Do You Like Guacamole + Good Times + Unique Atmosphere
La Puerta Azul is the Mexican Restaurant with the BEST Guacamole I ever had! They make it fresh on a serving cart right in front of your table! They also make their own roasted tomato salsa and corn tortillas.
Everything about this restaurant is UNIQUE! While this restaurant has been opened since 2005, Raffi Abououkal has owned it for the last year. A veteran on the Hudson Valley restaurant scene for almost 19 years, he is excited to own the unique and well noted Spanish family restaurant.
We sat down and talked with Raffi, and Ashley Lane Front House Manager for the restaurant for six years. Raffi tells us, from the design of the building’s exterior to the design and style of the interior this is one of the most authentic Spanish restaurant’s not only in the Hudson Valley, but New York.
Unique Design, Unique Food and Unique Atmosphere
That’s what seems to be the theme not only of the restaurant, but what it’s loyal customers like. It’s the place to go for good quality fresh authentic Spanish Cuisine. Thinking outside the box in terms of Daily Specials and having something for everyone on their menu is important to them.
The Cantina also has a unique atmosphere. It’s a great place for drinks and good food. Plus, there’s LIVE Music three nites a week Thursday – Saturday. Thursday is an open-mic nite from 8-11. Friday + Saturday nite is live local entertainment and the schedule changes weekly throughout the month. So you can check their website or Facebook page for updates.
Monday is Margarita Monday with $5 Margaritas all nite!
Happy Hour is from 4-7 pm, seven days a week. Half Price Appetizers are offered as well as $3 Mexican Beers + $5 Classic Margaritas
The Guacamole is the BEST I’ve ever had…hands down! And that’s what the local’s say too! We had Shrimp Fajitas and a well served Margarita on the rocks.
Three of the House favorites are: Carne Asada A skirt steak with caramelized onions, seasonal vegetable, morita chile sauce and sweet corn rice. Taco’s Available in vegetable, Chicken, Fish, Steak + Pork. Camerones al Chipotle’: Shrimp, Avocado, Garlic Lime Chile sauce and Corn Rice.
Let’s Talk Dessert
This restaurant has superior desserts. I had a hard time deciding, but had to try one of their Fried Ice Cream desserts. Chocolate Ice Cream covered in an Oreo crust with Mexican chocolate Sauce and cajeta caramel! One word… WOW!
Lunch + Dinner are served 7 days a week
Brunch is served on Saturday + Sunday from 11:30 am – 3 pm.
Family Get Together’s + Parties
La Puerta Azul is many things to many people. A place families can come for lunch or dinner or for a special occasion like a birthday or family event. It’s a place to go with friends. It’s a place to go to meet new friends and enjoy the LIVE music in the Cantina. A smaller private room is also available that accommodates a party of 10. The restaurant is also used for community functions and can also be rented for private events. In May, they launch the opening of their outdoor patio which is sure to be a new fast favorite.
This is truly a Hudson Valley Dining Destination Experience. It’s not a place you need to rush in and rush out. It’s a place to relax and spend some time. If you haven’t tried it The HVStory recommends that you do!
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