Hudson, New York offers a variety of dining options and many things to do, including visiting historic sites, experiencing cultural activities, and enjoying outdoor recreation.
Hudson, New York Restaurants
The Hudson restaurant scene has grown into a foodie destination, offering everything from high-end, multi-course tasting menus to food trucks offering homemade, authentic ethnic cuisine. Choosing a restaurant is a personal so we’ve broken down our recommendations below by budget.
Almost all of Hudson’s restaurants could be considered “farm-to-table”, supporting our local farms.
High(er) End/”Celebration” Dinners ($$$$)
Ca’ Mea, consistently the top rated restaurant in town, offers Northern Italian cuisine. The warm ambience, outstanding service and make it both a guest and local favorite. In warmer weather guests can dine on the restaurant’s rear patio with advanced reservations.
Swoon Kitchenbar, “Meatless Mondays” and “Burger Thursdays” are popular at Swoon’s. Daily specials are always terrific.
More Moderate Options ($$$)
Helsinki Hudson provides Hudson’s only authentic barbeque experience. House smoked ribs, sausage, fish and more and genuine Southern side dishes such as fried okra, collard greens and homemade cornbread bring cajun food to Hudson.
Aeble is one of Hudson’s newest dining spots. Both the menu and the ambience reflect the chef’s culinary style: simple and tasteful without being overly complicated or fussy. Aeble focuses on fresh local ingredients food and excellent service.
Hudson Food Studio, one of Hudson’s smaller dining venues serves pan-asian cuisine blending Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian and Cambodian cooking. A wonderful dinner to be sure.
More Affordable/Local Favorites ($$)
Wunderbar offers a continental menu, including several daily specials. House specialties range from schnitzels to delicious favorites such as caprese chicken and fish and chips.
Governor’s Tavern, a recently renovated Hudson watering hole offers typical “pub grub”: Great burgers and a nice beer selection on tap. This is the place to go for no-nonsense food in a cozy atmosphere. Nothing fancy, just easy and good.
Wasabi serves the freshest sushi around and a great variety of both cold and cooked food and friendly, fast service.
Things to Do in Hudson, New York
There’s lots to do in and around Hudson to keep visitors busy.
Many areas of the City of Hudson are recognized landmarks, including Willard Place where The Croff House is located. Historic architecture reflects the rich history and diverse past of the area. Additionally a mix of mid-century and more contemporary homes and buildings can be seen.
Columbia, Dutchess and Greene Counties boast some of the most well preserved historic landmarks in the country. Visitors to these well-preserved sites are taken back to another era and a time in America’s history.
A few of the wonderful historic landmarks include:
- Olana, the home of Frederick Church
- The Hudson-Athens Lighthouse
- Cedar Grove, the home of Thomas Cole
- Lindenwald, home of Martin Van Buren, 8th President of the United States
- The Vanderbilt Mansion
- The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library and Museum
Many wonderful music and theater options are available in the area. Concerts, plays, musicals, and readings are presented by local organizations. Bard College, The Mac-Hayden Theater, and others provide an ever changing schedule of events for area visitors. Helsinki Hudson, “chooses artists who improve the world through their music and who make our lives and our community a more vibrant place to be.”
Hudson is truly a year-round destination. Whether your interest is golfing, kayaking, hiking, biking, skiing or snowmobiling there is something for everyone.