A new waterfront eatery and bar -- one of only a few overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway in downtown Delray Beach -- will be opening this month.
Located across from Deck 84, Hudson at Waterway East will take the space formerly occupied by the historic Old Calypso restaurant, a longtime seafood establishment that closed in 2013.
Owner Sam Bonasso and partners Joe McCullough and Rita Wilson are the team behind Hudson. Bonasso brings more than 25 years of industry experience, 15 of which were spent as an operating partner for Outback Steakhouse. Together, they describe the new 7,000-square-foot venue as the perfect outdoor waterfront space for dining and socializing.
Hudson's menu will serve urban comfort food by executive chef George Cocilova, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America who has cooked for Bouley in New York City, the French Laundry in Napa Valley, and Aqua in San Francisco.
The focus will be on all-natural meats, hand-crafted pasta, local produce, and a variety of fresh-catch fish. Expect offerings to range from soups, salads, and shareable starters to sandwiches and entrees. Highlights include a roasted tomato bisque, truffled grilled cheese, lobster potato skins, short rib spring rolls, lamb sliders, and a pork porterhouse.
The beverage program will be in line with the current trends, highlighting craft and local beer, small-batch spirits, and a wide assortment of wine. Guests can expect modern renditions of classic and original cocktails and barrel-aged spirits. A nod to the name, Hudson at Waterway East has partnered with the Hudson whiskey distillery, the first pot distilled whiskey produced in New York post-Prohibition.
Expect a posh interior to go along with Hudson's upscale theme: The decor has been designed by Pam Manhas of Manhas Design and features an eclectic, vintage-inspired aesthetic. The open floor plan will provide a variety of indoor and outdoor seating areas, including the expansive covered deck, all of which offer water views from every angle. Special features include a pizza oven and an exposed glass-front keg cooler.
Hudson Waterway East is scheduled to open on Monday, December 8. The restaurant is located at 900 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach. Visit hudsondelray.com, or call 561-303-1343.
Nicole Danna is a food blogger covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.
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