The latest addition to Newburgh’s bustling Front Street restaurant scene, Primo Waterfront focuses on Italy’s coastal cuisine. The sister location of the Wappingers Falls mainstay Heritage Food + Drink, Primo (which has been in the works for over a year), is poised to become the next hot spot on the Hudson with 180 waterfront seats, 60 indoor seats, a private dining room, and two bars.
Heading up the kitchen is Executive Chef Ralph Bello, previously of Il Barilotto Enoteca in Fishkill, a traditional Italian-style restaurant that shuttered in 2020. After it closed, Bello joined the Heritage team. Not too long after, he pitched the idea of a place that served authentic, seaside Italian fare to owner Jesse Camac. Thanks to the pandemic, there was a space available for rent and an eatery was born.
Among the tempting appetizers are elevated classics like antipasto with truffle honey and fruit compote, and burrata with smoked olives and roasted beets. Main dishes include a variety of pastas, fish, and meat entrees. A few standouts: squid ink taglioni served with king crab and saffron butter; swordfish spiedini topped with a romesco sauce, broccoli rabe, and pistachios; and NY strip steak finished with a smokey crab and mushroom butter.
We also recommend Primo’s selection of crudo, such as yellowtail with strawberry, basil, and pink peppercorn. Dining with a group? Go for the royal seafood tower, stacked with oysters, clams, shrimp, and more.
If you’ve been to Heritage, you know that Camac’s restaurants provide a casual, convivial space to enjoy great food. While the overall vibe of his new venture is a bit more upscale in terms of service, décor, and price point, Primo maintains the welcoming atmosphere that Heritage perfected, just across the river.
50 Front St, Newburgh