A good meal doesn’t have to be complicated.
Like any other form of artistic expression, preparing food can become very competitive. In the worst cases, chefs needlessly compete with each other to concoct the most elaborate version of a dish, devoid of its original spirit and heart. Not at Toasted Newburgh.
The latest in a long line of eateries to hit Newburgh’s beloved Liberty Street, Toasted takes a simple approach to food that tastes amazing. “Our motto is simple, yet delicious,” says founder Sam Satanovsky.
He and the team at Toasted are curating a satisfying lunch-all-day experience, opening in February 2021.
Some of the mouthwatering options to try include a shaved ribeye sandwich with arugula and sautéed mushrooms on toasted ciabatta, a snow pea and pancetta salad sprinkled with aged pecorino, and “Babushka’s Chicken Noodle Soup,” a hearty dish with homemade spirit.
Local ingredients speak the loudest in these dishes. True to the restaurant’s concept, most of the items on the menu clock in at five ingredients or less and nothing is drowning in an abundance of herbs, spices, and sauces.
That’s because Satanovsky knows food.
He studied in the cutting edge culinary arts program at Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island, but that’s not where his experience in gastronomy began. At 16 he worked as a dishwasher at a local restaurant and climbed the ladder to become a chef. For years, the Michelin-starred NoMad in New York City was his home, where he managed events.
“Their dishes are extremely expensive and very hard to approach in an area like Newburgh,” Satanovsky says. “So it’s nice to use their techniques and ideology and apply them to a menu with simplified approachable meals.”
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NoMad’s cuisine is “rooted in French technique, but decidedly New York in spirit.” Toasted promises to be rooted in New York technique, and decidedly Newburgh in spirit.
Satanovsky has had his eye on the waterfront city for almost a decade. While visiting friends, he watched business after business open up and realized there was potential to do something of his own.
“Danny Gilbert, a friend of mine [and partner in Toasted], has been investing in Newburgh for a long time. He’s been pushing it on me, and the opportunity arose during the pandemic,” Satanovsky explains.
When COVID-19 threw nearly every industry into a whirlwind of new challenges, Satanovsky lost his job as events, his bread and butter, came to a halt. He wants to bring his knowledge and expertise in event planning and hospitality to Toasted once things return to a state of normalcy.
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Toasted’s backyard is the perfect venue to host small concerts and other activities. Satanovsky envisions a full-service bar out there with jazz bands playing and local comedians giving tight-five sets throughout the week. With a versatile space, anything is possible. His focus will be bringing the community together for eclectic fun in a bistro setting.
Upon opening, Toasted’s savory bites will be available on Doordash and for takeout. Eventually, Satanovsky will expand the lunch concept into brunch and dinner menus as well. With a liquor license to come later in summer, the backyard will be a go-to spot for socially distant outdoor eating.
Toasted joins the vibrant community of Liberty Street, and Satanovsky already feels welcome. “Everyone’s been great. Mike Kelly of Liberty Street Bistro has always been so supportive of other businesses here. He wants Liberty Street to be a food corridor,” Satanovsky says, adding that his partners, Daniel Gilbert and Eli Vaknin of Fidelity Real Estate Management, are pros at transforming old, rundown buildings into beautiful facades in Newburgh.
On the same row, locals can sip an upscale cocktail at Ms. Fairfax, grab a croissant at Newburgh Flour Shop, and enjoy killer nachos at the Wherehouse.
“Even though it’s a city, it feels like a small town,” Satanovsky says.
45 Liberty St, Newburgh