just got back from lunch at twisted soul in poughkeepsie. it's been open since july or august; owner, lee, is a cia grad at some point. he has a mini-library of cooking books - yeah, there's a martha stewart in there, but he's got marcus samuelsson, daniel boulud, i think eric ripert?, el bulli, french laundry, trotter and a bunch of others.
the restaurant itself is very basic. choices are dumplings, empanadas, noodle bowl and rice bowl to eat, and drinks - smoothies and bubble teas.
we had 3 orders of dumplings (each had 6 dumplings, + some rice / carrots / scallions and sauces, for $6) - one was crab/corn/lemongrass, one was a sausage, and i think the third was a pork. they also had a few other varieties. all were incredibly light, fresh food, and tasted delicious.
we also had 3 empanadas (1.75 each, 3 for $5). one beef, one chicken, one caramlized onion / portobello mushroom / potato. some of the lightest, flakiest empanadas i've had.
the rice bowl and noodle bowl sections were: choose one of them (rice or noodle). choose what type of sauce you want on it (a couple kinds of thai and some others). that costs 5.95. add some chicken, shrimp, tofu? for an additional $2. we didn't have any.
drinks: i had a honeydew smoothie. my friends had a green apple green bubble tea and some other kind, we were all real impressed with them.
came out of here with my friends, and said this (which i think sums it up well): fresh food. lightly cooked. NO GREASE. wonderfully filling.
it's at 44-something (four forty something) main st, poughkeepsie. they're open from 12-8, but lee said he's changing it soon (maybe 11-6?) because no one's showing up after 6. unfortunate, it's about 1 block east of the latest revitalized block...and i just hope they survive, because it's some real nice stuff they're cooking there. i'd heartily recommend it to people who are close to poughkeepsie...