This Is the Best Food & Drink in Westchester in 2017


New Butcher Shop

Campbell Meats
3 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry; 914.231.5133

What’s so great about whole-animal butchery, you ask? Just stop into Campbell Meats, where the case is full of gorgeous cuts; the charcuterie is made on-site; the staff gives expert advice; and the store is stocked with a thoughtful selection of Hudson Valley products.

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Manhattan-Style Dining Experience 

tredici NORTH 
578 Anderson Hill Rd, Purchase; 914.997.4113

There is the typical Westchester Italian restaurant, and then there’s 68-seat tredici NORTH. Kitchen Casino and Chopped episode-winning Chef Giuseppe Fanelli presents renditions of classic Italian fare, such as “Inside-Out” meatballs (panko-breaded and stuffed with mozzarella and ricotta) and Kobe ravioli with dark chocolate and fontina. The atmosphere is equally as sophisticated (e.g., a stunning onyx wall, a reclaimed terra cotta bar), plus servers wear threads designed by Westchester resident Kenneth Cole.


Peel ’n’ Eat Shrimp

Holy Crab Restaurant
32 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; 914.948.3888

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If you like getting down and dirty with peel ’n’ eat shrimp, Holy Crab won’t disappoint. It succeeds where others fail — managing the next-to-impossible feat of keeping the spices (three flavor options and five levels of heat, from mild to “go to hell spicy”!) clinging to the shrimp even after peeling. Step it up with a glass of house-made sangria — yum!



Ramen Musashi at FujiMart
816 White Plains Rd, Scarsdale; 914.472.1468

Slurping is allowed at the tiny restaurant space connected to this modest Japanese grocery. Deep, satisfying bowls of ramen, seven types in all, are on offer — the best being the creamy pork-bone broth tonkotsu renditions (shio or shoyu) and the miso with a mix of sautéed veggies and pork. The price is right at $9.75 to $12, but bring the greenbacks, as it’s cash-only.

New Restaurant

189 Main St, White Plains; 914.448.8800

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White Plains has taken another step toward big-time downtown status with the opening of this seafood-heavy Mediterranean restaurant. From the eye-catching exterior (wrapped in blue glass and crisscrossed with beams) and the tri-level interior (with glass-enclosed elevator and modish Italian furniture) to a no-freezer kitchen, Exec Chef Albert DeAngelis has seen to it that an urbane, on-trend dining destination has landed in Westchester’s burgeoning commercial hub.


Food Court

Savor Westchester at The Westchester
125 Westchester Ave, White Plains; 914.421.1333

As part of The Westchester’s just-completed multimillion-dollar makeover, the tired food court has been replaced by Savor Westchester, which features on-trend dining options not available anywhere else in the county, like Mighty Quinn’s BBQ, Bluestone Lane (Australian-style coffeehouse), and Hai Street Kitchen (fast-casual Japanese). An outdoor terrace completes the mix.

First Wings First

This trifecta of chicken-wing goodness will have you happily reaching for extra Wet-Naps.

Smoked Chicken Wings

Three Little Pigs BBQ of Hawthorne 
481 Commerce St, Hawthorne; 914.747.2480

You may never go back to the traditional hot sauce/butter-coated/deep-fried wing after trying the dry-rub smoked wing proferred by Marc Mazzarulli,  who also owns Armonk-based off-premises barbecue-catering company Westchester Wild BBQ. Coming low and slow out of a Cookshack smoker (about 200°F), the skin has an excellent bite-through, the interior moist, and sans the mess of three-napkin Buffalo sauce.

General Tso’s Sriracha Wings

Saw Mill Tavern 
925 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley; 914.479.5370

Far and away their biggest seller (at a place already known for great wings), the General Tso’s sriracha flavor combines an Asian variation of the slow, steady, delayed-reaction kick that wing lovers crave, with a surprising, velvety-smooth, buttery consistency. This East-meets-West, yin-yang hybrid sauce generously coats juicy, jumbo-size wings prepared to crispy and chewy perfection.

