Chef Leon is back with his own pop-up event space at 188 Liberty Street called Lodger. Brunch is served on Sunday’s, 10am-1pm and is just $12.50 a person. You are served a variety of surprise dishes – whatever is being cooked that day. Leon also is passionate about books. He hosts Book & Bread dinners for $75 a person Sunday evenings. There, you will bind a book using old techniques. The pop-up space is available for private dinners where you can design a menu that fits your price point and palate.
Lodger was awarded an Awesome Foundation grant. They will be working with Newburgh high school students to learn everything about cooking – farm to table. They will also help build a clay oven in the patio and have an opportunity to host their own night at Lodger.
Dining here is truly an experience, even more so when all of a sudden you are in a deep conversation with everyone around the table like you are old friends. Be sure to visit the website or Instagram page for more details. Make reservations if you want to be sure you are seated.
If you crave NYC shwarma or a good falafel, look no further than Water Street! Rafka’s Table food truck is serving up Lebanese style street food favorites like baba ghanoush and tabbouleh. The husband and wife team, Christopher and Rebecca, are there Monday to Friday 11 am – 3 pm. They accept cash and cards and better yet, they are available for events!
Check out their Facebook page or email them at rafkaslebanesecuisine (at) gmail (dot) com.
A few more details from Rebecca:
“Chris is a veteran and was in the US coast guard. He is Greek and added his heritage to the menu by adding his favorite, the gyro! Rebecca- or Rafka in Arabic is where our truck name derived from. I am Lebanese and why we cook the food we do.
Why the truck? It is hard to find Mediterranean food in the area so we thought why not. We love cooking, interacting with people so this allows us to do what we love…and do it together. It also allows us to spend time with our four children Xavier (11), Dominique (6), Malia (5), and Mason (2 months). It lets us teach them that they too can follow their dreams.
Why Newburgh? We love this city. Every part of it. It’s diversity, sense of community, abundance of activities….all of it.”
It was exciting enough to learn that a bicycle museum was coming to 109 Liberty Street. Now, we’ve found out that a bakery is coming to the left storefront, the Flour Shop. The paper up in the windows has allowed the original tin ceilings to be visible when peeking in from the sidewalk. The Flour Shop is by Mike Kelly, owner of the Liberty Street Bistro. We can’t wait to see how this all comes together. Opening is estimated for the spring. Follow them on Instagram for updates.
Newburgh for sure must be the taco capital of the Hudson Valley. A new taco restaurant, Hudson Taco, is coming to the Westshore Train Station, the same building as the Pizza Shop. The left side of the building has been empty for some time now since the Railroad Playhouse vacated the space a few years ago. It’s a very large space so it will be interesting to see how they fill the space. Opening date is yes to be announced and the website is yet to be made. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram if you want updates.
Past the Flats on Liberty Street, a new coffee shop called Deja Brew is in the works. They will hold their grand opening this Saturday to showcase the coffee shop and artwork in conjunction with Newburgh Open Studios. The address is 15 Liberty Street, opening at 11 am.
SodaCova Group has restored the storefront from its conversion to an illegal apartment in an effort to bring retail and foot traffic south of Washington’s Headquarters. This section of Liberty Street actually has the most continuous retail and commercial spaces available along the business corridor. Some of the storefronts are apartments, others abandoned or unoccupied. There are also two factory/manufacturing spaces with endless possibilities and the Liberty Street School being developed by RipRapp.
SodaCova is putting their money where their mouth is by rehabilitating 2 Liberty Street, a building that was guaranteed to be torn down had they not come along. They are hoping to have the windows installed before winter, and to debut a new ground floor space next spring.
Right along Quality Row at the corner of First Street and Liberty, G&H Deli has opened. They cook soul food every Saturday, Wacky Wings Wednesday and food and sandwiches daily. The husband and wife duo were born and raised in Newburgh and love that life is being brought back to the city. Cream Boutique is just around the corner, and together they are hoping to bring people north of Broadway.