i know not everyone agrees with me, but i like Grimes and his review (12/27/00, and very funny) put me off going.
One delicacy he compared to "toxic waste". not surprisingly he rated the restaurant "poor"
Service: "not very knowledgeable, but friendly and eager to please"
Atmosphere: "new age diner food and global fushion dishes served in a highly stylized room".
ps: it might be worth going. when things are that horrible, they can turn entertaining.
I went there a few days before it opened (my friend was there for work and took me along) - I mention this because maybe they have cleaned up their act or gotten a new chef, but it was a real disapointment. The food was trying to be everything to everybody. Kitschy things like Mac & Cheese (may not have been that, but something similar) to Cassoulet and Thai dishes. I think the idea was something from everywhere. Everything I had was really mediocre. The caassoulet, in particular tasted like a bunch of white beans with a soggy duck leg that had been put in the microwave for a few minutes. To it's credit, the staff was not aloof as I would have imagined them, but actually pretty friendly. If you do end up going, the Hudson Library really is neat and worth having a drink in.