The area is home to a slew of talented chefs, many of whom attended the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and decided to stay close by after graduation. Excellent cuisine is available throughout the region, and at the Culinary Institute itself. Rhinebeck, Nyack, and Kingston brim with high-quality restaurants. Such quality often means high prices, but you can also find appealing inexpensive eateries and high-end delis. With few exceptions (which are noted in individual restaurant listings), dress is informal. Where reservations are indicated as essential, you may need to reserve a week or more ahead.