Martha, Martha, Martha
For months Newburgh-ers heard rumors of a new restaurant opening on Liberty Street. We saw the gold painted MARTHA sign on the covered window but had no clue as to what type of restaurant it would be. Rumors started flying: vegan, organic, fusion, gluten free, local food, coffeehouse. When it finally opened in mid June it turns out that it’s all of the above and more.
Martha has become Newburgh’s new meeting place it seems. Every time I go in there is a small group of people sitting at a table discussing something ‘Newburgh’. We needed another place like this. It’s a place to go in the early morning for a croissant and cappuccino or linger over a late afternoon tea with in-house made cookies. It’s also an amiable place to sit and read the paper while eating lunch.
Owner David Ludwig runs Martha. He told me it was a long ago dream to open a restaurant. His idea for Martha was a coffee house and fresh eatery combining traditional foods from different cultures using mostly local foods. Which is exactly how I would describe Martha. It has an interesting menu that is evolving and growing. There is a smattering of vegan dishes among the more traditional ones (well maybe not so traditional but familiar). The quiche in the morning is different everyday. Sometimes it’s made with bacon or it has vegetables or greens and always has a wonderful cheese added. On the weekends there is a choice of gluten free or a conventional quiche. If you are into a raw diet (or even if you are not) there is Ian’s Cashew Pad Thai which makes a great lunch. It’s made from a raw blend of cilantro, dates, garlic, ginger and jalapeño over a bed of mixed greens with avocado and crushed raw cashews. My favorite dish is the curried tuna on a croissant but instead of the croissant I have the tuna served on bib lettuce as a wrap (gluten free here). It’s crisp and fresh and, of course, a lot less calories. It comes with in-house made kimchi by David’s friend and artist Judy Sigunick or a small mixed greens salad.
The other day a close friend and I were on our early morning walk heading to Martha when I noticed a beautiful old Victorian that was falling apart (just one of many in this town). Pointing to the crumbling woodwork at the top of the house I said to my friend, “That’s too bad.” She said, “ This town is full of too bad.” That is true, but this town is also full of wonderful with a hopeful future. Martha is a step in that direction.
105 Liberty Street
Newburgh, New York
7am to 7pm Mon-Wed-Thurs-Fri
Sat-Sun 8am to 7pm