Wings of Fire

Vega Mexican 
189 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale; 914.723.0010 

Ignore the daunting moniker: The heat level is actually quite manageable. So order up this eight-piece app of jumbo wings served with an orange garnish that are first baked and then fried to a crisp texture. The stellar orange-habanero sauce — made with habanero, onion, fresh pineapple, orange, and reminiscent of a Chinese restaurant’s spicy orange chicken — sets these wings apart.


Addictive App

Spicy Edamame at KOKU
454 Main St, Armonk; 914.730.0077

The aromatic edamame amped up by shichimi togarashi (a seven-spice seasoning mixture) and topped with Parmesan are truly habit-forming at this Modern Japanese restaurant. Truth be told, KOKU could have just as easily been recognized for its transcendent Saikyo miso black cod starter or the NYC-quality sushi.


Fried Chicken

The Rye Roadhouse
12 High St, Rye; 914.925.2668

Yes, we’re kind of obsessed with the sweet-potato fries at this Cajun/Creole spot tucked away on a back street in Rye. But come Wednesday night (or any night, for that matter), we’re at The Roadhouse for the $10.95 fried-chicken special, featuring four crispy chicken pieces and a duo of Southern sides.


Chicken Quesadilla

City Limits Diner
200 Central Ave, White Plains; 914.686.9000

No offense, chicken quesadillas, but you’re boring. City Limits is here to restore your reputation with its blend of smoked chicken, crisp-tender corn kernels, and jalapeño-jack cheese that hits all the right salty, cheesy, spicy notes.


Heineken Light Best Burger Award

35 N Main St, Port Chester; 914.305.3220
131 Parkway Rd, Bronxville; 914.337.1901

Nabbing the title for second time, Coals’ burger with nutty Gruyere, ale-cured duck bacon, and sweet and savory maple-rosemary sauce beat out 28 other restaurants at our annual Burger & Beer Blast in June.


Revamped Farmers’ Market

The TaSH at Patriot’s Park 
Rte 9, Tarrytown

The formerly lackluster Tarrytown Farmers’ Market has been overhauled and renamed The TaSH (Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow). The verdant Patriot’s Park setting remains the same, but little else does. Alongside 30-plus vendors — everything from organic olive oils to artisan chocolates — there’s a stage for family-friendly performances, panel discussions with local farmers, and charitable incentives, such as the Double Bucks food stamps program, where eligible families receive $40 worth of food for half-price.


Locavorian Market

Purdy’s Farm Shop at Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish 
100 Titicus Rd, North Salem; 914.617.8382

A locavore’s paradise, this one-stop market (attached to the notable restaurant) offers an ever-changing, well-edited array of locally sourced meats, fish, produce (gardens are on-site) and prepared foods. The staff suggests complete meals to quickly assemble based on what’s available each day, says farm-shop manager Rocanne Schillman, formerly of Jean-Georges in Manhattan.


Alternative to a Panini

Panuozzi at Lago Ristorante & Wine Bar 
97 Lake St, West Harrison; 914.358.9180

Panuozzi, a specialty of the Campania region of Italy, may lack the renown of Panini, but this Italian sandwich is also magnifico! Made with charred-at-the-edge pizza dough and stuffed with meats and cheeses (e.g., porchetta and provola or mortadella and fontina), Lago offers their bravissimo version at lunch only.



Hastings Tea & Coffee
235 Main St, White Plains; 914.428.1000

Tea sommeliers, a thoughtful selection, and table service in cast-iron pots make this tea lounge with a coffeehouse feel a must-visit for the tea lover. Be sure to sample the fresh alfajores, the yummy South American pastry featuring dulce de leche sandwiched between shortbread cookies, from White Plains-based Rita’s Alfajores.


New Mexican Restaurant

40 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; 914.288.8070

Somewhere between fast-casual and fine dining lands this affordable (most everything is $15 and under), good-vibe eatery serving tasty San Fran-style Mexican favorites. Blockheads’ comprehensive menu even offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, plus $5 kids’ meals. You’ll be tempted to fill-up on the tortilla chips and guacamole while you wait, but don’t — leave room for massive burritos (meet the super-veganator!) and $3 frozen margaritas.


