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Aug 17, 2010 09:49 AM

Reviews of lesser known places on Hudson St?

Hey guys,

I just moved to the West Village and was wondering about some of the restaurants on Hudson that aren't super buzz-worthy. Does anyone have any opinions on the following?:

La Ripaille
Pepe Verde
Bus Stop Cafe
EN Brasserie
CC's cafe
Mexicana Mama
Philipe Marie


Mexicana Mama
525 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

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  1. I had lunch at EN recently; here's my take on it:

    I used to be a big fan of brunch at Philip Marie, but I haven't been there in a few years. It's probably still good.

    1. Some Chowhounds seem to dislike EN, but I like it. The freshly made tofu is good. In the springtime, fiddlehead ferns were very nicely prepared, but they probably don't have that anymore. Whole fish and hot stone Kobe beef were very fresh and delicious. Expensive for portion sizes, though.

      Takashi has excellent, very, very fresh, high quality meat and actually serves good seasonal namul in addition to the grilled or sashimi style meats. The raw beef liver is really good, much better than it might sound to you. But do call ahead if you are looking for a specific cut as all cuts are not available on all days of the week. It is based on sourcing availability. Again, it is expensive for the portion size. The good news is that you won't feel terrible after a meat heavy meal because of the small portions.

      Mexicana Mama is not awful, but it is not good, either. It was considered good when there was no other authentic Mexican around, but now it is just so so and very overpriced for what it is. I don't like the service there, since they try too hard to upsell.

      I've tried a few of the others, but not recently enough that i remember much about them. Nothing really stood out, obviously.

      Mexicana Mama
      525 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

      1. Philipe Marie is pretty pedestrian. Too bad b/c it's a nice location with outdoor seating.

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        1. re: LBNJNY

          I'd agree: Philipe Marie is good, not great, though we did enjoy everything when we recently ate at a sidewalk table. No complaints though it doesn't rise to culinary heights. Reasonably priced.

          1. re: LBNJNY

            I agree with your description of Philip Marie. We went because a friend had a coupon. I was happy with the meal, but it wasn't impressive food-wise. I felt the menu was lacking a direction (mish-mash of different cuisines.) But the service was good, the atmosphere cozy, and food was at least average.

            I don't dislike EN, but I do think it's overpriced and you can do much better elsewhere. Just a step above from a neighborhood Japanese restaurant quality-wise but a lot more expensive.

          2. Even though it's been around for many years, there's something amateurish about La Ripaille but that's not entirely bad: it's unassuming, unimaginative but perfectly acceptable bistro fare (good duck particularly)'s not a place people on this board would flock to, but it's a good local choice for the area...the "patron" can be charming or cranky, depending on his gallic mood.

            1. Pepe Verde is overpriced take-out style Italian-- pizzeria quality food. Go to Faico's on Bleeker in the WV and grab some of their homemade zitti, meatballs, eggplant parm, etc. Cheaper and better! On Hudson people like The New French, Le Pain Quotidien, and Alexandra's. I myself love the Chicken Tawook (sp?) at Hudson Falafel!

              Hudson Falafel
              516 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

              The New French
              522 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014