“Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop.”
― Ziad K. Abdelnour
It’s taken a few months, but now that I’ve fully recovered from my severe glutening in Hudson, NY, I’m thought I’d share some of the brighter points of our winter weekend getaway in this charming town just a few hours outside of the hustle and bustle of NYC via Amtrak.
Our trip started out quite nicely, with a quick walk to our hotel just a few minutes away from the train station early Friday evening. After we were settled in at The Wick, we headed out to the only reservation I made for the weekend at Wm. Farmer and Sons for dinner. The restaurant was a short walk away from the hotel and filled up quickly with a Friday dinner crowd. I’m almost certain that we wouldn’t have been able to dine there without the reservation, since the bar seats would have been our only option, and they were all taken by the time we arrived. While our dinner there was decent, everything was a bit on the expensive side, and having no gluten-free dessert option at all was a bummer. Definitely an option for a celiac diner, but it wouldn’t be my first choice.
Gluten-free breakfasts are always tricky to find, and I would recommend any celiacs traveling to Hudson bring something they can have for breakfast with them. I was happy that I packed some Larabars for us, as they came in handy a few mornings, with few celiac-friendly breakfast dining options right in town. We started our first morning in town at Verdigris Tea & Chocolate shop, where we both enjoyed some coffee, and made breakfast of cookies since they had gluten-free cookies at the counter. Fueled with sugar and caffeine, we started exploring downtown Hudson’s main drag on Warren St, and found a few fantastic home good stores, numerous cool antique sores, and multiple art galleries. I was in puppy heaven, as many of the shops had shop dogs, and a slew of people were strolling in and out of stores and cafes with their own adorable four footed companions.
Shopping on Warren St occupied us for the majority of the weekend. Beautiful displays, friendly shop owners, and many interesting finds. I’ve highlighted my shops favorites in the map below. If you’re an antiques and housewares lover, I’m sure you’ll adore the shops on Warren St too!
It’s almost a joke at this point that there *will* be Mexican food involved in almost every trip we take, and this one was no exception. Mexican Radio seemed like a safe bet for gluten-free dining, and we had a decent lunch and a few margaritas. Nothing to write home about, but satisfied the two of us well enough.
Our dinner at Swoon Kitchenbar was definitely a dining highlight. We went on the early side to grab bar seats since I didn’t make a reservation, and were lucky to score two seats at the front corner of their small bar. Service, cocktails, and all the small plates were above and beyond expectations. I’m always a happy girl when I can get fries, and after assurances that the fryer was “celiac-safe”, I enjoyed a mound of shoestring fries. And to cap off an already excellent meal, I was presented with multiple gluten-free plated dessert options, which warmed my pastry chef heart. I would highly recommend Swoon Kitchenbar to any gluten-free diners who find themselves in Hudson.
Sunday morning we opted to walk to the far side of town to Lil’ Deb’s Oasis for brunch. Tucked away off Warren St, this hole in the wall restaurant was by far our favorite in town. I mean, how could you not love a place so quirky that it has name tags on their plants? This women owned, LGBTQ friendly, super gluten-free friendly restaurant had the tiniest open kitchen space churning out the most delicious plates of Latin American food we’ve had in quite a while. It appears that they’ve since changed their hours to dinner only Wed – Sat, so plan accordingly to incorporate a visit here when you’re in town and check their hours beforehand. Also, it’s a cash only kind of place, so make sure you’ve got some green in your wallet.
It really would have been in our best interests if we had just jumped on the train to head home after our amazing meal at Lil’ Deb’s Oasis, but we had another 36 hours in town. Had I known Sunday night’s dinner at the fancy Italian restaurant in town that was supposedly very gluten-free friendly was the one meal that was going to completely wreck me, I would have gone back to Lil’ Deb’s for an encore!
I can’t really recommend any of the spots that I dined in on Monday, since I doubt they were truly gluten-free. I already felt incredibly awful, so I figured if I was going to potentially poison myself with any additional cross contamination, I might as well do it then. Also, since it was a holiday Monday, there were limited options to choose from in this tiny town, so dining out was likely going to be a risky operation anyways.
The only bright spot on that terrible Monday was Moto Coffee/Machine. Lovely tea + spacious cafe + puppies + sparkly helmet distraction + giant, well stocked bathroom = perfect recovery spot for a glutened celiac.
|The Spotty Dog Books & Ale||Bar / Brewery,Bookstore||440 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534|
|ÖR Gallery and Tavern||Bar / Brewery,Coffee||35 South 3rd Street Hudson, NY 12534|
|REV Coffee||Coffee||742 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534|
|Moto Coffee Machine||Coffee||357 Warren Street, Hudson, NY 12534|
|Olde Hudson||Market||449 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534|
|Hudson Farmer's Market (Winter Location)||Market||431 Union Street, Hudson, NY|
|Verdigris Tea & Chocolate||Tea House||135 Warren Street Hudson, NY 12534|
|Mexican Radio||Mexican||537 Warren St, Hudson, NY 12534|
It's been almost two decades since I've been in a Mexican Radio in NYC, but I was happy to see one on the main strip on Warren St for a late mid-day gluten-free lunch. The food and drinks were definitely not spectacular, but they were GF safe and serviceable.
|Swoon Kitchenbar||New American||340 Warren Street, Hudson, New York 12534, USA|
|Wm Farmer & Sons||New American||20 South Front Street Hudson, NY 12534|
|Lil' Deb's Oasis||Latin American||747 Columbia St Hudson, NY 12534|
|Finch||Shopping||555 Warren Street Hudson New York 12534|
|Valley Variety||Shopping||705 Warren Street Hudson NY 12534|
|TK Home & Garden||Shopping||441 Warren Street Hudson, NY 12534|
|The Wick||Hotel||41 Cross St, Hudson, NY 12534, USA|
|Amtrak||Train||69 S Front St, Hudson, NY 12534|