The wait is finally over, (or at least until Monday) for the general public to get a taste of Newburgh’s newest restaurant, Hudson Taco. It has undergone quite the transformation since the days the West Shore Train Station was an abandoned eyesore on Newburgh’s waterfront. The renovated space has been empty for years since the Railroad Playhouse left. Since last summer work began behind the scenes to get the restaurant ready. Now, alongside the Pizza Shop, the West Shore Train Station will undoubtedly become the destination for those looking for casual family-friendly dining options, yet still chic enough for a date night.
The name says it all – tacos. There are more than a dozen options with options for vegetarians, vegans, and the carb conscious. You can also find an array of appetizers, bowls, and sides if you want something different. They will be serving lunch, weekend brunch, and even delivery. Newburgh Brewery fans will be excited to learn about the special collaboration brew, Amaizing. Hopefully, Hudson Taco will help foster Newburgh’s growing restaurant scene west of Water Street. See below for more scenes from the friends and family opening night.
In a recent post on Instagram, Jodi Cummings, owner of Caffe Macchiato announced that the cafe will be closing Jan 2. Jodi bought the cafe from the previous owners who started the business over 10 years ago when Liberty Street lacked retail and destination options. It has been a favorite for lunch and brunch, filled with families and friends. We are sad to see the restaurant close but happy Jodi will be able to take the break that she needs.
The owner of North Plank Tavern has signed a lease for the space and will take over with a brand new restaurant.
We’ve been waiting for months and the end is almost near. Hudson Taco is set to open this coming January. The date was apparently set back by the installation of an outdoor patio of the West Shore Train Station. They have already created a separate entrance for the restaurant and are keen on Newburgh pride. Extra parking spots will be added as well a new crosswalk that the owners hope will bridge the gap between the waterfront and the Liberty Street restaurants.
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.