You can’t really go wrong with a great place to eat that’s nearby your house. So it was for the Hudson Yards Café when I lived just west of the Lincoln Tunnel in New York City. Just like the other neighborhood haunt, Shutters Bar, I found myself escaping to the Hudson Yards Café on more occasions than I’d care to admit. This fact has nothing to do with the quality of the food or anything like that; I just should have been visiting the dollar menu across the street rather than indulging in the fine fare on the menu at the Hudson Yards Café (for financial reasons). Regardless, Hudson Yards Café it was and living now in Brooklyn, I must admit my fondness of memory for my former neighbor.
Hudson Yards Café is the brainchild of Jim Reardon; it was this gentleman’s vision “to create a European café in the New York tradition.” He began with a concept and saw it through to completion in the far area of Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen. There is some dispute about the “real” boundaries of the Hudson Yards neighborhood. This area is a heavily industrialized hybrid; our landlord tried to sell us on the apartment as being in “West Chelsea” but it’s a lot closer to the Hell’s Kitchen/Times Square area than anywhere in Chelsea. Regardless, Reardon “has developed a menu and ambiance that responds to and thrives on the ever-changing dining trends in New York City.”
One of the best times of day to visit the Hudson Yards Café was during lunch. It was typically pretty bustling, but the reduced amount of money spent during the lunchtime hour made the destination that much more of an actually realized destination. Hudson Yards Café has a fairly composite lunchtime salad menu with the likes of Caesar, Mediterranean, Mixed Organic Baby Greens, Cobb, Ensalada Madrid (greens, smoked salmon, goat cheese, walnut), and Meza Luna (walnut, peppers, cranberries, blue cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette) If you’re extra hungry, you can add chicken or shrimp to these salads for an up charge.
Hudson Yards Café also had a variety of smaller foods available during lunchtime like blackened sirloin tidbits, wings, chicken quesadilla, grilled chorizo & Gulf of Mexico shrimp, and steamed PEI mussels, among many other items.
Hudson Yards Café also has a familiar bar which is open from morning till morning (11:30-2AM) and is a great spot just off the main drag where you can meet up with friends, enjoy a romantic meal with a loved one, or have a relaxing meal away from the noise and mess for a few minutes.