The Cafe Barcel Team is Opening a New Roadfood Restaurant in New City


The team behind Cafe Barcel in Nyack is opening a new yet-to-be named restaurant in New City in the spot where Pig Pen used to be on Main Street. Chef-owner Kevin Reilly says the concept will be “road food — refined.” He’s been inspired by living and traveling in the South, and the menu will include dishes such as chicken and waffles, 6-ounce burgers (a la In-N-Out Burgers in Los Angeles), tacos and barbecue, including brisket, St. Louis ribs and pulled pork — all served with house-made cole slaw and baked beans.

The decor will be updated from the roadshack-tin roof feel of the previous restaurant, but Reilly and co-owner Nidia Alexander will leave the brick on the far wall. They’re adding sheetrock, which they’ll paint, and there will be copper details in the restaurant.

There will be an ambitious but focused drinks program, too, with a limited but impressive selection of spirits, along with fresh squeezed juices and artisanal liqueurs.

“Our hope is to do something that’s funky but fun and affordable,” says Reilly. “And to do a lot of these things fresh — made in house — brings it up to a certain level.”

They hope to open in September.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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