The Crimson Sparrow

4.4
230 reviews
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$50 and over
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Contemporary American

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The Crimson Sparrow offers a daily tasting menu Thursday through Sunday evening. The restaurant opened in June, 2012 and serves contemporary American cuisine. with a modern exploration of Japanese and Asian flavors. A beverage pairing is also offered that includes wine and sake. Located in the historic Keystone Buildings on Warren Street, the restaurant provides a comfortable ambiance and includes a large outdoor patio that looks onto a windowed kitchen.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Asian
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Hours of operation


Dinner: Thursday - Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm

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(518) 671-6565
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AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
John McCarthy
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
7th and 8th Streets
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Public transit
The Crimson Sparrow is located approximately 8 blocks from the Hudson Amtrak Station (HUD). The train travel time is 2 hours from NY Penn Station (NYP).
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access
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BH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure and we loved the tasting menu with pairings - let the chef do all the work! We are looking forward to the new menu.

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j
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had high expectations and our meal far exceeded them. Excellent and creative dishes on the tasting menu, which was very fairly priced at $85. Very friendly and professional service. Will definitely return

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M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was extraordinary and the service was exceptional. Truly special.

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JP
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous, as always! Every morsel was delicious! The outside garden is gorgeous, service great. Lots of courses on this amazing tasting menu, & interesting, delicious wine & sake pairings. Well worth the price.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the place! Food was great!

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A
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Very accommodating to dietary needs.

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s
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An eating experience I won't forget! We had a nice private section to ourselves. The staff was super attentive.

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a
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've been to the Crimson Sparrow six or more times..for both dinner and brunch and each and every time everything- the service, ambience, food and drink is just as it should be: engaging, interesting, sometimes exciting, as in "WOW! All-in-all a wonderful and delicate balance. We've always left feeling perfectly satisfied- not stuffed or overwhelmed, just pleased and content. Thank you.

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J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

For tasting menu 2 dishes were very good (beef and pork belly), one was good (Softshell crab) but the rest were under spaced and bland. Service was very lackadaisical. I had to ask for pepper three times before actually getting it. Empty wine glasses were left on the table for multiple courses before I finally asked them to take them. Towards the end of our meal the server started spraying disinfectant on the table next to ours while we were eating one of our courses. Definitely not worth it.

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PO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Succession of exquisite small plates on the tasting menu kept us interested and excited for the next arrival.
My wife did find the sliced steak dish too rare, so I ended up eating it.

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PD
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent restaurant for inventive gourmet food.

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j
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was very good. We enjoyed the tasting menu. I particularly enjoyed a mushroom dish and the wagyu beef dish. Our server didn't come around very often, forgot to replace our silverware, and didn't serve the drinks I asked for (I asked for the sake pairings only from the beverage pairing, to be paid for individually). The woman who initially seated us graciously checked on us and replaced the original sake pairings with new recommended sake pairings for the dishes I still had coming. The menu was misleading, showing three main course dishes when we only received one. It did not distinguish which main course we were receiving nor noted that one should have been particularly chosen (maybe this was a weird prix fixe/tasting menu combination?). This was quite disappointing. Overall, the food was great but the service was meh and expectations were cut short.

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t
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

There was nothing special about this restaurant. The food was mostly below average, one or two good courses, tiny tiny morsel of tuna and scallop, pureed cauliflower that had no taste, fried potato, endive with a nondescript vegetarian filling, maitake mushrooms was decent but not wow, only decent thing was the hamachi and sunchoke puree. Even dessert was below average. And there was no sake pairing. We went to Hudson to eat in this restaurant but were so disappointed.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

New Year's Eve price fixed

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JP
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous. Well worth the significant price tag for truly creative food and lovely wine and sake pairings. A tasting menu that won't disappoint. Each course was better than the last. What a great way to celebrate a special occasion!

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d
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2016
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

The Crimson Sparrow was a bit disappointing. Though the food was good, I feel as if the dishes missed an opportunity to rise to another level. Each plate was made of its elements and when everything was combined with one bite, it tended to be good. If you were to taste each individual element by itself, the taste was usually flat. This created a problem for me. If each element couldn't stand on its own two feet, then that could lead to potentially bad dishes. In theory, I thought it might be a risky move that could lead to something interesting, but what really ended up happening were dishes that were good to the subpar to dishes that crashed and burned. Two dishes really stuck out in my mind. The first was the butternut squash porridge with cedar nuts and black truffles. Those combination of things sound fantastic, but when I ate this dish it became a flat, chewy mess. After the first initial hit on my tongue the flavor quickly sapped away and the truffles had nothing to elevate. The other dish that created problems was the smoked duck on yukon mash with black trumpet mushroom puree and a mushroom dust. Another dish with lots of potential, but became bland tasting and mushy in texture. The smoked duck ended up tasting like cheap smoked spam. When tasting the black trumpet puree on it's own it was earthy but tasted under seasoned. Not to mention the duck breast was very chewy and not tender at all. I felt like the dishes wanted to take me on this natural journey, but it's as if the technic and style got in the way of the natural ingredients. Of the 9 course only four were good and the other five, they ranged from the subpar to bad. I'd save your money and look somewhere else.

