• New York Campus
    Meal Plans

    Clear Choices, Great Value, Amazing Food

    The Culinary Institute of America offers an exciting selection of meal plans for our students. These plans use a points system, loading points onto each student ID card to use as determined by each specific plan.

    Choose the one that’s right for you:

    Base, Residential, Residential Plus, and Residential Ultimate Meal Plans
    Base, Residential, Residential Plus, and Residential Ultimate Meal Plans


    There are three types of points that determine where you can dine:

    • Blue Points—Any production kitchen (Roth Hall, East Wing Production Kitchens, and The Line in The Egg)
    • Green Points—Any production kitchen, similar to blue points, but also other locations in The Egg such as the Café and the Innovation Kitchen—and in the campus restaurants (at approved times)
    • Gold Points—These are good for any production kitchen, all venues at The Egg, and all campus restaurants (at approved times)

    Freshmen receive 100% Blue Points and may dine only in the production kitchens listed.
    Sophomores and Juniors receive 50% Blue Points and 50% Green Points, to be used in the areas indicated above.
    Seniors receive 100% Green Points and can dine in all of the areas listed at any time.

    Enroll Today

    Call 845-905-4518 or stop by Dining Services.

    Culinary Cash

    Along with meals covered by the board fee, the college offers students the opportunity to purchase Culinary Cash. A minimum cash deposit in the amount of $25 is all that is needed to get started in the Culinary Cash program. Culinary Cash is mandatory for all students who wish to print any material from the student computer labs. The Culinary Cash program gives students the convenience, flexibility, and security of cash-free transactions by enabling them to use their CIA Student ID like a debit card at selected sites on campus such as restaurants and the library. Culinary Cash can also be used to buy tickets from the Student Activities Office. As an added convenience, you and your family will be able to set up and add funds to your Culinary Cash account using our new online deposit system—GET Funds. This deposit system is available 24/7 and accepts MasterCard, VISA, Discover, or debit cards as payment options.

    At the end of your academic career, any remaining balance on your account will be transferred to your tuition account and applied to outstanding financial obligations. If the remaining balance is over $10.00, a refund must be requested via the Student Financial & Registration Services Office. Unclaimed balances will be transferred to the Student Activities Account.