Head down to Brookfield Place. And by head down, I could not be more literal. This building is in Battery Park City, by the Manhattan Sailing Club. Take any subway, and you are still a 12 minute walk away. Already, this place seems like a hassle. I think it will do well with a few downtown offices and the new opening of the 911 Memorial Museum, just 7 minutes away on foot.
When you walk in, you realize you are in a food court. Unlike Gotham West Market, which feels like a cafeteria, this definitely resembles a mall. The difference between a food court and a cafeteria may not seem like a real thing. A food court is a series of restaurants in one location, and you pick a place to get your food. A cafeteria feels more like a place where you would take a tray and grab a few things. Although each place at Gotham West Market has its own register, you do feel like a beer from one place, ramen from another, fries from a third, and coffee from a fourth make up your meal, whereas Hudson Eats feels like each person in a family grabs what they want and meets up at a table.
Scope it out. All of the names are familiar. You have Black Seed Bagels, which judging by my last post, you know I skipped. Umami Burger is going to be a huge hit here, but was sadly closed the day I went, since I went on day 2 of this food court. Dos Toros Taqueria has a prominent spot, across from Skinny Pizza, a NJ pizza spot and Num Pang, the best banh mi sandwich in town. For basic sandwiches and salads, you will find Tartinery and Olives (not affiliated with Todd English's restaurant). And for your usual Seamless type restaurant, you can hit up Chop't or Dig Inn, the healthiest choices, which are not far from your treat of a Sprinkles cupcake. Top it all off with a grilled cheese sandwich from Little Muenster, and you should not be lacking in choices.
We opted for Dos Toros Taqueria to start, and ordered a taco. Sadly, they were out. We got a quesadilla, which resembled the quesadilla I've had from their 13th street location. Their quesadilla is kind of a smaller burrito. I prefer my quesadilla's to be flat and cheesy, not plump. But it still tasted good.
Next, we selected Skinny Pizza, on the strategy that it was one of the few places we could not find anywhere else in Manhattan. A BBQ chicken pizza slice and mushroom slice later, and I had no regrets. Both were pretty good. They may not stand out as great NYC pizza, but the price was right.
Is Hudson Eats a destination? If you have access to Union Square, you can hit up Dos Toros, Umami, and Num Pang without a problem (well, maybe a small wait at Umami). It really makes sense if you are in the area, and want to enjoy water views!
Have a delicious day!
NYC Menu Girl