This Larchmont Home Gives “Nantucket Meets Westchester” Vibes

Photos by Framework Home, Courtesy of William Pitt Julia B Fee Sotheby’s International Realty.

In this stately compound, you’ll feel like you’re living in Nantucket — even though you’re actually in the heart of Larchmont.

Nantucket inspired homes

$5,900,000

61 & 65 Woodbine Ave, Larchmont
5 BD | 6.1 BA | 7,047 sq ft | 1.24 acres | $136,706 est. taxes

This compound was completely recrafted in 1995 by Elliott Rosenblum, who was the prominent NYC architect for Saks Fifth Avenue and Barneys. The main house is 4,889 square feet, with a 2,158-square-foot cottage. Both homes take advantage of the waterfront view, with French doors opening onto bluestone patios, for a mix of indoor/outdoor living. Millwork, high ceilings, and architectural details come together to bring tons of character. The main house features a stunning wraparound porch, and myriad windows offer extensive natural light inside. The sizeable lawn opens to the Premium River, offering water sports and breathtaking views. Only 45 minutes from Manhattan, you can have the best of both city life and scenic vistas.

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Listed by Cary Sleeper and Carey Federspiel, William Pitt Julia B Fee Sotheby’s International Reality

Related: 5 Boutique Hotels With Inspiring Designs Near Westchester

9 Father’s Day Dining and Takeout Options in Westchester County

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Treat dad to a day off and a meal he’ll love with these stellar dining and takeout packages at fan-favorite eateries around the 914.

By Dave Zucker and Samantha Richter 

Dads, grandpas, uncles, in-laws, and father figures of all kinds: The one thing they all have in common is that we love them.

Let us help you plan your Father’s Day celebrations with a selection of sweet and savory routes you can take to dad’s heart in Westchester County.

Benjamin Steakhouse

610 Hartsdale Rd, White Plains; 914.428.6868

Benjamin’s is always a good call for a Father’s Day meal. From noon to 10 p.m., the restaurant will offer a three-course meal for $109 per person. The menu features dad’s favorites from the classic Benjamin home fries and jumbo shrimp cocktail to Canadian bacon and lobster bisque. Enjoy a Benjamin’s dry-aged bone-in rib eye or the Norwegian salmon and finish the night off with the delicious New York cheesecake.

 

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The Cookery

39 Chestnut St, Dobbs Ferry; 914.305.2336

Build your own Father’s Day feast at The Cookery with a meal made for dad. With options like market steak, the secret sandwich!?, beef fat potatoes, and the famous stickabutta pie, The Cookery provides all the classics for your special celebration of dad.

 

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Crabtree’s Kittle House

11 Kittle Rd, Chappaqua; 914.666.8044

Crabtree’s Kittle House, one of the county’s favorite low-key event spaces, offers serene dining with both in-house brunch and “Buffet in a Box” prix-fixe menus available. Relax in Crabtree’s elegant and historically significant setting while perusing the extensive wine list and enticing brunch options.

Read More: Grab a Bite Around Town at Westchester’s Scrumptious Food Trucks

DeCicco & Sons

Multiple Westchester locations

Westchester’s family-run grocery chain offers dad 11 grilling and seafood packages for Father’s Day dining, ranging from $17.99 to $159.99. Options include Walter’s hot dogs with buns and the trademark mustard, kebabs three ways, a gourmet satay sampler, a surf and turf package with Canadian lobster tails as the headliner, and a family cookout bundle featuring burgers, pork ribs, Italian sweet sausage, steak rub, and more barbecue essentials.

 

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Dubrovnik Restaurant

721 Main St, New Rochelle; 914.637.3777

Treat dad to a fabulous Father’s Day of traditional Croatian cuisine at New Rochelle’s Dubrovnik. The a la carte menu, enjoyable on the charming “djardin” terrace or in the rustic-chic interior, features a seafood platter, fuzi with beef tenderloin, seared halibut, slowly roasted veal ribs, seared dry sea scallops, and more.

Goosefeather

Tarrytown House Estate
49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown; 914.829.5454

Chef Dale Talde’s signature modern take on traditional Hong Kong cuisine involves a focus on seasonal flavors and explorative twists on Cantonese classics. For Father’s Day, grab a reservation in the scenic patio gardens for sit-down service. While you’re there, sample creative cocktails like Fun 2 Nite with rhubarb hibiscus gin featuring charred pineapple, ginger, lemon, plum, and egg white. The entire seasonal menu is balanced and delicious, but the house special crab rice is probably what dad’s got his heart set on, so remember to place one order for the table and another just for him.

 

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RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen

127 West Main St, Tarrytown; 914.631.3100

The wood-fired pizza and calzones at RiverMarket ought to be enough to put RiverMarket on our list for dad, but the eatery’s array of seafood options and authentic ​​hand-made pasta from the full menu paired with a few of Emilio Ugarte’s Wine and Food Fest-winning cocktails make it a shoe-in for Father’s Day dining.

Tredici NORTH

578 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase; 914.997.4113

Anything on the menu is sure to please dad, from Chef Fanelli’s inside-out meatballs to the artichoke salad. That said, we feel the Kobe beef ravioli (with caramelized onion, black truffle, and fontina over brown butter sauce) from the dinner menu and brunch’s eggs Benny over Maryland crab cakes (with Canadian bacon and hollandaise) merit special note. Also, sure to make dad’s eyebrows peak is the “Fat Bastard” burger with bacon, cheese, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and a Moretti-battered onion ring served with Tuscan fries.

