I heart my mama bear like no other. For her birthday, the family got together and had dinner at The Hudson House in Nyack. It was a spectacular affair and we had a wonderful time. We started with a few small plates. The Gnocchi of the day was my favorite.
Bite size pieces of potato gnocchi with arugula in a light tomato sauce. As I write this, my mouth is watering a bit. The Surf & Turf also made its way onto our table.
A 4 oz Filet Mignon was served on a bed of spinach and topped with one shrimp. It was also served with crabmeat tater tots. I generally stayed away from this dish but couldn’t help but pop one of the “tater tots” into my mouth. YUM! That warmed up my taste buds to devour the Lump Crab Cake.
It was jam packed with crab and served on a bed of shaved fennel. Scrumptious! They also had a special small plate that night, Pheasant.
It was perfectly crisp and served on a bed of mushrooms. I didn’t care much for the sauce but the bird had perfectly crispy skin and was incredibly tender inside. Yum! Soon after our entrées started arriving. With all the beef eaters in the family, it was no surprise that steak was a favorite on our table.
The massive Porterhouse was apparently quite tasty as were the potatoes, however the broccoli rabe was underappreciated. Even more steak arrived on the table.
Apologies, but when it comes to beef I can’t say I know the difference unless I’m paying attention. This was also a tasty cut because by the time I turned around, there was no trace remaining on the plate. Mama Bear ordered the Rainbow Trout.
It was a good-looking piece of fish, served with warm fingerling potatoes and sautéed spinach. I was quite pleased when she let me sample it. The potatoes and spinach were perfect. The crispy skin of the trout was delicious. I only wish it was a bigger piece of fish. Not to worry, I was thrilled with my Duck two ways.
The delicious confit and the slices of duck breast were laid on a bed of sweet potato puree. There was also some Brussels sprouts on the plate. I pretended they didn’t exist. Just too green for my liking. The Free Range Chicken was quite impressive.
I’m usually unmoved by chicken, but this one, served with a side of potato & leek gratin was remarkable. It was moist and flavorful. The chicken vinaigrette was excellent and likely why the chicken stayed so moist.
The experience at The Hudson House was nothing less than fabulous. The food was excellent and I realized I shouldn’t have had such low opinions of Rockland County dining. Hudson House often has a lot of specials, so you will likely have to deal with the server spending an inordinate amount of time reciting the long list. Once you get past that though, there are great options and you will certainly enjoy your meal.