Hudson Clearwater

Housed in a brownstone, this slightly hidden restaurant in the West Village can only be entered thru a side door that opens to a cute backyard patio. The restaurant interior is just as charming with exposed brick walls. 

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The food, on the other hand, was not so memorable.  Nothing was bad, but nothing was spectacular either.

 ASSORTED CHEESES, TOASTED MARCONA ALMONDS, LOCAL HONEY & PRESERVES, FRESH BREADS

ASSORTED CHEESES, TOASTED MARCONA ALMONDS, LOCAL HONEY & PRESERVES, FRESH BREADS

 BURRATA, MARINATED ARTICHOKE, ARUGULA, CELERY LEAF, TOMATO, BLOOD ORANGE, VINCOTTO

BURRATA, MARINATED ARTICHOKE, ARUGULA, CELERY LEAF, TOMATO, BLOOD ORANGE, VINCOTTO

I didn't expect this clam appetizer to come in a soup form, which made it hard to share.  The dish was very flavorful and the clams were very fresh. 

 BUTTERED LONG ISLAND CLAMS, GNOCCHI, SAUTEED KALE, LEMON BOULLION, CROSTINI

BUTTERED LONG ISLAND CLAMS, GNOCCHI, SAUTEED KALE, LEMON BOULLION, CROSTINI

The duck was probably the star of the meal, but even then only 1/2 of the dish was good. The seared duck breast was cooked perfectly; juicy, tender with just a bit of pink.  The duck confit, however, was just ok. 

 SEARED DUCK BREAST & DUCK CONFIT

SEARED DUCK BREAST & DUCK CONFIT

 ATLANTIC BASS

ATLANTIC BASS

 POTATO-CAULIFLOWER GRATIN, RADISH SALAD

POTATO-CAULIFLOWER GRATIN, RADISH SALAD

 RHUBARB & MIXED BERRY SHORTCAKE, LEMON BISCUIT, CHANTILLY CREAM;  DARK CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO POT DE CREME, RASPBERRY, WHITE CHOCOLATE WHIP CREAM; CHOCOLATE-BANANA BRIOCHE BREAD PUDDING, STRAWBERRIES, DARK CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE

RHUBARB & MIXED BERRY SHORTCAKE, LEMON BISCUIT, CHANTILLY CREAM; 
DARK CHOCOLATE ESPRESSO POT DE CREME, RASPBERRY, WHITE CHOCOLATE WHIP CREAM;
CHOCOLATE-BANANA BRIOCHE BREAD PUDDING, STRAWBERRIES, DARK CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE

Verdict: BBB+. The ambience of the restaurant was great, but unfortunately the food didn't quite measure up. 

Hudson Clearwater
447 Hudson Street
http://www.hudsonclearwater.com