A part of Newburgh’s attract is its proud multicultural presence. This trait has led to the historic metropolis changing into considerably of a foodie mecca, the place yow will discover flavors to swimsuit a wide selection of worldwide cravings. Bar Brava, a brand new Spanish tapas and wine bar, opened in Newburgh this month as an additional testomony to the neighborhood’s appreciation of world delicacies made approachable.
“The reception has been nice; it looks like individuals have been craving for a eating expertise the place they’re in management, and that’s what tapas supply,” explains proprietor Philippe Pierre, who can also be a associate in Ms. Fairfax. “We’re giving energy to individuals when it comes to what flavors they need and the way a lot they wish to spend. You’ll be able to order a few small bites and a glass of wine, or fill the entire desk with flavors and shareable entrees.”
Bar Brava is positioned on the nook of Liberty Avenue and Broadway, on the web site of the previous Mama Roux, which Pierre co-owned. “Mama Roux was extra geared towards high quality eating,” Pierre explains, “however though high quality eating in downtown Newburgh wasn’t working for Mama Roux—and different nice eating places like Liberty Avenue Bistro—there’s nonetheless a need for a scrumptious culinary expertise, an important wine listing, and cocktails. So that is our approach of deconstructing high quality eating and giving individuals somewhat extra management over their expertise.”
Strolling in, those that knew Mama Roux’s homey aesthetic might be stunned to see a very new inside that’s smooth and paying homage to trendy Spain. “It’s not that old-world Spanish inside with terracotta tiles or something, it’s a fairly sparse but intentional area,” Pierre explains. “Mama Roux was filled with coloration, texture, and quantity; we pared it down for a brand new vibe that’s minimal however with a heat to it, because of designer Nadja Tarr, who’s carried out some design work for companies round Newburgh.”
On the menu you’ll discover pintxos, conventional Basque bites, at $3 apiece just like the Gilda Clasico with olive, anchovy, and crimson pepper on a crostini, or chorizo y huevo—a quail egg with sausage on crostini. A hearty menu of practically 20 tapas ($7-$18) consists of Spanish meatballs ($12); grilled octopus over potatoes with chimichurri ($16); and the favored Bacalao a la Llauna, pan-roasted cod filet over potatoes ($14).
A brief collection of entrees consists of the crowd-pleasing paella for 2 ($32/$38); a pan-roasted branzino with garlic, lemon, white wine, and saffron rice ($33); and a high-end surf-and-turf dish with strip steak, langoustines, potato, broccoli rabe, and romesco ($65). “The entrees are substantial, designed to be shared,” Pierre says. A separate brunch menu might be obtainable on Sundays.
The kitchen is headed by Mike McCree, who studied on the CIA and frolicked in Spain as a personal chef. “We have now an important group of individuals within the kitchen, like Rafa Sarmiento, who got here from Valencia to Newburgh and is our secret-sauce man,” he says
Wine and cocktails at Bar Brava each have a heavy Spanish affect. Wine choices embody a spread of natural or biodynamic reds and whites, orange wines, sangria, and different distinctive style profiles at $12-$18 per glass. “Our wine listing is curated by Jenny Ingram, a Newburgh native who used to work with me at Palate on Liberty Avenue earlier than that bought in 2021; she now runs an acupuncture enterprise, however she is aware of her wine,” Pierre says. “And our cocktails are very sherry- and port-focused. Plus, Barcelona has a really huge gin and tonic tradition, so we’re attempting to buck the pattern somewhat by going with a few of these wines and spirits.”
Stay leisure is helmed by normal supervisor Matt Hutchins (beforehand of Dogwood and Quinn’s in Beacon) and consists of jazz nights on Thursdays, reside DJ lounge units on Friday, and old-school Latin DJs on Saturdays. “We have now Rene Campos, who’s the proprietor of native music store DMU, operating our Latin nights on Saturdays,” Pierre says. “Rene got here up within the ’70s and ’80s in Manhattan and the Bronx, and DMU has been right here ceaselessly—he’s bought that old-school vibe and is aware of the group.”
Pierre says that he sees this method to offering visitors with choices to decide on their very own expertise as a key to maintaining with what trendy customers need. And that by having constructed up a following with Mama Roux, he was capable of study in regards to the particular wants and desires of the area people. “It was necessary to not depart that nook vacant too lengthy; physics states that an object in movement stays in movement, and that resonates with me when enthusiastic about the power that goes right into a enterprise, so we wished to maneuver shortly to reimagine the area,” he explains. “And Bar Brava looks like the fitting solution to illuminate that nook.”
Bar Brava is open 4pm-midnight Thursday via Saturday; 9am-4pm on Sunday.