Eating Options at the Hudson Hotel: Hudson Common and Tequila Park
I know, it's kind of a silly place, the multiple bar areas upstairs at the Hudson Hotel. There are those giant watering cans on the outdoor patio, now called Tequila Park, and the crazy chandelier over the front desk, and the thrones in the Hudson Common beer hall, and the giant domed lamps over the pool tables in the Library, and the hammocks in the Sky Terrace. It's so consistently, self-consciously bonkers that its hard not to be just a little charmed.
You don't want to be a regular here at the Hudson Hotel–unless you love chatting it up with business travelers "in town for a conference"–but every once in a while, as a goof, or on a date, this is a fun place to get a few drinks, and wolf down a cheap, mostly-satisfying meal.
Drink Tequila Park's Margaritas Like There's No Mañana
The outdoor bar area at the Hudson Hotel, which over the winter was turned into a ski lodge, has now been re-concepted as Tequila Park. The decor is basically the same as always (there are some vaguely Mexican-looking blankets thrown over the beds), but now there's a "fresh-fruit" margarita stand and the food kiosk with the big "Eat" sign has been dubbed a taco shack. On the menu are things like Sriracha Philly Cheesesteak Tacos and Shrimp Kimchi Nachos. I admit I didn't try either of these, but on the evening I visited the place, hotel guests were sucking down margaritas like there was no mañana.
Hudson Common: Burgers, Fries, and Foosball
I did sample the goods at Hudson Common, however, which is the newish "modern-day beer hall and burger joint" adjacent to Tequila Park. I can definitely recommend at least one thing on the menu, the way-over-the-top Bloody Mary Fries. This is a hefty serving of thrice-cooked (in duck fat, supposedly) spuds topped with chewy chunks of bacon, a runny fried egg, crunchy pickled okra, jalapenos, and cheese curds. It's not a light dish, but man, it is good. Not as delicious, but definitely serviceable, is the Common Burger, which features fried onions in the patty, oddly unmelted velveeta cheese, a ketchup-mayo sauce, a few crisp pickles, all on a soft brioche-ish bun. Oh and there are now three en plein air foosball tables right outside the big leaded glass doors.
More Infomation: Hudson Common and Tequila Park
Both Hudson Common and Tequila Park are on the second floor of the Hudson Hotel, which is located on 58th Street just east of Ninth Avenue. For more information, please see the Hudson Hotel website.