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Posted by EastCoastCritic on 04/06/2015
My date and I had dinner here the other night. The host prefers to be on his phone and has autopilot listening skills. As in "we would like to sit there" and he's trying to seat you somewhere else. Server took way too long to set us up with drinks. Wines by the glass were underwhelming, actually quite awful. Stick to the mixed drinks, they are delish. Menu choices kind of the usual. Beets, kale, you know the drill. Had sunchoke salad which was ok, grilled squid salad (chewy, under seasoned). When we ordered our apps and entrees the server asked us if we wanted the apps first. What the hell?!?! Entrees were very good, duck and hake. Service just not good, unorganized, food on the floor as I made my way to the bathroom. I would not return and my date was shocked as he had been here before when it had first opened and it seems its all gone downhill from then.
Posted by Judith bpnner on 07/22/2014
Food fair Asked for a piece of bread for a $25 dinner was charged $5. Pork chop really not what I expected from NYC. No ice in water, no placemats (outside) no flowers in the smmer, no salt or pepper on tables. $$$$ and not worth it.
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.