High Street on Hudson

Restaurants, American West Village
High Street on Hudson

At some restaurants, bread is an afterthought—baskets of chalky, uninspired dinner rolls shuffled out with chilled, foil-wrapped butter. This is not that restaurant, and it’s certainly not that bread. At High Street on Hudson, the day-to-night West Village sibling to chef Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin’s lauded Philadelphia restaurant, High Street on Market, head baker Alex Bois’s astonishing loaves—potent New World ryes, hearty German-style vollkornbrot, anadama miche enriched with molasses—obliterate the idea of bread as mere mealtime filler. Here, it is the meal.

In the morning, it takes the form of pillowy, amply poppy-seeded potato rolls that come slathered with plucky gherkin mayo and padded with thick slices of sweet Lancaster bologna, horseradish-zapped Amish cheddar and fried red onions in the fan-favorite Hickory Town sandwich ($12); or it’s the buttery biscuit, popping with black pepper and subdued with sage, that hugs a cloud-soft egg, malted sausage and melty aged cheddar in the kitchen’s gorgeous send-up of a breakfast sandwich ($13).

Want those breads at their most unadulterated? A cart strategically set by the venue’s entrance with street-facing windows offers Bois’s beautiful loaves for retail sale, as well as pastry chef Sam Kincaid’s equally great baked goods, from moist coffee-almond date cake ($3.50) to Market’s beloved country-ham–draped, gravy-filled red-eye danish ($4.50).

Those roaring bread ovens, visible in the open kitchen, alone make High Street a daytime destination spot—the lunch menu’s fat-marbled pastrami, piled high on tangy rye ($18), would make the Katz’s crew proud—but dinner cements the Philly import as a formidable New York restaurant.

When the lights dim, sandwiches and pastries make way for composed dishes spotlighting local produce and, naturally, grains. Charred rutabaga is pureed into a smooth-as-silk hummus, shot with earthy black sesame oil and rousing long-hot chermoula ($9); for a moment, it renders the accompanying hunks of darkly delicious vollkornbrot as nothing more than hummus vehicles. Toasted oats add nice nuttiness to tubes of paccheri in a thick-bodied water-buffalo bolognese ($24), and their soured-oat counterpart lend a fermented funk to a dish of Long Island duck with charred leeks ($28).

Or say screw it, do as the gluten gods intended and feast on nothing but breads and spreads ($8) for dinner. We won’t judge—hell, we’ll join in.

By: Christina Izzo

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Venue name: High Street on Hudson
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Address: 637 Hudson St
New York
10014
Cross street: at Horatio St
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu 8am-10:30pm; Tue 8am-4pm; Fri 8am-11pm; Sat 8am-11pm; Sun 8am-10:30pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E to 14th St (Eighth Ave)
Price: Average main course: $25
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High Street on Hudson makes some amazing egg  sandwiches like The Bodega with malted breakfast sausage, aged cheddar, and a sage black-pepper biscuit. It is not only constructed to complement all the ingredients on it, it is simply a great sandwich. For those not looking to get a meaty sandwich, The Forager with the giant oyster mushrooms, swiss, and black trumpet mayo is a spectacular substitute for those craving meat as the meatiness of the mushrooms is an absolute delight. There are other items on the menu such as bagels and granola but I mean you have to get a sandwich when you're there. Seriously. 


You can also take these sandwiches to go and other delicious pastries they have such as the out of this world raspberry thyme pound cake and chocolate chai sammy. It's hard not to like this place if you like breakfast food and there is plenty of space for big and small parties. 


Happy eating and remember: Don't deny, satisfy! 


A beautiful, just-off-the-beaten path space where I've literally loved every meal of the day. The sunflower seed risotto was particularly memorable, and nothing is better than dipping a slice of their crusty breads into a hot bowl of soup.


Had dinner here while on vacation. The atmosphere was great, the staff was incredibke, the food was out of this world. .. I highly recommend this place.

We had the the Long Island Duck and the Honey glazed chicken.... and you simply must try the bread board and the sunflower risotto.... seriously folks this is well worth any wait you may have and twice as good as you might think it is going to be!!!


I wish I had come here during the day! Dinner wasn't bad, but I wasn't as blown away as everyone assured me I would be. For my entree I ordered the sunflower seed risotto, and it was literally a plate of sunflower seeds in sauce. Maybe that was my bad, but a dish like that should be a small appetizer at most—who can eat an entire plate piled with warm sunflower seeds?! They did offer us a complimentary course (though it was raw lamb, not always a crowdpleaser) and a free cookie on our way out, which was a very cute touch. I'll have to go back for a breakfast sandwich.

tastemaker

THE HYPE IS REAL. Sorry, I always wanted an excuse to say that. But seriously. The breakfast sandwiches here are unreal and worth the wait* (more on the wait later).


I went with a group of friends and the two favorites were the Bodega and the Forager. The Bodega is what a hungover person dreams of..it's amazing in every way. The Forager somehow makes you feel healthy while indulging. The mushroom was a bit overly chewy, but still really good. I was told the duck meatball sub was amazing as well. I'll be back soon to try some of the other sandwiches and pastries. A little tip--try to make reservations before you go. 


*back to the wait, one of the reasons I didn't give it five stars is because they quoted us an hour and it was close to two hours before we were seated. I don't think any food is worth a two hour wait, but I would easily stroll the High Line and the West Village for an hour to wait for this breakfast again.