The River Grill
40 Front St. Newburgh, NY 845-561-9444
This buoyant and attractive spot combines sweeping river vistas, a comfortable patio, and a menu of straightforward contemporary American food. If there is a shortcoming, it is that servers tend to come unglued when busy, which is all of the time in summer. The canopy-shaded patio borders a promenade along this mini restaurant row.
The menu takes no chances. Lunch features all sorts of sandwiches, salads and wraps, while dinner presents standards like rack of lamb, roasted duck, grilled mahi-mahi, and southwestern lobster ravioli. What the wine list lacks in ambition it makes up for in prices -- there are plenty of decent choices for under $30. -Bryan MillerHours: Mon-Th: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 5-9 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 5-10 p.m.; Sun: 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., 5-9 p.m