Hudson is a great destination for “Foodies” with many restaurants to choose from. Our top finds include:
Fish & Game: This is one of the top spots in town, is set in a former 19th century blacksmith’s shop and features locally sourced items. It has been nominated for the James Beard Foundation Awards for best new restaurant and best restaurant design. The decor is outstanding and I enjoyed the experience. They offer a tasting menu but now offer an a la carte menu as well. 13 South Third St.
Fish & Game also has Back Bar, a colorful bar and restaurant in the rear of an antique shop, offering Malaysian plates. They also have a dim sum brunch on weekends. 347 Warren St.
Ca’ Mea: I had a very good experience at this well-known Italian restaurant at 333 Warren St. I loved the Salmone al Tartufo with its black truffle vinaigrette. It has a warm interior and a lovely outdoor patio for summer dining.
Le Perche Bakery and Bar: This is a perfect spot for lunch with a good list of sandwiches, salads and other entrees. They also have pastries, great cookies and sweets. 230 Warren St.
Tanzys – Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon Tea: A casual breakfast and lunch spot at 223 Warren.
REV Cafe, 742 Warren: This is a cafe in a former home that sells coffee, tea and more.
Swoon Kitchenbar: This is a very good restaurant in the heart of downtown. On Monday night they have a 4 course prix-fixe Meatless Monday vegetarian menu that is really excellent and a great value. Chef Jeffrey Gimmel was a James Beard Nominee for Best Chef Northeast in 2012. 340 Warren St. I enjoyed a very good meal with local friends.
Helsinki Hudson: This is a converted warehouse that is a restaurant and club. The restaurant has a warm atmosphere and specializes in Southern cooking. The Club Helsinki features musical entertainment every week. 405 Columbia St.
Patisserie Lenox: This is a wonderful cafe and patisserie with locations in Hudson NY, Great Barrington MA and Lenox MA. I had a great smoked salmon tartine and a perfect small raspberry tart. 504 Warren St.
MOTO Coffee Machine is a great spot for coffee. It is a fun space as they share a space at 357 Warren St. with a Waffle cafe and a store selling motorcycles and motorcycle gear.
Verdigris Tea: Verdigris Tea and the Hudson Chocolate Bar sell a large selection of chocolates, pastries, teas and coffee. It is a perfect spot to unwind with a pot of tea after a busy day of touring. I loved the dark chocolates as well. 135 Warren St.
My niece recently got engaged while staying west of Hudson in Athens. They celebrated in town, with drinks at The Maker Lounge at 302 Warren St. and a great dinner at the new WM. Farmer and Son Boarding & Barroom at 120 S. Front. Street. She wanted me to pass on these recommendations to all of you.
Bonfiglio & Bread is a casual bakery in downtown Athens across the river from Hudson. It offers housemade breads along with light breakfast fare, pizza and sandwiches. 44 2nd St. For pizza Baba Louie’s at 517 Warren St. gets good reviews.
NY Eater.com also recommends American Glory, located in an old brick fire station, is a casual gastro-pub and BBQ joint for smoked meats, local art and live music. They have North Carolina-style pulled pork , Texas-inspired brisket and over 100 American whiskeys. 342 Warren St.
Spotty Dog Books & Ale at 440 Warren St. is a local bookstore that also has a bar featuring local beer, wine, coffee drinks and snacks.