Restaurants / Bars

Highland Park Entrepreneur Ups the Ante with a New Upscale Restaurant

The Next Cocktail Hotspot is Here

BY // 07.25.17
photography Kelsey Foster

Opening the first East Hampton Sandwich Co. five years ago is evidence that Highland Park native Hunter Pond knows how to deliver just what the Park Cities is missing — and his new restaurant, Hudson House, has already become the neighborhood hotspot.

East Hampton’s breezy, all-American vibe has always felt primed to be translated to a full-service dining experience. With its sophisticated interiors and curated menu, Hudson House has certainly upped its style but shares the welcoming, neighborhood feel of its more casual cousin.

The restaurant’s emphasis is on its specialty raw bar and classic cocktails, making it the perfect place to meet up for an after-work drink (happy hour features half-off oysters and “World’s Coldest Martinis” weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m.) The East Coast oysters are not to be missed and are delicious with a splash of the champagne ginger pink peppercorn mignonette.

The drink selection is just as extensive as the menu – and the bar is already attracting quite the crowd. The popular classic martini is served ‘Cold Cold Cold’  but for those who want to stray, the ‘Bleu & Gold’ is concocted with 1888 olive juice, bleu cheese salt and housemade bleu cheese olives.

If you do happen to be staying for dinner, the menu’s unapologetic list of elevated comfort food favorites will have something for everyone. Entrée selections range from the ‘Big Brother Lobster Roll’ to fried chicken to a juicy filet. A sure-to-please option is the Idaho trout – get it pan fried with butter and a light coating of crispy panko.

A surprise favorite — likely to be even more popular once the restaurant adds new hours (lunch and breakfast coming soon) — is the Caesar salad. The twist: a generous side of thinly pounded smoked salmon served with capers and a tangy lemon dill dressing.

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Inspired by neighborhood restaurants in the West Village in New York City, Pond and partners Kyle Brooks, Wes Freeman, Hank Keller and Justin Hollis hoped Hudson House would be a place where “guests can come with their family and return for a date-night or night-cap.” Judging from the packed house and even more packed bar, Pond has once again given the Park Cities just what it was missing.

Hudson House, 4448 Lovers Lane, hudsonhousehp.com


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