This particular restaurant, Hudson Clearwater, has been a little bit under the radar. It isn't the easiest to find. Located at 447 Hudson which is a non-descript building with grey curtains and no entrance. You need to walk around the corner and enter through a gate and then you find yourself thrilled that you found the place.
In the back, where you enter, is a beautiful garden. A set of stairs walk up to the restaurant where there is a bar and a bunch of seats and an open kitchen and below that is another seating area. The place was hopping the other night and not an empty seat in the house.
They have a range of cocktails to start. I am generally not a cocktail girl but tonight I was game. I went with an Antique Kir which is made of pisco, elderflower liquer, sparkling chardonnay, blueberries and a lemon twist. The taste reminded me of the upscale Polynesian restaurants I used to go to in Georgetown during high school, where they wouldn't card me, and we would eat pupu platters and drink yummy cocktails. Actually, quite delicious and refreshing. Mine is the tall yellow one. The others are a Lolita and I believe a Sazerac.
The chef is Wes Long. The food is delicious. The vibe is great. The service is a tad slow but regardless I am looking forward to my next visit.