by planning your next event at Essie’s or at your desired venue. Whether it be a corporate or business lunch, wedding or a private gathering, we are available to accommodate you for a variety of occasions. Our mission is to “Create Memories with Exceptional Service and Food”

Essie’s Restaurant  Reviews

Essie’s Restaurant Reviews


Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by Marianna V S
5 24/06/2018 Marianna V S

Great food, great service, great ambiance. Dishes were consistently good, and lived up to the yummy-sounding descriptions. Staff was lovely. One thing to note: the dishes that the menu describes as "nibbles" are fully appetizer-sized, and the appetizers are nearly entree-sized, so plan your meal accordingly!

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by M J
5 15/06/2018 M J

Wow...what an unexpected jewel. This is definitely a place for an excellent experience.

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by payam shakouri
5 14/06/2018 payam shakouri

Incredible food, fantastic atmosphere, professional staff and a very very talented young chef! Kinda place I go to the city for. Best new restaurant in poughkeepsie. Best restaurant in poughkeepsie period

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by Nik Brautigam
5 10/06/2018 Nik Brautigam

The food was amazing and the staff was wonderful. Would recommend to anyone!

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by Tamara Bond-Williams
5 24/05/2018 Tamara Bond-Williams

Food and atmosphere great. Industrial chic decor. Great spot.

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by Audrey Seybold
5 23/05/2018 Audrey Seybold

Superb!! Absolutely everything about our dinner was wonderful. Servers were attentive and made great recommendations. Drinks and wine were spot on. Food presentation and quantity was just right and the quality was superb! We thoroughly enjoyed the artisinal cheeses, jerk ribs, free bird chicken, fish of the day, coulette steak, coconut chocolate creme brulee, and Elaine's cheese cake. We sat outside, ate leisurely, and enjoyed an exquisite dining experience.

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by Susan Sprachman
5 16/05/2018 Susan Sprachman

Excellent food cooked with care and attention. The chef gives attention to every detail. We had small plates- beef tacos, fabulous octopus and mussels. Highly recommended

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by markswittman
4 06/05/2018 markswittman

Great food, tasty drinks, a pleasant space and friendly service. A terrific resturant

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by Ervin Anderson
5 26/03/2018 Ervin Anderson

We were there Saturday, march 24. What a pleasant surprise! Don't let the appearance of a relatively abbreviated menu stop you from enjoying a great meal. There are specials. You should make reservations, as it is cozy. Open seating at the bar for 4 or 5. Our appetizers were uniquely designed (No, not strange food or goofy combinations) that were very tasty. Our entrees were delicious and visually appealing. They were appropriately sized and filling. The food was hot, the drinks were cold. The service and atmosphere was inviting. We enjoyed it.

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by James Bradbury
5 17/03/2018 James Bradbury

If you want to try some different takes on classic dishes then this place is awesome. The food menu is small but the flavors and technique used for the recipes really packs a wallop. Chef Brandon (who personally stops by every table) crafted a comfort food menu with his own take on the recipes. My wife had their goat pasta and loved it, initially she was hesitant because of the fruit in the dish but the waitress convinced her. I had the steak with gouda mashed potatoes and roasted root veggies. One of the best meals I have eaten, if not the best meal I've eaten in Poughkeepsie. Looking forward to going back.

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by JH err
5 04/03/2018 JH err

Chef Brandon Walker has a wonderful place. From start to finish the meals were delightful and we felt he put some much love into his creations. This definitely is a place to try out.

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by chris laforge
5 30/12/2017 chris laforge

This place is great. Gourmet food paired with great local beers and wines. The local cheese plate and the jerk ribs were amazing. I had the skirt steak and the wife has the stuffed chicken. Everything was excellent and the service was great as well. We will return and recommend.

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by Jamie Cassaboon
5 27/11/2017 Jamie Cassaboon

Place has a great chill vibe, good service, and excellent food. Good beer and wine selection as well. I can't recommend it highly enough!

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by Megan Slater
5 07/11/2017 Megan Slater

The food and atmosphere were fsntastic! I ate there with 2 friends during restaurant week, and service was incredibly slow because they were understaffed. As soon as the other employees showed up, service was very quick! We spent about 2 hours there total. Everyone was friendly! I recommend.

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by Joanna Cohen
5 04/08/2017 Joanna Cohen

I went here for dinner on a busy Saturday night. We were seated right away and despite how busy it was, we never felt rushed. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable. And our waiter did a wonderful job pairing wine with our meal. We started with a small plate of grilled octopus. It is a must try! The octopus was tender, juicy, and well seasoned. It was perfectly balanced by the squid ink reduction and bean salad. I even joked about having another for dessert. My entree, the vegetable puttanesca, is delicious (just the right amount of salt and spice). It is served with a hearty pasta, which will leave you feeling satisfied. I will definitely be making my way back here soon.

Review of Essie’s Restaurant  by Gigi Fergus
5 27/07/2017 Gigi Fergus

What a wonderfully prepared meal. Everything we ate was top notch, beautifully plated, with deep complex flavors. Paired with the wines, the meal was simply elegant and casual - no pretense just expertly prepared food in a relaxed and inviting environment. Service was spot on. Chef was a delight and we would heartily return to see what new items he is planning for the menu. We were celebrating our daughter's graduation from CIA - Chef is also an alumnus and shared his story with her. What great inspiration. Perfect meal for a perfect day.

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14 Mt Carmel Pl, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601, USA

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What’s your signature dish?

My signature dish is inspired by Italy and Morocco. I make a Goat Bolognese dish, that consist of ground goat, spices that are commonly used in Morocco, fresh pasta, dates, apricots, and aged goat cheese.

How do you go about creating the perfect menu for your clients?

I go about creating the perfect menu for my clients by getting as much information as I can about there event. And then tailoring the menu to there request. whether it price range, a specific cuisine, or theme.

What do you love most about your job?

I'm walking, working, and living in my passion and that is cooking. When you do this it's not a job it's a part of you, I love to see peoples reactions when we serve them great food.

What inspired you to start your own business?

I just felt that if I was going to put in 60-90hrs a week for someone else, why not do it for myself.

Why should our clients choose you?

Clients should choose me because I'm very passionate about food and service. And its our goal to exceed the clients expectation through excellent food and service.

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