Helsinki Hudson

4.6
209 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
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Executive Chef Hugh Horner takes his inspiration from the creative spirit of Helsinki, his love of the bountiful Hudson Valley, and his southern ancestry to create a farm-to-table Low-Country cuisine with a strong Louisiana influence, making the familiar extraordinary.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Southern
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Daily 5pm-10pm
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Phone number
(518) 828-4800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hugh Horner
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Private party facilities
Above the restaurant at Club Helsinki is our private ballroom. Our beautiful sun-drenched space has a large wooden dance floor, exposed brick, amazing high ceilings, table seating, a full bar and even a baby grand piano. Although the ballroom is the designated private dining space, our entire facility; dining room, music venue, ballroom, courtyard(seasonal) are available for rent.
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Private party contact
Austin Sullivan: (518) 828-4800
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Columbia and 4th
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Entertainment
The dining room is one room in our three-room facility. Behind the dining room, separated by retractable floor-to-ceiling hand hewn wooden wall panels is our "Club" space, where we feature live music 4-5 nights a week, varying in all genres. Also, during the warm months there will be occasional entertainment in our courtyard space.
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 209 People Are Saying
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JM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good Burger. Great Bartender. Cool Decor. We mostly go here for drinks & dining during the week.

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j
New England
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

In Hudson for a quick getaway, and this place was recommended by our host. The food was pretty good (though they need a lesson on how to properly prepare fried green tomatoes - hint they were sliced way too thick), but the portions were on the small side. Good thing we weren't starving. The well-intentioned waitstaff did their best. I had the sampler and my wife had the Alabama chicken. They managed to get her order wrong, so it had to go back, leaving us hanging for a bit. I'm glad it wasn't too crowded - as it was Tuesday - or it would have taken even longer. Nonetheless, we had a delightful evening. The space is lovely, and the vibe was friendly.

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CB
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service were both great. There was a wedding reception going on upstairs the night we attended, so things were (understandably) quite loud, which was the only drawback to an otherwise terrific experience.
Unlikely to return, as I live in Montreal, but would not hesitate to if ever I find myself in Hudson again.

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S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant features an unusual combination of fish dishes and southern barbecue. Shared hushpuppy appetizer was tasty.

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TK
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were late because of an Amtrak delay. The front desk staff was helpful and accommodating. The table service was fabulous and the food was the usual good quality BBQ, comfort food we have come to expect.

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BS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My brother is getting married at Helsinki soon and I wanted to try the food. It was amazing, the brisket burnt ends and pulled pork were our favorite. The corn bread is amazing too. Honestly you can’t go wrong with anything you get. The wine and cocktails were awesome too. I’d highly recommend, the vibe is cozy and very hipster/cool.

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DA
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The restaurant atmosphere was very exceptional. We had the opportunity to experience a large lightning storm while in the restaurant Which made the ambience even more pronounced in a positive manner. Food and staff were exceptional, and I highly recommend this restaurant.

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KS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Ambience, service and decor are great. Food is underwhelming.

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AM
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Super fun space with delicious fish and barbecue. Came for a pre-wedding event.

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E
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I think the problem with many restaurants in the Hudson Valley is that they don’t expect visitors before Thursday. The restaurant was out of many of the menu items and was terribly understaffed on the Wednesday we were there. The food was okay, not terrible, but the drinks were made with a Local vodka that tasted like moonshine and that was quite terrible. I’m sure the music venue is nice, but I would not recommend the restaurant.

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j
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful evening at Helsinki. We love the trout pate’, grilled fish, fries, catfish sandwich, ribs. It’s all great. And the service is friendly, the atmosphere is comfy and the bar offerings are great as well. They offer Nine Pin Ginger, my fav!!

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l
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The outside dining area was rustic and charming. We had good cocktails and we loved the food and the presentation. Scallops sauteed in a scallion butter sauce came in a small cast iron pan. The roast chicken with all of the barbecue sauces was well prepared and was tasty. All of the sides, including very good mashed potatoes and properly done vegetables came in 1-cup measuring cups - very cute. We will return on our next visit to Hudson.

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H
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Little known secret: Helsinki is one of the beat places in Hudson for fish. Out server was a first rate professional.

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e
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dining experience at Helsinki exceeded our expectations. Our server, Jessica, was genuinely friendly and went out of her way to make sure we were happy and comfortable. The presentation of the food was only upstaged by how delicious it was. The cocktails were inventive and delicious. Will be coming back as soon as we can.

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d
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had an incredible experience! Excellent service the food was wonderful we were celebrating our daughter’s 30th birthday and the staff there made it very special.

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PJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We visited several recommended restaurants in Hudson and this was our favorite. Delicious southern cuisine with a relaxed vibe. Attentive and knowledgeable servers. Great indoor decor with lovely outdoor seating, too. We'll be back!

