I too love the Apple Pie Bakery Cafe. No reservations needed and specials each day. The prices are very reasonable and you can get take out too. Call ahead as its not open on weekends or when school is not in session.
In my opinion the Escoffier French Restaurant has the best food. It was named “Best Dutchess County Restaurant” by Hudson Valley magazine. The Escoffier had closed permanently this summer, will be renovated and reopened in November under a new name. You really can’t go wrong with any of the restaurants at the CIA. I ate at the Escoffier Restaurant, Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, Apple Pie Bakery Café, and loved them all. I am looking forward to try the American bounty Restaurant, and St. Andrews Café. The CIA restaurants are on the pricy side but are really worth the experience. While there a stroll on campus will be great fun and make sure to stop by the amazing herb garden. For the best value and a casual breakfast or brunch the Apple Pie Café is a great place to visit.