American Bounty at The Culinary Institute of America
We had a table with kitchen view & what a great experience... masterpiece presentation, flavorful food and amazing dessert with press coffee. Great end to our day!
The food was absolutely delicious !! However our server had no personality ! It seemed like he didn't like what he was doing !! He never thanked us once and was very blah !
My husband and I were most anxious to experience dining at the institute. Since we were in the area we made a reservation at American bounty restaurant. We found the menu to be fairly limited and overall pricy . The food we ordered was delicious and well presented but again,pricy. The service was extremely slow but the servers were friendly but not too well informed as to exactly how the entree was prepared. We were impressed however, just how grand and impressive the campus was ,one of the finest we have seen in this country.
Superb food, attentive service and their own brewed beer was fantastic. American Bounty is a place love to go for a celebration or just a really nice treat.
Great service good appetizer duck main course visually unappealing vegetable side too bland to eat
Overall our experience was excellent. The waiters did get a little confused. There were three of us. For a first course we ordered two salads, one to be split by two of us and one for the third. Only the split one was served until we said. For a main dish, I ordered lamb, which was delicious except it had shards of bone in it. The others each ordered cod, which they loved.
This is a destination restaurant. The food is outstanding. Beautiful to behold and even more delicious to eat. It’s great to learn about the CIA education path from the student wait staff. Go with an empty stomach for sure!
The menu selection was somewhat limited...our server was very accommodating...but when he asked if we would like a refill on ice tea and club soda he did not inform us that there was a full charge for refills...honestly with $30.00 entrees and $4.00 for an initial ice tea...you cannot give a free refill...not sure what you are teaching your students regarding hospitality
Went there after visiting FDR’s home and library in Hyde Park.
Overall this is my least favorite CIA experience but still well worth a recommendation to others. Maybe we just hit them late on a rough night. The drinks took longer than expected to arrive. The server was a little shy and less knowledgable about the menu (she was likely new) but very pleasant. The portions are on the small side for the cost. The charcuterrie needs cheese to compliment it. The country ham was too salty for my taste. The greens under my Pork tenderloin were over salted. The Pork was cooked perfectly but slightly cold as if it had been sitting too long and there were only 4 small pieces of pork on the entire plate mixed with greens, carrots, and beets. Tasty but underwhelming. The chicken was very slightly overcooked. The skin was perfect but the meat was just starting to dry and again, seemed a little too cold as if it had been sitting too long. The trout was excellent. The cost was not unreasonable but the overall experience when thinking about how satisfied and impressed I was at the end of the meal felt lacking. I would absolutely go again just to give them another shot. I just wanted to offer an honest review that hopefully can be used constructively. Everyone there works hard and I believe that we just experienced an off night. Perhaps the beginning of the school year is just a time when they are still training and working out the kinks with new people.
As you walk into the American Restaurant in the tavern area, the host desk seems somewhat lost and is unimpressive. The dining area was fine, but no views of any sort (would think there would be lights in the outside courtyard). Our server seemed very inexperienced and ill-equipped. Multiple people had to service our table for things as simple as water refills. We had to ask for everything, including the bread that is supposed to be served to every table. Once served our appetizers, no one came by to ask if we needed anything and if the food was good. Same with dinner. Other people delivered our food (every time) and we never saw our waiter till we were done. The food was mediocre at best and WAY overpriced. The portions were tiny. If it hadn’t been for the bread, we would have left hungry. We skipped dessert just to get out faster. On top of all that, they included a 20% gratuity on our bill. Will never go back again and would never recommend it to anyone.
The food was wonderful. The service was extremely friendly and helpful. Our only criticism is that one drink order and one salad order were incorrect.
Great cuisine! The students do a great job! Very enjoyable experience!
Food was delicious as usual although portions were smaller than last time (the lamb barbacoa was larger last year.) Service was awful. The waiter knew nothing about the menu and kept insisting, no matter how many times we told him my husband is BLIND, that my husband had to READ THE MENU because he didn't know what beer they had. We're canceling our later reservations.
We've intended to go here for years, and finally made plans thanks to a visiting weekend guest. The ambiance of the restaurant is welcoming, and our student greeters and servers did a fine job. Really
wonderful cocktails. The highlight of the meal was our appetizers -- a charcuterie platter and seafood cannelloni. Absolutely delicious and memorable. Our entrees (chicken breast and rainbow trout, etc) were excellent. The bread was fantastic -- a nice combination of slightly-sweet flavors plus very gutzy
"pretzel"-style salt on top. Great contrast. A shared dessert was fun, and a fine finish to a memorable meal. I especially appreciated that we purposely wanted to enjoy a slow, gradual meal -- and yet everything arrived at just the right moment. My only "comment" for the Campus in general: We found the signage all throughout the site to be very confusing and seemingly designed for aesthetics-not-
function. Next time, we'll try the French restaurant and look forward to another CIA experience.
Chef hats off to the youthful students and their instructors. Well done, all!!
Had lunch at the restaurant. The lamb chops were ordered medium and came well done. The appetizer fried quail was very dry. It took approximately 1 hour to get the main dish after the appetizer. Overall a little disappointing.
I had a nice experience. I especially liked the hospitality of the students. It was easy and friendly to chat with them. However, and this was surprising, the food was disappointing. I know to expect that fine dining means they will use a lot of butter and salt in the cooking, but it was too much. The first few bites were very tasty, but a few bites in and all I could taste was the overwhelming butteriness of it all. I really was disappointed. In addition, my server gave me bad advice about food pairings and I found that the side dish canceled out the taste of the main dish. These were their recommendations and they really were a bad combination. At least the wine was good.
