The nation's foremost culinary arts college has four on-campus restaurants and a bakery cafe, which are open to the public. They're staffed by students of CIA, but they hardly seem like training grounds. All are extremely professional, which is why it can be so hard to get a reservation (reservations are accepted 3 months in advance, and for some weekends in season, you may need that much of a cushion). The three main restaurants are the elegant Bocuse Restaurant, serving classic French fare; Ristorante Caterina de Medici, a handsome villa with a regionally varied Italian menu; and American Bounty Restaurant, which focuses on regional American specialties and ingredients from the Hudson River Valley. Casual Apple Pie Bakery Café is an informal place for baked goods and a nice lunch or early dinner. You'll know the nation's food-service industry is in good hands after a meal at one of the restaurants and a walk around CIA. The three main restaurants request business or "country club casual" (collared shirt and slacks or khakis) attire and no jeans, sneakers, or sandals. Reservations accepted online (often the best way to get in); note that dining hours are limited.

Note: All restaurants are closed when school is not in session; visit the website for dates of closing (most of July, plus selected dates throughout the year).