A day in Hudson NY, and lunch at ~
If you have not been to Hudson in a few years, then you have not been to Hudson. To suggest that the town has undergone a renaissance would not tell the story adequately; you really need to see it to believe it. The last few times that we decided to “stop in Hudson for lunch” we have ended up spending the better part of the afternoon; there is too much to see and do. There is a vibrancy to the place – the streets bustling with young hipsters sipping coffees and chatting and poking their heads into shops, and walking more cute dogs than any one town should have.
The central business district on Warren Street is home to a fantastic collection of restaurants and coffee shops, very high quality antique stores, house-ware purveyors, and gourmet shops. One shop – Otto – is dedicated exclusively to Turkish imports – decoratively painted serving platters and hand woven fabrics, hammered copper coffee pots (and coffees) and of course, the requisite porcelain evil eye without which no Turkish home would be complete. Hudson is most definitely a culinary destination, where diners are faced with the delicious dilemma of eating top shelf Mexican at Mexican Radio, world class American bistro fare at DA | BA, some of the area’s best barbecue at American Glory, or sandwiches constructed on what is arguably the best baguette in the Hudson Valley at Cafe le Perche. I suggest you buy said baguette to take home and use it with some razor thin sliced prosciutto cotto purchased from Olde Hudson Specialty Foods, also on Warren Street. With so many wonderful choices, return trips are necessary, and keenly anticipated.
Our extended lunch at the bar started with some very nice chorizo and a big bowl of piping hot butternut squash soup. Very seasonal, and very nicely done. I copped out and ordered the daily special – a “surf and turf” chimichanga, which is in essence a deep fried burrito. Take a very healthy flat bread wrap of veggies and shrimp and steak, and drop it into hot oil. What’s better than that? This one – an overstuffed version the size of a smurf football – was just fantastic, with chunks of grilled flank steak and sauteed whole shrimp in every bite. All of this was smothered in a base of sauteed arugula and it was right up there with the best I’ve had anywhere.
|Olde Hudson Charcuterie|
It was a very nice start to a very nice day.
As I was walking up Warren towards Cafe Le Perche to buy some bread, I found myself eavesdropping on the young couple walking directly in front of me. One was trying to convince the other to buy a weekend home in Hudson. We would of course have to sell the Red Hook place, she said. How times have changed! Go see for yourself.
I look forward to our next trip to Hudson. Our first stop will be the charcuterie / cheese counter at Olde Hudson, where a wedge of Spanish Mahon cheese from Minorca has my name on it.
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