Disappointment at Downtown 140

We are fans of Downtown 140 in Hudson, and have eaten there several times before this visit.  The food is always good, and this time was no exception.  We wish we could say the same about the service.  It was a busy Saturday night.  We had a 7:30pm reservation for four.  We arrived at 7:25pm.  Our table wasn’t ready so we headed to the bar.  The restaurant is very small, and the bar only seats about 6 people with very little room to stand.  We stood behind the full bar for at least 15 minutes before the bartender took our order.  She was obviously busy, but you’d think maybe they’d have a little extra help on a bustling Saturday at prime dinner time.  At 7:45pm we asked about our table. The manager came over and apologized for the wait, but indicated that our table was still not ready.  We did not get seated until 8:15pm (45 minutes after our reservation time). Normally, this would be mildly annoying, but on that particular night our daughter and our friends’ daughters were attending a babysitting night and had to be picked up before 10pm.

Complimentary charcuterie/cheese board

Amuse bouche of foie gras, apple, cantaloupe and salt

At 8:30 we told our server that we needed to order as we had to leave no later than 9:30pm in order to pick up the kids on time.  At 9:15 our food arrived.

Osso buco

He said…This was a pork osso buco, which sounded interesting to me. Fortunately, I ordered well during this visit.  This may have been one of the best things I’ve tasted this year (and almost made up for the wait).  The pork was such a great cut and was cooked perfectly.  The meat fell off the bone and was delicious.  The polenta was creamy and perfectly seasoned and the jus brought the dish together nicely.  This was the epitome of a comfort food meal, which is right up my alley.

Scallops with corn risotto

She said…I was disappointed for two reasons.  First, we didn’t have time to enjoy the menu the way we usually do, sharing several small plates and small appetizers.  Also, I was in the mood for pasta, and there was no pasta on the menu that evening.  The scallops were cooked well and the risotto was fresh with a nice sweetness from the corn.  I enjoyed the dish as much as I could considering I had to wolf it down in fifteen minutes.

Needless to say, it was not a relaxing evening.  We appreciated the gesture of the charcuterie board, but it surely didn’t make up for our spoiled evening.  Although the food was good, I don’t think we’ll be heading back to Downtown 140 any time soon.

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