 

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X2O

71 Water Grant St, Yonkers; 914. 965.1111

Always a great meal, X2O’s dinner menu boasts dad-approved dishes like braised short ribs with truffle potatoes, pan-seared Chatham cod with lemon crumbs and cauliflower puree, miso-glazed salmon, and succulent duck breast. Sushi, sides, sweets, and selections from the bar’s elegantly crafted wine and spirits menu are also available. This Father’s Day, take in views of Hudson Valley sunsets while dining on X2O’s unique dishes with multicultural influence.

 

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A Tudor Home’s Backyard Transforms Into an Outdoor Oasis

Wait until you see this Tudor home’s backyard. Photos by Mike Van Tassell

Thanks to a Bedford-based architecture and design firm, an unused yard gets a new life and use with the addition of a beautiful pool, spa, and cabana.

Where there is now a beautiful pool and spa, attached cabana, outdoor bar, and dining terrace was a side yard that was unused by this family of six. The small, corner lot of this Tudor home was transformed thanks to the team headed up by Carol Kurth Architecture + Interiors into a true outdoor oasis.

Challenges

Like any pool project, it came with challenges. For this one, there were four large hurdles the team had to face and resolve.

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The Tudor design of the home dates to the 20th century, and the original bricks on the existing house were handmade and no longer available. The team had to research the origin of the brick and stone and gather multiple samples to create a seamless connection between the existing home and the new pool pavilion. “To create a unified and visual aesthetic between the existing and the new, keen attention was paid to the unique architectural elements of the original home,” says Carol Kurth, FAIA, ASID. This included pattern, scale, and texture as well as mortar color and joint details. “Mock-ups were presented for detailed review and approvals, ultimately achieving a seamless design thread while infusing a modern approach to the transitional style,” she adds.

Being that this was a side yard, the team wanted to create an enclosure for privacy and safety reasons, but not feel enclosed. “The lot line and streetscape are planted with lush evergreens, which will eventually conceal the fencing as the plantings mature,” says Kurth. “The rest of the fencing is tied into corners of the home, tucked amidst plantings.”

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The area they were working with was also on the smaller side, but with design ingenuity and thoughtfulness, the team was able to incorporate multiple areas that serve different purposes. “The creative challenge on a small site is to be able to create an experience of outdoor rooms and vignettes that can serve multiple purposes, from relaxation to entertaining on a large scale,” says Kurth. “I love how we mixed historic details with modern sensibility to bring a new dynamic personality to the project and the reimagining of the yard areas to create a more functional outdoor lifestyle for [this] family.”

Finally, this home is situated in a beautiful enclave of Tudor homes on a corner lot; therefore, the approval process was challenging. “It was a difficult approval process to get a pool situated on the side of the prior lawn area, in this neighborhood, on this property,” says Kurth. But they did it and made the overall yard more functional.

Here’s How to Spend the Perfect Saturday in Hastings-on-Hudson

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An influx of urbanites has bolstered its offerings, including a bustling farmers’ market, restaurants, galleries, and shops.

By Samantha Garbarini and Anthony Tornatore

In 2013, The New York Times dubbed Hastings-on-Hudson “Hipsturbia,” a suburb in transformation because of priced-out Brooklynites who were relocating to the Rivertown. As of 2023, we’d be hesitant to call Hastings the most hipster village in Westchester, but the influx of urbanites has bolstered its offerings, including a bustling farmers’ market, restaurants, galleries, and shops. Because of that, it’s an ideal location for a day trip in Westchester. Here’s how to plan your outing:

10 a.m. – Start your Saturday in Hastings at Antoinette’s Patisserie

Like any former Brooklynite, Hastings residents love a strong cup of locally roasted coffee. On a Saturday morning, you’ll likely find them at Antoinette’s Patisserie (417 Warburton Ave.; 914.478.7200), a cute but chic café that pairs Hastings-based GiacoBean coffees with flaky croissants.

 

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11 a.m. – Head to the Hastings Farmers’ Market

The Hastings Farmers’ Market (131 Southside Ave.) assembles a destination-worthy assortment of vendors. Stock up on Hudson River Apiaries honey, artful chocolates, Hudson Valley-produced cheeses, buttery La Petite Occasion small-batch caramels, Larchmont Charcuterie (summer only), break, and even vodka made from potatoes.

12 p.m. – Go to Saint George Bistro for brunch

Get to Saint George (155 Southside Ave.; 914.478.1671) on the later side for brunch. The menu is dedicated to French classics, including a thick-cut croque monsieur with jambon and bubbly Gruyere; simple, well-executed omelets; and a made-fresh-to-order Bloody Mary.

 

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1 p.m. – Stretch your legs at one of Hastings’ Many Parks

Hike trails past stone walls, stately trees, and ponds at Hillside Woods (Edgewood Ave). Stroll a section of the Old Croton Aqueduct, stopping to admire the 100-foot stone arch at Rowley’s Bridge. Or lounge on the grass — that counts as stretching, right? — at MacEachron Waterfront Park (100 River St) for the town’s best views of the Hudson River.

