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Restaurants, Bars, Nightlife 

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Restaurants on the Hudson River Waterfront..

Torches on the Hudson:

120 Front Street, Newburgh New York (845-568-0100)

Popular for drinks and chief of the nightlife scene here on Newburgh's Waterfront

This huge nautical themed restaurant has mammoth windows looking out to the Hudson and 5,700 gallon salt-water aquarium.

If you're looking for a hearty American meal, the menu has you covered. Torches serves an array of seafood, steaks, chops, soups and salads, burgers and sandwiches, and pasta dishes.

Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days a week from 11:30 am to 10 pm (till 11 on Saturday.) Sunday brunch is from 10 am to 2 pm.

Torches turns into a sexy nightclub from 11pm - 3am on weekends, especially during their Summer Sessions. The waterfront restaurant bumps with music provided by high-profile DJs, neon lights, smoke machines, the whole works. They're even known to have fire-breathers!

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The River Grill:

40 Front Street, Newburgh New York (845-561-9444)

A white-cloth dining experience that you can enjoy al fresco in the warmer months.

Watch the boats go by and admire the glow of sunset on Mt. Beacon across the river.

Chef-owner, Steve Mallia cooks up seafood, steaks, chops, pastas, racks of lamb and even Paella. Clams, oysters, and shrimp cocktails are available from the Raw Bar. Extensive drink list.

Open everyday for lunch from 11:30 to 3:30 and for dinner from 5:00 to 9:00 pm (till 10 pm on Friday and Saturday). River Grill offers catering packages and will host your special event; birthdays, baby showers, weddings, whatever!

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Billy Joe Ribworks:

26 Front Street, Newburgh New York (845-565-1560)

A fun, southern BBQ joint.

This huge restaurant on the waterfront has super high ceilings and a classy bar center stage.

The carefully selected 'barn yard' decor on the walls gives the place lively character.

Ribs, are of course, what it's all about. The hand rubbed meat is slowly smoked until juicy and tender and then smothered in a homemade BBQ sauce (unless you want it 'naked'). Choose from Baby Back ribs, St. Louis-cut ribs, or Brontosaurus Beef ribs.

The menu also offers a variety of soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and non-smoked entree's like the House-Made-Meatloaf and BBQ Grilled Shrimp.

Regular live music and entertainment is offered during the warmer months on their outdoor deck. There's a pretty decent beer list, too.

Open for lunch and dinner everyday from 11:30 am to 9 pm (till 10 on Friday and Saturday). Late night dining menu is also available on weekends from 10 to 11 pm. Bar stays open till 2 am on weekends.

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Cena 2000:

50 Front Street, Newburgh New York (845-561-7676)

Northern Italian/Tuscan cuisine in a beautifully decorated restaurant with a modern, European ambiance.

Outdoor dining is available in the warmer months.

Sit back at the horseshoe wine-bar and enjoy some oysters and the views while you wait for your main course. 

The main menu includes a lot of fresh fish and seafood, like grilled octopus, fried calamari, and lobster salad.

Of course, you've got all sorts of pasta dishes like raviolis stuffed with spinach and ricotta cheese, in a mushroom sauce. For dessert, go for some Gelato or Tiramasu, and a hot cup of Espresso.

Open every day for lunch: 12 to 3 pm; and for dinner: 5 to 10 pm (till 11 on Friday and Saturday). Closes at 9 pm on Sundays.

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2 Washington Street, Newburgh New York (845-565-0077)

Having been open for over 25 years, it's a bit of an icon on the Newburgh Waterfront.

This floating bar/restaurant is actually an old barge that owner Ralph Risio bought for $2,000 back in the 80s.

The charm is it's happy-hour, summer-fun vibe with nightly entertainment and live music. No dress codes here. And it's ideal site, directly on the water, offers amazing views of the Hudson Highlands and Bannerman's Island.

I've only ordered appetizers and drinks from here, but they got all the things you might expect. A wide array of seafood entrees, fried and fun appetizers, soups and salads, burgers, wraps, and sandwiches; steaks, poultry, and pork chops.

Open every day for lunch and dinner from 11:30 am to 10:00 pm. Bar's open till 2 am on weekends. Lower-deck, downstairs dining room is air-conditioned and protected from the elements, open for dinner: 4pm-10pm daily.

Pamela's on the Hudson:

1 Park Place, Newburgh New York (845) 562-4505

Executive chef and owner, Pamela Resch has long and successfull career in the catering business.

