A Hidden Gem: Hudson Clearwater
This cute West Village resto is full of charm and character. All elements are achieved at the lively yet low-key spot: unique vibe, cool atmosphere, good food, yummy cocktails and solid service. It’s about the whole experience here. The obscure entrance added a nice touch- behind the secret green door lives a gem! Upon entering, you have to walk through the garden patio (it will be huge this summer) to get to the split level rustic resto.
It felt like we were having dinner a friend’s apartment- a Really Cool Friend! We dined at the marble counter that is basically like a chef’s table. It was a delight to witness such precision, flare and flow in the kitchen.
The New American Locavore menu has a seasonal focus with a good blend of upscale and delicious dishes- fish, meat, poultry and outstanding veggie options! Our waitress was a bit of a foodie so she was very helpful and descriptive when going through the affordable menu- every entree was under $20- SCORE!
Amuse- Spice Carrot Puree with Yuzu Marinated Celery.
Watercress Salad- Standard.
Lentil Salad- The beet puree gave it a nice lift.
Tomatoes, Watercress and Goat Cheese Sabayon- Fresh and creamy.
Asparagus with Farmer’s Cheese and Corn Puree- Wonderful flavors and textures.
Duck Leg- Cooked to perfection…the winner of the evening.
Clams and Gnocchi- This dish worked well in unison.
THE SWEET SPOT:
Lemon Bar- Could’ve done without the fig compote.
Bosc Pear Tarte Tatin- The caramel topping brought it home!
There’s a private dining room downstairs and a brunch rotation is set to start soon.
Hudson Clearwater- 447 Hudson St (the entrance is around the corner on Morton) / 212-989-3255
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