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

Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.
Open late
  • Dress code: Casual dressy
  • Entertainment: Live music Thurs.-Sat. nights and Sun. brunch
  • Full bar
  • Outdoor dining
  • Reservations suggested
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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.
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