Creative Pasta Dishes

Zuppa Restaurant & Lounge 
59-61 Main St, Yonkers; 914.376.6500

Don’t expect tediously traditional pasta dishes like a la vodka or linguine with clam sauce at this modern Italian restaurant located in a renovated newspaper-printing warehouse. Instead, think tagliatelle infused with arugula in a spring-pea rabbit ragout or pea-pod-shaped cortecce with crisped guanciale and ramps. All house-made and varying by season, there’s usually something new and imaginative to try with each return visit.


Chocolate Dessert

Chocolate Torte at Ernie’s Wine Bar + Eats 
7 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville; 914.652.7859

The short dessert list at this dimly lit eclectic eatery varies nightly, with one exception: the chocolate torte. Even non-chocoholics will adore this cake — moist and decadent with a crunchy gingersnap cookie crust, like chocolate mousse but in significantly firmer cake form. There may be a chocolate-related dream (or two) the night’s sleep after eating this wonderful creation.


Chris Simpson


La Petite Occasion

Your taste buds will go on a delicious vacay when biting into one of these locally sourced caramels handmade with the latest delivery of Hudson Valley Fresh cream. Try Montauk Mocha, made with locally roasted espresso and sea salt from Long Island’s East End, or bacon bourbon maple, with booze from the Berkshires. Available online and at farmers’ markets and stores in (and a bit beyond) Westchester.


Pastry Hybrid

The Dannoli at Pop’s Espresso Bar
7 Huguenot St, New Rochelle; 914.278.9533

While the coffee at Pop’s is smooth and robust, the real big attraction at the New Rochelle shop is their famous dannoli. What’s a dannoli, you ask? It’s a glazed doughnut stuffed with cannoli cream and dusted with sugar. Dig into the classic or opt for the Nutella or strawberry versions of the decadent dessert.


Holiday-Themed Candy Selection

1935A Palmer Ave, Larchmont; 914.630.4400

Jaded hearts melt beside this store’s overflowing holiday displays, where European chocolates and Hollywood fudge mingle with must-have novelty items to tempt your inner (or actual) child. From surprise-stuffed cornucopias to Fourth of July sparklers to green marzipan fingers with almond fingernails, don’t be surprised to find yourself buying little gifts for every — or no — occasion.


Lettuce Have It

Myriad colors, textures, and flavors go into these creative and tasty bowls

Brussels Sprouts and Fried Egg Salad

Red Hat on the River
1 Bridge St, Irvington; 914.591.5888

Colorful and nutrient-rich, this warm, inventive mix of flavors and textures — Brussels sprouts, wild rice, red quinoa, sweet potato, pine nuts, naturally cured smoked bacon, and a subtle lemon vinaigrette melded by a gently fried egg — has also become the staff favorite. Bonus: It’s easily adapted for vegetarians and vegans.

Kale Salad

June & Ho
70 Purchase St, Rye; 914.967.1900

Don’t like kale? June & Ho, an upscale gourmet shop specializing in to-go food, will have you rethinking that stance. Fresh hot and cold foods are made daily, and one of their staples — and bestsellers — is the kale salad. Made with organic kale, pumpkin seeds, currants, a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a light indistinguishable dressing, it’s absolute green perfection.

Seafood Salad

Rye Grill & Bar 
1 Station Plz, Rye; 914.967.0332

Like salads? Love seafood? Your dream salad is calling, thanks to Rye Grill’s perfect pairing of just the right mix of baby greens and veggies, topped with three freshly grilled seafood selections (e.g., blackened salmon, grilled shrimp, and ahi tuna) that rotate in this fantastic daily special.


Dessert Pizza

The Dessertist
50 Maple St, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.862.4016

Okay, so “dessert pizza” is not really pizza but rather a dessert shaped as a pizza — but who would quibble with semantics when we’re talking about a treat this delectable? Pastry Chef Samantha Mittler’s dessert tarts come in fun flavors such as caramel-chocolate sweet cream, s’mores, Oreo and house-made caramel, or their signature, The Munchies, with chocolate-fudge cream, ganache, caramel, pretzels, and potato chips.