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NY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

What a disappointment. The server was incompetent, ( although I suspect it was partially the kitchen’s fault, the food was inconsistent and the service was lousy.

They need to do a lot vetter

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and bbq

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Y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

fabulous space with chic decor. The food is spectacular and the chef specializes in American Southern style cuisine. The BBQ is incredible.

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j
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another great dinner at Helsinki Hudson. It’s a favorite spot for us when we are in town. Food is consistently excellent and the menu changes often. I had soft shell crab and hubby had the grilled fish. I love that they offer Nine Pin Ginger Cider & my husband loves their beer selection. Service is friendly and professional and the dining room is just so welcoming and comfortable.

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d
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

we absolutely loved the vibe of this place, but the food was disappointing given the description. it was solid typical bbq food, but nothing special (where does the "Helsinki" part come in?). would go again with a big group, and share plates -- one dish is way too much for one person.

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H
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Really great seafood.

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TK
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For what it is, basically a BBQ joint and a music venue, the food and service are both excellent. The ribs are worth a trip! If you care about the source of your food this place is for you (as it is for me). They leverage local farms as much as possible.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing ambiance, friendly staff and amazing food!

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JJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a loving and family arm aesthetic. Our waiter Jon was such a doll! The food was so fresh and comforting. Totally worth the trip and the time! Best ending to a great Saturday night!

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SK
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not an extensive menu but fantastic food! Delicious cocktails. Very nice service in an historic stmosphere

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K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was so pleased with our meals at Helsinki Hudson. We went prior to a (amazing!) show at the Club. The service was friendly and efficient. The meals were flawless. Not one complaint.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Because our group of 7 trickled in, service was a little off (waiting for people, etc). However, the food and drinks were incredible as usual. i always find myself trying things way outside my comfort zone at Helsinki, and I don't think I've been disappointed. It was quite loud for the day after Christmas, but then again, so are we! Most of us got the burger and we devoured them. Come for the drinks, stay for the food! Everyone loved the collard greens, The smoked shrimp pate was to die for!

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OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We had a wonderful quiet evening. The drinks were very good and my wife and I each had the steak entree. We both agreed that it was one of the best steaks we have had in a long time.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here for a getaway weekend for our one year anniversary. The food and atmosphere were romantic and special for the occasion!

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OT
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sunday night dinner.
Tuna appetizer was not sushi grade.
Mussels in appetizer were way too small.
Catfish entre was excellent as were sides and cucumber salad.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Helsinki NEVER disappoints. By far, the best place in town. Great for out of town guests!

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j
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

We loved the place, the food and the ambiance, but service was a bit slow (they had a big party upstairs)

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s
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

we called 3x to confirm our booth-got there, no booth and they could have cared less. waitress so busy she barely could get to us let alone do another round. Some of the food strange-hash browns disgusting. ribs passable. should tell people fish is bone in!!! never again.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 3

Food was good and service was outstanding but the wedding party going on upstairs was loud and took away from the ambiance of the place.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Helsinki. Seating was perfect, and Kate, our server, was excellent. My husband had the escarole and peaches salad and BBQ ribs and it was all so very good. I had the red snapper special, and although I don't particularly like looking at a fish head while I'm eating, it was delicious. The portions are generous and the peach dessert was lucious. I don't eat dessert but the Peony Vodka 'Farmer's Day Off' cocktail was perfect! It's about a 40 minute drive for us, but we plan on going again soon!

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L
New England
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was superb
Table was a little odd . - 2 top perpendicular & adjacent to a couch with (2) twos. Too close
Service tends to be quick-

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've wanted to get to Club Helsinki for quite a while, since we've heard so many good things about it! Glad to say we were not disappointed! We were only able to get general admission tickets since we applied so late. Not a problem! We ate in the restaurant which was wonderful, and got close enough to the band in the club, to almost touch them. Fine dining, great music, good acoustics, friendly crowd, all around great experience. Would like to get reserved tickets next time so advise to jump on an occasion as soon as possible! Don't miss a chance to see your favorite group and get to the restaurant, you won't regret it!

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OT
New Orleans
21 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In the center of Hudson, 1 block from main drag. On street parking. Large rustic dining room. Full bar. We came at 8pm on a weekday so no crowd. Robbed ribs were tender well done juicy. 3 sauces, one spicy, my best choice. Wife had shrimp and grits. Big shrimp. More food than we could eat. Id go again for the BBQ. 2 drinks and dinner for &50.

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L
Orange County
89 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New to the area and wanted a new "foodie experience" we were excited to see the beauty in the building. Emily was a fabulous server. She told us the chef and restaurants story and gave us a tour of the music venue side of the restaurant. We will be back.

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