Photograph courtesy of Lil' Deb's Oasis.
Where to Eat
Lil' Deb's Oasis: Expect to wait for a table at this popular comfort food joint, owned by artist-chefs Carla Perez-Gallardo and Hannah Black (who used to work for Lela Rose's catering business Table Table), that puts out tropical spins on Ecuadorian and Argentinian favorites like sweet plantains, fresh ceviche, grilled octopus, and whole fried fish in a bright room that doubles as an events space for artists, galleries, and women-helmed businesses.
Swoon Kitchenbar: There is no restaurant more beloved in Hudson than Swoon Kitchenbar—and for good reason. This Warren Street staple offers consistently good seasonal, local American food that spans from fish and meat pâtés and beloved crisp shoestring fries to duck confit, pan-seared scallops, and house-made pappardelle.
Rivertown Tavern: Housed inside the aforementioned Rivertown Lodge, this tiny restaurant is responsible for one of the area's most exciting rotating menus. While last month saw a Mexican-inspired selection, including squash blossom quesadilla, pumpkin seed dip, and frozen avocado margaritas, this month is late spring-themed with offerings like scallop crudo, preserved kumquats, and whole bass. The drinks are equally exciting, with one—a concoction of gin, strawberry-rhubarb shrub, and tonic—so good, I was forced to stock up on the shrub at the Valley Variety next door immediately after.
Home/Made Hudson: Brunch lovers flood this place come Saturday and Sunday mornings. We dare you not to order the brioche toasts, which are topped with salty, burnt caramel, dark chocolate ganache with extra virgin olive oil and Maldon salt, and cardamom pecan honey butter.
Hudson Food Studio: Another popular Warren Street mainstay, Hudson Food Studio offers local, sustainable, and organic ingredients via modern Southeast Asian dishes like steamed pork belly buns, warm sesame noodles, sesame-crusted tofu, and lemongrass caramel chicken. Stop during a Studio Session when a chef from a different culinary background takes over the kitchen.