120 Front Street, Newburgh, NY 1255
Lunch & Dinner 7 Days
Blu Pointe on the Newburgh waterfront is the newest addition to the Bonura family restaurant empire, and it is arguably the best. The space that Torches once called home has been extensively remodeled and upgraded. I think the owners knew that they had to make a big statement here to exorcise the ghost of Torches, which was not on anyone’s list of favorites. A big statement is exactly what Blu Pointe makes, including a luxurious dining room overlooking the Hudson, a completely remodeled bar area (smaller but much more comfortable), a very nice menu focusing on seafood, and a greatly expanded wine service. We stopped in last Wednesday for dinner to check the place out.
We started at the bar, where a small blackboard announced the happy hour offerings. The night’s specials included $6 glasses of Leaping Horse Cabernet, a Merlot, a Grayson (Napa) Chardonnay or a Pinot Grigio. The regular wine list offered eight wines by the glass, a nice selection including a seafood friendly Assyrtiko Santorini (Greece, $13) which is where we started. It’s worth noting that the restaurant is putting some emphasis on the wine service, and we appreciated the advice that Caleb, the wine service director, offered later on during dinner. The list is a work in progress and needs some older vintages to fill it out, but they’re off to a good start.
The dinner menu is a cephalopod lovers wish list. We sampled the charbroiled octopus ($15), and one of the two offerings of calamari. The kitchen will flash fry the squid with a Cognac Aioli, or charcoal grill it and toss it with a lemon caper saffron sauce spiked. Very nice indeed, as was the ahi tuna tower ($13).
In addition to the bounty of seafood selections, carnivores will be happy with Blu Pointe’s carne choices, from filet mignon and ribeye, to lamb chops and chicken under a brick (but then you’d miss the calamari). We did have a wonderful dinner and look forward to going back. The only issues we had were with the salmon, and a very awkward house policy of holding customers’ credit cards at the bar to make sure that patrons don’t disappear without paying. I’m sure the bartender realized that she could outrun me if she had to. The owner suggested (on our Facebook Page) that walk-outs are a big problem at his waterfront restaurants. I think all they need are faster bartenders (or a better class of customers).
Do give Blu Pointe a try. It is not Torches. It is not Torches redux. It is a totally new and welcome upscale dining experience in beautiful space, with a very nice menu, and a view that can’t be beat.
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