 

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3 p.m. – Shop ’til you drop on Main Street

Continue down Warburton until you reach Main Street, where you’ll find Suburban Renewal (1 Main St.; 914.478.9421), a two-level antique shop with plenty of hidden gems, like vintage teapots and Midcentury Modern furniture. Across the street is Chelsea Dry Goods (2 Main St.; 914.478.3553), a general store that stocks a little bit of everything, from stylish home goods and printed tees to kids’ toys and sassy birthday cards. Pop into the airy exhibit space at artists-run Upstream Gallery (8 Main St.; 914.674.8548). Established in 1991, the gallery’s rotating shows are curated and/or created by its cooperative of painters, sculptors, photographers, and printmakers.

 

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5 p.m. – Savor happy hour and dinner in Hastings-on-Hudson

Happy hour runs until 6 p.m. at Boro6 Wine Bar (549 Warburton Ave.; 914.231.9200), with select bottles of wine and cocktails deeply discounted, meaning you’ll have cash leftover for cheese and charcuterie. Or splurge on the lobster, shrimp, clams, and oysters at Bread & Brine (19 Main St.; 914.479.5243). Come hungry because you are bound to leave full.

 

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7 p.m. – Grab a treat at Penny Lick Ice Cream Company

Pick up a sweet treat on Warburton Avenue. At Penny Lick Ice Cream Company (580 Warburton Ave.; 914.525.1580), all of owner Ellen Sledge’s small-batch scoops are made with Hudson Valley dairy, including the Aloha coffee. However, if you are in the mood for something simple with a twist, may we recommend the maple salted caramel (maple ice cream with bits of salted caramel)?

9 p.m. – Rest at the Tarrytown House Estate on the Hudson

Located a few miles north of Hastings-on-Hudson, this four-star hotel embodies elegance reminiscent of America’s Gilded Age. Overlooking the Hudson River, the Tarrytown House Estate (49 E Sunnyside Ln; 914.591.8200) is a haven for recreation and relaxation. Hit the racquetball court, ride the gym’s Peloton bikes, or take a dip in the pool. When you are done with that, enjoy a fantastic meal at Goosefeather, one of 2020’s top 20 restaurants in the U.S., as rated by Esquire.

 

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Related: This Hudson Valley Pass Is Your Key to Summer Fun in Westchester

This Chappaqua Home Stuns With Soaring Ceilings

How stunning is this Chappaqua home? Photos courtesy of Compass Real Estate

The new-construction property in Chappaqua offers up turnkey style made for families and outdoors lovers alike.

$2,600,000

4 BD | 5 BA | 5,868 sq ft | 2.26 acres | Taxes N/A*

Upon entering, you are greeted by an open floor plan featuring soaring 10-foot ceilings, including a family room, covered patio, and kitchen with eat-in breakfast area. Every detail is impeccably and uniquely designed, from the accent walls to the fixtures chosen for the baths and color in the kitchen. The home boasts four bedrooms, including a private primary wing with a large dressing room and a spa-like en-suite bath featuring dual vanities, a walk-in marble shower, and a separate soaking tub. There is a fully finished basement and two-car garage — all of which are close to schools, highways, the train, and only 50 minutes from NYC.

Listed by Brian Milton and Giorgina Martino, Compass

*At press time, taxes were being reassessed.

Related: A Contemporary Pound Ridge Home Gets a Star-Studded Upgrade

The Pleasantville Farmers Market Showcases Local Wine & Spirits

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Ranking among the premier farmers’ markets in the region, the Pleasantville Farmers Market is known for its breadth and quality of vendors, including those offering alcohol.

On a rotating basis, an array of wine, spirits, and cider offerings from Hudson Valley merchants can be found scattered among the produce purveyors and food vendors at the year-round Saturday Pleasantville Farmers’ Market.

Manor Sangria (2nd & 4th Saturdays)

Using undisclosed recipes, Bo DiBuono produces unique blends of small-batch fruity sangria with New York State Pinot Noir as a base — available in Mason jars of 375ml or 750ml.

Manor Sangria
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Cooper’s Daughter Spirits (1st & 4th Saturdays)

Under the direction of Sophie Newsome, this Hudson distillery, in what was once the Van Rensselaer carriage house, offers seasonal, small-batch spirits ranging from cacao maple vodka to mulled peach whiskey to smoked maple bourbon, all made using New York State ingredients.

Fjord Vineyards (1st & 3rd Saturdays, except winter)

Since 2013 Matthew Spaccarelli and Casey Erdmann craft a range of estate wines, with offerings currently running the gamut, from a dry Riesling to an Albarino and Chardonnay to a rich, flavorful Cabernet Franc.

Spirits Lab (3rd Saturday, except winter)

Located across from Washington’s Revolutionary War headquarters in Newburgh, this new distillery produces an array of spirits using New York State grains and botanicals and offers small-batch blends from international artisan producers.

Warwick Valley Winery & Black Dirt Distillery (2nd Saturday)

From the Grizzanti Family and Jeremy Kidde comes an ever-expanding range of wares, like a rich Chardonnay, premium cordials, a citrus-scented gin, and an assortment of ciders.

Merchant’s Daughter Ciderworks (3rd Saturday)

From the site of a Victorian building that housed a general store, Christine Sisler, Dan O’Brien, and their crew fashion locally sourced hard ciders and offer them in dry, semidry, and “reserve” versions.

