Prohibition River Menu: A Sneak Peek of Nyack’s New Gastropub


Bailey’s Smokehouse alums Jonathan Placek and Oliver Cullen will be grinding their burgers in-house and making their own pickles at their new gastropub in the the former Black Bear Saloon space in Nyack.

They plan to open as soon as they get their liquor license.

Photo: Jon Placek.

The Prohibition River menu will include Nibbles (fried oysters, slab bacon); Small Bites (‘24-Hour’ Pork Belly, Fried Green Tomatoes); Big Bites (Drunken Hanger Steak; Roast Half Chicken); and Burger Bites (Classic, Portobello and Black Bean).

The restaurant has a lot of exposed brick and Prohibition-era artifacts, including an enormous 1930s radio in a wooden console. The bar top is made of 200-year-old reclaimed barn wood.

They will serve (and cook with!) craft beers, and mix their own house cocktails.

Placek worked under Bailey’s previous pitmaster David Finkelstein, who is now at Bobby Q’s in Suffern. Cullen has managed restaurants and bars in Manhattan, including Bobby Vans Steakhouse.

Here’s a PDF of the Prohibition River menu: Prohibiton River menu.

The 411 on Prohibition River: 82 Main St., Nyack, 845-727-7900,

Andrew Lampach of contributed.


About Author

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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