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Helsinki Hudson - Hudson, New York
At 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
The Restaurant is open 5 - 10 p.m.
The Club Serves Dinner 6 - 10 p.m.
Open 7 Days