Merchant’s Daughter Ciderworks
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Whitecliff Vineyard & Winery (3rd Saturday)

Working closely with Cornell University, owners Michael Migliore, Yancey Stanforth-Migliore, and Brad Martz produce and offer an eclectic range of over a dozen red and white wines, including the very popular Awosting White, named after the nearby falls.

Related: These Hard Ciders Are Crafted Right in Westchester County

Could Passive Houses Be the Future of Home Design in Westchester?

Photos by Korin Krossber

With more focus on sustainability here in New York, passive homes may be the wave of the future in Westchester.

What is a passive house? Also known as a high-performance home, it is a residence that is either newly built or remodeled and meets these five criteria: no thermal bridging, superior windows, mechanical ventilation with heat recovery, quality insulation, and airtight construction.

In layman’s terms, it essentially means that it is an energy-efficient home that is healthier for the environment and the homeowners who reside there.

The innovative concepts behind the passive-house movement started in the Unites States and Canada in the ’70s, during the oil embargo. But in the ’90s, as the U.S. started to move away from energy conservation, Germany picked up the reins. German physicist Wolfgang Feist refined passive-house design and founded Passivhaus Institute (PHI). This was around the same time local architect Andreas Benzing was going to school for architecture in Germany and started working for the well-known architect Hans Kollhoff, who became his mentor.

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But when people hear the terms passive homes and high-performance homes, they may not equate them with beauty and functionality. But as evidenced by his designs, Benzing proves you can have both beauty and sustainability.

“A [passive house] is the experience of the finished product, the beauty, and the sense of well-being, in addition to the extreme energy efficiency, which really creates love for this innovation and architectural design,” says Benzing. “We believe that soon, designs based on the science of passive house will be the standard for all new construction.”

Benzing’s firm, A.M. Benzing Architects, has been designing passive houses since 2008 and designed the first certified passive house retrofit in Westchester. It was a redesign of a split-level home in Mamaroneck that was turned into a high-performance passive house and received the Urban Green EBie award for the most energy-efficient retrofit. Since then, he has become synonymous with passive design in our area.

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As reflected in this project from A.M. Benzing Architects, houses can be high-performing and stylish.

“In order to achieve ultimate performance for the house, we have to rethink the wall-to-window ratios, orientation, and placement of windows,” says Benzing. “The passive house is a revolutionary, world-altering invention — one that is also open source and available for use by all architects who are trained to implement it.”

He goes on to say that any materials can be used in passive houses, but his firm concentrates on using materials that are not harmful to humans or the environment. Benzing says they use a specific blown-in cellulose insulation, which is fire-resistant, has very low embodied carbon, and is nontoxic. He also integrates solar energy and storage systems in his designs and uses natural, less-processed materials.

“We believe that soon, designs based on the science of passive house will be the standard for all new construction.”
—Andreas Benzing

“The key is a good understanding of materials and providing careful detailing on how to construct a house,” says Benzing.

Houses are not the only buildings that can be high performance. Any building, of any size, whether it’s new construction or a remodel, can be transformed into a high-performance building.

New York is moving toward more regulations related to sustainability and energy efficiency for buildings. In 2019, NYC enacted local law 97 to drive deep emissions cuts in buildings. In 2022, the NY State Assembly passed Bill 8431, an “all-electric building act that prohibits infrastructure, building systems, or equipment used for the combustion of fossil fuels in new construction after December 31, 2023, if the building is less than seven stories and July 1, 2027, if the building is taller.”

“As the climate becomes more unpredictable and costs for heating and cooling rise, this discipline will become more and more useful and necessary,” says Benzing. “We create the most comfortable and healthy homes for our clients.” A win-win for the homeowners and the environment.

Related: 5 Inspiring Kitchen and Bathroom Designs in Westchester Homes

The Beach Accessories to Shop for Sunny Days in Westchester

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“Seas” the day by heading to the beach with all our favorite summer essentials, available at boutiques and shops throughout the 914.

By Cristiana Caruso and Gina Valentino

Ready for your next trip to the beach? Whether you’re making a local jaunt over to the county’s sandy shores or looking further afield, make sure you’re fashionably prepped for your summertime outing. These are our hottest finds and biggest must-haves to keep you stylish and sun-tanned from brunch to beach in Westchester County. (Because you know you’ll be taking a photo or two while you’re lounging under the sun!)

Beachy Accessories

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Dr. Dennis Gross All-Physical Lightweight Wrinkle Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 30, $42; Farida Skin Care Studio, White Plains; faridastudio.com

GrandeLIPS Hydrate Lip Plumper Gloss, $27; Ulta, Port Chester; grandecosmetics.com

“Nina” Necklace and Watch Chain, $130; Cosenza, White Plains; cosenzanyc.com

Sarong in “Petran,” $85; Sunzi, White Plains; sunzisilks.com

San Juan Flip Flops in Gold Metallic, $40; Very Lovely Soles, Bedford; verylovelysoles.com

Hollywood Rocks Insulated Tumbler, $25; My Bevi; mybevi.com

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Fringe Floppy Hat, $190
Into the Woods, Irvington-based, online

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Bobbi Brown Beach Eau de Parfum 1.7 oz, $82
Bloomingdale’s, White Plains

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Coola Classic Liplux® Organic Hydrating Lip Oil Sunscreen SPF 30, $18
Sephora, The Westchester, White Plains

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ColoreScience Sunforgettable Total Protection Face Shield SPF 50, $42
Euro Laser Spa Services, Rye

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Related: These Are the Safest, Least Harmful Sunscreens for Your Skin This Summer

Where to Enjoy Outdoor Dining in Westchester

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Bartaco does outdoor dining right in Port Chester. Photo by Manny Vargas

Reserve a table under the sky and indulge in a hearty helping of fresh air, with a side of sunshine or starlight.

