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The restaurant descriptions that follow reflect the opinions of the editors of Rural Intelligence.
They are editorial content, not paid advertisements, and are organized by county.

Rural Intelligence Food Prairie Whale, in Great Barrington, for a new farm-to-table hangout. 

terrapin Terrapin, in Rhinebeck, offers astonishing variety and value in a glittering setting. Table Six, in Lenox, features a changing prix fixe meal in the refurbished Kemble Inn.

Hudson, New York - Columbia County

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Baba Louie’s - Hudson, New York

If Hudson Baba Louie’s is Son of Great Barrington Baba Louie’s, then the kid is both bigger and more beautiful than his dad. But who cares? At Baba Louie’s, inner beauty is what counts. We’ve already raved about the salads, the pizzas, the prices (see Great Barrington, above). Once in a while, you owe it to yourself to change course and try the homemade vegetarian, dairy-free soup ($3.95/5.95), the delicious panini ($9.95) or the invariably good evening pasta ($12.95/$17.95) instead. Bring along a hungry friend; portions are huge.

517 Warren St., Hudson, NY
(518) 751-2155
Lunch: 7 days, 11:30 - 3
Dinner: Sunday - Thursday 5 - 9:30; Friday & Saturday 5 - 10
Closed Wednesdays

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Posted by Marilyn Bethany on 02/12/08 at 09:14 AM • Permalink

Backbar - Hudson, New York

There are few places in Hudson that encapsulate the enigmatic style of the hip city as succinctly as Backbar, the collaboration of architect/designer Michael Davis and restaurateur/chef Zak Pelaccio (Fish & Game). Tucked behind 3FortySeven gallery and opening onto a large hidden courtyard, Backbar is an urban oasis decked out in a curated hodgepodge.

The Asian-inspired small plate menu includes spicy eggplant dip with puffy shrimp chips ($8); chicken wings in a garlic, pepper, curry leaf and fish sauce glaze ($9); and satay skewers. For slightly more substantial dishes, there’s fried chicken with a chili-honey-vinegar sauce ($15); a spicy shaved pork laab ($14); and assam laksa made with mackerel, noodles, pineapple, cucumber, chilies and cilantro ($15). As you can see, Pelaccio isn’t afraid of spice or assertive flavors. Signature drinks include the Cat’s Pajamas with chamomile-infused gin, lemon, honey, egg white and Szechuan pepper ($12); and Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire ($13), a mezcal, Thai chili infused Aperol, lime, smoked agave and sumac slushy.

Read the full review here.

347 Warren St., Hudson, NY
(518) 828-0567
Sun–Thu, Noon – Midnight; Fri & Sat, Noon – 1 a.m.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 08/29/17 at 10:35 PM • Permalink

Bruno’s - Hudson, New York

A small café tucked into a discreet downtown storefront run by sisters Shannon and Wendy Kenneally, Bruno’s offers a menu that’s deceptively simple, hiding a stacked lineup of expertly executed sandwiches, soups and sides. There’s also the specials board, often a full menu on its own, including the café’s best-selling bánh mì, a Vietnamese sandwich (which, if removed from the board, would quickly cause a riot), Cuban sandwiches, hotdogs and sliders to falafel and burritos. Everything is made with the best local ingredients and put together with care and a knowledgeable and sophisticated understanding of developed flavor. Bruno’s is also a small but well-curated grocery store, supplying high-quality produce, local meats and cheeses and dry goods.

227 Warren St., Hudson, NY
(518) 822-9344

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Posted by Lisa Green on 02/09/15 at 09:55 AM • Permalink

Ca’Mea Ristorante - Hudson, New York

Rural Intelligence FoodOften, going to a restaurant in our area can seem like landing in the middle of Waiting for Guffman—amateurs acting their hearts out badly. Polished, well-managed Ca’Mea Ristorante is just the opposite. Two Warren Street storefronts attractively combined, plus, in season, an enormous garden, it also has a bar that’s great for dining (square, with a central bartender, it invites interchange, making it popular with solo diners and couples who’ve already heard what each other has to say). Upon arriving one Saturday night last summer without reservations, our party of four was surprised that we were able to cadge a table in the garden right away. The place was hopping, so we kept it simple—salads ($9.00) and pastas ($19 - $21) all around—and braced ourselves for a wait. Not at all. Firsts arrived promptly, and within minutes, the steaming bowls came out. Impressive. And the food? Authentically northern Italian, which is to say, delicious, if not the most inventive stuff around.

