False advertising is rampant in our everyday lives, nowhere maybe more so than where so many have called the ‘B.S. capital of the world,’ New York, New York. Still, there are some offenses which are just so egregious they deserve to be called out. Washington Heights Hudson View Restaurant is today’s offender and the offense deserves special mention. You can see above for my full photo analysis of this restaurant bearing false witness to the Hudson River which never was.
In fairness to the restaurant Hudson View is located in a largely residential neighborhood with likely a lot of locals. Washington Heights is not Times Square; there are seldom few glowing, pulsing, undulating, loud, and gaudy outlets on 181st Street. By that rationale, the people coming here and getting their fill likely should know the restaurant and understand the view from here. Likely in fact that the Hudson View Restaurant is a local favorite, a neighborhood hangout, and a regular for all the old men tired of their wives cooking or young students at Yeshiva University.
However the misnomer for this non-local to the neighborhood but expert at spotting New York City advertising B.S. was clear as day from this restaurants location. To be clear, the Hudson View Restaurant has not even the slightest view of the Hudson River. Looking at these photos and looking around at the buildings which surround it, it is impossible to imagine Hudson View Restaurant ever had a view of anything but concrete and stone let alone the majestic Hudson River.
Maybe the name Hudson View Restaurant was code or some kind of a vision inside the shopkeepers mind. Often whimsy or some stroke of fancy will entice shopkeepers to reflect back on their first views of Lady Liberty or Elis Island when they name their small businesses and then that’s the name which sticks, even if, as the shop begins nearing completion, opening, and integration into the neighborhood, the actuality is nothing even close to the evoked image. While the true meaning behind the naming of Hudson View Restaurant may never actually be known, this fact is still a possibility.
While this destination is certainly a neighborhood favorite (Hudson View Restaurant was usually packed to the gills the several times I happened by its location when I was living in the neighborhood) Hudson View Restaurant may wish to consider a reimagining of its name. At the very least this Washington Heights institution could remove the rose-colored glasses and see its view for what it is.