By Cristiana Caruso and Michelle Gillan Larkin

It’s that wonderful time of year when the sun takes on that warm, long-awaited golden hue and foodies everywhere morph into the outdoors type in search of their next, best, sky-topped meal. Whether it’s at a restaurant with a hopping patio, deck, or tougher-to-score porch or blossoming garden (reserve early if there’s a water view), all thoughts turn to unsheltered dining on sunny days and cool, breezy nights. Our restaurant scene offers open-air options as vast and dazzling as the heavens (well, almost), and we combed the county, both north and south, from the Sound Shore to the Rivertowns, and everything in between, to bring you this curated guide to eating, drinking, and enjoying all that Westchester offers en plein air.

Sound Shore

Dubrovnik

New Rochelle

Chiseled fountains, sculptures, and stone benches almost bellow “garden!” yet the scene is oh-so serene and civilized with fine Croatian cuisine providing a borrowed portal to the loved and longed-for homeland of the proprietors’ youth. The soul-soothing aromas of simply prepared fresh, grilled whole fish and succulent roasts waft through the space, adding to the gently tugging sensation that you’ve been secretly transported to the European countryside.

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Outdoor dining at Dubrovnik. Courtesy of Dubrovnik

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Port Chester

The place to be and be seen at lunchtime (or, really, anytime), the nautical-themed deck at this upscale waterside taco heaven is perennially packed and endlessly overflowing with upbeat, positive vibes. Feast on fresh-made guac and chips, tacos, and rice bowls at a sun-soaked table along the calmly rippling Byram River or settle in atop a shaded, blue-and-white outdoor sofa where you won’t feel the least bit out of step sipping a zippy marg while munching a signature ice cream cone.

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Outdoor dining at bartaco in Port Chester. Photo by Manny Vargas

Barley Beach House

Rye

Just picture it: a tiki drink in your hand, toes in the sand, someone delivering snacks to your beach chair… in Rye. That is correct, folks; you get to have a beach-dining experience that doesn’t require a plane ticket or beach club membership. From frozen cocktails to lobster rolls, the good times keep coming as live music from 107.1 The Peak rolls in all summer long. So now, when the group chat blows up with the question: “I want to drink near water; where do we go?” — you’ve got your answer.

Lunello Restaurant

New Rochelle

Don’t let this hidden gem’s location fool you: While Lunello is a part of Imperial Yacht Club, it’s open to the public and nonmembers. Dine yacht-side on an expansive menu of Italian comfort food and myriad salads, exceptionally crisp and light after a day on the water. (Disclaimer: Westchester Magazine is not responsible for financial decisions made after a bottle of wine while perched next to dozens of yachts.)

Colony Grill

Port Chester

On the spacious elevated deck overlooking the Byram River, the only big decision here is bottles or pitchers and whether or not to top your classic bar pie (with that legendary cracker-thin crust) with the signature hot oil that put this Irish pub on the map. No matter how you slice it, the open-air setting is a safe sunny-day bet for outdoorsy diners who enjoys easy eats paired with lively surrounds and liquid vistas.

Ocean Blue Prime

Rye

Occupying the former La Panetière space, Ocean Blue Prime is adding “rooftop dining” to its repertoire. Now offering elevated eats, literally, diners can feel sublime breezes off Long Island Sound while swan diving into dishes like fluke crudo, Prime, dry-aged steaks, and lobster spaghetti. Save room for one of the award-winning wines in stock.

Argana Restaurant

Port Chester

Westchester’s only Sultan tent — with retractable sides that offer a warm swaddle on cooler nights — may have put this exquisite Moroccan establishment on the map, but the simmering aromatics of signature tagines and kebabs bouncing upon the breeze prove just as alluring. For a fully open-air experience, an intimate stone patio and grassy garden (complete with a toasty firepit and hookah space) shine equally bright.

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Outdoor dining at Argana. Photo courtesy of Argana Restaurant

Rivertowns

3 Westerly

Ossining

The Hudson River can’t get much closer here, considering you’re free to rise from your seat in the sophisticated, sheltered patio and stroll acrosss the lawn right to it. Back at the table, your dining mates will be dipping into elevated, highly shareable plates of grilled shishito peppers and sushi that tease the palate and pave the way for entrées of branzino, filet mignon, and risotto; all of which complement — even compete — with unbeatable, almost touchable, watery vistas.

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Outdoor dining at 3 Westerly. Courtesy of 3 Westerly

Half Moon

Dobbs Ferry

When trolling for a hip locale with in-the-know clientele, this chic gathering spot meets all your needs. With tables so close to the water you’d think you’re dining with whitecaps and a view of New York City, this modish restaurant serves top-tier pizza and features a lounge and 15-seat bar that fills up. Swing by for happy hour — Mondays through Thursdays, 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Fridays from noon to 3 p.m. — with a youthful (and thirsty) multitude enjoying $2 oysters, $7 craft beers, and $10 cocktails.

