A fine dining establishment is the perfect setting for a date, a break-up, or an a cappella flashmob. Expand your social possibilities with today's Groupon. For $25, get $50 worth of hip American cuisine at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge in Dupont Circle/West End.
Like a Barcalounger draped in velour, Hudson offers home-style comfort rendered in upscale splendor. The restaurant re-imagines the family dining room, with hip lighting, plush seating, and a granite-topped bar. Crisp, professionally dressed servers sport snazzy pink ties, but the comfortable atmosphere welcomes everyone from the casually dressed to the club ready. With options for lunch, afternoon meals, dinner, late night, and brunches, Hudson’s menu, overseen by new Executive Chef Demetrio Zavala, updates familiar American classics with contemporary gourmet flourishes, like an Oldsmobile with an iPod jack.
For a mom-and-apple-pie dinner (possibly followed by actual apple pie, or apple butterscotch tart, $7), fill your gullet with the crispy buttermilk-fried chicken ($18). It comes with creamy whipped potatoes, a buttermilk biscuit, honey, and pan gravy. Recommended: light some firecrackers to distract your date while you lick the plate. Real American families, of course, grow their children on beef. Hudson honors that tradition with a red-blooded slab of flavor named Angus. Hudson’s New York strip steak ($34) comes from 100% Meyer Farms Angus beef, making ravenous carnivores howl for miles around with a flavoring of herbed butter. The mushroom risotto ($21) somehow makes creaminess a flavor, adding smoked gouda, herbs, and red-wine reduction to oyster and crimini mushrooms.
For lighter fare, head to the appetizer list, where a light and tasty matzoh ball soup ($7) with pulled chicken and accents of dill awaits, alongside a sophisticated truffle mac ‘n cheese ($11+) made from smoked gouda and parmesan cheeses enlivened with shaved black truffle. Hudson’s hip but comfortable atmosphere extends to its lounge, where you’ll find white seats, a backlit bar, and two 42” LCD TVs, conveniently facing outward from the wall so that people can see the screens. Serving up handcrafted cocktails such as the Hudson Dark and Stormy ($10) with house-made ginger beer and the French Chocolate Martini ($12), Hudson’s attracts a young after-work crowd for its lively happy hours (4 p.m.–7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday). Your Groupon works during all meals and happy hours, so come check out the nightly drink specials or settle in for a home-away-from-home-cooked meal.
Gayot named Hudson Restaurant & Lounge one of the Top Ten Restaurant Views in the metropolitan area, it has been featured in Daily Candy, Dupont Current, and the Washington Post, and Yelpers give it a 3.5 star average:
- [The risotto] was creamy and luscious, each grain swollen with stock yet firm to the touch. Mushrooms and cheese weighed in with their charms, making for a dish that could easily have starred in a high-end Italian restaurant… – Tom Sietsema, Washington Post
- Everything had great flavor. Especially loved the beet salad, which had grapefruit wedges and red and yellow beets. Loved the Mac and cheese as well! – Neha S., Yelp