Yet another culinary addition to downtown Newburgh’s Liberty Street has arrived. Martha, a chic bakery/café that opened on June 8, is inspired by the nation’s very first First Lady, Martha Washington herself (who for several years resided with hubbie George right across the street in what is now Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site). Open six days a week (closed Tuesdays) from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (except weekends, when it opens at 8 a.m.), the cafe’s small but inventive menu focuses on locally sourced and mostly organic produce. The café serves a selection of baked goods (including bread from Bread Alone), breakfast options including Martha Made Granola (with goat yogurt and fruit), raw coconut date balls, panini, and several meals featuring kimchi made locally by sculptor (and chef) Judy Sigunick. Then there’s the coffee menu. While the drinks vary from espresso to dirty chai, all the beans have been roasted three miles away at Tas Kafé in Beacon.
Of course, it was the opening of Café Macchiato in 2005 that kicked off Liberty Street’s restoration. The beloved sandwich spot was sold to Claudio Pantoja last summer, and he is now focusing on coffee and the morning crowd. Just down the street, The Wherehouse remains a popular spot that serves a wide variety of alcoholic brews, both domestic and imported. For good bargains stop by on Taco Tuesday where you can munch on five tacos for five dollars.
Martha 105 Liberty St., Newburgh. 845-784-4014; www.marthanewburgh.com
Café Macchiato 99 Liberty St., Newburgh, 845-565-4616
The Wherehouse 119 Liberty St., Newburgh. 845-561-7240; www.thewherehouserestaurant.com