Sue's Sunset House's line of culinary wizards dispenses hearty portions of homemade pub grub and sandwiches concocted from scratch. Bountiful burgers, hot and cold wraps, and fresh salads satiate patron palates alongside a build-your-own sandwich option that supplies diners with breads, cold cuts, cheeses, and a construction crew for assembly assistance. Feasters can relish the fresh air from an outdoor patio or curl up by an indoor fireplace and gaze upon a stunning view of the Hudson River. In addition to a fully stocked bar, Sue's Sunset House screens sporting contests and Nintendo Wii games on its 42-inch flat-screen plasma television and hosts live entertainment every weekend.
The culinary architects at Julianna's Restaurant design a menu of robust dishes constructed from fresh ingredients. Kick-start a meal with unique appetizers including the Thai-style calamari ($10), which sends taste buds over a cross-cultural bridge of sweet chili sauce, peanuts, and friendship. The sizeable brunch menu regales guests with stories of peach-stuffed french toast ($13.95) and the butter-poached shrimp-and-tomato omelet ($12.95). Steak fritte ($23) arrives with an entourage of truffle fries and vegetables, and the seafood mac 'n' cheese ($25) sports pieces of shrimp and crabmeat, along with a gold medallion in a misguided attempt at impressing mashed potatoes.
In the kitchen at Gaetano's Grill, cooks slide well-seasoned pizzas out of a brick oven and put the finishing touches on burgers made with prime sirloin, putting together feasts of Italian and American favorites. Like a ball gown made out of a sleeping bag, the surroundings are simultaneously fancy and comfortable: the Uptown Lounge rings with cheers and the sounds of karaoke and football shown on HDTV, and the sun-filled patio is filled with the scents of prosciutto-stuffed pollo novella and savory New York Strip steak. Guests sip frosty draft beers as they dig their forks into hearty baked ziti and penne vodka or chow down on Bronx-style pizzas topped with fresh garlic, pepperoni, and meatballs.
Two longtime residents, nurse Audrey Hochroth and her husband, contractor Sal Barone, grew weary of traversing the bridge to Manhattan whenever they wanted a good steak. So in 2009, they opened Augie’s Prime Cut—a local place their neighbors could go for delicious steak-house fare, such as slow-roasted prime rib, dry-aged porterhouse steaks cut by hand, and fresh lobster plucked from the tank, without driving to the city or kidnapping a steak-house chef. Audrey recently told the Examiner News that so many customers flock to Augie’s Prime Cut on the weekends that they had to open a new 18-table area upstairs—Augie's Loft—to avoid turning people away.
Persimmon-hued umbrellas line Hudson Water Club’s outdoor patio, where visitors dine along the picturesque Hudson River. In the kitchen, executive chef Michael Dobias tailors his lunch and dinner menus to the season’s fresh produce, adding Italian flair to dishes ranging from almond-crusted tilapia to wild mushroom gnocchi. An Italian-built wood-fired oven cooks pizzas in three minutes or less at temperatures over 800 degrees, creating lightly-charred pies topped with house-made tomato sauce, thin slices of prosciutto, and mozzarella.
Guests can also admire the river views from the indoor dining room, where floor-to-ceiling windows offer river views. During the weekend, you could catch a musical performance over from local DJs, bands, or champagne flutes filled to varying heights.