Hudson Clearwater

Tucked away in the back of a small courtyard sits Hudson Clearwater, a cozy farm to table restaurant that just oozes a warm neighborhood feel.  We arrived early on Saturday and were lucky to get the last two seats at the front bar.  I was worried about being so close to the door but it stayed surprisingly warm and we were able to watch all the action of the open kitchen.  To begin we split the Butter Clams with Gnocchi and Sauteed Kale in a Parley-Lemon Bouillon.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this appetizer but it was delicious. I loved how the fragrant lemon broth balanced out the bitter kale and buttery clams.  It was such a clean and simple dish where all the ingredients really shined.  Onto entrees I ordered the Crispy Duck Breast with Smashed Root Vegetables, Black Kale, and Peppercorn Veloute.

Just as described on the menu the outside of the duck was extra crisp while the inside was perfectly pink and juicy.  It was one of the best duck dishes I've had in a while.  Mr. T had the Farro Risotto with Butternut Squash, Broccoli, Sunchoke Chips and Shaved Manchego Cheese.

This was another great example of the homey, warm cooking style of the chef.   I could taste all of the different vegetables and they came together in such an earthy delicious fashion.  Between the food and atmosphere this place was simply spot on.  What a perfect place to have a little date night with Mr. T.

Hudson Clearwater