She's served global dignitaries, taught at the Culinary Institute of America, and can boast a long list of awards and achievements. 

Her business, Pamela's Traveling Feast on the Hudson (love that name!) is primarily a catering business for on-site events, like weddings, bar and bat mitzvas, baby showers, corporate functions, ect...

But you don't need to get married to eat here. You can swing by the bistro-lounge which is open for lunch and dinner. Wednesday thru Sunday 3-9; until 10 Friday and Saturday; closed Monday and Tuesday.

The award winning venue is situated beautifully on the river's edge with great views of the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge. There's a fireplace, dance-floor, and lots of space outdoors. And of course, amazing food.

The menu includes some small plate starters like Steamed Clams and Crispy Calamari, and a Pesto & Goat Cheese Flatbread Pizza. Entrees include Burgers, Steaks, Grilled Shrimp Skewers, Chops, and Fish Tacos.


Bars and Restaurants near Washington's HQ...

Caffee Machiatto:

99 Liberty Street, Newburgh New York (845-565-4616)

A bit of Brooklyn here in Newburgh.

Babara Bellarini, co-owns this small, authentic Italian bistro with her husband Edwine Seymour.

Barbara's the cook and barista, Ewine does the pastries.

They met while living in Brooklyn, after Bellarini moved there from her home in Italy. Later they moved up north and opened Machiatto in 2005.

Old fashioned display cases full of pastries and the steaming sound of metallic espresso makers greet you at the door.

It's the perfect place to enjoy a delicious, frothy cup of joe, cappuccino, or whatever variation of the caffiene bean you like.

The menu is casual and has mostly light dishes and desserts.

Expect freshly baked, flaky croissants; Frittatas (italian style quiche/omelet) covered with fresh prosciutto and cheese; mesculun vinagrette salads; and daily soup and pasta specials.

Tuck into a corner window seat with a book or a friend for a quiet spell. Or just grab any of their 30 seats and take in the easy-going vibe of customers and commerce.

Open for breakfast and lunch: 10 am - 4 pm, Tuesday thru Friday; 9 am - 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. Brunch is also available on weekends.

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The Wherehouse:

119 Liberty Street, Newburgh New York (845-561-7240)

Here is a very cool place. They've got a cosmic, psychedelic vibe ala San Francisco's Haight Asbury in 1960s. But also seems to cater to the Biker-bar set.

Check out the walls, decorated with original posters from famed concert venues like the Fillmore East.

If you're a music lover, the interest goes beyond posters. The bar frequently hosts top-notch musicians in many genres, but mostly blues/rock.

(The late blues guitarist legend Bill Perry was a native of Newburgh, and many of his friends play here.)

Their delightful menu is full of 50 fat juicy burgers with fun names. Try the Soul Burger, topped with mac 'n cheese, or the teriyaki stir-fry inspired Shogun Burger. They're all seriously good.

In addition they've all sorts of chicken wing flavors, nachos, sandwiches, vegetarian/vegan items, an assortment of specialty bottled sodas, and plenty of Newburgh Brewing Company on tap.

Open every day except Monday, 12 pm - 11 pm (till 12 am on weekends). Sundays: 11 am - 9pm.

Newburgh Brewing Company:

88 South Colden Street, Newburgh New York (845) 569-2337

Just around the corner from Washington's Headquarters, brewmaster and CEO, Christopher Basso and his team have tapped into the nation's growing love for craft beer.

In 2011, the young entreprenuer and friends transformed this old 20,000 square foot paper box factory into one of the coolest establishments in the city of Newburgh.

Now, instead of paper boxes, this handsome building is used to pump out thousands of barrels of hand-crafted beer.

Inside, you'll find the taproom, a large open loft space with plenty tables in a beer-hall-esque fashion. Wood floors and brick walls meet in beautiful symmetry. Vaulted ceilings are criss-crossed by large wooden beams and stylized duct work. It's all very attractive.

Standing in the back are the huge, shiny aluminum barrels used to make the fine frothy stuff. 

And crowds of people sit and meet at one of the many tables, ordering their favorite session beers. Cream Ale, Brown Ale, Stouts, IPAs, there's a whole long list of wild and unique brews to try.

There's also some delicious and unpretentious food to pair with your beers. Rosemary & Garlic Fries; Onion Rings and Pork Rinds; Soft Pretzels; Bratwurst; Farm Fresh Salads; Cheese Plates; Fish Tacos, and more.

