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La Puerta Azul Mexican Food + Drink

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.

IMG_8870Unique 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.

IMG_8876The Cantina 

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

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 

IMG_8974 Let’s Get Back To The Food

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.

IMG_8924This 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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All Photos By Melissa Tyler

Underground Coffee & Ales

Highland Coffee & Ales Pub A Big Attraction

Underground Coffee & Ales

The Research

Coffee and Craft Beer are a winning combination at Underground Coffee & Ales in Highland. The Coffee Pub which opened October 2015, is the unique brainchild of Erin and Jeremy Intonti.

How do you combine coffee + beer? The answer is simple. The Highland couple live close to the Hudson Valley Rail Trail and the Walkway over the Hudson and like to walk the two parks on a regular basis. One thing led to another and Erin liked the idea of combining a place that you could get a coffee and a bite to eat. The couple are craft beer enthusiasts and that’s how they combined the two.

Erin & Jeremy

The couple who are the original founders of the Hudson River Craft Beer Festival on the Beacon waterfront spent years researching craft beer. They did their homework by visiting breweries, craft beer festivals and other craft beer pubs. They may call themselves “beer nerds” but there’s nothing nerdy about the brand they are building.



Stop by for breakfast Thursdays thru Sunday from 9 am – 11:30 am and you’ll find menu selections like the Rail Trail Sandwich which includes fresh eggs, mixed greens, Parmesan cheese + avocado on a Brioche roll. A Caboose Sandwich includes fresh eggs, sausage, sharp cheddar, salsa + avocado on a Brioche roll. Buttermilk flapjacks, homemade Belgium waffles with fresh fruits, pastries are also just some of the menu options and of course we haven’t talked about the coffee.


Coffee + More

Underground serves a large selection of coffees that are made locally in the Hudson Valley in Tarrytown by Coffee Lab Rosters. They serve 9 latte’s, cappuccino, espresso,  iced coffee’s, ice latte’s, cappuccino latte’s, chai latte’s and Harney & Son’s Tea. This place is a coffee lovers dream!


The Beers

Underground Coffee & Ales is more an Artisianal beer and concept pub. They serve 10 craft taps that rotate almost daily. This is the unique experience that customers like as well. This destination pub brings it’s patrons new experiences. It truly is an adventure going as the beer you may have had yesterday, is not guaranteed tomorrow. But, that is what is popular in the whole craft beer trend. Small batches are made and the changing taps almost daily guarantee freshness!


Bet You Can’t Taste Just One

Options, options, options! That’s what you’ll find. Not sure what you want, ask for a sample. The underground features seasonal and hard to find beers and ciders from the Hudson Valley as well as all over New York. One and Done, not quite; but today people are into UNIQUE and One-Off’s that breweries make in small batches.


Beer Flight

Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last few years, Beer Flights are the way to go! It’s part of the whole Craft Beer experience. Tasting several types of beer light and dark, mixing and matching and finding out what your favorites are. That combined with a great pub menu of soups, cheese board, burgers, apple onion sausage sandwich, grilled pesto & mozzarella chicken sandwich and we can personally say the best black bean burger we ever had.


Art + Music


Live Music + Entertainment is available several times per week and it’s best to check the Underground Facebook page for daily + weekly updates. The day we were there was the opening exhibit of  Jeffrey Anzivino’s phototography and he also played a set with his band mates

5 Whether your a local, traveling from somewhere in the Hudson Valley, a weekender or a tourist to the area, Underground Coffee & Ales is a stop you will want to make.

Why You Should Visit!

This coffee pub has craft beer that rotates their taps almost daily. The beer is brewed in small batches so it’s big on flavor. They support local brand coffee’s, teas, beer + music and are conveniently close to the Rail Trail and Walkway Over the Hudson.


Photos By Melissa Tyler

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