HP Special Events at The Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park

4.6
160 Reviews
$50 and over
American
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 160 people are saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very relaxing ! Wonderful food & services . Definitely go back next events!

GD
GreatDiningBW
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service and very very good food. The table was beautifully set. Each course was served hot and plated very pleasing to the eye. Each taste complemented the overall experience.

JK
JenniferK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to this event several times now and this was the best one yet! More attentive service with family style refills, good beer and fun entertainment.

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vhtbbl
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

WOW WOW
So much fun! An incredibly joyous, communal eating and drinking fest that every good citizen needs in a seriously sad time in America. Bravo CIA!!!

EB
ElaineB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We went to a special lunch event featuring local wildlife. The food was outstanding as were the wine pairings. My only dislike was the communal seating. We sat with two other couples and thoroughly enjoyed our meal and companions but prefer to dine alone

LH
LizH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not the first CIA event we have attended, and it certainly won't be the last. These events as well as regular meals at the CIA restaurants are always wonderful. Great food and service.

M
vipMpsp
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful menu in a beautiful setting. Given that students of the CIA do the bulk of the work We did not go in expecting a Bocuse experience but it was way closer than we expected. The preparations were excellent, the wines, especially the one with the venison, a treat. Student wait staff very pleasant and well trained if a little mechanical (maybe nervous). Worth the trip and a great value!

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vippoozle
Pittsburgh
34 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was an excellent meal, properly garnished, and delicious. The acoustics however were terrible. Some of The waitstaff need more training. For instance, the server attempted to clear the table when I finished but my partner was still eating. The server poured the wine with the bottle resting on the top of the glass. He also reached across the table to serve, rather than walking around to the other side to serve on the correct side.

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bdwyfan
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at the Culinary Institute. A feast for the diners and a learning experience as well. Excellent service and a beautiful setting.

RM
vipRoMa
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first special events dinner at CIA and we will surely be back. The faculty was available for questions during the reception. The students had assembled a wonderful historical exhibit. The hospitality extended to guests was tip top. It was an historic meal with food items from various times in American history so there were new ingredients to sample and to take delight in. The students made presentations before each course was used. If I could change one thing, I would encourage the students to be better coached in how to use a microphone. Some did very well...their presentations were very informative. Some did less so because we could not hear them. Not a function of ambient noise, but of their unfamiliarity on how to speak into the mic.

JU
JUDITHD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting. It was a most enjoyable luncheon. The food was excellent and very unique, the service was good, the ambiance was incredible, and it was definitely worth the cost.

Can't wait to go again!

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chackie
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Afternoon in Venice -- Cicchetti luncheon
We've eaten at the CIA a number of times (mostly at the Caterina de Medici restaurant) and always enjoyed it. We were intrigued by this particular event since we love Venice and had searched out the cicchetti bars in Venice and loved the variety and surprise of these small delicacies. Cicchetti are like tapas. This was the CIA's take on this small plate food and it was very nice. CIA also presented guests with a booklet menu/recipe guide to the meal. We particularly liked the baccala fritters and the savory tart square (a spinach tart). Also there was a polpettine (meatball served on polenta) and shrimp & fava beans (beans were delicious and in a wonderful tart sauce). The final "cicchetti" was short ribs over a puree of potatoes This was very good - meat was very flaky and tender, sort of like a moist pot roast. This felt more like an entree than a small plate. But very good nonetheless. The finale was a bread pudding. We love going to the CIA and seeing all the chefs, wait staff in training. This was a memorable experience and for us a reminder of Venice. The restaurant is very lovely, a Tuscan feel with Murano chandeliers and the CIA campus is beautiful.

GB
GinnyB
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We so enjoyed our lunch in a lovely setting. The service was wonderful and the menu offered such interesting combinations and flavors. Our only complaint was that the candied walnuts were a bit overdone giving a charred, bitter taste.
We will definitely recommend the CIA to our friends and make a return bisit when we can.

AM
AnnM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love coming to these affairs. Looking for the next one

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vipDale76
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall2food4service3ambience1

I expected more emphasis on the theme for this event. There was no info, not even in the take-home booklet, about culture, history, or why certain dishes where chosen. This omission left something lacking in the overall experience. Only the wine options included some background info in the booklet. Also, having to sit with strangers was uncomfortable. I would understand if everyone had to sit community style. However, there were some couples who were able to have their own table which could have accommodated four people. Why did they get special treatment? The food was very good (short ribs were excellent!), but, unfortunately, I left feeling disappointed.

RM
vipRocketMan
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful event. Dr. Douglas Brinkley is a highly engaging speaker. The hors d'oeuvres, cocktails and dinner were creative (theme was space exploration) and delicious.

CM
vipCarolynM
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The event was well worth the money. the food was really good and very versatile. All you could eat and drink for $58.00 - WOW.

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Luke
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience4

Fascinating how they took typical street food, made tiny servings, and brought them to CIA excellence. We had a good time.

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Foodisgood104
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was exemplary (Desiree).

Polite, personable and enthusiastic. The service enhanced the food.

s
saadams
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another perfect evening at the CIA - what is not to love about these special dinners they procure? The courses are always diverse and so interesting (in this case: melon/prosciutto amuse bouche, burrata caprese salad, risotto, amazingly cooked branzino and then a tender and well flavored filet - we had literally no room for the flourless chocolate dessert except for one spoonful) and then paired with 5 amazing wines - it was a wonderful evening all around.

