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cloverose May 1, 2011 10:51 AM

Will be at a B&B in Hudson NY on a Sat. nite mid May to celebrate my BD. Would appreciate restaurant recommendations either in Hudson or within a 15 minute drive. My BF is an omnivore, but I don’t eat any meat or poultry. I do love all fish /shellfish & veggies, so a restaurant that serves light, inventive, well-seasoned food along those lines would be ideal. Doesn’t have to be fancy or a foodie destination, although it certainly can be. Basically looking for someplace where we can have an enjoyable/relaxed dining experience – good food/service/atmosphere and a lovely bottle of wine. Thus far, I’ve checked reviews/menus online for Swoon, Daba, Ca Mea, Vico, Helsinki. Swoon and Daba get very mixed reviews these days, Helsinki looks nice but food may be a bit heavy (?). Vico’s menu was one of the more appealing. Any others to consider or comments on the above from someone who is more familiar with dining options in that area than I am? Haven’t found too much here on CH. Thanks!

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Vico Restaurant
136 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534

Daba Restaurant
225 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534

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    heathmac May 2, 2011 01:00 PM

    We live in the area and recommend Helsinki for after-dinner drink and/or a show. Swoon is good eats but you probably need a reservation. Also recommend Local 111 which is about 15 min away in Philmont. Haven't tried DA/BA or Vico.

    However you cannot leave Hudson without trying the Mexican cafe hidden in the back of Hudson Supermarket (an antique place) for lunch. Amazing, small plates.

    Also be sure to check out NY Mag's recent Hudson feature if you haven't already seen it. http://nymag.com/travel/weekends/colu...

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    Local 111
    111 Main St, Philmont, NY 12565

    Vico Restaurant
    136 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534

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      rrems May 2, 2011 07:56 PM

      Helsinki has delicious food but the menu is very limited, so this might be a challenge for you. Vico is not bad but there is nothing really special about it. Daba is quite good but I still prefer Swoon. While it may not always be a wow (the menu changes all the time, so you can't be sure what will be offered on a given day) it is always enjoyable and some of the meals we've had there have been spectacular. Within 20 minutes drive are Swiss Hutte in Hillsdale, Carolina House in Kinderhook, and The Greens at the Copake Country Club in Copake. All of these may be very good choices.

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        cloverose May 3, 2011 10:02 AM

        Thanks to both of you for all the thoughtful recommendations above. I tried Local 111 a couple of years ago and, though I thought the environment was totally cool, I was under-impressed with my meal that evening.

        I'm not opposed to making an advance reservation for Swoon if that's where we decide to go.. I'll definitely check out all other recommendations and the nymag link. Will also plan on trying the Mexican cafe before we leave the area -- sounds great! And will also plan to have a drink at Helsinki and possibly check out the music.

        I'll post again after our venture into Hudson area dining. Thanks again!

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        Local 111
        111 Main St, Philmont, NY 12565

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          rrems May 3, 2011 07:22 PM

          I've been to Local 111 a few times, and though the food was pretty good, the menu is very limited and I think it is overpriced for what it is. Any of the other places I mentioned are better value. One other place I would add to the list if you are interested in Italian is Mercato in Red Hook. It's a 25 minute drive from Hudson, but is well worth the trip. The food is absolutely fabulous.

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            cloverose May 5, 2011 10:25 AM

            rrems ...I have looked into your recommendations and after checking sites/menus/reviews, both The Greens at Copake and Swiss Hutte seemed good to me. The owner of the B&B where we are staying gives a strong recommendation for Da/Ba, where we may end up if we don't feel like additional driving, but I'm not crazy about things like vanilla in scallops ... Anyhow, cannot find any photos of Swiss Hutte dining interior and was wondering why and if it's nice. Also, would one be able to make a Sat nite reservation for Greens or Swiss Hutte same day, do you know ..? Of course, I can call them on that. thanks.

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              rrems May 5, 2011 08:37 PM

              Swiss Hutte is what I consider "rustic elegance". White tablecloths and formal chairs, but with rough cedar walls. Excellent service and large windows facing the ski slopes. Very nice. Not quite as up-to-the-minute stylish as Greens at Copake, which I assume you've seen on their website. Saturday is the only night you would even possibly need to reserve sooner than the same day, for these or the places in Hudson, but I would call and find out just to be sure. People tend to eat early so if you don't mind going later (say 9pm) there should be plenty of tables open.

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        rrems May 6, 2011 04:11 PM

        Here's another idea:

        http://www.vanderbilt-house.com/index...

        The Vanderbilt House in Philmont has just reopened after a major renovation. No reviews yet but it looks impressive. The chef was once chef de cuisine at Picholine in Manhattan. Carole Clark, who owned the former Charleston in Hudson, consulted on the menu and recruited the chef. I can't wait to try this place.

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          cloverose May 8, 2011 06:41 AM

          Wow, you're killing me! I'm already experiencing serious indecision re the other recommendations and we're only staying one night. If we're up for a 20 minute drive, I'm leaning toward Swiss Hutte as it looks totally different from restaurants down here -- of another time. The Greens also looked lovely. If we stay in town, will probably opt for Da/Ba due to menu and our hostess' recommendation. I'll go crazy if I throw another one into the mix. Thanks for all your wonderful info - would be very interested in your review of the Vanderbilt House after you try it for the next trip!

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