We spent the day on the Hudson, and in Newburgh and Beacon, and was looking for a nice dinner on a Sunday Night. Machu Picchu delivered! We made reservations in advance, but they weren't needed, as the restaurant has plenty of tables in a nicely decorated dining room and it wasn't packed during prime dinner time. However, this may not apply for dinner on a Friday or Saturday night. Machu Picchu is located just a few blocks up from the Newburgh Landing and the menu is available for viewing online.
Our Server, Bendido(?) was top notch. We were treated like -and felt like royalty. He was always nearby or arrived promptly the moment we needed anything, but didn't feel hovering and didn't check with us too much while we were eating. He gave us plenty of time looking at the menu, but checked back with us frequently and was able to answer questions about any dish, the ingriedients, and how it was prepared and also made recommendations. Our water and our drinks were never empty and he asked after each item we finished if we enjoyed it or what we thought.
The Ceviche was the best I've had North of Miami, and quite possibly the best of my lifetime. It was a large portion with an equal amount and plenty of each element and the freshness was evident. Another added bonus was that the server asked me how spicey I wanted it when I ordered it.
We ordered a variety of items: a few appetizers (Ceviche, plantains, side beans) and then a steak & pasta meal (peruvian pesto), and another entree and each item was authentic, full of flavor, and just right. There was so many tempting choices on the menu that it was hard to narrow down and pick what to order.
We left over-full and very pleased and the bill wasn't as high as other recent nights dining out, however it was definitely the best. We don't live too close to Newburgh, but have already decided it is worth the drive for this class and quality of a meal. This is the type of place that I would go to every week until I try everything on the menu and I've already decided after the first visit that this will be my birthday dinner location this year. If you are in Newburgh for the day, driving by, or can get there, it is a must try.
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