Hudson Restaurant is located just off Atlantic Avenue in Delray overlooking the eastern side of the Intercoastal. The entrance to the restaurant is located on Venetian Drive and the parking lot is fully dedicated to valet parking. There are four separate eating areas, the bar, the lounge, the deck and a slightly more formal dining area overlooking the kitchen. All but the bar offer a view or a limited view of the waterway. Be advised that the dining area’s proximity to the kitchen was our least favorite as the cooking aromas engulfed the table.
Overseeing the kitchen is Executive Chef George Cocilova, a CIA graduate, whose experience includes cooking at Bouley in New York City, The French Laundry in Napa Valley and Aqua in San Francisco. This top-tiered experiencewas evident in my dish, which was perfectly prepared and composed.
The table started with the White Flatbread. The crispy rectangular presentation was topped with garlic confit, Fontina and Ricotta cheeses, pinwheel sausage and broccoli rabe. This was delicious. The crust was crispy and was a great canvas for the two cheeses, which gave a good level creaminess. The pungency of the broccoli rabe was offset by a mildly spicy sausage and the garlic confit was a great complement to the other ingredients.
For my entrée I ordered the Pork Porterhouse that included sweet potato purée, braised rainbow Swiss chard, HUDSON bourbon peaches, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions and finished with a red grape demi. This was outstanding. The pork chop was moist and full of flavor. The caramelized onions were more sautéed than a slow caramelization, and were soft and sweet and the bacon pieces were perfectly crisped and added smokiness and saltiness. The peaches added a great level of sweetness to the overall presentation. This was one great chop.
Service was fantastic as well. Our server was knowledgeable, friendly and was more than willing to offer suggestions and opinions.
Overall I highly recommend Hudson as a great restaurant with a great view.