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner at The Crimson Sparrow is an experience. The tasting menu changes based on the ingredients available to the chefs and combines amazing flavors, textures and tastes with dishes that most people are unlikely to have had previously. We were there for a birthday dinner and Suzanne, our server, did a fantastic job of explaining each course including the optional sake pairing we both enjoyed. While dinner at The Crimson Sparrow is not an every night occurrence it certainly is our favorite place for special occasions.

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TM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This place had amazing atmosphere and the tasting menu was superb, but man was it OVERPRICED, and when you paying a bill that is over $800 for 4 people in Upstate NY, the Last thing you would expect is to be literally rushed out of your table, without finishing your meal due to next reservation needed to be seated and they brought dessert without even asking if we wanted coffee? We were about 20 mins late, but for the money they should be more accommodating,,,,

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Z
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Wine and sake pairings on point

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JH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining in Hudson. The best fusion Japanese experience north of Manhattan. A bit pricey for Hudson but worth it. I hope it will survive!

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Just...no. Overpriced & inedible

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HV
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another fantastic tasting menu experience. Chef John knocks it out of the park again

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LB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef John McCarthy has raised a new bar for the most original, delishious, fresh cuisine ever.

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CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wholesome, healthful, and irresistibly delicious food. The tasting menu was the highest pleasure, AND we felt WELL afterwards -- full and satisfied, but not stuffed. We will go back again whenever there is a special occasion.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Overpriced and not worth it for what we were served. Found it bland and lacking in taste. Dessert was excellent however.

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HV
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular tasting menu-loved the risotto with white truffles and the very creative nut "risotto" with black truffles. Abalone was divine as well. Perfect for our anniversary celebration. Will definitely be back over and over. Extraordinarily talented chef in a gorgeous space.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We had a great dinner at the Crimson Sparrow. All of our courses were consistently good, and some where really outstanding. I'm usually skeptical of beverage pairings, but the chef really made me a believer. The service was enthusiastic, if unpracticed. We would eat here again in a heartbeat.

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E
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to try the tasting menu after having been here for brunch a few years back (when they still did brunch!) We highly enjoyed the creativity of the dishes, as well as the sake pairing, which was definitely worth the extra $45. As with a lot of tasting menus we have experienced, we spent most of the meal wanting more, feeling hungry, but by the end of it, we were pleasantly full and not overstuffed. Highlights were the hamachi, octopus with squid ink, and duck. Great place for a date night or special occasion. We will definitely be back!

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KC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely loved everything about Crimson Sparrow, from the truly surprising and innovative tasting menu to the knowledgeable yet unpretentious staff.

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A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2016
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Seriously disappointing brunch. Expensive, mingy portions of not well prepared food. The fried chicken in the Tate was overly fried and it's presentation was just a pile of crusty nuggets on a flat bland waffle, with only a tiny ramekin of syrup.The English muffins weren't toasted. Both people who ordered sausages with their eggs left them alone after one bite. The blue crab in the scramble was tasteless and the dish was soggy, because the crab hadn't been properly drained. Maybe CS does a good dinner but its brunch is a sad affair.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is phenomenal, the atmosphere is amazing, and the chef and his staff are extraordinary. It's so nice to have a gem like this in Hudson.

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c
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliantly executed food served at a perfect pace. Best meal I've had in the United States in a couple of years. We will be making more trips to Hudson to eat here.

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JU
New York Area
188 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to the Sparrow on many occasions - both special and made special by the meal. If possible it has continued to improve and grow into its skin. Being a great restaurant in a quiet (relatively speaking) community is hard and to maintain that and grow is even harder

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KS
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Once again an extraordinary meal - from the service to the presentation to the taste, everything was perfection - each tasting was beautiful and delicious. The servers were particularly knowledgeable about the preparation - there wasn't even one dish that was just so-so - each one was outstanding.
Really a gem of a restaurant.

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NK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding tasting menu with superb selection of sakes; each plate was delicious in its complexity of ingredients & textures; the best restaurant in the Hudson Valley! The meal was served by a friendly & sophisticated young lady often accompanied by the 2 chef owners. Wonderful intimate ambience inside with lovely outdoor garden with view into the open kitchen. Deserves its reputation for fine dining.

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HY
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was tasty, inventive and lovely presentation. Service for the tasting menu was almost 3 hours... Tad long. Also, no one told us we could order off bar menu... :-(. Finally, we were sat outdoors in a lovely patio area but the tree dropped leaves snd little flowers all over the table. No where else to sit and we had to clean off our own table.

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S
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went on a Sunday and had brunch.Wow!The service was excellent and so was the food.A must try.

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MN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal at the Crimson Sparrow was absolutely special. The food was unique, exceptional, and creative without sacrificing taste and comfort. If you're in Hudson, definitely take advantage of this opportunity to be exposed to remarkably innovative cuisine. The beverage pairing, especially the sakes, was incredible.

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So good we asked to go to kitchen after dinner to thank the chefs. Fresh, inventive, not pretentious, amazing wine/sake parings, . Even with so many good restaurants in the area I'd call the Crimson Sparrow a do not miss.

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JS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A new favorite for full-scale tasting menu and simple suppers and ramen night at the bar. Food is creative and delicious. Service is efficient and friendly. Very comfortable place. Makes you fee "at home" from the first moment.

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