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Posted by jonig on 07/02/2013
Just had dinner at Hudson Clearwater to celebrate a birthday. We've celebrated at our share of NY restaurants, the trendy, the chic, neighborhood ethnic and everything in between, this one is a keeper. Fresh food, good wine list, inventive, yet accessible dishes. Service is friendly and attentive. Lively atmosphere, and dinner is still possible. And, if all that isn't enough after 7:00 street parking is easy!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/26/2013
Posted by SP on 08/08/2012
A little over-hyped with regards to exclusively and a secret standing from rest of NYC (let's be honest it's an open green door on Morton visible from the street, it's not that hard to find or get in), but still- the garden is very nicely decorated and a great atmosphere to dine (save the fact they kick you out at 10pm on the dot). The food was really well prepared, fresh and done at the right temperature. I thought presentation could have been done a little better and it would be nice to see a little more variety in the garnishes, accompaniments, and overall menu as well (light on apps and entrees, no cocktail sauce w/ oysters, same garnish used on both dishes, etc.), although the additional sides kept it interesting (for $7-10). While you could nitpick a few potential pitfalls down the road, it certainly has the hallmark's of a great restaurant and has the "it" factor right now. The place should have no problem bringing customers in, but a little polishing here or there would help it move away from the novelty of a "secret garden on Morton" and let the restaurant stand alone on high quality and innovative fare at a reasonable price. Overall strongly recommended at least once, but might miss the green door and try one of the other very good restaurants in the neighborhood next time.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/22/2011
This tucked away eatery is so unassuming and relaxed in it's atmosphere. The food is amazing; made with fresh, local ingredients, and in combinations I would not have originally thought but absolutely love. Definitely a gem!
Posted by CZGuest on 08/09/2011
Having tried before I finally scored a reservation to Hudson Clearwater. Small, and charming. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. The problem? With a Hudson St. address the entrance is actually an unmarked doorway on Morton that takes you into the back garden. This left more than one in my party walking up and down Hudson, until finally calling the restaurant to find out where they were. It's a bit off putting and a little too, We are so fabulous we don't need a sign or an entrance at our actual street address. I'm surprised the door on Morton doesn't require a secret knock and password to finally get in.
Posted by anonymous on 07/09/2011
Loved it from start to finish. The chef has created a menu that inspired me to throw dining etiquette out the window and lick my plate clean. From amuse bouche to dessert, every forkfull was a culinary treat. Simple, seasonal, local and fresh is the formula for great food. He hits the nail on the head.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/24/2011
This place is charming and quaint with a good looking crowding, but you are better off going for a drink at the bar than for dinner. We waited exactly one hour for a 9p reservation, and the maitre'd did not come over once to let us know how much longer it would take. Based on the size of the restaurant, this place should not have said it had a 9p reservation spot - there was no table even close to finishing when we arrived at 9. My group spent the full hour at the bar, and at one point the bartended removed two half full vodka sodas which we found to be a bit odd. We finally sat at 10p, and were sent over two appentizers - the shortcake with root vegetable which was fairly good, and the gnocchi with clams which sounded better than it was, and was not a 'sharing' dish. Salads were very average, and main course were tasty but entirely not worth the wait. The dark chocolate fresh fruit dessert was a complete disappointment. This place had a lot of potential but really needs to work on its food quality and service in order to have any staying power.