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Hudson River Cafe

697 W. 133rd St. Send to Phone
212-491-9111 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
A sassy yet surprisingly refined uptown dining spot with a lively outdoor bar and music scene.
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Cuisine
Open
Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late
Features
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Entertainment: Live music Thurs.-Sat. nights and Sun. brunch
  • Full bar
  • Outdoor dining
  • Reservations suggested
  • View

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Hudson River Cafe Restaurant Review

: Hudson River Café, set against both an urban and a river backdrop, offers a fresh take on seafood and grill, with Latin and soulful overtones. The bi-level restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating on two levels, with live music on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and during Sunday brunch. Downstairs has more of a bistro-bar vibe while upstairs, under the vaulted ceiling, is a calmer dining setting. Beautifully presented appetizers include soft, spicy shrimp taquitos, chunky Maryland crab cakes, and Chardonnay-steamed PEI mussels. Heartier entrées include baby-back ribs served with crispy sweet potato fries and the churrasco steak, which is as fine as any piece of meat that we’ve seen in Argentina, although the lamb comes with a sauce that is a bit too sweet. But, perhaps, the pièce de résistance is a well prepared seafood paella, named Max’s paella after the owner to distinguish it from Hamlet’s paella which is made from a medley of meats. Creative cocktails include a knockout martini made from white cranberry juice, gin and English cucumber. If you like desserts, the Latin-influenced tres leches cake and the guava bread pudding are stars.

User Ratings & Reviews for Hudson River Cafe
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Fancy place with terrible food
by andwha03 on Mon Jul 21, 2008 9:50 am
 
My wife and a friend of mine had a very bad experience there. We will never go there again and will never recommend it to anyone. The ambiance is good, the service, food, parking and regulations are bad.

We went there for Lunch on Sunday afternoon. The sun was out and we were going to the park afterward. We approached the door and requested a table for 3. The place was fairly empty, however well staffed. Before entering the hostess forced me to remove my Yankees baseball cap. My hair was a mess and didn't understand this requirement. I looked inside and saw almost everyone was dressed casually, in shorts, slippers, jeans, sneakers and even tank tops.

They sat us in the sun. It was 90 degrees out and they sat us in the sun. Did I mention the place was empty. There were a bunch of tables that had umbrellas and they gave us a table w/o one and sat us in the sun. So after 5 minutes of baking in the sun no one approached us so I got up from my seat and walked over to hostess and asked to be reseated. She said "OK, give me two minutes." So we baked for an additional 15mins before I decided to re-seat myself. At the end of the meal we asked for the check and had to wait another 20mins. Did I mention yet, the place was empty !!

Now, I can't say the service was completely bad. The guy who pours water into your glass was very attentive. We would take two sip of water and the next thing you know he's over your shoulder filling it up again.

To eat, I ordered a $18 Kobe beef burger, medium cook, cheapest entree. I got a hockey puck back. Choked the hell out of me eating it. My wife ordered the same, well done, and got a medium rare, uhhhhhhh!!!! My friend ordered some fancy chicken thing with green beans. He said it was dry and lacked flavor.

There is no view. If you're read that there's a great view, don't believe it. There's no view at all. If your concern is being fancy and really don't care how food tastes, this is the place for you. The only reason to go here is to drink and socialize.
 
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