The service and the presentation of the food was outstanding. The best part of the meal was the desserts which tasted as good as they looked.
Great meal especially the service.
I guess we were expecting more. The food was OK, but not outstanding. The service was good, but again not outstanding. The ambiance was like that of nice family restaurant, but again nothing memorable. And the wine list which was devoted exclusively to New York State wines, was unfamiliar — so we just chose house wines from California that were available by the glass. And although a big deal was made of having reservations, the restaurant was half empty on the night we went there.
Always a pleasure to visit the CIA. We love American Bounty. The food is delicious and the service outstanding. It is definitely worth the trip.
Took my son for a CIA tour and had lunch at The American Bounty. Loved our dining experience. The mushroom ravioli appetizer was our favorite.
A truly dreadful meal! The entree selection was surprisingly unimaginative with no beef offering. The lamb was completely tasteless / inedible and the pork uniquely flavorlessly dry. The duck was ok at best while the Market Fish and chicken were simply superb.
The appetizers were merely okay. The tomato soup was little better than Campbell’s Canned and the crab at three bites was so minuscule as to be insulting.
The summer sangria was strangely awful as it was simply a glass of white wine with fruit plopped in the goblet. The fruit added no flavor and clearly was not a planned combination. The desserts were a mixed bag —chocolate banana was excellent while the peaches sundae was inedible. The ice cream-less sundae was filled with a fake whipped cream that all five in our party found greasy spoon-like fare. I would expect something like that from a cheap diner not american Bounty. It was completely inedible with unripe peach pieces. It was the single worst item that our party of five ordered. We wondered who was supervising the students as they were obviously asleep at the wheel.
Overall, the meal was a serious waste of time and money. I gave it two stars based upon three good offerings — two entrees and one dessert. Was not worthy of CIA. I will not return to American Bounty.
Our student waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly. The servers were considerate of when a conversation was going on and kept our glasses filled. Overall it was a wonderful experience and one I highly recommend.
Easy to make reservation in the chic dining room with a table overlooking the courtyard. Excellent service by several different servers. Delicious seasonal and local foods. We splurged on dessert and glad we did.
Beautiful place, excellent food. The service was the best I have ever experienced. This is definitely a special place. I love that there is no loud music so that my friend and I could have a conversation and hear each other. The focus was definitely on the experience of fine dining. I will come here more often!
Good value. The only real drawback to this experience was that I sometimes found it hard to understand what the waiter was saying. I suspect for some that English was not a first language. Maybe a second, third, or fourth. And being young, students, they sometimes tend to mumble, which is hard to hear in a noisy restaurant environment. Or maybe it's just that I'm getting hard of hearing.
Completely disorganized. Couldn’t seat us when we arrived on time for our reservation because they said the kitchen was too busy. No one seemed responsible for us or our table. The wine we ordered didn’t arrive until after we finished our meal. We were offered a complimentary dessert and coffee for the poor service but it never arrived, so we paid our bill and left. Dinner and wine was nearly $200. I would never go back.
Desserts were beautiful to look at, well explained by one of the students preparing them and delicious. Appetizers paired 2 items that I would not have expected together - smoked trout with a cucumber vinaigrette but it did and the main courses, duck and chicken were tasty. All presentations of food were beautiful. We were disappointed not to have one of the students as our main waiter. The restaurant itself is very dignified and it was great to be by a window into the kitchen where you could watch the desserts (in our case) being prepared.
Flavor is primary here. The color of the plating is beautiful but the flavor of the food is pure and intense. The service is attentive.
It is a great location - a one time good thing to experience. Would not go back. Did not have silverware at table - had to ask for it after food was served. Menu did not explain dishes very well my sister had salmon appetizer and it mentioned sourdough - figured it was encrusted in it but there were two extremely small croutons and the salmon was raw - no indication on menu that it was not cooked. No one came by offering pepper to plate. I had the pork belly - it literally was an inch in size and three very thin slices of pear constituted the pear salad Appetizer portion extremely small for the price. I asked for my remainder of steak main course to be boxed to go - waiter asked if we wanted tour of kitchen which was appreciated but distracted me and I did not realize until we got out of restaurant that I was not given my go box.
I ordered the Tomato Soup that was excellent and very flavorful. However, the Trout was too mild with little flavor--no salt, no acid, only butter which was too bland for a bland fish. My husband ordered the Lamb which was excellent (I had a taste). Dessert of ganache ribbon, ice cream, etc. was too confusing and too many jumbling of tastes and color.
Fantastic service (thank you Matt!) and a delicious meal. It was our first time at American Bounty and we'll certainly be back! Thank you for a wonderful evening!
We had high expectations and enjoyed our evening although there were some less than excellent parts. The food was very good but we were expecting a lot. The pork was a little salty. My decaf coffee was not hot enough. I enjoyed the wines.
We go to the CIA as much as possible and mostly to Bocuse, but decided to try American Bounty and we were not disappointed. We will definitely be back again as we enjoyed our lunch very much. Always a pleasure dining at some of the finest restaurants, with exceptional service, outstanding selections and a perfect setting.
It was fine to have the experience of future chefs cooking your dinner. The entrees were good, the accompanying sides just ok. The appetizers were trying to be different but reasonably good. The wait service was not familiar with the menu.
Food was on point except fish came out undercooked but was quickly corrected with delicious results. Service was attentive without being invasive. We always enjoy the experiences at The CIA and seeing future chefs honing their skills is a great time.
The food and service were great BUT access was very poor. The elevator was down and traveling with a individual with mobility limitations made for a very frustrating experience.
Beautiful food in a beautiful setting!! The service and ambiance were wonderful !