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Outdoor dining at Half Moon. Courtesy of Half Moon

Bridge View Tavern

Sleepy Hollow

Bridge View Tavern does some heavy lifting for the culinary scene: a classic pub offering a multitude of beers on tap and everyone’s favorite bar grub while dotting the menu with upscale and out-of-the-box dishes (do not gloss over the elk burger). Head out to the beer garden for an Oktoberfest feel with just as much endless beer.

Harvest on Hudson

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In a carved out miniature forest, caressed by cool Hudson River breezes and the intoxicating fragrance of seasonal blooms, open-air dining (or, simply, effortless nibbling) occurs on an unparalleled scale. Rabbit scarpariello is a staple of the Italian-dominant menu that’s speckled with satisfying pastas and brick-oven pizzas, cheese plates, and a raw bar, all perfectly paired with a wide-array of wines and an inspired line-up of craft cocktails. (Secure a spot in the spectacular, new greenhouse and let us know how it is!)

Hudson Social

Dobbs Ferry

The cool waters of the Hudson River in view won’t illicit shivers reminiscent of the off-season when you’re lounging by the firepit on the cozy patio of this American bistro that’s artfully ensconced within the historic Dobbs Ferry Metro-North train station. Craft cocktails, shareable apps, salads, sandwiches, and mains of roasted spaghetti squash and slow-roasted brisket delight and warm from the inside out.

Goosefeather

Tarrytown

It may seem like nothing could be finer than the lush green lawns of the Tarrytown House Estate’s King Mansion — with bedazzling string lights and louge seating in front and a patio, garden tables, and glowing firepits out back — but the fairytaleesque setting is decidedly second to chef Dale Talde’s fancified spin on classic Cantonese fare. Must-eats from this highly creative, fun-loving James Beard-nominated chef are dry-aged beef potstickers, fall-off-the-bone Kung Pao chicken wings, and every noodle and fried-rice incarnation under the stars.

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Photo by Young Skeletons

Sambal Thai & Malay

Irvington

Reminiscent of dining on the bow of a ship, the second-story deck of this brick-faced bastion of innovative Thai and Malay cooking attracts river gazers and scene seekers like sirens to sailors (but with a better ending). Here, all the exotic and alluring favorites are covered, from myriad curries and noodle dishes (try the one called Drunkman) to such house specialties as the roasted Penang duck, Thai coconut mussels, and jackfruit-and-potato curry.

Sambal Thai & Malay
Outdoor dining at Sambal Thai & Malay. Courtesy of Sambal Thai & Malay

Hudson Farmer & Fish

Sleepy Hollow

The blue-stone patio nuzzles right up onto the illustrious Riverwalk with gorgeous views from every point on the compass. A showcase of the restaurant’s northern farm is the use of fresh seafood and produce that crosshatch a New England feel with a Westchester locale. The charred chili prawns, whole-roasted branzino, and crab “BLT” are some can’t-miss options when dining on some of the most innovative menu items this side of the Hudson.

Harper’s

Dobbs Ferry

The hidden patio behind Harper’s is one of the county’s not-so-secret secret spaces where locals pack the house most nights for dinner in the shadow of one of the original Croton Aqueduct walls, surrounded by potted herbs, flowers, and climbing ivy. The casual comfort of a local bistro is charming, but if you’d like to bubble and sip on the extensive bar programs, do yourself a favor and make a reservation.

Birdsall House

Peekskill

Rustic, welcoming, and warmed by firepit, locals and regulars concur: A cold one or a warming whiskey go down easy on the patio of this neighborly gastropub known for its beer list and eclectic, regionally sourced fare. No doubt they’d recommend the simple pleasure of a burger that packs a powerful punch with house-blended seasoned brisket on a puffy brioche bun, or the more outside-the-box serving of succulent grilled lamb sliders with tzatziki and tomato jam.

RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen

Tarrytown

A hot scene and mentally cooling Hudson River views illuminate the sweeping patio at this Tarrytown mainstay where Best of Westchester-winning handcrafted cocktails tango with artisanal wood-fired pizzas and the standout, locally sourced cheese plate that blooms via Hudson Valley farms. Pasture-raised lamb meatballs are another no-brainer pick and so easy to pop while gazing at the boats that go sailing by.

Red Hat on the River

Irvington

As the sun dips into the River, savvy diners in-the-know snag a prime spot on the patio aside this 1910 red-brick restored-factory hotspot and dig into elegantly prepared modern American entrées (consider the seared scallops with fava beans) or French-inspired bistro staples of moules frites, steak frites (hangar or 16 oz bone-in dry-aged NY strip), or a signature burger. (Just in case, there’s a view from almost every seat in the house too.)

Red Hat on the River
Outdoor dining at Red Hat on the River. Courtesy of Red Hat on the River

River Outpost Brewing

Peekskill

Brews and views are on the agenda at this Hudson hotspot. From pilsners to IPAs, all craft bevvies are brewed on location and feature seasonal specials. For nibbles, barbecue platters and appetizers like popcorn shrimp and Irish nachos provide a good coat for the stomach (a good drinker is a good eater, as the saying goes). Sip as the sun goes down, and don’t be surprised when that pint glass becomes a six-pack.

