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Hudson River Café

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697 W. 133rd St., New York, NY 10027 40.819999 -73.958781
nr. Riverside Dr.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-491-9111 Send to Phone

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  • Cuisine: American Nouveau, Eclectic/Global
  • Price Range: $$$

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  • Reader Rating:

    7 out of 10

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Photo by Rebecca McAlpin / Courtesy of Hudson River Café

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Hours

Mon-Tue, 5pm-11pm; Wed-Sat, 5pm-midnight; Sun, 11am-4pm and 5pm-11pm

Nearby Subway Stops

1 at 137th St.-City College

Prices

$15-$40

Payment Methods

American Express, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Bar Scene
  • Brunch - Weekend
  • Dine at the Bar
  • Good for Groups
  • Live Music
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Prix-Fixe
  • Romantic
  • Singles Scene
  • Take-Out
  • Waterfront
  • Catering

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Recommended

Profile

While the name may suggest a laid-back, exurban rusticity, this uptown eatery is decidedly citified, set between the soaring steel arches of the Riverside Drive Viaduct and an elevated Amtrak line, rumbling trains included. The place is spacious, with a ground floor lounge/bar, upstairs dining room, outdoor patio, and terrace. White painted walls, walnut floors, white Corian–topped tables, and an expansive cathedral ceiling evoke a posh beach house. The seasonal menu puts seafood at center stage, from raw bar offerings to seviches, fine paella, and grilled fish. Chef/partner Ricardo Cardona, formerly of Jimmy’s Bronx Cafe and now also at Lua in Hoboken, adds Latin dishes, as well as Asian seasonings, in dishes like a unique, arresting calamari salad that tosses the tiny, petite deep-fried rings in a sweet and savory ginger dressing, amped with Thai chili peppers. The whole spicy tangle crowns a healthy heap of organic watercress, radish sprouts, peanuts, banana slices, and toasted pine nuts. While just short of sublime, Hudson River Café, which opened in May 2007, is certainly a jewel in Harlem’s culinary crown.

Note

Reservations are not accepted for parties over eight. Walk-ins with eight or more people will be split into different tables, and ordering the prix fixe menu is required for parties with ten or more.

Recommended Dishes

Calamari salad, $10; half-roasted duck, $22; Hudson River Café paella, $34

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