The Cavu Restaurant at Kobelt Airport in Wallkill, New York was a nice place to grab a burger, or a sandwich, but it closed a few years ago. I’d heard that they’d re-opened recently as the Nu-Cavu so we decided to give it a try and popped in on a Saturday night.
The same ambience was there, an A-framed building with lots of sunlight streaming in and a good view of the airfield. There was light jazz playing too. One thing that stood out is the white tablecloths and the wait staff dressed in black. The menu confirmed it, more upscale, but not over the top.
The burgers and sandwiches are gone, replaced by a nice menu of seafood, steaks and pasta. We looked the menu over and the prices are reasonable ranging from fifteen dollars up to twenty-five for the surf and turf. Entrees come with a salad and a side, and they give hot bread with a nice olive tapenade.
Teresa decided on the Broiled Seafood Scampi. It was a huge plate of jumbo shrimp, flounder, and sea scallops in a lemon wine sauce with a side of pasta for 18.95. I had La Pescaotore that was a huge plate shrimp, clams, mussels, and calamari with a spicy Fra diavolo sauce over linguine, also 18.95. Well, mine was delicious and I sampled Teresa’s, and it was equally good. On mine, the calamari was cooked just right and there were a ton of mussels. In fact, my portion was so large I even had to bring the pasta and some of the calamari home.
Service is good. Food is great. Atmosphere is nice. Prices are reasonable. Overall a winning combination, and a restaurant you should visit soon, and often.
After we got home I checked out the web site and saw that they still serve the burgers and sandwiches at the bar, so I'll stop by again. It looked like they had a pretty good selection of beers on tap.
For more information check out their website.
This review is one of the most popular on this blog, as evidenced by the number of hits, so we decided to pop in again and see how they were doing. We got there at five on Saturday and there were plenty of seats available, but as we ate I saw the hostess placing reservation cards on most of the tables so I'd suggest getting there early, or making a reservation. The bar area was filling up too.
I ordered La Pescatore again and it was every bit as good as I remembered. Teresa tried the Cavu Chicken and it was delicious. Chicken breast layered with roasted peppers and eggplant, done parmigiana. Very good food, good portions (I brought some of mine home, and that's rare) good prices, very good service, and you even get to watch small planes land and take off. Get there and eat.
Update- July 9, 2010- We stopped by and tried the bar menu tonight and it was great. I had a bacon and blue cheeseburger, we shared chicken cordon blue bites, and Teresa had the chicken quesadilla appetizer (it was enough for a meal) all for less than $30.00 including tax and tip.
I had a chat with Carmela, one of the owners, and she is a nice person. Great food, good prices and good service are the benchmark at the Nu-Cavu.
Update- April 15, 2011- Here's a few more pictures.