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The Crimson Sparrow
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Ranked #22 of 90 Restaurants in Hudson
Price range: $31 - $100
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 7th and 8th Streets
Transit: The Crimson Sparrow is located approximately 8 blocks from the Amtrak Hudson station (HUD).
Description: The Crimson Sparrow builds on Chef-Owner John McCarthy's reverence for and experience in cooking with Asian flavors utilizing French technique. The Crimson Sparrow's Tasting Menu is a foray into all of these complex, rich and unexpected flavors. It changes approximately every two to three weeks, to reflect seasonality. In addition, some of the best elements of the seasonal menu can be sampled at the bar as part of the restaurant's a la carte menu all of which have a true pact with the cellar and beverage program.
Reviewed February 24, 2014

Everything about this place - the food, decor, service - was top-notch. We had planned on having dinner here, but we were a little worried about committing to a tasting menu, as we both have things that we simply won't eat. We settled on brunch instead and we're very glad we did.

The space was roomy and well-appointed in a rustic-industrial Brooklyn kind of way. We were seated at the communal table in the middle of the main dining room, which may not be your thing, but we were lucky to be seated next to some very friendly and interesting local characters.

The Bloody Mary was very tasty, with an incredible kick. We didn't know what to expect when it arrived because it was more brown than bright red. But it tasted like a Bloody should - only better.

The menu consisted of about 14 items, any four of which you could choose for $16. This is a great concept that I would love to see spread to other restaurants. They took all the normal brunch offerings (eggs, toast, sausage, potatoes) and made them seem fresh and original.

My companion ordered the frittata, kale salad, polenta and cauliflower, and I had the potatoes, sunchoke (Jerusalem artichoke) soup, breakfast sausage and bread. The frittata was really the only dish that fell flat. It was served in its own miniature cast-iron skillet, which caused it to cook longer than it should have. It was a little dry, but it still had a nice flavor. The polenta was creamy and out of this world, and the cauliflower dusted with cheddar was addictive. The sunchoke soup was heavenly and the breakfast sausage patties were delicious as well.

Unfortunately I can't comment on this place for dinner, but if brunch is any indication, it's not to be missed!

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Reviewed December 26, 2013

In my effort to describe the dining experience here....,One may have to go the way of Forrest Gump and say:"It's like a box of chocolates....,You never know what your gonna get"!
It is so much more than that. The place is gorgeous! The food is off the charts. Yes you will pay for it, but cost is an issue in the absence of value in the dining experience.
I forgot how many courses we actually had....,7 or 8? As Monty Python would say: "And now for something completely different":
1. Fluke, Onion, Bay Caraway & Black Pepper
2. Ox Tongue, Black Garlic, Sesame, Foie Gras
3. Pork Dashi, Nori, Pig's Ears, Uni
4. Takayoki,Octopus, Ginger, Pea, Lime
5. Soft Egg, Broccoli Rabe, Chicken Confit,
6. Gnudi, Cauliflower, Italian White Truffle
And now for the main course:
Duck, Enoki, Mountain Yam, Chrysanthemum OR Sea Bream, Farro, Bonito, Radish.
You can order the beverage pairing for an additional $40.00 (My bride loved it!)
The staff is courteous,prompt and carries an infinite amount of knowledge with respect to each dish. We had Tom and he was "way cool".
It does cost a pretty penny to eat here....,But if you ask me....,It's worth every penny!

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1  Thank CJBCAB76
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Reviewed December 2, 2013

Thanksgiving will never be the same--started with oysters, salmon and caviar accompanied by an excellent wine selection. Ten other unique, and enjoyable courses accompanied by additional wines to make them all tatse better preceeded the beef and turkey presntations. All this topped off with two delicious deserts. A truly unique dining experience in a friendly and pleasant environment.

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Reviewed November 29, 2013

The room is all wood and farm table charming, the service cheerful and smiling. The food, at least on this Thanksgiving eve, put me in mind of Kevin Spacey's line in The Ref about his restaurant being said to be a good place to go on a fasting day.
The oysters were served chilled, one perfect in its simplicity, the other two marred by toppings of clashing texture and flavor. Then arrived a series of dishes of dubious charms: skewers of assorted what were they?, a nauseously sweet liver pate, etc. Then the principal plates: a done to sawdust turducken followed by ribbons of equally overdone turkey. All served at room temperature at a pace we were unable to keep up with.
If this is your sort of dining experience, by all means go.

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3  Thank Eugene Z
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

Crimson Sparrow was recommended by a local, as we are only weekender's near Hudson for 8 years. We chose the outside area in the back for brunch, and I have to give a kudo for luscious food for only 16 USD! We enjoyed being close to the kitchen and you can see by my photos, you can go right up to the glass to see how everything is prepared.
We have only been once, hence only 4 dots.
We sampled:
Brussel Sprouts. Bacon. Sherry. Honey.
Potatoes. Butter. Chives.
Bonfiglio Petite Baguette. Yolk Butter.
Avocado. Lime. Olive Oil.
Polenta. Parmesan. Thyme.
Pork Belly. Mustard Fruit.
Breakfast Sausage. Chinese Five Spice.
Delicata Squash Soup. Apricot. Leek
Frittata. Charred Cippolini. Purple Bell Pepper. Sherry.

Ingredients are local, so check their website. Google it, since I cannot mention it here.
Lovely place to hang out on a Sunday morning on north Warren Street, and then wander down for some shopping. I can recommend Hudson Wine Merchants, and Lili and Loo, and Hudson Home to name a few spots.
We enjoyed and will go back for dinner. Go relax and grab a beer or cocktail. Even the bar area is a nice casual place. We did find the service a little disconbobulated, but it all worked out given the price!
-David Allen

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