The Sailhouse at Washington Irving Boat Club

Tarrytown

Dine at a piece of Tarrytown maritime history. Started by village residents who wanted to boat for sport in the Hudson, the boat club has transformed into the ideal gathering place for alfresco evenings on the waterfront. Recently under new ownership, enjoy the likes of steak frites, Buffalo calamari, and the mouthwatering crab cake po’boy, with front-row seats to a stunning summer sunset.

Apropos Restaurant & Bar

Peekskill

Perch under the pergola for stunning views of the Hudson in the garden courtyard of this renovated abbey along the river. Dining from a menu that’s thoughtfully curated with ingredients sourced from local farmers and purveyors (Barolo-braised short rib or local burrata, anyone?), Apropos offers up an idyllic Hudson Valley day for the books.

Apropos Restaurant
Outdoor dining is luxurious at Apropos. Courtesy of Apropos Restaurant

South of 287

Scalini Osteria

Bronxville

Secreted away from the village’s log-jammed main thoroughfare and reminiscent of a quaint Tuscan enclave, this county staple boasts not only a patio, but also a secluded storybook courtyard where just a handful of petite tables are tucked amid climbing ivy, flowering plants, and the melodic chirping of birds. Regionally inspired, fine Italian cuisine is highlighted by house-made pastas, local produce and imported specialty ingredients, and a hard-to-miss hint of romance in the air.

Via Forno

Scarsdale

At this modern interpretation of a traditional wood-fired pizza joint and wine bar, Sunday brunch comes with a side of live jazz on the patio, which also happens to be a perfect spot on all other days (or nights) of the week for crisp, crusty pizza, an array of tummy-tempting pastas, blossoming pressed paninis, and people watching along always bustling Garth Road. Don’t be ashamed to do so while hoisting a lightly blackened slice in one hand with a coup glass in the other.

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Outdoor dining at Via Forno. Courtesy of Via Forno

La Lanterna

Yonkers

Ever see a canopy of bistro lights from the Saw Mill and wondered, What’s over there? The answer is La Lanterna. But don’t let the parkway-adjacent location deter you: The wine garden is quite charming, with tall, light-filled trees and cozy iron tables. If you’re dining outside on a temperate summer night, you’ll be treated to the stunning fireplace, amping up to a cozy factor that’s almost as good as a hug from Nonna.

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Outdoor dining at La Lanterna. Courtesy of La Lanterna

Donjito

Mamaroneck

Encircled by vibrant greens and blooming plants, the outdoor option at Donjito feels like you should be sipping on afternoon tea and not a watermelon full of tequila (which we highly recommend, btw). This Latin-fusion favorite not only dishes out mouthwatering meals, like the lomo saltado and roasted pernil (and Latin sushi, if you’re feeling adventurous), but the tropically themed and well-dressed cocktails level up the experience.

Gigante

Eastchester

For an alfresco meal like no other in Westchester (really, no other), grab a table on the pool deck at Lake Isle Country Club, then sit back and watch how glowing firepits kill any chill while ushering in a chic vibe with every ripple on the water. The menu is varied and made for sampling with small plates of grilled octopus and short-rib arancini, but for heartier appetites, there’s the whopping Wagyu burger and a lineup of Prime steaks and chops.

L’inizio

Ardsley

From the street, the red-brick façade denotes a hip, urban den (which, no doubt, it is), but ‘round back, tall trees and lush greenery envelope an intimate patio illuminated by string lights, tiki torches, and the heady aroma of house-made pastas, inventive yet unfussy Italian entrées (don’t miss the butternut squash cutlet parmigiana), and fresh-baked, knock-your-socks-off bomboloni.

TaqueRio Taco Bar

Yonkers

Mainly an outdoor venue, as most of the eatery’s seating populates an expansive patio that sprawls smack-dab at River’s edge, this is one of lower Westchester’s prime spots for lounging about and chowing down en plein air along the Hudson. The vibe is cool and laidback with a menu to match, dominated by tacos (order the slow-cooked birria and poached shrimp), salads, and transcendent sights and sounds.

North of 287

Amore Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen

Armonk

This Tuscan-farmhouse-style eatery has been a fixture in the well-heeled hamlet for four decades, and its expansive terrazzo is a sizzling outdoor draw for old-school bowls of pasta, crisp artisan pizzas (the sauce, fresh mozz, and dough are all scratch-made), and Italian classics of tangy chicken scarp and zuppa de pesce. It’s a memorable meal indoors, too, but somehow it tastes even better under the grapevine-strewn pergola amid thriving tomato plants, leafy greenery, and a rushing stream.

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Photo by Stephen Jmihalchik

La Vista

South Salem

Homey vegetable gardens and lush landscaping separate the 50-person patio from the road at La Vista. Outside seating comes with the same old-world pomp as inside, including tableside presentations, a roving dessert cart, and generous pours of homemade grappa. Below the swaying Edison bulbs, dine on favorites like veal scaloppini and grilled octopus — and peep the produce on your plate, as you may just be dining adjacent to where it was picked mere hours earlier.

Le Fontane Ristorante

Katonah

Behind the indoor dining space, a peaceful patio awaits, facing a petite interior garden dotted with flowering trees and a gurgling fountain that’s made for leisure and lingering, perhaps over a splash of red and a plate of luscious burrata. Expect that plus all the Italian comfort classics under the sun, along with elevated specials and the warm graciousness that permeates the air of a family owned and operated neighborhood fave.

