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Cena 2000

50 Front St. Newburgh, NY 845-561-7676

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Type: Italian Special features: Weekend brunch, Happy hour, Business lunch, Water views, Lunch, Parties and groups, Outdoor Seating Price range: $$$ (Expensive) Description:

This sibling to the immensely popular Il Cenácolo, also in Newburgh, has one advantage: a wide outdoor terrace with a shellfish bar facing the river and distant Hudson Highlands. Unlike many such nautical hot spots, the service is cool under fire and maintains a brisk pace. The inside dining room, which has limited views, is tasteful and comfortable, done in shades of burnt umber with large cushioned cane chairs.

The menu is a less embellished version of Il Cenácolo's, wandering around greater Tuscany. Typical dishes: grilled polenta with gorgonzola and sausage; grilled veal with sautéed spinach; Tuscan-style fish stew; penne with ground veal, sage and white wine. The mostly Italian wine list has choices at all price points. Be sure to reserve in advance for weekend tables.   -Bryan Miller

Hours: Mon-Th: noon-10 p.m.; Fri-Sat: noon-11 p.m.; Sun: noon-9 p.m.

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