NEWBURGH, N.Y. -- Newburgh has fast become a foodie destination with everything from fresh seafood (hello $1 oysters at Liberty Street Bistro) to small plates that go well with beer (cheers to Newburgh Brewing Company). Not to mention great ethnic food (thanks for the kimchi dumplings Seoul Kitchen).
Where do you like to go? A sampling of some of the city's best follows but feel free to write your thoughts on our Facebook page or in our Comments.
- Billy Joe's Ribworks: Meat lovers, this is your place to chow down on pit-smoked chicken, brisket, St. Louis-style ribs and lots more -- including the crowd-pleasing porky mac. There's even a pulled porktato (giant potato stuffed with pulled pork, baked beans, coleslaw and melted cheddar cheese).
- Blu Pointe: What's better than fresh-plucked oysters paired with a cold martini?Or a cool glass of Chardonnay? You'll also find grilled shrimp, Clams Casino, charcoal-grilled octopus and a chilled shellfish tower at this farm-to-table-waterfront eatery.
- Caffe Macchiato: Nothing says good morning like the Morning Macchiato: A freshly-baked croissant, two sunny eggs, melted provolone, roasted garlic tomatoes, arugula, and smoky mayo. Another popular starter: Avocado & Goat Cheese Toast featuring Coach Farms goat cheese, pickled red onions, and sweet peppers, served with scrambled eggs on a bed of arugula. Vegan option with tofu.
- Liberty Street Bistro : If "Pasta Mondays" don't grab you ($28 for two courses), maybe Sunday brunch will. The caramelized French Toast and the Chicken & Waffles with bourbon whipped cream are among the thoughtful and inventive dishes on the menu. Of course, there's also $1 oysters on Wednesdays and Thursdays and the fact that Chef Michael Kelly hails from Cornwall and is all about using the bounty of the Hudson Valley.
- Newburgh Brewing Company: Yes, the menu is limited -- think bar/light snacks -- but paired with the fresh brewskis, it's worth hanging out and diving into a plate of fresh hand-cut fries (with house-made mayo) or the authentic Bavarian soft pretzels, imported from Germany. There's also house-made bratwurst and Buffalo-style chicken fingers and gourmet mac and cheese.
- Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen : Madras curry, samosas, rice bowls and the eatery's famous Ayurvedic-Inspired Indian lunch (15+ dishes including varieties of succulent vegetables, various kinds of rice, alternative grains, beans, and soups) make this Robinson Avenue spot an adventure in Indian food worth visiting.
- Pamela's On The Hudson: Twenty wines by the glass and a gorgeous Hudson view are one reason to come here. The other? The American menu featuring salads, sandwiches, pork tenderloin, chicken, and salmon.
- Seoul Kitchen: A small intimate setting makes you feel like you're in the owner's Korean kitchen. Go outside your comfort zone and try the kimchi dumplings, bibimbap and a hot and spicy tofu bubbling pot.
- The Kitchen Soulfood Restaurant: Expect "soul food created with soul n love" where Owner and Chef Kim Herring serves up daily specials that come from her heart. She's quick to make her dishes heart-healthy and puts emphasis on fresh ingredients. Whatever you do, don't miss dessert. She has a killer banana pudding cake.
- The Wherehouse : Plan to sit here a while. The menu -- 98 different burger combinations -- is enough to give you pause -- and whet your appetite. The comfy eatery -- with its down-home community vibe -- is also known for its tacos and wings as well as plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.
- The River Grill: The river view is enough to make you go "ah." Add to that the crowd-pleasing menu featuring everything from seafood to chicken, meat, sandwiches, salads, and fish. Among the options to try: Hickory shrimp, Ahi Tuna Crisps and the River Grill Angus.
- 2 Alices Coffee Lounge: Talk about latte love Sure, we know coffee isn't technically a "food," but it should be. At 2 Alices, you'll find all your caffeinated dreams come true: English Toffee Latte, Mocha Raspberry Latte, White Chocolate Peppermint Latte, and so on. The eatery also serves great bagels, salads, homemade soups, and sammies as well as lots of teas and regular coffees.
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