After trying the burger for brunch, I was looking forward to try other items at Hudson Tavern and went back, again for brunch, but also dinner. I admit that I was not disappointed and I prefer this place to The Madison Bar and Grill or City Bistro. What makes them different? The variety and quality of food that you would not expect in a bar.
If you are familiar with this blog, you probably know that I am not a big fan of noisy places. Not that Hudson Tavern is quiet, but they have a separate dining room that will do it.
Menu wise, we tried the following dishes:
For brunch, the Tavern dip, thinly sliced roast beef, sautéed onions and mushrooms, fresh garlic herbed butter on a toasted ciabatta bread.
I devoured it literally, dipping the sandwich in the jus as well as the horseradish cream sauce. Jodi tried their portobello mushroom sandwich, made with mozzarella, tomato and basil pesto on a ciabatta bread and I admit that it was fairly good.
Dinner was the most surprising. We tried:
The white truffled Mac and cheese, Made with smoked bacon, mushrooms, Swiss and provolone cheese, as well as white truffle oil.
This Mac and cheese is fantastic: very creamy with a nice amount of mushrooms. Definitely recommended for the cheese lovers.
Buffalo chicken rolls with a blue cheese dipping sauce.
This is an interesting take on an all American Classic, the shell adding a nice crispness to the dish. You can also go for the traditional buffalo wings that I tried few years ago there and if you like spicy food, they have a sriracha version that I am sure is very hot!
If you do not like chicken or are vegetarian, they also serve some pretty decent Thai Spring Rolls.
Not so authentic, but good, are the pierogis, these potato dumplings filled with onions and cheese and topped with walnuts and tomatoes.
The Lump crab cake is also worth trying.
Interestingly, this dish is supposed to be served with arugula, but, when I got it, it was on top of some deliciously creamy risotto. This is not the best crab cake I ever had, but it is pretty good.
They also offer a seared tuna salad that I mentioned in my previous post. This is a good alternative if you are health conscious and know that they propose it in two sizes: appetizer or entrée, the first one being perfect if you have a small appetite or want to try several dishes.
Another good salad is the poached pear and spinach salad, topped with goat cheese.
If you want some pasta, their linguine alle vongole (with clams) are good and I could not stop dipping the bread in the white clam sauce.
If you do not like clams, their wild mushrooms and butternut squash ravioli will do it: they are creamy and deliciously sweet.
But one of the most unexpected dish I had there was the Saint-Louis style BBQ pork ribs. Unexpected because of the portion (I chose half rack), but also the taste that was fantastic, the meat melting in my mouth and literally falling off the bone. Another recommendation if you go to Hudson Tavern.
For the sides, they propose onion hay, fries (regular or sweet potatoes) or salad. I went for the fries (crispy on the outside and thin like I like them) and onions (not greasy at all). Know that on Mondays, they offer ribs and a glass of wine or beer for $14.50 that is an excellent deal.
For dessert, I admit that we fell short, having eaten too much food each time. But we tried their mi-cuit au chocolat, a chocolate cake with a melted center, served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. A nice way to end a meal on a high note.
We also tried their triple chocolate cheesecake that was to die for.
This is only a small part of their large menu and I cannot wait to go back there try other dishes!
Enjoy (I did)!
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