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Hudson River Cafe
Posted by Debbie the Eater on 07/07/2007
An inhospitable welcome from a frosty hostess on a recent Friday evening was the start of a fairly lackluster dining experience. Although beautifully plated and presented in white-glove style, the taste did not live up to the visual. The tuna cerviche appetizer had so much sauce on it that the flavor of the tuna was completely lost. The fish could have been chopped tomato for all it tasted of the sea. The gazpacho was merely average. The grilled tuna entree came seared...but the quality of the tuna was so poor that it needed a more robust grilling and half was left on the plate. The grilled steak was undistinguished. Sides on both plates were very commong. Having no expectations that things would improve, we passed on dessert. The two notable positives in our evening: the Meat Packing District cocktail (fresh and flavorful) and our waiter (knowledgable and helpful). I applaud the effort at introducing fine dining to this area, and hope that the staff will act less as if they're guarding the rope at a chic club and more like welcoming hosts and hostesses.
Posted by Experienced Diner on 07/02/2007
Finally a nice place uptown! The food is fantastic, with so many fresh fish options, I couldn't make up my mind. The service was friendly and attentive, and the atmosphere was extremely romantic for my wife and I. The prices were very affordable, I had a whole bronzini grilled for $26, and I was able to pick steamed vegetables as my side--definately one of the few places to eat healthy in harlem. We ordered a bottle of wine that was great and only cost us $36. This, with the live latin jazz band made it an experience to remember--We'll be back often!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/27/2007
HRC has a tasty menu but is very expensive. Thankfully the portions are HUGE! Think twice about ordering an entree - I ordered three little dishes with one other person and that was MORE than enough. I saw some of the entrees come out, and definitely they could be split between two or three people. They have some cool selections - like duck/rabbit paella - which I'd definitely try in the future. Their cocktails are really good and priced as expected. I recommend trying some of the appetizers and for-the-patio dishes. I had the ribs, mussels and pate. Wish I had ordered the mini Kobe burger (don't be fooled by the name on the menu, three miniburgers come with one order). Service was excellent and the interior design, while a tad out of place (think lower manhattan trendy, but in harlem on the river), was still comfortable and nice. I'd go back there - but not for a regular dinner. It's more of a late night, cocktail and appetizers place. Definitely would recommend it for that!