The Pokémon Go obsession has seeped into the Hudson Valley, attracting thousands of players in search of the game’s cyber critters. But it has also fascinated local entrepreneurs, who are enticing customers with Poké-prices and perks. We rounded up a list of area eateries offering discounts to help you refuel after training and battling sessions.
Kingston Candy Bar, Kingston
This one-stop shop for nostalgic sweets is offering a free ice-cream cone to customers who catch a Pokémon on-site. To secure your frozen dessert, screenshot your rare catch, post it on social media, and tag Kingston Candy Bar on their Facebook or Twitter pages. Discount or not, it may be difficult to deny their decorative donuts, with Pikachu, Clefairy, or a Poké Ball topping these treats.
Photo courtesy of Tea Talk
Tea Talk, Poughkeepsie
Tea Talk is teeming with cartoon creatures, and if you catch one while you sip away on their tasty tea, you’ll receive a discount on your drink. This teahouse also has a Pokémon-inspired menu, featuring flavors named after critters like Pikachu (lemon pineapple fruit), Meowth (classic milk), and Onix (honeydew taro milk).
Main Street Pizza & Café, Poughkeepsie
This cozy café is serving up a Pokémon Pizza Special. Enjoy two slices and a canned drink for only $5. If you’ve mastered the game and reached level 12 or higher, Main Street Pizza will add your topping of choice, free of charge.
City Dogs, Wappingers Falls
Hot dogs are plentiful in the Hudson Valley, but not many shops offer Pokémon Go giveaways like City Dogs does. Their perks vary based on your avatar’s skill: Level 3 grants you a beverage, on the house; Level 8 gets your free French fries; and Level 15 gifts you a complimentary combo, a $7.50 value that includes two hot dogs, fries, and a soda. This virtual game is all about catches, and City Dogs plays by the rules; all of their rewards are in combination with a $15 or more purchase.
Red Robin, West Nyack
Red Robin: where burger lovers and Pokémon unite. This participating location has big burger discounts for trainers. Just flash your Pokédex to your server and get $3 off your $10 or more order.
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