Wife and I invited another couple to the Hudson Hotel Cafeteria, as we wanted to try something new and the hotel is just around the corner from our apartment. We requested outdoor seating and the host accommodated us once we got his attention. Nice table. We were not impressed with the ten minute wait for our grim server, whose greeting was, 'Ready?' Drinks took another ten minutes--and, yes, I saw the place was busy, but when wine is $18 per glass, how about hiring the right number of staff people? We ordered several appetizers, including the lobster cocktail, which was a miss, and the crabcakes, which were quite good. I tried my wife's mixed greens and tasted a disturbingly warm salad.\r
The presentation of the tuna was excellent and my friend polished it off in about five minutes, so I suspect it was good. We ordered two $38 Kobe skirt steaks, served sliced with a brown sauce that I must have missed in the menu description. A delicious, though pitifully puny, twice-backed potato accompanied the steak. The entree was average at best, and if it really was Kobe, perhaps it was a from a cow named 'Kobe'. For half the price, we get better beef with any brasserie's steak frites. My wife's pasta was so forgettable that I had to call her just now to ask what she ordered.\r
The espresso was burned but the dessert was very good, so the evening ended on a pleasant note with our friendship intact despite the below average dinner. Overall, Hudson Cafeteria may have some appeal for tourists who want the NYC experience of a unique setting and a huge tab. However, for those of us who live here, I recommend going around the corner to Whym for excellent comfort food at literally half the price. At least Whym is still trying.
Pros: Cool atmosphere, outdoor seating
Cons: Service, food, value