I know you. It was 5am, you just got out of the Roxy, or some other Michael Alig party, and in order to sober up a bit before trekking back to your Alphabet City five-story walk-up apartment, you want a cup of coffee. You walk down 14th Street in platform shoes, (ripped) purple fishnet stockings, and Manic Panic hair dye and pass Wall Street types in suits on their way to work.
You’re in the city that never sleeps! You can get food at any time! There’s tons of places open at the wee hours of the night and morning. Night owls and early birds have no problem finding a quick bite around the clock in the Big Apple. No big whoop.
But now, you live in Hudson. Your parents, and/or that sensible friend who works in finance (the one you passed at 5am on 14th Street), convinced you that rent is money out-the-window, and you should buy a house. Why not try upstate-ish New York, in a little city called Hudson, with quaint brownstones and Victorian homes that make you feel like you’re still living in Brooklyn? Kinda.
You did that. But now, you’re hungry and it’s 3am. It’s either too late or too early and there’s nothing that you want to eat in the kitchen. What are you going to do?
You need a bagel and a schmear to help forget that guy who ghosted you last week!
First of all, Hudson is NOT NYC. Locals will tell you that….over and over. The entire population of the City of Hudson is less than 6,000 people, which could be the population of ONE BLOCK in Manhattan, or one large office tower during business hours.
You no longer live in a city that never sleeps. Hudson sleeps. This is all part of that moving-to-a-new-place concept. Kitchens in Hudson close around 9-10pm. There’s no 24-hour diner around the corner. Unfortunately, you can’t have everything you want in life. Sorry.
The convenience stores are open early and late. Walmart, 24 hours. Stewarts on Fairview opens at 4:30am, and the CITGO convenience store by the train tracks stays open until 1am – but maybe you’re looking for something beyond pre-packaged food.
Hudson Bagels opens at 6am. Get yourself a boiled bagel with egg and cheese.
For late night eating, go right around the corner from Hudson Roastery to Food Sing – open until 11pm. Or, if you’re willing to make the trip, Applebees on Fairview is also open until 11pm – with their half-priced appetizer menu kicking in at 9pm.
Years ago, you would not have been caught dead in a national food chain restaurant – gasp! But, there you are. The purple fishnets are gone. It’s 10pm and you’re gobbling down a plate of $5 mozzarella sticks and some spinach and artichoke dip. You’re quietly thankful that corporate policy dictates that the restaurant stay open until 11pm.
While you’re there, sipping a sweet $1 special margherita, remind yourself that (maybe) you no longer pay rent, and that your mortgage interest is tax-deductible.