AND, what a luxury to sit for close to 3 hours savoring a meal - eating at a leisurely pace and truly relaxing and enjoying it - the way it should be - not being a "table to turn". We try to go to as many of these as we can - the quality and value are superb.

TM
TM859
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoy dining at the CIA. It’s great to experience the unique atmosphere and menu of each of the restaurants and to support the students as they hone their skills. This was my first “special event”, but I’ve always wanted to try one of these multiple-course meals, and when I saw the menu for this one, I immediately made a reservation for me and my boyfriend. We weren’t disappointed. The food was very good and with six courses, there was quite an array of tastes and textures. Prosecco, one white and two red wines during the meal were also served. Quite honestly, it was way too much food for us to eat in one sitting, but everything was so good, we did it anyway, and practically had to be rolled out the door! (In retrospect, we should’ve split one serving for a couple of the courses (like the risotto and filet mignon) and taken the second serving home). The service by the students was mostly good, and considering that they had to serve a dining room full of people all at the same time, I thought they handled the pressure pretty well. The pacing of the courses was well done, except for the last course (dessert), which took too long to execute. Overall, it was a very enjoyable evening, and I highly recommend the CIA.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The savory dishes were perfect. The dessert was interesting but was not as good.

T
Travelingmom
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The special event is banquet style with no menu choices, which is quite different from the regular menu at Bocuse. Portions for food and wine are generous.

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vipErik
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This occasion was a celebration of Alsace food. The first course was a fabulous crayfish bisque. One of the best bisques I have ever had! Second course was a "tarte flambe", also very good. The main course was a typical Alsace dish with saurkraut and different sausages and pork. Good, but not outstanding. The desert was a "Mirabelle tart", also very good. A sparkling dry white was served with the bisque and a Pinot Blanc with the choucroute. Beer or a Gewürztraminer, I think, would have been a better choice.
However, overall a great experience.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

CIA Alsatian cusine

CL
CaroleL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a lovely event. The food was delicious and the students served it so elegantly. The soup was the best bisque I've ever had. The restaurant was beautiful, and the CIA grounds overlooking the Hudson was spectacular. It's worth a trip from Manhattan just to have lunch or dinner and enjoy the grounds.

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rightarmman
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always fun to attend an event at the Culinary Institute of America. The food is superb and the wait staff… Is in training! As expected. :-)

CB
CherylB
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Food was excellent and not the run of the mill Italian food. Great experience and will definitely return to experience more of the high quality, delicious cuisine.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Service was painfully slow. The food was wonderful as always at any of the CIA restaurants but I would’ve appreciated an alternative to the lamb dish as I do not normally eat lamb. No menu was ever posted in advance so it wasn’t possible to know what was to be served. The other courses were delicious and highly recommended. Also, the event was marketed as $55 per person yet I was charged over $140 for 2 diners. When I asked, I was informed that a 20% gratuity and tax had been added. Would’ve been nice to have had notice. Most likely would have gone anyway but it was not well noticed. The movie that followed the meal was just ok. Prior dinner and movie events have been much better.

KE
KEPRTRM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The events are always well thought out and planned meticulously. Bringing guests who’ve never dined at the CIA is fun. They love looking into the kitchens and seeing their meal prepared! One never goes away hungry!

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vipbosslady1a
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

A very disappointing experience- the evening started with waiter not knowing what was on the drink menu - then went downhill from there - the soup came out at room temperature- and the flavor for it which was in the sherry which was poured on after it was served wasn’t brought to the table until we were almost finished with the soup - the next course - a po-boy was well prepared but with no flavor - finally the entree - chicken - was so salty that it was inedible- everyone at the event commented on the same - the floor manager’s response was that he would bring out another piece of the same chicken - one guest took him up on the same and it was still just as salty - there was no offer to remove or credit that item to everyone’s check
Overall for a culinary school - I think they missed the mark on all points and it is doubtful that we will return for another meal or event -sadly
The highlight of the night was the post dinner documentary on Ella Brennan

GL
vipGabrielleL
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

the food was over salted, incomplete and service was incompetent. I love going to the CIA but am going to stick to regular restaurant reservations from now on. I am always disappointed with their special event food and service, this last time being the worst.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you!!

R
vipRachelle
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was somewhat disappointing given prior experience with CIA. The lobster bisque was not, in fact, a bisque but an over salted broth with tiny, tasteless pieces of lobster floating around. The dinner rolls were also over salted. The hors d’oeuvres and main dish were good, but the baked Alaska had the taste and texture of styrofoam.

The jazz entertainment was excellent!

MH
vipMariaH
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Always on its game. Great value. Authentic menu - worth the drive

DV
DianneV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother day 2018
Excellent
Reservation on time
Plenty of wonderful food
Desert out of this world
Live mood music...
Will go every year!

LA
vipLindaA
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious French luncheon. A great place to spend the afternoon.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent. Waiter was terrific. Can't wait to return to any CIA restaurants.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding lunch, delicious food, extraordinary service, beautiful surroundings.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2017
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Very disappointed in this most recent visit (of several) to the CIA. This attempt at a celebration of Sicilian dishes did not come off well. Only the first course was truly enjoyable, and most were accompanied by unappreciated wines. My wife and our tablemates left several plates unfinished. Will return, but order off of the main menu only, because we have so enjoyed previous visits. No more "special events."

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HP Special Events at The Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park is rated 4.6 stars by 160 OpenTable diners.

HP Special Events at The Culinary Institute of America - Hyde Park does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.ciarestaurantgroup.com/.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.