Fast-Casual Pizza

Pizzeria Veloce
19 Court St, White Plains; 914.449.4444

No pizzas sitting on the countertop to be reheated at this 110-seat DIY pizza-and-salad eatery; instead, there are made-to-order, personalized, 10-inch pies with elevated ingredients (e.g., four-year-old prosciutto di Parma, organic tomatoes from Italy) cooked in two and a half minutes. Pick your dough (classic at $7, whole wheat at $7.50, gluten-free at $8.50), sauce (red, béchamel, basil pesto), and cheese (fresh or shredded mozzarella) — dining out for pizza was never this fun!


Chocolate Éclairs

Yorktown Pastry Shop
16 Triangle Ctr, Yorktown Heights; 914.245.6962

This third-generation German-heritage bakery makes a mean apple strudel, cruller, and crumb bun. But their best pastry is the crisp, buttery éclair, with a shell of airy choux dough, copiously filled with a light, dreamy vanilla pastry cream and glazed on top with rich chocolate.


Use of a Donut

Krispy Kreme Bread Pudding at Emma’s Ale House
68 Gedney Way, White Plains; 914.683.3662

Bread pudding may be delicious, but it’s not the most exciting nouvelle dessert. Comfort-food authority Emma’s found a way to ratchet up its sexiness: Replace the standard bread with Krispy Kreme donuts. Add caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream on top, and this confection morphs into a decadent delight worth skipping your entrée for.

Photo by Andre Baranowski

Sandwich Shop

Mason Sandwich Co.
33 Mill Rd, Eastchester; 914.776.2766

In a sea of Italian combos, Mason’s craft sandwiches like halal-cart-style chicken with yogurt and harissa; fried chicken doused in spicy maple, and shaved beef with pimento cheese and crispy onions, are breaths of fresh air. Better still, nearly everything — including the chips that accompany each sandwich — is made in-house.


Sweet and Savory Treat

Peanut Butter Chocolate Pretzels at Posh Pretzels
7 Broadway, Tarrytown; 914.332.0400

Can’t decide whether to reach for a salty snack or a sweet treat? Just reach for one of Posh Pretzels’ chocolate peanut butter pretzels, and you’ll never face that dilemma again. A firm, crisp, but light pretzel is the unsung hero beneath a thick layer of perfectly mixed peanut butter and chocolate coating. It’s so fresh, so smooth, and so creamy that it will melt in your hands if you hold it too long — just another excuse to eat it (not that you needed one).


Cool Beans!

Where java-heads should catch their next buzz

Brazilian Coffee

Araras Coffee & More
406 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; 914.831.5439

For the strongest cup of Joe around, head over to this little shop for Três Pontas coffee, imported from Minas Gerais in southeastern Brazil. Pair your java with authentic pão de queijo (cheese bread), coxinha (fried dough stuffed with chicken) or any of their desserts, which are all handmade by owners Celina Bredemann and Liz Marina Cardozo.

New Coffee Shop

Muddy Water Coffee & Café
52 Main St, Tarrytown; 914.909.2826

This new spot’s laid-back, retro vibe will make you want to linger at one of the charmingly mismatched tables or comfy couch. Enjoy espresso with roasted organic beans from Peekskill’s Big Bang Coffee and a scrumptious almond croissant while you work on your Great American Novel or just hang out.

Iced Coffee

Moonbean Café
1123 Pleasantville Rd, Briarcliff Manor; 914.945.9061

The Moonbean Café is an adorable coffee shop offering delicious flavored iced coffee, like chocolate hazelnut, toasted almond, and Hawaiian coconut, just to name a few. The best part is that the flavors don’t come from sugary syrups but rather are infused during the roasting process, producing a bold flavor that isn’t sickeningly sweet. And the coffee has been brewed and intentionally chilled, so the ice won’t melt.


