There are many activities that should not be performed on an empty stomach, including swimming, surgery, and swimming 30 minutes after having your appendix removed. Acquire activity fuel with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Latino soul cuisine and spirits at Hudson River Cafe in Harlem. Boasting two levels of stylish and flavorful dining, Hudson River Cafe caters to mouths in the mood for exotic eats with an extensive menu of Latino-American cuisine. Regale fellow diners with the many practical uses of discarded orange peels while sipping on one of the fruity signature sangrias in their warm, enclosed patio ($8–$10). The Costillas de Buey is a chef-created canvas boasting strokes of braised short ribs, pomegranate, rioja red wine reduction, and manchego yucca mash ($20), while the 8-ounce Kobe beef burger brandishes a traditional beef slab on a bun, served with garlic french fries and serenades from a chorus of endorphins ($14).
Although some Yelpers and Citysearchers were not fully satisfied by their experiences at Hudson River Cafe, the restaurant has been widely recommended by such outlets as Time Out New York, New York magazine, and Gayot. Zagat gives it a 21 for food, 22 for décor, and a 20 for service.
- While just short of sublime, Hudson River Café, which opened in May 2007, is certainly a jewel in Harlem’s culinary crown. – Michael Anstendig, New York magazine
- Sample from an expansive menu at a breezy outdoor table (there are two levels of them). Calamari salad, fried ringlets in a ginger glaze, deftly juxtaposes sweetness and heat, and lightly charred branzino works well with garlicky chimichurri. Vanilla cheesecake shines with passion-fruit sorbet and strawberry compote, but we suggest satisfying your sweet tooth with the perfect sangria. – Time Out New York
697 W 133rd St.
New York, New York 10027Get Directions