Food, glorious food!

Warren Street at Night

As the years go by Hudson becomes more and more of a foodie destination, attracting visitors seeking the perfect blend of farm-to-table cuisine and fresh, local ingredients.  At The Croff House guests are always asking us for our recommendations, which can be found here.  For us the challenge is to stay on top of all the new and most noteworthy openings and, as often as possible, to visit those restaurants ourselves to be able to provide a true personal recommendation (or sometimes – not!).  We’ve added two new eateries to The Croff House’s list of recommended places: Aeble and Wunderbar.  But first, a note.

As Hudson’s popularity continues to rise and the number of visitors to Hudson continues to rise, so too do the prices in Hudson’s restaurants.  While most guests on vacation are willing to splurge for that special occasion or once-in-a-while meal out, we recognize while many of them are looking for excellent food they are also looking for fair value.  As such, we have reconfigured our recommendations on The Croff House website accordingly.

Aeble is the newest addition to Hudson’s vast restaurant offerings.  As described on the restaurant’s website the chef, “lets the seasons inform his dishes and sources almost exclusively from the regional bounty of the Hudson Valley”.  It doesn’t get much more farm-to-table than that.  Menus change monthly and daily specials reflect the freshest of what’s available in the Hudson area including produce, meats and seafood.  The cuisine is simple, fresh and beautifully presented without a lot of fussiness or pretense.  The cocktail and wine selection, like everything else at Aeble is well thought out and uncomplicated.  The decor, too, reflect the owner’s approach to dining out: clean simple lines with a Danish/Scandinavian ambience; not distracting from the restaurant’s purpose – the food!  We’re thrilled to be able to recommend Aeble to our guests.  Quite frankly we think they’re going to be seeing a lot of us, too!

Wunderbar Bistro has been a Hudson staple for years, but we recently just discovered it.  Boasting a relatively new chef, the menu offers everything from Chicken Caprese to homemade Fish and Chips to an unbeatable Meatloaf.  Daily specials make choosing even harder.  Wunderbar is a local favorite, and the bar is usually filled with Hudsonians catching up on the latest town gossip, but what keeps people coming back again and again is the fresh and flavorful food.  The full bar offers a full range of martini’s, mixed drinks, wine and beer at very reasonable prices.  If you’re just looking for a quick bite Wunderbar’s amazing chicken wings will hit the spot, or how can you go wrong with bacon-wrapped shrimp?  Wunderbar is our personal “go to” place for a perfect night out.

Hudson Restaurants

Hudson Restaurants star in the 2014 Taste of Hudson

Hudson Restaurants star in the 2014 Taste of Hudson

Hudson Restaurants were the star of the show at this year’s Taste of Hudson event, hosted by BeLo 3rd on Saturday, September 6.  Now in it’s 6th year Taste of Hudson features local Hudson restaurants and caterers and provides participants the opportunity to taste a wide array of cuisines including Indian, Italian, Caribbean and a whole lot more.  Those with a sweet tooth weren’t disappointed either as several of the tasting tables offered everything from delicious home baked cookies to stunningly sinful cakes and decadent brownies.

Hudson Restaurants weren't the only tastes available

The Hudson Standard

Non-alcoholic beverages were available as well, including a new, locally made handcrafted bitters-inspired mixer called The Hudson Standard.  The “shrubs” can be both an ingredient in various recipes for updated classic cocktails or, added to seltzer, a refreshing “adult soda”.

On average each “taste” was a mere $3.  Tickets are sold at $1 per ticket and the Hudson restaurants participating set the price for the item they were sampling.

The event is the perfect opportunity for participants, whether local or from out of town, to be introduced to the wide range of Hudson restaurants and the cuisine they offer.  For the Hudson restaurants the Taste of Hudson event is also a great chance to showcase the chefs’ culinary talents to those who may be unfamiliar with the restaurant or even the type of cuisine they offer.  It’s a “win” for everybody.

Taste of Hudson is held around the same time each year and each year the event draws more and more people, who enjoy sampling the food but also getting out into the community and meeting friends, both old and new, and enjoying the day.  The city of Hudson is the host but the real stars are the all Hudson restaurants, caterers and other vendors who really steal the show.

Put it in your calendar for next year.  Who knows which new Hudson restaurant will be there?