NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2013 (www.hospitalitybusinessnews.com) — Following the success of Hudson Lodge , New York’s first-ever ski lodge themed lounge in the middle of Manhattan, Morgans Hotel Group is excited to announce the birth of its newest food and beverage concept, Hudson Common. A modern-day beer hall and burger joint, Hudson Common will feature a wide selection of local craft beers, inventive preparations of classic American fare, and soda shoppe-inspired specialty cocktails. Located off the hotel’s legendary lobby, Hudson Common provides the ideal locale for imbibing on quality drinks, indulging in imaginative eats and engaging in good conversation. Nightly DJ’s and entertainment will energize the expansive 3000 square-foot space with 25-foot ceilings, oversized windows, distressed leather couches, and striking marble fireplace.
The culinary creations at Hudson Common, crafted by Morgans Hotel Group’s Executive Chef Steve Peterson , focus on classic and unconventional interpretations of burgers, sandwiches and fries, prepared with market fresh ingredients. Menu items are labeled as either “Common” or “Uncommon”, allowing guests to indulge in classic cravings or take an adventurous approach to experience a new twist on some old standbys. The signature item at Hudson Common is the Common Burger & Fries, a custom beef blend created for Hudson by Master Purveyors, served on a brioche bun with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and Common sauce, alongside thrice-cooked hand-cut Duck Fat Fries. Some additional “Uncommon” menu items include: Peanut Butter BBQ Ribs served on Texas Toast, topped with Salt & Vinegar Potato Chips; French Toast Grilled Cheese made with Tickler Cheddar, 2 Sisters Gouda, BK Salvatore Ricotta and Maple Drizzle; Pork Katsu BLT made with Breaded Pork Cutlet, Apple Bacon, Pancetta, Guanciale, and Tonkatsu Worchesterchire; Bloody Mary Bacon Duck Fat Fries made with Pickled Okra, Jalapenos, Cheese Curds and Fried Egg with a choice of a side sauce: Truffle Mayo, Brava’s, Georgia Mustard , Velveeta Ranch and Buttermilk Blue Cheese. And for those looking to satisfy their sweet tooth, Hudson Common will offer a daily selection of Odd Fellows Artisan Custards specially designed for Hudson Common by Chef Sam Mason , former executive pastry chef at WD-50.
The Hudson Common beverage program is anchored by 16 beer taps, pouring the best locally brewed beers from Brooklyn, Long Island, the Hudson Valley, South Hampton, and Pennsylvania, including Six Points Bengal Tiger IPA from Brooklyn and Southampton Publick House’s Imperial Stout. Local draft selections are complimented by 30 brews available in cans and bottles, showcasing top beers of the world in each style, including the celebrated Belgian Ale Duvel and more boutique offerings such as Dogfish Head’s 90 Minute IPA from Delaware. Hudson Common’s cocktail menu features a selection of signature adult soda fountain cocktails which will include “Common” choices like a Vanilla Cream Soda made with Absolut Vanilia, Tuaca, and Boylan Bottleworks Creme Soda and a Root Beer Float made with Zacapa Rum, Averna, Virgil’s Microbrewed Root Beer, and a Scoop of Ice Cream; in addition to “Uncommon” choices like the Italian Soda made from Aperol, Galliano and Prosecco; French Soda made from St Germain, Creme de Mure, Grey Goose and Champagne; and Irish Soda made from Jameson and Bruce Cost fresh Ginger Ale .
Morgans Hotel Group’s in-house design team, led by Verena Haller , collaborated with the international architecture and design firm, Rottet Studio, to create a comfortable, laid-back experience within a grand space dominated by exposed brick and elevated ceilings. With a color palate defined by deep woods and rich browns, the main seating area is filled with long black wood communal tables with benches upholstered in chocolate leather cushions, strapped on by vintage-inspired leather belts. Lounge areas sit on the borders of the room, with distressed leather couches and an oversized fireplace warming the space. String lights and orb chandeliers descend from the ceiling, with playful macrame shades covering the long windows that peer out onto 57th Street. Food will be served at Hudson Common’s take-out window located opposite the bar, further embracing the relaxed campus atmosphere of Hudson. The space also features three 100-inch drop-down projector screens behind the bar and seven flat screen TV’s throughout, making Hudson Common the perfect venue for watching sporting events.