Tom Hudson built Domaine on the idea that diners should stretch as far as possible, which meant a wide-ranging by-the-glass program to go with a diverse menu. Domaine doesn’t serve pedestrian brands that become house standards at lesser restaurants.
New owners Michael and Beth Ross have stayed true to founder Tom Hudson’s original
vision for Domaine Hudson Wine Bar & Eatery: Make lots of good wine available to
all. That has kept the list—with bottles from every major wine region in the world—a
favorite among such services as OpenTable.com and Trip Advisor.
Cozy, unpretentious Domaine Hudson is the perfect place for a first date or romantic escape. It's the wine. Domaine Hudson offers at least 40 wines by the glass, more than 400 by the bottle and, if the couple prefers, 80 craft beers. Gracious servers avoid interminably asking if everything is OK, allowing couples the space to enjoy each other's company.
From Robert Mondavi Chardonnay to Harlan Estate Cabernet Sauvignon, there simply isn’t a bad wine among the 400 or so bottles at Domaine Hudson. Owner Tom Hudson’s staff has the knowledge to recommend a new favorite, and the tact to not seem stuffy about it. The new addition of chef Abde Dahrouch and his melding of French, Mediterranean and Moroccan flavors give diners new reason to seek out wine pairings.
If you don’t know your Weyerbacher from your Redenbacher, the servers at Domaine Hudson will gladly recommend a bottle of brew from the restaurant’s list of about 80 craft beers. Into Stella Artois? Try instead a bottle of Kenyan-born Tusker Lager. Something a bit headier? Try a potent Belgian ale from brewers like Mikkeller or Brouwerij Oud Beersel.
Grazing means sampling casually, and that’s just what Tom Hudson wants customers to do at Domaine Hudson Wine Bar & Eatery. Hudson’s creative small plates and seemingly endless variety of small wine pours allow Domaine diners to cover a lot of ground in one sitting. For example, Hudson’s daily 3-3-3 Happy Hour tasting recently featured three 3-ounce pours of French Pinot Noirs at $3 each: a 2007 Vignoble Guillaume, VDP de Franch-Comté; a 2007 Domaine Daniel Rion from Bourgogne, Burgundy; and a 2005 Domaine Olivier & Anne-Marie Rion “La Pretière” from Côte de Nuits Villages, Burgundy. The wines were paired with handcrafted cheese from New York’s Artisanal and Murray’s cheeses (three cheeses for $15 or five cheeses for $25). Check the chalkboard for the latest grazing opportunities.