From our table at Hudson Social, a restaurant housed in the renovated Dobbs Ferry train station, my 6-year-old spies: A Metro North Express Train as it whizzes by. A tugboat pushing a barge down the Hudson River. A flock of geese waddling through the nearby park. There’s so much outdoor seating here — and so much for the kids to look at since the restaurant is literally track-side — that my husband and I even manage to enjoy a little adult conversation while munching on hummus and pita.
The food is good, but I have to admit, it’s fairly forgettable. (We tend to order salads or burgers. See my full review in the NYT here.)
But we don’t come for the menu — we come for the vibe. Hudson Social is such a chill spot to hang with the kids on a beautiful weekend night. You can go for drinks — or dinner, or both; there’s a kids menu that has things like PB&J and sliders on it. And no one cares if you linger.
Sometimes they have outdoor acoustic shows. Either way, we pack the crayons and paper, claim one of the picnic tables where we can see the river, and on a nice night, hang until the kids make it clear they’ve had enough.
Then we go for a walk along the water, where there’s a really great playground a few steps away.
Hudson Social, 11 Station Plaza, Dobbs Ferry; 914-478-3634