New menu has pulled into the station at Hudson Social in Dobbs Ferry

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The waterfront park in Dobbs Ferry has been newly appointed enhancing the vast river views day or night. A stroll along the river’s edge on a beautiful but chilly night (in January) had us seeking “comfort food” to warm our bellies. The Dobbs Ferry train station is home to Hudson Social. This hot spot, even in the winter months, opened over a year ago after major renovations that include a second floor loft that is accommodated by the structure’s soaring 25 foot ceiling. It is a grand place for events of all kinds.

Hi! Donna Monaco Olsen here, coordinator for the Taste of Westchester Continuing Education program for WCC to share with you from a recent find. Being a food writer in Westchester, I like to explore new places that are not on my typical radar. I am often asked to recommend places to dine by many of the class attendees. This is a great place any time of day along with spectacular river views.

Much of the menu is Italian inspired by Chef Joe Bologna. Both he and owner Dominick Durante shared their desire to “give the people what they want.” This inspired subtle changes to the menu. Now offering less formal options and a larger variety, several items have been recently added such as; Shishito peppers, nachos, chili and pizza of the day. Most of the items are designed to be suitable for sharing. Many of the selections have clever names referencing the location. IMG_0102 - Copy th Classic combinations like the bruschetta with prosciutto, dried figs, honey and goat cheese and classic mozzarella, fresh basil and tomato are one of many starters or late night finds. Our favorite was the not too sweet warm figs with nice “chew” offsetting the goat cheese and salty prosciutto. IMG_0103Grilled steak bites with Gorgonzola can be ordered in half or full portions. Good flavor on the beef made for a nice mouthful.IMG_0104 Warm baked Brie with cranberry compote and Wild Flower honey satisfies the salty, sweet cravings.

Known for their burgers, using 100% Angus ground beef, they offer sliders at 3 for $12. A great value as these are not diminutive bites. They arrive on smaller versions of their tasty brioche buns and are more of “kid sized” burgers than traditional slider size.IMG_0108Pictured are the “slider” version of the best selling Cowboy burger with pepper Jack cheese, grilled onions, smokey bacon and BBQ sauce. Even the bacon is unnecessary here as the burger itself has good flavor. IMG_0110Full sized burgers come with roasted garlic potato wedges instead of fries. Grilled on a traditional flat-top they are crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. The So Cal burger pictured here with chunky avocado pieces in the house-made Guacamole and Pico de Gallo were evident in every bite. The real Guac is appreciated as we noticed it to be fresh and not manufactured adding to the “clean” taste.

On this evening there was a band playing on the top floor with many patrons dancing and a bustling bar. Note there is no cover charge at the door and you can sit at the bar or at a table and hear the music.

The staff are friendly and accommodating. Christian, the manager, is cheerful and attentive to guests. A terrific bartender helps you to choose from their seasonal cocktail list with interesting combinations and clever names. Try a Midnight Express – Moonshine and cranberry, for a drink that echos the grand turn of the century space. Read a previous article on their Pumpkin Sangria that can be picked up “to go” in their growlers.

This restaurant offers good fare at reasonable prices serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brunch is offered on the weekends and family friendly entertainment accompanies the buffet and unlimited Mimosas for under $20.

This chef will be teaching another cooking class for WCC in summer 2016 outdoors overlooking the Palisades. Currently, I hope you will join us at several of Westchester’s most exciting restaurants for a culinary adventure that will tantalize your taste buds. Each chef offers private cooking demonstration, followed by a tasting of the prepared items. Registration for the current selections are still available, Check out the current offerings at WCC Continuing Ed, Taste of Westchester. Classes are reasonably priced at $15 plus a sampling fee to the restaurant. Sign up with a friend or fly solo for one demonstration or a few by contacting WCC by phone at 914-606-6830×1. Perfect as a gift or just a weeknight out!

Go to: Hudson Social, 11 Station Plaza, Dobbs Ferry, NY  10522, 914-693-3875

Enjoy: Burgers, salads, shareable starters and Lavazza coffee.

Will try next time: Uber Pretzel, Last Stop steak salad, Cuban sandwich, dessert, brunch.

Open: From early morning to late night with seasonal outdoor seating to enjoy the views! Serving commuters from 5am (Monday – Friday) coffee, and house made pastries and weekend brunch at 10am. Open until midnight every night.

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As a contributing blogger and the author of “Chef’s Tip”, Donna Monaco Olsen recaps great cooking demonstrations from local restaurants. As the the coordinator for Westchester Community College’s Continuing Education program, named “A Taste of Westchester,” she writes the program, which offers more than 35 cooking classes each semester, and recruits chefs to do cooking demonstrations in their restaurants. She holds a full time position in the education field, and in her off time develops and contributes recipes for cookbooks. She is an avid baker and a former cake decorator who created many custom designed specialty cakes. Along with her husband, she reviews restaurants on Small Bites during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.

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