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
In the 9 years since The Croff House opened the Hudson, New York restaurant portfoilio has grown from one decent restaurant to a foodie destination, offering everything from high-end, multi-course tasting menus to food trucks offering homemade, authentic Indian cuisine. The most frequently asked question we get is “where do you recommend for dinner?” Choosing a restaurant is a personal and subjective decision, and the wide variety of dining options in Hudson make that decision even more challenging.
One thing to note: Being in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Hudson restaurants have access to a plethora of seasonal products from early Spring through the end of Fall. The locavore movement is alive an well in Hudson and almost all chefs in town incorporate these ingredients in their menus, which very frequently changed based upon what is currently available to them.
So we’ve tried to break our personal favorites down into categories that might help smooth the process.
High(er) End/”Celebration” Dinners ($$$$)
Ca’ Mea, consistently rated by Trip Advisor and the Zagat Restaurant Guide as the top restaurant in town, offers Northern Italian cuisine and is an outstanding destination for lunch or dinner. The warm ambience, outstanding service and make it both a guest and local favorite. In warmer weather guests can dine “al fresco” on the restaurant’s rear patio with advanced reservations. Mention you are staying at The Croff House to receive a 10% discount, too!
Swoon Kitchenbar, one of several “food to table” restaurants in Hudson, has received critical acclaim for the from such notable publications as The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. “Meatless Mondays” and “Burger Thursdays” are recent additions to Swoon’s offerings and the restaurant’s daily specials aren’t to be missed.
The Crimson Sparrow opened in 2013 to off-the-charts reviews by such publications as Food & Wine and Bon Appetit, the restaurant offers an Asian fusion, multi-course menu. Amazingly innovative creations, beautiful plating and top notch service at the highest level make for an unforgettable meal. TCS’s menu, it must be noted, will not appeal to everyone’s tastes, but if you are a true foodie then dinner here is a must.
More Moderate Options ($$$)
Helsinki Hudson provides Hudson’s only authentic barbeque experience as part of Helsinki’s Tennessee-born chef’s excellent Cajun/Creole inspired menu. House smoked ribs, sausage, fish and more and genuine Southern side dishes such as fried okra, collard greens and homemade cornbread transport diners to the Old South.
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. The restaurant has eschewed the move toward trendy decor and flash in favor of an atmostphere that focuses on the inspired food and excellent service.
Hudson Food Studio, one of Hudson’s smaller dining venues, was recognized by the Albany Times-Union for the outstanding eastern-Asia (Vietnamese, Thai, Laotian and Cambodian) inspired menu. The chef brings out the maximum flavors of the fresh ingredients used to create dishes that range from spicy and aromatic to rich and hearty. An wonderful dinner to be sure.
More Affordable/Local Favorites ($$)
Wunderbar offers a continental menu, including several daily specials, ranging from a selection of freshly prepared schnitzels to excellent favorites such as caprese chicken and fish and chips. Don’t miss the chicken wings and bacon wrapped shrimp for starters, too!
Governor’s Tavern, a beautifully and 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, is a personal favorite and serves the freshest sushi around. Sushi “snobs” like us love this place for the variety of both cold and cooked food and the friendly, fast service.
Things to Do in Hudson, New York
Venues throughout Hudson continually present compelling programs to appeal to a wide variety of artistic tastes.
Many areas of the City of Hudson are recognized landmarks, including Willard Place where The Croff House is located. The stunning architecture of the homes around the City of Hudson showcase the rich history and diverse past of the area. Mixed in with historic architecture visitors also find a mix of mid-century and more contemporary homes and buidings.
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
In addition to those listed above, many wonderful music and theater options are available to The Croff House guests. Concerts, plays, musicals, and readings are just a sampling of the offerings presented by local organizations. Bard College, The Mac-Hayden Theater, and others provide an ever changing schedule of events for area visitors. The addition of Helsinki Hudson brings a new level of entertainment and dining to Hudson. 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.