First Village Coffee 
123 Main St, Ossining; 914.236.3765

Top-notch local ingredients — including a signature espresso blend, called blackstrap, from Dutchess County’s Irving Farm — plus training at the roaster’s lab converge at this quaint café to consistently produce a latte that is rich, flavorful and balanced with an excellent ratio of perfectly creamy foam to coffee. “We’re a little bit obsessive about that,” says owner Kathryn Corena.

Flat White

e-Shot Café
130 Chatsworth Ave, Larchmont; 914.670.8188

Whether you’re in the mood for a macchiato, an Americano, or a trendy flat white (micro-foam poured over espresso), this cozy nook right across from the Larchmont train station offers a curated menu of inexpensive caffeine options to power you through your day. Be warned: These are high-octane brews, and all shots are doubles.


New Neighborhood Grocery Store

87 Main St, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914.618.5351

A&P’s demise in late 2015 left Hastings without a supermarket — until brothers Robin, Bill, and John Estevez stepped in. Owners of other Foodtowns in the region, the trio gutted what had become a dingy and dirty excuse for a food store and transformed it into a bright, inviting, immaculate space. The store’s aesthetics are matched by a genuine interest in their community, and caring yet savvy customer service: Through social media, they respond to customer requests to stock a certain brand, type of shopping cart — even songs to add to the store’s playlist.



Ladle of Love 
11B S Moger Ave, Mount Kisco; 914.242-9661
18 Palmer Ave, Bronxville; 914.346.8883

Ladle of Love serves up world-spanning soup-and-sandwich take-out made fresh and small-batch from locally sourced ingredients. Nothing beats their creamy Harvest Celebration soup on a rainy autumn day, or classic chicken & dumpling if you’re feeling under the weather. And if it’s for a friend? They’ll overnight a basket of soup and goodies practically anywhere, ladle included.

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Readers’ Picks 2017

Approximately 18,300 ballots were submitted online in December and January for the 2017 Best of Westchester Readers’ Ballot; 15,102 votes were tallied in the subsequent Food & Drink category elimination rounds in February. The results, your favorites, are listed below:

Alfresco Dining

1 Willett Ave, Port Chester


American Restaurant

Moderne Barn
430 Bedford Rd, Armonk



Village Social
251 E Main St, Mount Kisco

67 Purchase St, Rye


Asian Restaurant (Not Japanese/Sushi)

Haiku Asian Bistro & Sushi Bar 
56 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville
(plus 3 other county locations)



The Bagel Emporium
391 Main Street, Armonk
(plus 4 other county locations)


Bakery (American)

Baked by Susan
163 Grand St, Croton-on-Hudson


Bakery (Italian)

Neri’s Bakery
31 N Pearl St, Port Chester



Smokehouse Tailgate Grill
606 North Ave, New Rochelle

320 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck


Bar Food

35 N Main St, Port Chester

131 Parkway Rd, Bronxville


Beer Selection (Restaurant/Bar)

Growlers Beer Bistro
25 Main St, Tuckahoe


Beer Selection (Retail Store)

DeCicco & Sons
17 Maple Ave, Armonk
(plus 5 other county locations)


Birthday Cakes

Riviera Bakehouse
660 Saw Mill River Rd, Ardsley



Red Hat on the River
1 Bridge St, Irvington


Bread Bakery

The Kneaded Bread 
181 N Main St, Port Chester



City Limits Diner
200 Central Ave, White Plains



Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
444 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford



X2O Xaviars on the Hudson
71 Water Grant St, Yonkers


Burger (Classic)

Piper’s Kilt
433 White Plains Rd, Eastchester


Burger (Specialty)

Westchester Burger Co.
275 S Ridge St, Rye Brook
(plus 2 other county locations)


Cheap Eats

Walter’s Hot Dogs
937 Palmer Ave, Mamaroneck



Peter Kelly of X2O Xaviars on the Hudson
71 Water Grant St, Yonkers


Chinese Takeout

Imperial Wok
736 N Broadway, White Plains


Classic French Restaurant

La Panetière
530 Milton Rd, Rye


Chocolate Chip Cookie

Baked by Susan
163 Grand St, Croton-on-Hudson


Chocolate Shop

Chocolate Chalet
74 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor



The Black Cow Coffee Company
4 Old Post Rd S, Croton-on-Hudson

7 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville


Craft Beer Pub

The Oath Craft Beer Sanctuary
5 Main St, Tarrytown


Craft Cocktails

RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen
127 W Main St, Tarrytown



