One spot to check out any time of year is Orange County Choppers. Now, whether you happen know Paul Teutul, Sr., personally, or you’ve been a fan since the eponymous reality television show, or you just like motorcycles, or you’ve simply been wondering about that cool storefront that you can see near the Newburgh Thruway exit, this place is worth a visit.
I was in its previous showroom years ago, so I hadn’t made plans to visit the new space, since I figured that I’d basically seen it already. Then a friend recently mentioned how delightful it was to relax with a drink while her children were bowling at Orange County Choppers. It didn’t even make sense to me. Drink? Bowling? I thought that it was just a motorcycle showroom.
So I checked it out for myself, and now I hope that everyone goes! The Orange County Choppers (OCC) building includes a café, a four-lane, regulation-sized bowling alley and a large retail area that features a number of custom-themed bikes, including the FDNY and POW-MIA designs, as seen on the show. Some of them have signs that point out the more intricate and symbolic details on the bikes, such as a bolt from 9/11 that adorns the gas tank on the FDNY bike, or the barbed-wire spokes on the POW-MIA chopper. I was absolutely fascinated by what I read and saw, including moving memorabilia that people have left by the bikes.
The café includes a children’s “Mini-Bikers’ Menu” with activities on the back, complete with a coloring sketch of “Senior.”
The bowling alley is open every day during regular café hours, is completely modern and can even be programmed to deploy bumpers for specific players. OCC would love to see leagues come play there. In the meantime, it makes for a terrific family outing for children (and adults!) who enjoy bowling, families looking for a casual eatery with friendly staff, folks interested in choppers or simply US history and culture or a combination of all of the above.
Oh, and they have a parts and service department for choppers and motorcycles, too. Let me know what you think! Orange County Choppers is located at 14 Crossroads Court in Newburgh. For more information, call (845) 245-3043 or visit https://occcafe.com.