333 Warren St., Hudson, NY
(518) 822-0005
Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday 12 - 3
Dinner:  Tuesday - Saturday 5 - 10; Sunday 5 - 9
Closed Mondays

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Posted by Marilyn Bethany on 03/22/08 at 03:04 AM • Permalink

Governor’s Tavern - Hudson, New York

From the former beloved and historic dive bar, The Iron Horse, the new owners of The Governor’s Tavern, Renee Ortega and Brian Dykeman, have created a professionally executed yet comfortably local hometown pub. One recommendation is the signature hamburger with onion strings that actually taste like onions and an au jus that, when dipped, almost tricks your brain into experiencing a mouthful of French onion soup. There is also standard UK tavern fare like fish and chips and English-style curry on Wednesdays. An ever-changing list of taps usually includes something local and prices are reasonable (there’s even a $3 Miler Light).

Governor’s Tavern
14 South 7th Street, Hudson, NY
(518) 697-5609
Open Tuesday-Sunday 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. (2 a.m. Friday and Saturday)

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Posted by Lisa Green on 07/10/17 at 03:50 PM • Permalink

Helsinki Hudson - Hudson, New York

Rural Intelligence FoodAt Helsinki Hudson, rock stars offer recommendations: “You gotta get the homemade apple pie a la mode,” says Tommy Stinson, solo artist, erstwhile bassist for post-punk legends the Replacements, current bassman for Guns n’ Roses, and Hudson resident. As he heads off to the nearby stage, we’re eating the last crumbs of our fried okra and pimento cheese crostini appetizers ($6 each). Thanks to chef Hugh Horner’s inspired downhome-meets-continental cuisine, our southern accents are deepening by the minute. Horner’s menu includes everything from chicken potpie ($22) to gumbo ($23), and lots in-between.

The repurposed old Hudson bus terminal is distinctive indeed: dusky hues, stately red brick, high ceilings, and 19th century light poles as supporting columns. Even on a busy night, the waitstaff is a perfect combo of efficient, friendly, and attentive. When our 15-year-old tucks into his Helsinki Burger ($13) he’s very happy. With applewood smoked bacon, roasted Portobello, caramelized onion and NY state cheddar, how could he not be? The dinner special of brined and roasted chicken ($25), served over garlicky kale and puree of parsnips, offers a balance between comfort food and good-for-you. A cornmeal-fried rainbow trout with lemon caper tartar sauce ($23) is light yet deeply satisfying; adding delicious crab to hushpuppies offers a healthful twist to a guilty pleasure. Vegetarians can enjoy vegetable tamales ($14) and roasted golden beet caprese ($11). Perennial sides include grits and collards (both $6). And Stinson was right: the apple pie a la mode was borderline sinful. And he would know. —Robert Burke Warren

405 Columbia St., Hudson, NY
(518) 828-4800
The Restaurant is open 5 - 10 p.m.
The Club Serves Dinner 6 - 10 p.m.
Open 7 Days

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Posted by Scott Baldinger on 02/02/13 at 03:48 AM • Permalink

Hudson Food Studio - Hudson, New York

Vietnamese is “really light, clean food,” Hudson Food Studio owner and chef David Chicane explains. “It’s more herb- than spice-based. When you get done with dinner, you feel good,” rather than needing to take either a jog or a nap. “It’s about letting the ingredients speak for themselves.” That keep-it-simple approach is evident in dishes such as bun cha — spicy pork meatballs over plain rice vermicelli, with sprouts and fermented nuoc mam fish sauce for dipping — or in the spicy chicken with lime chile, thai basil and mint. Each bright component stands alone yet harmonized, via some inscrutable kitchen thaumaturgy. Ditto the salad of pink pickled beets, flash-fried goat cheese, almonds, golden raisins, coriander and pea shoots. Appetizers, such as fresh summer rolls, fall in the $8-$11 range, with entrées running from $13-$22.

610 Warren St., Hudson, NY
(518) 828-3459
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5-10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5-11 p.m.

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Posted by Amy Krzanik on 12/21/14 at 10:54 PM • Permalink

Italian Market - Hudson, New York

The unambiguously named Italian Market in Hudson just might be the posh little city’s best-kept secret. Unassuming at first glance, this humble market and deli is quietly home to some of the best food in the gastronomically cultured area. Billy Ledda moved to the Hudson Valley from Long Island and opened up shop on the corner of Park Place and Columbia Street during the summer of 2011. The food at The Italian Market is simple, intuitive and driven by the quality of ingredients. Ledda gets his bread shipped up from Manhattan every morning; his meats are imported from Italy and he uses as much local produce as possible. Customers rave about the chicken salad, which Ledda has elevated to unbelievable heights by roasting the chicken in fresh herbs so that when he mixes it with just a little mayo and celery, all the complex flavors you taste are from the meat. One of Ledda’s signature sandwiches — the “Grandpa” —  is crafted on a pillowy sub roll with perfectly breaded chicken cutlets, fresh mozzarella, toothsome broccoli rabe, roasted red peppers and balsamic. The Market is also a shop, supplying the area with a small but well-curated supply of classic pastas, European sweets, dry goods, sauces, oils, pickled goods and Italian sodas.

