Lil' Debs Oasis
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After shutting down for much of the pandemic, our all-time favorite Hudson restaurant is back open again. From the outside, this pink little spot with a neon sign in the window looks like a dive bar. But step inside and you’ll feel like you’ve arrived at a tropical artist retreat - with food better than anything you would ever find at an artist retreat. Like sweet plantains with cilantro cream sauce, a fermented lentil dosa, whole fried fish topped with herbs and ginger vinaigrette, and pork tamales. Everything we’ve tried at Lil’ Deb’s is wildly delicious. They’re also serious about wine here, and by serious, we mean they have a huge list of interesting options described with words like “hiding from the chaperone, gucci loafer, nilla wafer, stained glass, Sunday gossip.” We wish we lived in Hudson just so we could be regulars here.
“When we first decided to make serious moves towards realizing HAGS, we talked a lot about the various restaurants we held in high regard … who we could look to in our pursuit of building a delightfully queer and fun space,” Justice says of this tropical comfort food spot in Hudson, New York.
“Lil Deb’s Oasis was always the first name on every list we made. Their food, decor and ambiance, their hospitality—it’s all so dreamy. We have something of a restaurant crush on them. The Kinderhook Farm pork tamales with scallion, green sauce, and yassa, or the lamb merguez with red lentil dal, black garlic, kimchi, and cacao have me yearning for a quick trip out of the city! Please, if you do nothing else in this life, go eat at Lil Deb’s Oasis. It’s important.”