Hours & Location

Hours Of Operation

Lunch ( Coming Soon)

Monday Closed

Tuesday-Saturday 11:30am-3:30pm


Monday Closed

Tuesday-Thursday 5:30pm-10:30pm

Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-10:30pm

Sunday Closed


Sunday 11:30am-4pm


Parking is available for Essie’s Restaurant in the municipal parking lot on Delafield St. under the walkway over the Hudson. Additional parking is located on Dutchess Ave. and Verazzano Blvd.


Essie’s is an elegant yet casual dining American restaurant located in the heart of the Little Italy section of Poughkeepsie, NY under the direction of Executive Chef Brandon Walker a CIA graduate from Brooklyn, NY. Chef Walker's menu will take you through his American South and Caribbean heritage to create American dishes with global flavors using modern cooking techniques and local seasonal ingredients when available. The Dining room pays homage to the things of old with vintage, industrial, and reclaimed wood features to create a cozy, warm and inviting environment.

Brandon Walker

Executive Chef/Owner


Chef Brandon Walker, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has a range of professional experience in the culinary arts, including time working at renowned New York City restaurants such as The Park Avenue Cafe, Oceana, Asiate, BLT Prime and TriBeCa Grill. After working in New York City, Chef Walker traveled to Europe and Asia to further his culinary experiences. Chef Walker was drawn back to the Hudson Valley because of its rich culture of artisans. Upon his return to the area, he helped to launch Panzur Restaurant and Wine Bar and continued to hone his skills during his tenure there. Following Panzur Restaurant Chef Walker became the opening Executive Chef of the Nic L Inn Wine Cellar on the Hudson. During his time there he received numerous accolades for creating seasonal menus using ingredients from local farmers and purveyors. Not only did it reflect his cooking style but the integrity of the local ingredients. Chef Walker also was a featured on the Food Network show “Rewrapped” in which he won the episode by creating Carbonara with Ritz Bits crackers with cheese. Shortly after the Nic L Inn, Chef Walker founded B&L Hospitality. Currently B&L Hospitality provides consulting services, catering, private events, and culinary coaching services. Essie's is Chef Walkers first restaurant where he will continue to showcase his love for the culinary arts.

Catering/Private Events

Let us take the stress away from you by planning your next event at Essie’s or at your desired venue. Whether it be a corporate or business lunch, wedding or a private gathering, we are available to accommodate you for a variety of occasions.  Our mission is to “Create Memories with Exceptional Service and Food”,please complete the inquiry form to begin planning your next event with us.   

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