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Hudson River Café

697 W. 133rd St., New York, NY, 10027
nr. Riverside Dr.
212-491-9111

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7
Food: 7
Service: 6
Décor: 8
"Recommended"

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60% would go back.

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great restaurant!!

By streetscaper on 7/1/2011

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Had a great time here!! The vibe was awesome with a live band and all. The taste and presentation of the food was very good and the waitstaff was very helpful and made sure we were enjoying our meal. I would definitely recommend to all and will be going back soon.

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44 out of 84 people found this review helpful.

Good food, decent service, good location in Hamilton Heights

By FoodMusiclover on 10/8/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

We've eaten here two times - once on a busy weekend night, and again on a not-so-busy Wednesday night. I have to admit, the food is surprisingly good. It's a surprise because with the loud "party" crowds this place attracts, you'd expect the food to suffer. But it doesn't - the lobster and corn bisque is LUSCIOUS, taquitos and ceviches are very good, and my husband loves the bbq chicken. Not to mention, tasty and very POTENT sangrias. The service was reasonable, though it's true the hostesses are usually pretty distracted. This is not a quiet intimate place, so def go elsewhere if you want that experience. But for the neighborhood, which lacks many decent cool eating places, Hudson River Cafe answers my needs!

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47 out of 86 people found this review helpful.

So bad, we didn't even get to ordering!

By saunique on 6/7/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

Don't waste your time/ money on the slow service and rude staff! We went for brunch and were never greeted when we entered even though at least 3 staffers (manager included) walked right past us. A hostess finally showed up and seated us next to the stairs and coat rack! A terrible location even though the place was half full and we had reservations. We asked to be move and were seated on the top level, where we waited 15 minutes to order drinks. A busboy tried to CONVINCE us that he had brought us bellinis when it was mimosas. He corrected the order after we went back and forth over the drinks, which were watered down anyway. The 1 waiter for the ENTIRE upper level was so busy that another busboy finally came to take our order. He would not let my friend substitute anything, or just have it removed from the dish, since she doesn't eat meat. We asked for the manager and waited 5 minutes before leaving! There's way too many other good brunch spots than this dump!

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62 out of 113 people found this review helpful.

New Year's at Hudson River Cafe

By Luciano133 on 1/12/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I had a Romantic dinner with my girlfriend and the NEW YEARS EVE MENU was terrific i try Jack Daniels Duck, and she have Grilled Lamb Chops was delicious, This place is up and coming in Harlem. One of the few spots above 125th St. that has good food combined with nice look and good service. It is worthhile. literally finger licking good!!!

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75 out of 154 people found this review helpful.

Not that great

By bubble88 on 12/3/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 2
  • Décor: 7
  • No, I would not go back!

I have been there a couple of times. Although the food is pretty good and the place has a nice look, the service sucks. The wait staff is rude, and get orders wrong a lot. If that's not bad enough, they include an 18% gratuity for this horrible service. I won't be going back anytime soon.

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105 out of 182 people found this review helpful.

Excellent food, service and decor

By lee076 on 7/2/2009

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

Have been there twice and experience just keeps getting better. Fantastic sunset menu deal and food is scrumptious. Do not understand why there is such a bad review on this site, must've been an exceptionally bad day. They even play live music on weekdays. Decor is great even though lower level tends to get a little too crowded when full.

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73 out of 151 people found this review helpful.

it was not all that

By babygirl5 on 5/17/2009

  • Overall Rating: 4
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

the waiter service sucked and the food could have been better the crab cakes tasted burn and the mac and cheese taste like it came from the box.

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78 out of 157 people found this review helpful.

Get off the phone

By Dawn225 on 2/27/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

The food was good and the decor was trendy. However, when we first walked in we had to wait for the hostess to finish a personal phone call. She asked how many, we said two. She told us to wait in minute. (it was not crowded at all) She walked over to the bar, spoke with a few patrons (we waited) and then came back to seat us. It literally took 15 minutes between her phone call and her chat at the bar. Very unprofessional. After that, the waitress and busser? (I cannot call a grown man a busboy) were great. Would go back again.

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74 out of 157 people found this review helpful.

Displaced Chic

By amckeldin on 9/8/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

Want to dine in close proximity to a six lane NYC highway complete with soot, foul air, and a noisy Amtrak rail line, and not to forget the homeless people outside that will encourage valet parking? This is the place for you! This location is so bad that the above average food and friendly service are overshadowed by all the negative distractions. Most of the crowd is of the plastic variety also trying way too hard "to be seen". I will not return.

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80 out of 152 people found this review helpful.

Great Crab Cakes/Crappy Service

By JMuratore on 2/8/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

My date and I were excited to try the Hudson River Cafe after she determined that Dinosaur was a bad choice for someone who had given up meat for lent. The menu had a decent selection - especially the appetizer menu. We ordered the crab cakes and lobster quesadilla for appetizers and split the tofu veggie plate entree. The crab cakes were excellent! The quesadilla was good, but not crispy enough for our liking. The veggie platter (tofu) was good, but the portions were small. The waiter or waitress (I am not certain of the gender) was very polite, but not the best at his/her job (and mind you, it wasn't busy, so that can't be used as an excuse). For example, a good 10 minutes went by before he/she brought milk for the now luke warm coffee. Getting the check was work! We had to flag down the maitre de, who tried hard to ignore us, to get us the check so that we could leave.

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94 out of 176 people found this review helpful.

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