We visited downtown Poughkeepsie's Bull and Buddha Restaurant a few times this summer. The Bardavon Gala patron's party was held there, and once again they did a terrific job handling the 500 plus attendees. Later in the year they scaled back their days and hours of operation - which always seems to hurt business on the days you remain open, and it did. A new management team has been brought in to revitalize the venue, which includes expanded hours of operation, a new menu, and plans for opening for lunch. We stopped in last Wednesday and shared some small plates at the bar.
The first thing we noticed was that sushi bar and sushi chef Makio Idesako were gone. The new menu dispenses with that cuisine, which is a shame. I really did enjoy Makio's very creative creations, and he will most definitely be missed. The new menu's focus is a Pan Asian "Modern Pacific", with an emphasis on sharing small plates. The price point for most of the selections is focused on value, both on the menu and the wine list. A meal here is one of the best values in town, especially during happy hour. The most expensive dish is the skirt steak, priced at $15. We usually share small plates at the bar, which allows us to choose from the lighter fare on the dinner menu, and also the "Happy Hour" choices priced at $4. For $10 - $15 per person, you can put together quite a tasty selection of dishes.
The bartender told us that they plan on (re) opening for lunch soon, and they are still working on the menu. The last time I stopped in for lunch the menu was limited to the sushi menu, which will obviously have to change with the new concept. The night club - Orient Ultra Lounge is still open in weekends. Since the club is open from 11PM to 3AM, you will have to rely on someone else's commentary as that is way past my bedtime.
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