Nadine’s

Yorktown Heights

There are some who believe there’s no garden like a beer garden, and in this case, they’re entirely correct. Traditional German specialties, cooked with family pride and kissed with a hint of French flair, are complemented by beer, wine, cocktails, and Austrian schnapps and liqueurs, to be savored on traditional picnic-style set-ups and regular tables and chairs.

North Star

Pound Ridge

The wraparound porch is a head turner that draws diners in from the road, but the inventive, New American dishes of duck confit dumplings, truffle mac ’n’ cheese, and cauliflower steak with edamame purée turn them into regulars on the spot. Burgers and steaks, craft cocktails, and beer and wine round out the experience and make for an all-around good time.

Prime Pub

Somers

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle and settled into the serenity of the neighboring lake, this gastropub has the perfect nibbles for an afternoon in the open air. Philly cheesesteak spring rolls and Buffalo cauliflower are at your disposal — unless you’re opting for something a little lighter, that is, like the tuna crudo or a dozen fresh Blue Point oysters. Whatever your stomach is telling you, the result is set to be satisfying.

Casa Tequila Cocina & Bar

Armonk

A festive, friendly patio decked out with faux-ivy walls and hand-painted murals celebrating Mexican culture feels just right for a sky-dive into traditional Latin/Mexican fare that tempts, satisfies, and sways decidedly gourmet. Authentic street tacos and rice bowls share menu space with entrées of steak and shrimp ranchero, all complemented by more than 100 tequilas and mezcals behind the bar.

Ristorante Lucia

Bedford

Enjoy genuine Italian fare on Ristorante Lucia’s outdoor patio, bursting with lush greenery on all fronts. The sweeping canopy of vines and twinkling lights feels right out of the Amalfi Coast, while the ample menu of pasta, fish, meat, and vegetable dishes require little to no convincing that you’ve left the country. With a spritz in your hand, we dare you to spot the difference.

Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish

North Salem

For a taste of what is arguably Westchester’s most unique alfresco dining setting, snag a coveted seat (there are only about two dozen) at one of the quaint, rustic picnic tables perched atop the front porch of this 1776 farmhouse, which boasts a rustically refined foodie vibe and four acres of terraced farmland under cultivation. No matter the season, hyper-fresh produce appears on every plate (thanks to a stocked root cellar), with mains of beef, poultry, and fish sourced from ethically minded family farms and co-ops.

Le Jardin Du Roi

Chappaqua

It may not be the south of France, but a broad patio adorned with cascading vines, perennial gardens, and the shade of a grand, old maple tree is a pretty sweet spot to revel in some classic je ne sais quoi in the heart of one of the county’s most picturesque hamlets. Don’t be alarmed if a whiff of the American South is in the air — among the quiches, Nicoise and ratatouille salads, mussels, and sautéed sole is some smokin’-hot barbecue; namely, the St. Louis ribs.

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Outdoor dining at Le Jardin Du Roi. Courtesy Le Jardin Du Roi

Cabbonet Brings Kitchen & Design Trends to Mamaroneck

Photos by George Sharman

The British kitchen-and-design brand makes its way across the pond to Mamaroneck to elevate Westchester interiors.

British kitchen-and-design brand Cabbonet has opened a gallery in Mamaroneck. Founded in early 2019 by designer Andrew Hays under the umbrella of acclaimed London design house ARTEIM, Cabbonet features bespoke finishes that celebrate the art of tactility, new and old materials, and experiments with traditional finishes in contemporary contexts. The company offers doors and sliding panels made from woven metal, sculpted wood surfaces, bespoke hardware, elegant vitrines, and unique products, including glass spice drawers, sinks, and cabinet doors made from exotic stone, to name a few.

Cabbonet

“I personally love our Sliding Woven Metal Cabinet, which draws inspiration from the traditional meat safe and adds an element of glamour to any interior,” says Hays. “I’m also fond of our Oilcloth Island, which combines a layer of metal with a layer of vividly veined natural stone to create an effortlessly modern centerpiece to a kitchen or dining space.”

“Working with an interior designer or architect or directly with the homeowner, our teams work collaboratively to create the perfect interior.”
—Andrew Hays

At the heart of the showroom located in the Northeast Architectural space on East Boston Post Road is a carefully curated vignette showcasing the brand’s eclectic style and selections of materials and finishes, which are plentiful.

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Whether you are working with a designer or architect upon entering Cabbonet, or you need design help, there is something for everyone. “Design professionals are attracted to the brand’s materiality and unique details, which give them the opportunity to create something beautiful and inspiring that responds to their vision for their client,” says Hays. “Working with an interior designer or architect or directly with the homeowner, our teams work collaboratively to create the perfect interior.”

Hays says Cabbonet has clients of all backgrounds, cultures, and lifestyles. “The unifying factor are those who appreciate beautifully crafted and highly practical kitchens and above all are design-savvy,” he says.

Cabbonet showroom
The eclectic style and materials that Cabbonet is known for are on full display in its new Mamaroneck showroom.

In addition to the Mamaroneck showroom, Cabbonet has also opened in Denver and will be opening another location in Los Angeles. “[We] embrace eclecticism and draw inspiration from a mix of design periods referencing both the past and a modern global lifestyle,” adds Hays. “Because the focus is on materials, the ways in which the elements can be combined are limitless, and therefore no two jobs are ever the same.”

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