Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Hudson River Cafe

697 W. 133rd St. Send to Phone
212-491-9111
A sassy yet surprisingly refined uptown dining spot with a lively outdoor bar and music scene.

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

* Click here for rating key

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED 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.
GAYOT has uncovered the best restaurants in New York for you to enjoy right now
Top 25 Restaurants in New York to Eat at Right Now

GAYOT's picks for the 25 hottest NYC restaurants include Italian hotspots, craft cocktail bars and eateries inspired by destinations around the globe.



AMERICA'S TOP RESTAURANTS

Discover the best female chefs, top pizzerias and stellar seafood restaurants with GAYOT's Top 10 lists of the best restaurants in America.