I'm going to Hudson Clearwater for dinner on Saturday and I was wondering if anyone could recommend any dishes that were particularly memorable? This restaurant hasn't been in many discussion threads, and in the few it has appeared the reviews were mixed. Any suggestions would be very helpful!
Most things I've tried on different visits have been good. Menu changes over time, so trying to remember... The gnocchi is good, also the pork shank. In the mains, the duck was good, the fish preparation was nice as well but it was a different one than the one on the menu right now. Their cocktails are fun, so get some!
I've been once and found the food to be just average and the cocktails to be mediocre and over priced. Thank goodness we went on a gift certificate, because I wouldn't have been very happy had I had to pay for the meal.
Thanks once again for the recommendations. I wanted to report back on my dinner last night. The best way of describing this restaurant is to compare it to the singer Lana Del Rey--it's a lot of pretty packaging but not a whole lot of substance behind the styling! I think it's a great neighborhood spot and has good energy, but the food wasn't all that memorable. Everything was technically well executed but I wasn't blown away by any one dish.
The cocktails were good--I would recommend the Upstate Rose, Hudson Mule and King’s County. For appetizers, we ordered the butter clams and gnocchi and the pork belly special of the day. I prefer my gnocchi soft and pillowy, like the amazing buttery ones I had at Hearth. These tasted more like stale soup dumplings, which was very disappointing. The clams were great and the broth was tasty, but the dish as a whole lacked cohesion. The pork belly was pleasant enough and very solid.
For entrees, we tried the grilled hanger steak, atlantic sea bass, spice-rubbed pork chop and crispy duck breast. We also ordered the potato-cauliflower gratin and shaved brussels sprouts for sides. Again, I have to reiterate how all the dishes were well executed and technically delicious, but I didn’t find them amazing and memorable. Same thing with the desserts–the apple tarte, lemon bar and bread pudding were all good, but I’ve had much better versions elsewhere.
If you live close by in the West Village and want a good scene with decent food, Hudson Clearwater is not a bad place. But does it pass the "make the crosstown trip" test? Unfortunately, not for me.
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