The brewery regularly hosts live events. Every Wednesday is trivia night, and there is usually a band, or solo musician performing at least once a week.

The Newburgh Brewing Company is open Wednesday 4pm - 9pm (trivia @7:30); Thursday; 4pm-11pm; Friday 4pm-12am; Saturday 1pm-11pm (with brewery tours before 5 pm upon request); and Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

Restaurants Elsewhere in Newburgh New York...

Machu Picchu Peruvian Restaurant:

301 Broadway, Newburgh New York (845) 562-6478

Looking for something totally different?

When's the last time you've eaten a traditional Peruvian meal?

This unassuming building on Broadway may not be in the best part of town, but it has great food you can't find anywhere else, and it's well priced.

Inside you'll find a handsome mahogany bar made from fitted pieces of stone. Hand-crafted decor made by Peruvian artisans embellish the walls. 

At the bar order a Pisco Sour, the traditional Peruvian wine-brandy cocktail, or an Inca Kola, the golden soda brand famous in south America. 

For an appetizer try the Ceviche, a delicious mix of fresh seafood and onions marinated in lime juice with corn and sweet potato, served cold.

For your main course go for some traditional Incan cuisine and order the Carapulcra - a hearty stew with pieces of chicken flavored with aji panca - a type of chile pepper native to Peru.

Other delicious dishes include grilled skewers of swordfish with sauteed baby bok choi; and Pan Con Chichacharro - tender slices of pork and sweet potato with a light salsa on a freshly baked bun.

Open 6 days a week, closed Tuesdays. Typical hours are 10 am - 10 pm. Open later on Fridays and Saturdays (till 11:30 pm).

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North Plank Road Tavern:

30 N Plank Road, Newburgh New York (845) 562-5031

Here's a quality restaurant meant to invoke the olden days of long carriage rides and the cozy taverns that weary travelers visited along their journey.

Indeed, the building is a true historical landmark which dates back to 1801.

The inviting interior is a spectacle of artifacts, paintings, and lithographs.

The place charms with it's detail. Like the sloping wood-plank floors and the beautiful mahogany bar salvaged from Newburgh's old waterfront United States Hotel.

The menu features tantalizing items in the fashion of New American cuisine. For an appetizer the Goat Cheese French Toast served with mushrooms and black truffle fondue sounds amazing. Main course items include Braised Pork Shoulder, grilled hangar steak. Crisped Farm Chicken.

Open 6 days a week. Closed Mondays. Typicaly hours are 3 pm - 9 pm. Fridays and Saturdays are open later (till 10 pm.)

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1297 Route 300, Newburgh New York (845) 564-3848

A highly rated Asian cuisine restaurant serving classic dishes popular in Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and China.

Couple Henry and Yung Mae Raacke opened the restaurant in 1980 after extensive travels throughout the Far East.

The interior design is pretty cool. The restaurant is fashioned like an outdoor village, with bamboo roofs, Japanese windows, and even a small waterfall that fills the dining room with it's calming effect.

Order any and all of your favorites - Korean BBQ, Sushi, Dimsum, Hibatchi Steak; Thai Firecracker Seafood, and a large selection of vegetarian entrees, like the Buddha's Nest Mixed Vegetables Cantonese.

Open 7 days a week. Monday thru Thursday: 11:30 am-10 pm; Friday: 11:30-11 pm; Saturday: 12:30-11 pm; Sunday: 12:30-10 pm.

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Cosimo's on Union:

1217 Route 300, Newburgh New York (845) 567-1556

Here's a beautiful, belly bustin' brick-oven pizza restaurant.

The warmly lit Tuscan inspired establishment is a table cloth affair, not your average pizza counter with a soccer game on in the corner (though I love those places, too).

This was the first of the Cosimo's chain. There are 3 others in Poughkeepsie, Middletown, and Woodbury. Success is contagious.

The menu is what you'd expect. All the Italian-American classics. Raviolis, Lasagna, Chicken/Eggplant Parm. Cosimo's signature dishes include a Tilapia Piccata, Slow Roasted Pork, and Tuscan Ribeye.

I'd skip the soups and salads and go right for a Spinach and Bacon brick-oven pizza. You can mix and match toppings to create your own, too.

They do a good job catering to children, with a better than average kid's menu.

Open 7 days a week. Mondays thru Thursdays: 11:30 am-10 pm; Friday & Saturdays: open till 11 pm; Sundays: 12-10 pm. 

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