CBKB — Cafe Barcel Kitchen & Bar — Coming to New City


The team behind Cafe Barcel in Nyack is opening CBKB — Cafe Barcel Kitchen & Bar — 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 paint to other walls, 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 today.

The 411 is coming soon. Til then: 190 S. Main St., New City. 845-499-2294.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, 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.


  1. I don’t care what the name is, as long as the food is delicious. And it is! We got takeout tonight. I’ve never had chicken and waffles before. This was a perfectly balanced dish, with white meat chicken, crisped up yet still juicy, over a soft Belgian waffle served with a sweet sauce with maple/citrus hints. The sides were varied and we loved them all- panko onion rings, housemade fries, buttermilk poppy dressed coleslaw, and vinegar greens. These dishes were also balanced- nothing too salty, nothing too sweet. The Cafe Barcel team has a second win here- I’ll be back next week!

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