717 Columbia St., Hudson, NY
(518) 671-6610
Open Mon-Sat 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 10/14/14 at 09:44 PM • Permalink

Le Gamin Country - Hudson, New York

Le Gamin Country is the brainchild of husband and wife team Patrick and Astrid Jehanno. Patrick was executive chef/partner of the original Le Gamin series of restaurants in New York City, and both he and Astrid are long-time veterans of the business. But this restaurant has a personality very different from the ones in the city, and it all starts with the food. There is the classic Quiche Lorraine, a compelling mix of air, cheese and smokiness from the fresh, thick-cut bacon; the French Onion Soup ($7.50), so densely loaded with fresh chicken stock, onions, gruyere cheese and French bread that it makes other restaurants’ versions seem like water knockoffs. The salads are impeccably fresh — try La Salade Nicoise, a French classic; and Endives Au Roquefort Et Pommes Vinaigrette La Lavande, endive salad with Roquefort cheese, apples, and walnuts; both $12.50 and enough to feed two, or the sweet or savory crepes, flawless made ($5 for simple, up to $8.75). There’s usually one dish on their daily menu that could classify as a dinner meal, which might include merguez or mussels.

609 Warren St., Hudson, NY
(518) 828-2885
Open every day except Wednesday.
Le Gamin is a cash-only establishment.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 05/24/14 at 10:41 AM • Permalink

Lil’ Deb’s Oasis - Hudson, New York

Run for 20 years as Debbie’s Lil’ Restaurant, owner Debbie Fiero handed the keys to Hanna Black and Carla Perez-Gallardo, who splashed the walls with bright pastel pinks and greens and blues, draping the place in art and texture. Bright, herbaceous, citrusy flavors are the linchpin to the whole experience. The menu board can feature any number of unexpected plates but there is always a ceviche of the day and a whole fried fish (market price) that taste as good as they look. There’s also a tight menu of staple offerings including mojo chicken with rice, lentils and orange salsa verde ($16), grilled octopus with radicchio and smoked avocado ($18), mussels in a coconut tomato broth ($17) and others. You can also snack on deviled eggs with pickled onion and chili oil ($4), yucca fries ($7) or salt cod fritters with green plantains ($9) as a side or with a glass of wine. Open for dinner, there’s also a Smoothie Window serving tasty drinks during midday. Read the full review here.

747 Columbia St., Hudson, NY
(518) 828-4307
Open Tuesday-Saturday
Smoothie Window: 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dinner: 5-10 p.m.
Cash only

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Posted by Lisa Green on 08/18/16 at 11:00 AM • Permalink

Mexican Radio - Hudson, New York

Don’t let the hardscrabble border-town name and matching décor fool you. This northern outpost of an acclaimed NYC dining spot is not low end. Everything at Mexican Radio is freshly chopped and squeezed, and the value is good (entrees, a cut well above the norm, are mostly under $20), as long as you lay off the $7-$11 Margaritas. But who does?

537 Warren St, Hudson, NY
(518) 828-7770
Lunch & Dinner: 11:30 - 11 daily

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Posted by Marilyn Bethany on 01/31/08 at 11:29 AM • Permalink

Oak Pizzeria Napoletana - Hudson, New York

Our reviewer says that Oak Pizzeria Napoletana is surprisingly, shockingly good — in fact, it might just be the best he’s ever had. And the crowds flocking to it would support that statement. At the restaurant’s core is the handsome, domed, wood-fired oven, and everything is cooked there, including the fish, octopus, potatoes and apples, delivering nuanced flavors where the quality of minimal ingredients takes center stage. All the pizzas are personally sized, but also great if you want to get a few and share. There is of course the straightforward marinara ($10) and a classic Margherita with mozzarella di bufala ($15). Then there are signature pies shaped by seasonality and the owners’ travels and influences. The aforementioned clam sees bubbling sourdough crust covered in a generous amount of shellfish enhanced by just garlic, chili flakes, Parmesan and parsley ($16). They have a balanced sauceless bianca ($14) and currently on the menu is a farmer’s pizza with new potatoes, leeks, Hawthorne Valley alpine cheese, chili flakes and garlic ($15). For small plates Oak offers traditional plates of excellent cured meats and cheeses while focusing the oven’s flames primarily on seafood and veggies. Flavors and preparations are very Mediterranean. There’s octopus with egg, chickpeas and buttermilk dressing ($9), whipped salt cod with potato and lemon on housemade bread ($9), marinated head-on shrimp with tapenade ($9) and more. Vegetable-forward plates include ember-roasted leeks with sardella ($7), yellow bean salad with a pancetta-sherry vinaigrette ($8) and roasted cauliflower with apples and balsamic figs ($7). Read the full review.

