The Other New York: The Rise of Hudson

New York, New York: it’s a hell of a place, but there’s life outside of its shining city centre. With the Brooklyn effect in full swing, towns outside of the state’s biggest city are starting to get their time in the limelight, attracting both businesses and visitors from miles around. 

Now it’s Hudson’s turn. Once a small town pit stop on the road to Manhattan’s bright lights, Hudson has recently come into its own. Boasting a growing number of boutique hotels, upmarket eateries, and independent hangouts, the town is most certainly on the rise.

Food comes front and centre in the town of Hudson, so make sure you arrive with an empty stomach. One of the longestrunning restaurants in the area, Red Dot is a must-visit spot, pulling in the punters from near and far. Despite getting off to a rocky start, Red Dot soon became a Hudson institution, and now the eatery is positively packed to bursting. With comforting interiors, a well-curated menu, and a full bar ready to go, the place is a local institution. 

Tradition might stand strong in the town of Hudson, but newcomers are giving the old institutions a serious run for their money. Take upmarket eatery Fish & Game. Sure, its name might leave a little to be desired, but take one look at the menu and you’re bound to have a change of heart. A blacksmith’s shop turned restaurant, Fish & Game serves up just what its title suggests, picking its flavours with care. Cooking with relatively few ingredients, the restaurant does each dish right, focusing on quality over quantity.

Boutique hotels are abundant in Hudson, so you won’t be hard-pressed to find a comforting, upmarket place in which to rest your weary head. WM Farmer & Sons is one of the very best, particularly if you’re into all things rustic. Decked out in a warm, cozy interior, the hotel is a top spot for those chillier spring nights. Want a spot of coffee in the morning? Grab a brew at their specialty coffee shop and set yourself up for the day.

On the other side of the spectrum, Rivertown Lodge is a thoroughly modern affair. Minimalist and pared back, the boutique hotel is photography-friendly, offering up good shots from any angle. It’s a similar story inside, with a focus on comforting, clean furnishings. With each room kitted out in a different style, you’re guaranteed a unique experience with every stay. 

Great bars are popping up all over the place in Hudson. Head to The Spotty Dog if you’re drinking alone; its book collection is as rich as its locally brewed beers. Backbar, on the other hand, focuses on all things street food, offering up a Malaysian-themed drinks list to compliment the easy bites. If you’re on the hunt for a little old school charm, however, head straight to The Half Moon. A modern interior disguised as a dive bar, this is a great place to kick back, get a beer, and try your hand at a little pool.

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.