Pizza Newburgh

Original Post Date: July 27, 2015

Author: Ann Stratton,
Photography: Ann Stratton

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Hmmm…where to go for pizza in Newburgh?  A few months ago I started asking this question of friends and acquaintances and, to my surprise, the answers were extremely varied.  Everyone had “their” place and there wasn’t one overall favorite among them (maybe there was, but I don’t do favorites).  I am not a connoisseur of pizza. In fact, I don’t even like pizza. So for me to do a blog piece on pizza, I had to rely solely on public opinion and my husband (of course). Why was there such diversity in pizza preferences among Newburgh-ers?

I counted 15 pizza places within the city limits of Newburgh (there may even be more that I haven’t run across). Some have been here since the beginning of time and have classic pizza choices. Others are newer and offer artisanal-style pizza. Then there are the places in between that offer a variety: Neapolitan, deep-dish, New York style, Sicilian and gourmet (think gluten-free crust). This assortment of pizza choices is the reason for the diversity, duh. Everyone has a favorite type of pizza. And, I found, they are somewhat militant about it.

Without picking a favorite (since I don’t have one), I decided to highlight a few places in Newburgh that showcase the different varieties of pizza and toppings. This list is not in any order of popularity. Please forgive me if I didn’t include your go-to place. I am sure I will get to it down the road. Also, can someone please tell me what the fascination is with ranch dressing?

Note: This is a very small sampling of what the pizzerias seen here have to offer. Of course, all of them serve more options of toppings and crusts. If you didn’t find your true-love slice here, I’m sure it’s out there. Oh yeah, I almost forgot…most of them deliver (Cafe Pitti is the exception). Buon appetito!

Stella’s Pizzeria
283 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
(845) 562-8188

J&F Pizzeria
474 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
(845) 565-3430


Cafe Pitti
40 Front St, Newburgh, NY
(845) 565-1444

Washington Heights Pizzeria
102 S Lander St, Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 563-0388


Pizza Shop
27 Water St, Newburgh, NY
(845) 565-7467

Johnny’s Deli and Pizza
74 North St, Newburgh, NY
(845) 562-5700


Shrimp / Just Shrimp

Original Post Date: March 21, 2015

Author: Ann Stratton,
Photography: Ann Stratton

I love a shrimp. I’m not talking about the people who get bullied in grade school for being on the short side. I’m talking about the decapod crustacean. The kind you eat. There has been a lot of talk about shrimp lately in Newburgh. Seems our little city is getting something rather peculiar for this neck of the woods: a shrimp farm. “What?, you say. That’s right, a new industry for Newburgh. An odd one I agree but, nevertheless, an exciting one. I personally can’t wait to see this thing in action and also to try the grown product. I’m hoping the farm will give tours.

Fried shrimp with potato salad and cocktail sauce.

Shrimp is almost as versatile as chicken, whether sautéed, broiled, in salads, or just plain with a bit of cocktail sauce. It’s a great source of protein and low in calories. There are a hundred ways to cook shrimp but hands down, for me, fried shrimp is the best. (There go the low calories!) Which brings me to the one and only seafood place on Broadway.

Driving up Broadway in Newburgh from Grand Street (that would be west for those of you who don’t drive up or down Broadway; you know who you are), there is a little take-out shop on the left-hand side between Clark and Williams streets called Just Fish.

This place stands out from all the other shops on Broadway as it has a distinct, simple color scheme: bluish grey with white and dark grey trim. It is immediately noticeable among the brick and glass shops along this route. It reminds me of a shop you would see in Maine or Rhode Island, and I’m guessing that’s the point.

Just Fish is just that: fish, or seafood if you will. Duh. Craig Bevier (a rare native Newburgh-er shop owner) opened the restaurant just under a year ago. His idea came from his love of fishing with his father when he was a boy and the fact that Newburgh didn’t have a seafood place west of Water Street. It’s a very smart little shop with the same color scheme on the inside.

Behind the counter on a chalkboard is the menu, from which you order different kinds of fish either fried or broiled with a choice of one or two sides. The most popular fish are the tilapia and the fried shrimp (oh yeah!). Occasionally, there are specials. Everything is house-made including, among other things, the potato salad, collard greens, sauces, and French fries (which, by the way, are really darn good). Craig also hand-picks the fresh fish at the market in NYC.

Craig’s mother, Elaine, is an integral part of the shop. She runs the front counter, taking phone orders and walk-in orders as Craig is in the kitchen cooking. Some of her recipes are on the menu.

Don’t expect to have a sit-down dinner there. It is strictly take-out. There is only one stool and a small bench so you can sit and wait for your order. Or, you can call in your order and have it delivered. Fish ‘n chips anyone? Or, in my case, shrimp ‘n chips anyone?

Just Fish
181 Broadway
Newburgh, NY   12550
(845) 245-4589
Monday – Saturday 11:00-9:30
Closed Sunday