Oak Pizzeria Napoletana
523 Warren St., Hudson, NY
(518) 671-6300
11:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
Closed Tuesdays

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Posted by Lisa Green on 03/02/17 at 01:07 PM • Permalink

Swoon Kitchenbar - Hudson, New York

Rural Intelligence FoodIs there another restaurant in Columbia County as New Yorky (in a good way) as this smashing place? Swoon Kitchenbar owner-chef Jeffrey Gimmel, a former top toque at Michael’s, and his partner in all things, Nina Bachinsky-Gimmel, once a pastry chef at the Union Square Café, met while studying cheese making at The Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. All that training shows in the work: three cheese plates to choose from, all served with lavash crackers and apricot chutney, and local cheese selections like Green Mountain Blue from VT and Berkshire Bloom from Williamstown, MA ($13.95); an entré of poached gulf shrimp with bottarga aioli and horseradish vinaigrette ($15.95). And for the culinarily cautious, there’s always the skirt steak with mashed ($27.95).
 
340 Warren St., Hudson, NY
(518) 822-8938
Lunch: Saturday & Sunday 12 -3:30
Dinner: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 5 - 10; Friday & Saturday 5 - 11
Closed Wednesday

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Posted by Marilyn Bethany on 02/01/08 at 03:03 AM • Permalink

Vico - Hudson, New York

Rural Intelligence FoodFirst-rate Italian food: We’ve all tasted a lot of caponata, but we haven’t tasted a lot of caponata ($7) as good as this. Regulars at Vico suffer withdrawal each summer when the lasagna al cinghiale ($23), featuring a ferocious wild boar ragu, goes into hibernation. Add flawless service, and you’d have a great dining experience, but for the harsh lighting and amateurish décor. In Hudson? Where every third pedestrian is a designer? Just open any window and yell, “Help!”

136 Warren St., Hudson, NY
(518) 828-6529
Lunch: Saturday & Sunday 12 - 3 p.m.
Dinner: Monday & Thursday 5 - 8:30 p.m., Friday 5 - 9:00 p.m, Saturday 3 - 9, Sunday 3 - 8:30 p.m.
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

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Posted by Marilyn Bethany on 01/31/08 at 12:30 PM • Permalink

Wm. Farmer And Sons - Hudson, New York

Wm. Farmer and Sons Boarding and Barroom on Front Street has created a beautiful and professional lodging and dining experience. The rooms, coffee bar and other boarding amenities are elegant and comfortable, employing a style reverent of Hudson’s history while acknowledging its modern relevance. But the big gem at the center of it all that’s a gift (not just to guests but also to spoiled locals) is the barroom. For a starter or bar snack you can get boudin balls made with the forage-fed pork from Kinderhook’s Lovers Leap Farm, a grilled octopus salad or a frisee salad with pork belly and cambozola cheese with a grapefruit and sweet shallot vinaigrette. The mushroom starter is a mix of top-quality fresh mushrooms on puff pastry in a ham-spiked chicken. There are also excellent barroom staples including French onion soup, a fried chicken sandwich and a perfectly executed burger in a town of great burgers. The teak with fries is outstanding; so are the crispy confit Hudson Valley duck with beans and a beautiful trout paired with crawfish, butter beans and a citrus emulsion. For vegetarians, there’s the velvety gnocchi, squash, braised kale and apple in a Parmesan gravy that’s a hearty joy. Starters and mains range from $10 to $30 and the menu will change seasonally. The cocktail menu at Wm. F&S is a reason in itself for a visit. Try the El Guapo, with tequila, lime, cucumber and a dash of Cholula hot sauce rendering a complex but measured bite. Read full review here.

20 S. Front St., Hudson, NY
(518) 828-1635
Tuesday-Friday, 5-10 p.m.
Saturday, 3-10 p.m.

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Posted by Lisa Green on 12/29/15 at 04:35 PM • Permalink