Anthony’s Deli
619 Halstead Ave, Mamaroneck



City Limits Diner
200 Central Ave, White Plains



Hot Dippity Donuts
171 S Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson


Farmers’ Market

Pleasantville Farmers’ Market
Memorial Plaza, Pleasantville


Fast-Casual Chain*

Shake Shack
2090 Mall Walk, Yonkers


Fish Market

Mount Kisco Seafood
477 Lexington Ave, Mount Kisco


Food Truck

Walter’s Hot Dogs
937 Palmer Ave, Mamaroneck


Gourmet Supermarket

DeCicco & Sons
17 Maple Ave, Armonk
(plus 5 other county locations)


Gourmet Takeout

DeCicco & Sons
17 Maple Ave, Armonk
(plus 5 other county locations)


Greek Restaurant

Lefteris Gyro
1 N Broadway, Tarrytown
(plus 2 other county locations)


Health Food Café

Rocbody Fitness Café 
620 North Ave, New Rochelle


Ice Cream

The Blue Pig
121 Maple St, Croton-on-Hudson


Indian Restaurant

Chutney Masala
76 Main St, Irvington


Italian Restaurant (Not A Pizzeria)

17 Maple Ave, Armonk; 914.273.0900
136 S Ridge St, Rye Brook; 914.937.0900


Japanese Restaurant

Sushi Mike’s
146 Main St, Dobbs Ferry


Latino Restaurant (Non-Mexican)

175 Main St, White Plains


Lobster Roll

The Tavern at Croton Landing
41 N Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson


Mexican Restaurant

1 Willett Ave, Port Chester



1 Willett Ave, Port Chester


New Restaurant

Cantina Lobos 
217 Wolfs Ln, Pelham


Pizza (Counter-Service Pizzeria)

Sal’s Pizza
316 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck


Pizza (Full-Service Restaurant)

Frankie and Fanucci’s Wood Oven Pizzeria 
202 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale; 914.725.8400
301 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck; 914.630.4360


Private Dining Room

Crabtree’s Kittle House
11 Kittle Rd, Chappaqua



Stew Leonard’s
1 Stew Leonard Dr, Yonkers



19 Anderson St, New Rochelle


Romantic Restaurant

X2O Xaviars on the Hudson
71 Water Grant St, Yonkers



Kathleen’s Tea Room
979 Main St, Peekskill



Rocky’s Millwood Deli
235 Saw Mill River Rd, Millwood


Seafood Restaurant

Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish
100 Titicus Rd, North Salem



The Tap House
16 Depot Sq, Tuckahoe


Special-Occasion Restaurant

Blue Hill at Stone Barns 
630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills



Benjamin Steakhouse
610 Hartsdale Rd, White Plains


Sushi Mike’s 
146 Main St, Dobbs Ferry



The Taco Project 
18 Main St, Tarrytown


Tapas/Small Plates

Little Drunken Chef
36 Main St, Mount Kisco


Thai Restaurant

4 W Main St, Irvington


Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant

Sweet Grass Grill
24 Main St, Tarrytown


Waterside Dining

Red Hat on the River
1 Bridge St, Irvington


Wine Menu

Crabtree’s Kittle House
11 Kittle Rd, Chappaqua


Wine Store

Stew Leonard’s Wines of Yonkers
1 Stew Leonard Dr, Yonkers

Meat Up

Six of the top tender and juicy options for an iron-and vitamin-B12-rich meal

Sizzler Platter

NeHa Palace 
27 Meyer Ave, Yonkers; 914.476.5900

Whether as an appetizer shared by everyone at the table or as an entrée for one, NeHa Palace’s new mixed-grill sizzler platter is a true carnivore’s delight. Succulent, boneless pieces of chicken, fish, lamb, and shrimp are marinated in a delectable blend of Indian spices and seasonings before being cooked together in the tandoor and served tableside on a sizzling metal platter.

