While generally I like to focus on restaurants in New York that cater to those with a particular taste for steak and wine, I want to take a moment to mention Westville Hudson after a spectacular dining experience there earlier this week.
Although my palate tends towards heartier meals, I am always pleasantly surprised by the offerings of this simple yet impressive restaurant. There are currently 4 locations of Westville in operation in Manhattan, and I had only tried the Hudson location once before about a year and a half ago.
Admittedly, that first experience at the largest location was only satisfactory – particularly when compared to the quality of cooking at the other more intimate locations. However, my most recent excursion to Westville Hudson, completely changed my mind about the potential of this location, so I thought I would share.
Westville is known for bringing the freshest and highest quality ingredients to its dishes, and while they are often fairly simple – the experience of these dishes is always incredible.
One of my absolute favorite things about the Westville chains is that you will always find incredible dishes for every kind of palate and dietary restriction or preference. From strict vegans to self-proclaimed meat-eaters, Westville is the place to go.
The hostess seated our party immediately in a quieter area of the restaurant and inquired if we needed any beverages. We started with water, but gingerly reviewed the extensive (but not overwhelming) drink menu. There were a number of options, and everyone seemed pleased with what they chose. From a pinot grigio to a hard apple cider and a mature pinot noir – everybody was happy.
My dining companions opted for the Hamburger and the Grilled Salmon Plate. From what I tried, both were prepared to perfection and complemented their vegetable side counterparts.
Although normally I prefer to order the hamburger or fish and chips, this time I decided to stick to the market vegetables. Westville offers a deal where you can order four vegetables or sides as an entree. Initially I was worried that this would not be enough food, but I was pleasantly surprised.
Their vegetable dish options change seasonally, depending on what’s available, and this time I opted for the sweet mashed potatoes, brussels sprouts with a mustard glaze, green beans with a light soy glaze and beets with goat cheese. While the portions weren’t heaping individually, the combination was perfect for a satisfying meal.
Furthermore, the taste of each individual small plate blended perfectly with the other sides. I couldn’t have been happier. Our waitress was very attentive, and informative when it came to suggestions and pairings. Dessert looked delicious, although this time I had to pass because I was so full from the rest of the meal! I would highly recommend Westville if you’re looking for wholesome and tasty foods that can accommodate a lot of dietary restrictions and preferences in a low key ambience – that’s not too expensive.