While Poughkeepsie isn't exactly New York when it comes to eating out, it has its fair share of good restaurants. Most students eat their meals on campus, but occasionally take the much-needed break from ACDC to venture off campus. With the Culinary Institute of America within 15 minutes of Vassar, many of the chefs who populate area restaurants are top in their profession. There is a good assortment of restaurant styles within walking distance of Vassar, including Chinese, American, Italian, Japanese, Vietnamese, Mexican, and Middle Eastern. The restaurants are, for the most part, inexpensive and surprisingly good.
The Farmer's Market on Thursdays across the street from campus also offers a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables for students to cook with. If you have access to a car, the possibilities of eating out are endless. Students often pile into cars and to go to restaurants in Poughkeepsie and the nearby towns of Hyde Park and New Paltz. For the more lazy and hungry among us, Napoli's Pizza is a student favorite for delivery. There are many pizzerias, Chinese restaurants, and delis that deliver to Vassar through the night. Late-night, after-party take out is a regular weekend activity.