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Pizza places and Chinese take out are not hard to come by here in the Hudson Valley, but authentic ethnic restaurants can be a little harder to find. So, when I saw that a new Indian restaurant, Casa de Goa, had opened up recently right here in the Town of Newburgh, I immediately added it to our list of “must try” restaurants.
After a few days at the beach, enjoying every type of seafood we could find, I was in the mood for something different and the thought of warm, earthy spices and rich sauces just felt right. After perusing the menu online - it is quite extensive with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices aplenty - we called and placed our order; thrilled to hear it would be ready in just 20 minutes. You can also find them on GrubHub and Door Dash.
Goa is a state on the southwest coast of India along the Arabian Sea with a long history as a Portuguese colony. Well-known for its beaches and spice plantations, I was anxious to explore the region’s flavors.
For starters, we had Aloo Gobi (actually an entree) and Garlic Naan. The Aloo Gobi, a dish of cauliflower and potatoes sauteed with onions and spices, had just a hint of sweetness that made it really delicious. The naan had the perfect combination of char and doughy chew to it and the smell of garlic quickly wafted through my kitchen and made my mouth water.
For a main dish, I decided to try the Special Curry Chicken. I have never met a curry I didn’t like and was excited to try this one, described as having all the traditional spices of India. It was quite good and while it had a flavor profile different from your typical curry with just a hint of heat, it is still very much the spice palette you expect from Indian food.
My husband went more traditional and ordered the Chicken Butter Masala and it did not disappoint with its very flavorful, rich and creamy tomato sauce. This is one dish I could easily eat on a weekly basis! Both entrees were dotted with fresh, whole spices like basil, bay leaf and peppercorns and came with long grain white rice that was perfectly fluffy and gently spiced with fennel seeds.
Not to be outdone by the food, the staff at Casa de Goa was very friendly, our order was ready on time and still hot when we unpacked it at home. The restaurant itself is tastefully decorated and very clean inside. We will definitely be going back to taste more of the menu - Saag Paneer is one of my personal favorites and the Goan specialty Xacuti, a rich curry with coconut and other exotic flavors sounds absolutely wonderful. While the menu offers all the typical Indian dishes like biryani, tandoori, masala, kebabs and roti, there are also many unique plates that make for a great variety and no shortage of options for every taste.
Casa de Goa
177 South Plank Road (Route 52)
Newburgh, NY 12550
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday - 11 am - 3 pm, 5 - 10 pm
Shana Salyer is a Certified Primal Health Coach, Aromatherapist and owner of Primal Phire Wellness. As a lifelong resident of the Hudson Valley, she enjoys exploring all the area has to offer - from its restaurants, farms and local makers to historic homes, wooded trails and river views. She lives in Newburgh with her husband, Rob and tortie cat, Leila.