It was a beautiful and sunny winter day in the Hudson Valley, and my friend Jess and I were exploring the Newburgh waterfront, taking in the stunning views of the Hudson River and the Beacon and Hudson Highlands on the other side. As we walked along the river, our stomachs began to rumble, and we started searching for the perfect place to satisfy our hunger. After much consideration, we decided to check out Hudson Taco, a trendy restaurant located in the heart of downtown Newburgh at the historic West Shore Train Station.
Experience the Tasty Twist of Mexican Street Food at Hudson Taco in Newburgh's West Shore Train Station – Hudson Valley Restaurant Reviews with Photographer Maxwell Alexander – Presented by Alluvion Vacations
Built in 1909 by the same architectural firm that designed Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan, the West Shore Train Station is a true gem of the Hudson Valley, and Hudson Taco is proud to be a part of its revitalization. The space has been expertly restored, with beautiful details and rustic light fixtures that make for the perfect backdrop to an unforgettable meal.
At Hudson Taco, the menu is inspired by Mexican street food, with a signature twist that sets it apart from the rest. The restaurant sources many products from local farms, cheesemakers, and wineries, and even collaborated with Newburgh Brewing Company to create a delicious corn lager that pairs perfectly with all of their dishes.
We were welcomed by the friendly staff and settled in to enjoy our meal. To start, we ordered a round of handcrafted drinks that were as visually stunning as they were delicious. I had a refreshing melon margarita on the rocks, while Jess ordered the unique "Smoke this Margarita" with CBD. Then with tried their special app: crispy dumplings with jalapeños which were delish! And then, the moment of truth - the tacos.
The Deadliest Catch with blackened catfish, charred jalapeño mayo, and spicy greens was bold and flavorful, while the Citrus Shrimp with HT slaw, avocado, and jalapeño was a fresh and tangy delight. The Korean BBQ Shortrib was a perfect balance of sweetness and heat, and the Baja Fish was crispy and delicious. The Cola Pork Carnitas and Chorizo were both mouthwatering, each with its own signature twist, and the Crabcake Taco was just amazing. To top it all off, we indulged in the creamiest and cheesiest street corn I've ever tasted and at that point, we had to call it a day since there was no space for anything else 🙂
As a professional travel photographer and food critic, my experience at Hudson Taco was nothing short of extraordinary. The food was delicious, the drinks were handcrafted with care, and the atmosphere was both charming and historic, and the freight trains passing by right under the windows are an amazing show of their own. I even had the opportunity to capture some amazing shots of the unique and rustic light fixtures that adorn the space. And after lunch, I walked down to the river to take a few more shots of the Newburgh waterfront, enjoying the views and the peace of the Hudson Valley. The graffiti-decorated shipwreck (see the photo gallery below) was an interesting sight and I gotta come back another day or perhaps night for a more dramatic shot.
In conclusion, Hudson Taco is a must-visit for anyone in the lower Hudson Valley region who is looking for an authentic and delicious dining experience. The food, the drinks, and the atmosphere are all top-notch, and the friendly staff will make you feel right at home. Hudson Taco truly embodies the spirit of the Hudson Valley and is a testament to the revitalization of this magnificent, historic building.
If you enjoyed this review, be sure to check out my other restaurant reviews for more great foodie experiences. Cheers to great moments, delicious meals, and unforgettable memories in the Hudson Valley!