As many of you in the Hudson Valley are no doubt aware, the revitalized Newburgh waterfront now features a number of restaurants that sit on the Hudson. The view is spectacular, and assuming even a decent experience in the restaurant itself, it would be impossible not to have a good time. Unfortunately, our Fathers Day at Torches fell way below this low bar.
For starters, after we were seated, we were quite surprised to learn that the regular menu (which includes a raw bar and has been reviewed well over the past couple of years, and we were really looking forward to) was not being offered. Instead, a drastically limited "Fathers Day" menu was given to us. The appetizers and entrees were uniformly heavy (no salads were even listed) and, to my wife and me, unappealing. We opted for two appetizers and a specially requested Caesar salad with the understanding that one appetizer would be brought with the other three people's appetizers, the salad with their salad, and the second appetizer with their entree.
What we got was both appetizers, an overly seasoned 'buffalo calamari' and a gelatinous quesadilla that seemed to be missing some of the listed ingredients. The Caesar came a bit later, overly salty yet totally lacking any real flavor, one of the worst Caesars Ive ever had.
Im not sure what the management of this restaurant was thinking every offering on a menu, holiday or not, should not be heavy (some would say indigestible), especially given that a raw bar, a perfect alternative for many, is normally available. Not having salad alternatives listed on the menu, especially in these times of dietary moderation, shows a lack of thought. And for the kitchen to screw up our instructions and plop both appetizers down at once is unforgivable. The whole experience (other than the waterfront itself) was miserable. Given the many other alternatives on the Newburgh waterfront, we wont be back any time soon.