Pastalina's Restaurant serves hearty baked pastas and chicken and veal dishes inspired by the Avellino region of southern Italy. Chef and owner Rocco Ciccone whips up a menu full of flavorful dishes such as a zesty puttanesca peppered with capers and olives, and rich pasta alla matriciana, filled with bacon, onions, and plum tomatoes. The restaurant’s catering packages, which can be tailored to huge wedding parties as well as intimate get-togethers, feature homemade fusilli, caprese salad, fruit platters, chicken cacciatore, and other offerings.
MG Fitness’ instructors summon sweat during fun group workouts while solo students try out more than 75 pieces of exercise equipment at two convenient studio locations. Workers-out looking to go it alone can bask in the glow of personal TV screens on Precor treadmills or opt for elliptical machines to help arms and legs build strength by repeatedly tracing low-impact ovals and hand turkeys. Men and women alike can tone up, using the sprawling selection of dumbbells and plate-loaded machines by Icarian and Hammer Strength to press, curl, and ripple. Fitness seekers in need of butt-busting camaraderie can drop in on classes that range from calorie-torching step aerobics to limbering power-yoga sessions, where students melt stress with stretches, poses, and deep-breathing exercises. To push clients toward fitness goals, certified personal trainers employ one-on-one coaching, exercise instruction, and the motivating growls of monster trucks.
Chinese and Japanese culinary traditions unite inside the walls of Asia Palace, appeasing polar cravings with meals ranging from spicy General Tso’s chicken, scorched with red peppers, to sushi hand rolls with cooling ingredients such as cucumber, raw salmon, and creamy avocado. The sushi bar also churns out specialty sushi rolls with some heat, including the wasabi roll with tuna and yellowtail as well as the lobster roll topped with crunchy spicy tuna. Classic dishes from other areas of Asia include pad thai with peanuts and egg; singapore rice noodles with wok-fried shrimp, pork, and chicken in a curry sauce; and lychee nuts—which are played with in place of marbles in Korea.
Heritage Florist blossoms with dew-fresh, handcrafted flower arrangements in eye-catching designs created by green-thumbed growers with more than 50 years of floral experience. Pick up a Daisy Cheer bouquet ($35) to perk up a lonely table, or arrive at a host's house bearing the Yellow and Lavender Delight arrangement ($48) bursting with roses, asters, daisies, and dish-washing gnomes. The Brighten Your Day bouquet cheers up bloom lovers with red, yellow, and purple chrysanthemum and alstroemeria buds ($45), and vases filled with a dozen hot-pink roses ($55) help express intent to potential suitors. Neglected corners of parlors and living rooms transform into hospitable forests when decorated with the Dish Garden with Pinks live arrangement ($50), a wicker basket packed with such typical garden sights as ivy and neighborhood kids' baseballs.
Named for owner Paul Russo’s two dogs, Eddie and Finnegan, eddigan’s stocks upscale used furniture, antiques, and modern décor to fill empty rooms. Green thumbs can cultivate prize-winning couch potatoes on a modern leather recliner and matching ottoman ($125), while paranoid patrons can scour vintage paisley sofas and matching throw pillows for secret hieroglyphs and camouflaged CIA transmitters ($600). Decorate spaces by perusing eddigan’s supply of delicate glassware and pottery ($100–$500), still-life paintings, blown-glass bowls, and work by local artisans. A refuge for rescued cockatiels, eddigan’s is filled with the cheerful chatter of caged zebra finches, orange weavers, and society finches, which are all cloistered in an aviary, where they spend each night plotting new ways to take over Poughkeepsie.
Chef and owner Ayman Noufal crafts gourmet Italian dinners at Lantana Café, a charming neighborhood restaurant and bar. The menu features classic meat entrees including veal and chicken marsala, and a handful of vegetarian pastas such as tortellini alia pesto. You’ll also find a variety of local seafood—shrimp, mussels, baby clams, and a half Maine lobster top the signature Lantata Al Forno linguine dish, which can only be eaten with Poseidon’s trident. Brick-oven pizzas and global plates such as paella round out the rest of the menu.
Guests enjoy all of these dishes in an intimate 45-person dining room. Tinned ceilings, chandeliers, and a wooden hutch stocked with glassware add a touch of elegance to every meal. This classy yet cozy vibe carries over to the bar and lounge area, where diners can watch their meals spring from a giant slingshot out of the partially open kitchen.