Rib-Eye Steak

Frankie & Johnnie’s
77 Purchase St, Rye; 914.925.3900

The charbroiled aroma of this juicy gem makes you clench your steak knife in eager anticipation of slicing into what can only be described as a meat-lover’s dream: sublimely seared on the outside, melt-in-your-mouth tender on the inside. F&J’s own-recipe steak sauce nicely complements their bone-in rib-eye’s flavor, but the cut also stands alone just fine in it all its succulent glory.

The Market Steak

The Cookery
39 Chestnut St, Dobbs Ferry; 914.305.2336

Sorry, crispy pork osso buco, but when we go to The Cookery, we’re all about the steak. Marbled cuts of hormone- and antibiotic-free beef pick up an irresistible smoky char from the grill before being topped with crunchy sea salt and a bright baby-kale-and-pickled-garlic salad, which, frankly, we’d like to put on everything.

Photo by Ken Gabrielsen

California Burger

Sgaglio’s Marketplace
127 Katonah Ave, Katonah; 914.232.9444

Ready to (easily) up your backyard-burger game? Just throw some California burgers from this butcher/specialty food shop on the grill. Despite the name, the hefty patties made from in-store ground beef, herbs, and veggies are not spa-menu fare. Dedicated carnivores and even less meat-centric foodies will love these juicy and delicious crowd-pleasers.

Philly Cheesesteak

Pizza Pizza

768 Warburton Ave, Yonkers 914.968.5720

Yeah, it’s true: Nothing beats the real thing. But Philly isn’t exactly around the corner (more like 114 miles). So, when the craving for a cheesesteak strikes, Pizza Pizza’s iteration will more than satisfy the urge. Lean, thinly sliced steak is chopped the right way, grilled the right way (with a generous portion of onions and American cheese) and piled onto the right roll (a hoagie roll — or wedge, to Westchesterites).

Crazy-Topped Burgers

LITTLE big BITES Burger Bistro
652 Columbus Ave, Thornwood; 914.769.2874

If you think cheddar-bacon burgers are boring, head over to this Thornwood spot, where juicy patties come topped with discs of fried mac ’n’ cheese, smeared with jalapeño-bacon jam, piled high with tabbouleh and pickled ginger or wrapped in puff pastry.


Spaghetti & Meatballs

17 Maple Ave, Armonk; 914.273.0900
136 S Ridge St, Rye Brook; 914.937.0900

The red sauce is one of the most underrated items on the menu at Fortina. Combine that velvety smooth, just-acidic-enough sauce with Chef Christian Petroni’s signature meatballs and a snowfall (more of a blizzard, actually) of Parmesan cheese, and it’s a sure bet for both kids and adults. Trust us, we’ve done extensive testing with both age groups.


Mexican Sweets

261 Washington Ave, New Rochelle; 914.365.1411

If Willy Wonka ventured south of the border and flew back with all he could carry, you’d have the jam-packed wonderland that awaits here, from goat-cheese caramels in wooden boxes, tamarind chews in tamale wrappers, and squash-seed fudge to wild-eyed piñatas and the mixes to fill them with. Find your way to this unlikely side street, grab a basket and dig in.


Fresh-Foods Supermarket

380 Downing Dr, Yorktown Heights; 914.243.9100

“Fresh foods” couldn’t be a more apt description for this family-owned specialty market. Known for its farmers’-market-quality produce, ultra-fresh meats and seafood, and more specialty departments than the US government, Turco’s also boasts genuinely friendly service (no fake smiles), and the store is spotless.



La Renaissance Pâtisserie Française
9 Harwood Ct, Scarsdale; 914.472.0702

The delicious, flaky, buttery pastries from this French patisserie restore one’s faith in the croissant. (Unfortunately, mass market, um, “less French” versions make us forget how good they can be.) La Renaissance’s croissant is crisp on the outside, tender within, infused with just the right amount (i.e., a lot) of the best butter — c’est magnifique.

