Summer Fun in the Hudson Valley 2011



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billy joe's ribworksAre you ribbing me? No, it’s the real deal at Billy Joe’s Ribworks in Newburgh. Here, you can choose Baby Back Ribs, St. Louis-Cut Ribs, or Brontosaurus Beef Ribs. They are all served with the choice of two house-made sides and cornbread

Riverside Revelry

There is perhaps no place quite like the Newburgh waterfront for outdoor dining and nightlife. With all the charm of an old-fashioned boardwalk, yet the sophistication of South Beach, the waterfront is the ideal place for people-watching, putting away a few frou-frou cocktails, or indulging in a first-class meal at one of several different eateries.

This year, two new restaurants are upping the ante on summer fun. The Pizza Shop, the latest venture by the ever-successful Cosimo’s Restaurant Group, is just up the hill on South Water Street. But it is well worth the short walk; not only do you get a different (and stunning) view of the river, but architecture and history buffs can admire the beautifully renovated West Shore Train Station, which houses both the casual new eatery and the Railroad Playhouse. While pizza — especially their signature thin-crust Crispina-style, pan pizza — is the centerpiece of the menu, there are daily entrée specials, gourmet sandwiches, and even a coffee bar. Free Wi-Fi, a deck, and sidewalk dining make this a must-visit this season.

Billy Joe’s Ribworks, in the former 26 Front Street space, opened to much fanfare early this year. When you first enter this soaring space, which is chock full of kitschy Southern-style decorations (think of a very sophisticated Cracker Barrel), you’ll immediately notice the huge windows overlooking the Hudson. This is truly a bustling BBQ joint, from the action at the cool-looking bar to a group doing line dancing in one corner. Acoustic performances during the week, live bands on weekends, and an outdoor bar also pump up the party scene.

But, of course, the main attraction remains ribs, ribs, and more ribs. All the meats are hand-rubbed three times, and here, diehards will be happy to know they can chow down on beef ribs, in addition to the more standard pork fare. An extensive menu and family-friendly prices have already attracted a diverse crowd. Luckily, if you don’t have time to sit on down, a Billy Joe’s outpost will be opening on Route 9 in Wappingers Falls soon.

Of course, the spacious Shadows on the Hudson has already transformed what was once a rag-tag area of Poughkeepsie into the most talked about dining destination in the mid-Hudson Valley. And thankfully, now you don’t have to choose between Poughkeepsie and Newburgh for a night of fun. Why not hop on the colorful new Shadows One Boat — a 33-foot long water taxi that seats 14 passengers and cruises from Shadows down to Billy Joe’s — and back again, on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting at noon. The trip takes approximately 18 minutes (on flat water) and costs $30 roundtrip. Hailing a taxi has never been so much fun.

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