By David DiPino The Pineapple Contributing Writer With the May debut of new menu items, a dining room with intimate alcoves, community bar featuring timber, block and tile, and an expansive outdoor deck perched high-above the Intercoastal Waterway, Hudson Waterway East has reinvented the Old Calypso site into a first-class waterfront dining experience. Hudson’s outdoor deck strategically faces the orange tint of a perfect Florida sunset, a perfect place to sip one of their Purple Maize specialty drinks or nibble on a Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. It’s not often a crab cake can be found that isn’t dominated by the filler or bread crumbs, but Hudson’s new crab cake is chunky, fresh and succulent, garnished with fresh basil and grapefruit (I just love what Hudson does with local grapefruit) and that picture perfect crab puck, which is somehow just flaky enough, soft and yet sturdy and is served in a small puddle of grain mustard aioli. The perfect side car next to an ideal crab cake app is the Purple Maize, a perfect mix of Hudson corn, blackberries, lemon and brown sugar She’ll love the Ruby Smash with Ketel One Vodka or Bombay Gin, fresh red grapefruit and basil. This drink will have her whisper to you this is a grapefruit dream or other sweet tunes. If there’s one in your party with a little more pep in his or her step then have them order, literally the Tequila lover’s dream, the Anch-chai Rita with Jimador, Ancho Reyes chili liqueur, chai and agave. Hudson Waterway East’s new Chef Paul Niedermann, winner of FOX’s TV show Hell’s Kitchen (Season Nine), and his new menu items at Hudson in Delray Beach, don’t disappoint. Another one of those new menu items is Hudson’s Olive Oil Poached Shrimp with lemon, jalapeno and baguette points to soak up the love. This starter comes out in a mini sauté pan and wow’s the foodie with its presentation and outburst of flavors consisting of top-notch olive oil (the good stuff), fresh lemon squirt, plump and juicy jumbo shrimp that suck up the essence, a perfect conversation starter or ender, in a good way – a mouthful. For those looking to keep it green before the main course then the Fork and Knife Caesar Salad with baby romaine, heirloom tomato and white anchovy, is spectacular. The hearts of the baby romaine dressed with the white anchovies, fresh farm raised heirloom tomatoes and made-in-house Caesar dressing gets the mouth watering. Chef Niedermann’s salute to local caught snapper (a fish which around the state has been promising and plentiful) is the Roasted Local Snapper with San Marzano tomato fondue and Puttanesca compote. A masterpiece of the new menu items at Hudson Waterway East, this is a combination of something I wouldn’t expect Hudson’s, or anywhere else on Atlantic Avenue, it’s Floribbean, Italian, feels like it’s even a salute to the country of Spain, might as well throw in the Mediterranean and probably only on the menu because of the experience and expertise of Chef Niedermann’s travels (he’s cooked at BLT Steak in New York, and culinary adventures in Los Angeles and down here at Doral, as well as Hell’s Kitchen with Chef Gordon Ramsay). The Roasted Local Snapper with San Marzano tomato fondue and Puttanesca compote is a brilliant dish and definitely unique… Try a glass of Terlan Pinot Grigio or a King Estate Pinot Gris as the Lady Atlantic pulls out of her port under the Atlantic Avenue Bridge and sails south. All of the boat traffic is viewable from the outdoor deck and virtually a majority of the dining room and is also a nice accompaniment to a cold one from featured breweries like the Funky Buddha, Saltwater Brewery, Cigar City, Terrapin, Lost Coast, Crazy Mountain, Inlet, Ommegang, Ballast Point, Widmer Bros., Pinkus Müeller, Westmalle, Maredsous 6, Stone, and Sam Smith’s. Assistant General Manager David Kaplan leads a service team, which is an informative source on the food and drinks which make up the Hudson menu, while making sure drinks are full and plates are cleared. The ending of a great meal always ends with a delicious dessert. Hudson’s Key Lime Bars and Gluten Free, Guilty Free Chocolate Cake is a great way to cap a wonderful evening of cuisine and libations. Hudson Waterway East has 80 feet of dock space, a perfect destination while out for a cruise on the boat. Happy Hour with food and drink discounts Monday–Friday 4 to 7 p.m. In the Biz at Hudson is a daily 25 percent off entire check for hospitality professionals with proof of employment (excluding wine bottles over $100). Hours of operation start at 11 a.m., seven-daysa- week and the bar is open late. Hudson Waterway East is located at 900 E. Atlantic Ave., #22, Delray Beach, on the Intracoastal Waterway just off of Atlantic Avenue, by the Atlantic Avenue Bridge. Valet is available day (complimentary) and night (fee). Private Dining is available for parties from 40- 300 people. Reservations are accepted via SeatMe or by calling Hudson at 561-303-1343. For more information visit: www.HudsonDelray.com.