New Bread Baker

Journeyman Bakery
Peekskill; 914.471.0296

While there’s no brick-and-mortar location, it’s worth seeking out Michael Sellers’ superb loaves (the German rye, pain de mie, and oatmeal with cinnamon and raisins are some of our favorites) made with flour milled in New York State. North County residents can sign up for a four-week subscription service or find loaves at The Peekskill Coffee House and NewYork-Presbyterian/Hudson Valley Hospital Farmers’ Market in Cortlandt Manor.


Bar Menu

130 E Main S, Mount Kisco; 914.244.9780

A perfect night out: innovative small plates from the bar menu with a handcrafted signature cocktail (try the Gentleman Fig, with rye, Figenza Fig Vodka, and muddled berries), followed by a film at the adjacent theater. Options such as braised short-rib empanadas, house-made beef yaki dumplings, and spicy tuna and avocado on toast are all so delicious and satisfying, you won’t be the least tempted by movie theater popcorn!


Chocolate Chip Cookie

Beascakes Bakery
575 N Main St, Armonk; 914.303.6000

To understand how good Beascakes’ chocolate chip cookies are, all you have to do is break one in half. The ultimate chocolate-lover’s treat, pockets of still-soft, rich, dark chocolate gently ooze out of the cookie’s chewy center. If only we had a glass of milk.


New Barbecue Restaurant

Pik Nik BBQ
45 Main St, Tarrytown; 914.631.5600

Righteous ’cue is difficult to come by in this Yankee county of ours, but thanks to husband and wife Hassan and Alberta Jarane (Hassan also owns Mint up the street), it’s become a bit easier. Expect weighty St. Louis ribs and 14-hour smoked slabs of pork shoulder fresh via a Southern Pride Smoker that’s run six days a week, plus homemade sides, like collard greens chock full of ham hocks and silken baked beans.

Pour It On

Five cocktails that may tempt even the most ardent teetotaler

Bloody Mary

Bread & Brine
19 Main Street, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914.479.5243 

Bread & Brine gets points for its sheer variety. All five choices — from the vodka original to a rye-whiskey version with a chili-lime rim to the ‘Strawberry Fields’ with Death Door Gin, muddled strawberry, and basil — feature fresh ingredients, prepared in-house (and the option to add shrimp cocktail, an oyster, or lobster, for just $2).


Little Drunken Chef 
36 Main St, Mount Kisco; 914.242.8800

It’s like Goldilocks said (sort of): Some sangria is too fruity; some isn’t fruity enough. At Little Drunken Chef, the house sangria is juuust right, striking the ideal balance of fruit and wine. Oh, and when you’re done, you’ve got a sangria-soaked popsicle to enjoy (didn’t we mention LDC’s sangria comes with a popsicle?).


BLT Steak
221 Main St, White Plains; 914.467.5500

If your only experience with a daiquiri is drinking a neon slushie at a swim-up bar in the Caribbean, it’s time you try the real deal. At BLT Steak, they’re turning out an exceptional version of the classic, bare-basics cocktail, with just three ingredients: aged rum, fresh lime, and simple syrup.


Primavera Restaurant and Bar
592 Rte 22, Croton Falls; 914.277.4580 

This Italian restaurant has swanky, old-school glamour, especially noticeable at the bar. Perhaps it’s all those house-specialty martinis — large, ice cold, and offered in such varieties as the peach-flavored Sexy Martini and a refreshing cucumber concoction. Of course, there’s a 10-oz. Ketel One classic for purists.


Spaccarelli’s Ristorante
238 Saw Mill River Rd, Millwood; 914.941.0105

Blame Sex and the City, but what was once a simple and bright entry into the cocktail canon has been bastardized with all sorts of over-the-top versions. Spaccarelli’s sticks to the classic rendition: the essential ingredients of vodka, triple sec, lime juice, and cranberry juice poured in a precise balance of sweet and citrus.

*Yes, We Know It’s a Chain, But…




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