A sleek New American bistro has opened in the former Harbour House space in Piermont: 14 & Hudson.
“We’re going for a cool, relaxed neighborhood restaurant,” says co-owner Paula Clemente Woods. “It’s a nice, casual, inviting place, whether you’re coming for a drink at the bar, an appetizer, or you want to come sit in the dining room; it’s welcoming.”
The food is a modern mix of American comfort food and creative dishes with international flavors. Chicken wings with sweet chili and black pepper share the menu with sushi-grade blue fin tuna tartare, prepared with fresh ginger, wasabi, soy sauce, avocado, cilantro and fresh chives and served alongside passion fruit aioli, Sriracha hot sauce, and puffy wontons.
Charcoal gray molding, camel-toned recycled leather banquettes and a stone fireplace create a chic upscale feel that nevertheless avoids any white-cloth fussiness. Black and white photographs of the Hudson River Valley taken by local Grammy Award-winning musician Tom Chapin decorate the walls downstairs; upstairs in the private party room, it’s paintings of the river by local artist Frances Wells (whose daughter Caitlin Burck of Piermont Design Group designed the space along with Paula). The private room features its own fireplace and bar and seats 60. A new patio to the side of the main dining room is poised to make the most of warm summer nights.
Eric Woods followed his Culinary Institute of America training with positions at The Rainbow Room, The Four Seasons Hotel, and Blue Fin at the W Times Square, where he was most recently executive chef. His wife Paula comes from an extensive hospitality and events background and aims to instill the same high quality standards in front-of-house service as Woods demands in his kitchen.
“It’s really going to be a little bit of everything on the menu; it’s dishes I like to cook, that I’ve cooked before, that go over well,” says Chef Eric. “It’s something for everybody, with some unique twists — and always as fresh as possible.”
Meals begin with complimentary mini corn muffins with pepper-infused butter. In addition to the wings and tuna, appetizers include tender calamari with red chili pepper and a creamy green pepper remoulade and a crock of baked goat cheese, served alongside grilled flatbread and a small side salad.
Entrees include fresh garganelli with broccoli rabe, spicy sausage, tomato, and pecorino, topped with a poached egg; and the “Saturday Night Burger,” a fond homage to the Saturday night dinners served in Wood’s childhood home. It features Pat LaFrieda’s special house burger blend simply dressed with lettuce, tomato, and onions and served alongside a paper bag of fresh herbed tarragon fries. Desserts such as chocolate lava cake, warm berry cobbler, and a generous chocolate chip ice cream sandwich (featuring ice cream from SoCo Creamery) are made in house.
The bar features lots of local craft favorites on tap, including Defiant, Captain Lawrence, Keegan Ale and Kuka. The list of unique yet accessible wines is still being built but current selections include Yealands Sauvignon Blanc, Hogwash Rosé, and organic De Martino Estate Cabernet Sauvignon from Chile. Signature cocktails include the Four-Tini (Stoli Raspberry, triple sec, lime, cranberry, and pineapple juices, muddled raspberries, and prosecco) and the Picnic on the Pier (Absolut Citron, muddled watermelon, and basil).
The restaurant has opened for dinner; lunch, brunch, and happy hour specials will soon follow. And when you go, share this tidbit with your tablemates: the restaurant is named after the year of founding, and Eric Woods’ status as the youngest of 14 children.
By Christine Gritmon. Read on lohud.com.
If you go
14 & Hudson, 457 Piermont Ave., Piermont. 845-680-0014, www.14andhudson.com. Hours: 5:30-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, till 9 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday. Opening for lunch and brunch soon.
Great for: Big Groups, Cheap Eats, Date Night, Solo Dining, Excellent Desserts, Seasonal Menu, Craft Beer, Cocktails, Dining at the Bar, Fireplace, Girls’ Night Out, Late Night Eats, Meeting for a Drink, Outdoor Dining (Patio, Porch, Deck, Sidewalk), People Watching, Private Room, Romantic, Dinner with Grandparents, Small Plates, Special Occasion Dining, Vegetarians, Wine List.