39 Top Restaurants in Westchester’s Rivertowns

From bistros aside the Hudson to a four-star Greek restaurant, towns along the river are brimming with worthy dining options.

Looking for the most up-to-date list of Westchester’s best restaurants? Find it here.

Briarcliff Manor

Flames Bar and Grill

Steakhouse $$$

This steakhouse serves up old favorites like dry-aged porterhouse steaks and Nova Scotia lobster. Dine in the 60,000-plus-bottle wine cellar or in the private dining room. Open Tues to Sun for dinner; Sun for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
533 N State Rd, Briarcliff Manor (914) 923-3100; www.flamesbarandgrill.com

Hudson

New American $$$$

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Bruce Beaty, formerly executive chef at Red Hat on the River, is the executive chef at this farm-to-table venture set in the Southern Colonial mansion Haymount House (closed). The New American restaurant offers a seasonal menu with such main dishes as organic Nova Scotia salmon, seared Catskill duck breast, and a Snake River Farm pork chop. A bar menu is also available with tacos and meatballs. Open for dinner Wed to Sat and brunch and dinner on Sun. Reservations recommended.
25 Studio Hill Rd, Briarcliff Manor (914) 502-0080; â˜…★½ (11/2012)

Croton-on-Hudson

Ocean House

Seafood $$$

A small diner was transformed into a tiny (19 seat) dinner-only oyster bar and grill. Self-taught chef Brian Galvin presents New England-style seashore dishes including grilled wild salmon, Arctic char, and fried clams. Reservations are not accepted. BYOB. Open for dinner Tues to Sat.
49 N Riverside Dr, Croton-on-Hudson (914) 271-0702; www.oceanhouseoysterbar.com

Tagine Restaurant & Wine Bar (closed)

French/Moroccan $$$

Chef Laurent Ceron, formerly of Thyme in Yorktown, is crafting French dishes with a Moroccan twist at this restaurant. On the menu: classic steak frites, 15-minute fish stew (the restaurant’s take on bouillabaisse), and traditional Moroccan dishes like lamb and vegetable tagine. Tagine offers beer, wine, and sangria on tap. Open Tues through Sun for dinner. No reservations accepted.
120 Grand St, Croton-on-Hudson (914) 827-9393; ★★½ (07/2013)

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Dobbs Ferry

Cedar Street Grill (closed)

Traditional American/Southern $$$

It’s a family affair at Cedar Street, where Chef Matt Kay along with brother Joe and mom Cathy, are co-owners of this 68-seat restaurant serving comfort food with an emphasis on Southern American dishes. Entrées worth trying include Southern fried chicken with house gravy; pan-seared salmon; baby back ribs; and a cheddar burger with applewood-smoked bacon and caramelized onions. Live soft rock and country music weekly.
23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry (914) 674-0706;

Grenadine

French $

Watch your crêpe made on the circular hot plate at this small crêperie in downtown Dobbs Ferry. Choose from 14 flavors of both sweet and savory varieties including pommes (honey, apples, cinnamon); Nutella; brie; poulet (smoked chicken sausage, spinach, crème fraîche); and smoked salmon. Gluten-free (buckwheat) crêpes are also offered. Grenadine is open Tues to Sat from 11 am to 7 pm and Sun 11 am to 5 pm.
3 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry (914) 341-2242; www.grenadinecreperie.com

Harper’s

New American $$$

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This 80-seat New American bistro by Chef Chris Vergara (also owner/chef at Meritage in Scarsdale and Saint George in Hastings) offers such dishes as monkfish stew, Hudson Valley duck breast, and lamb shank confit. Order a drink from the thoughtfully crafted cocktail list. Garden patio seating adjacent to the Croton Aqueduct wall is available in warmer months. Open for dinner every day, plus Sat and Sun brunch. Reservations recommended.
92 Main St, Dobbs Ferry (914) 693-2306; www.harpersonmain.com

The Parlor

Pizza $$

The latest from Chef David DiBari features a selection of craft pizzas à la his DoughNation pizza truck. Look for mainstays like the Nonna Pierina pizza with tomato, shallots, roasted garlic, and chili oil; house-smoked pepperoni; and polpette with meatballs from The Cookery (DiBari’s other Dobbs Ferry eatery). Pizza specials include clam, smoked tripe, and bone marrow. Apps are largely vegetarian or seafood-based, and there’s wine on tap, along with craft beer and “bottled” cocktails, which come in hip flasks. Open Wed to Sun for lunch and dinner; Tues, dinner only.
14 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry (914) 478-8200; www.theparlordf.com Food:★★★½ ; Service: ★★★; Atmosphere: ★★★ (03/2014)

Sushi Mike’s Japanese Restaurant

Japanese $$$

Popular for its special sushi rolls (the “Out of Control” is a favorite), this neighborhood Japanese restaurant is often packed. In addition to the sushi and sashimi specials and maki rolls, hot entrées are offered. Open for lunch and dinner Mon to Sat; dinner only on Sun. Reservations suggested.
146 Main St, Dobbs Ferry (914) 591-0054; www.sushimikes.com ★★½ (10/2013)

Hastings-on-Hudson

FortyËšNorth

​New American $$$

Victoria Canonico and Justin Chipkin are co-executive chefs at this waterside restaurant serving contemporary American fare in the space above the Tennis Club of Hastings. Try dishes such as braised short rib ragu with house pappardelle and pan-seared wild mahi-mahi with caramelized green cabbage, parsnip purée, and cranberry mustard sauce. Reservations recommended. Open Tues to Sun for lunch and dinner, and Mon bar only from 5 pm on.
100 River St, Hastings-on-Hudson (914) 274-8655; www.forty-north.com

The Mill

Gastropub $$$

The menu at The Mill focuses on seasonal and local ingredients. Look for gastropub dishes like stout-braised brisket sliders and a lamb burger with kalamata olives, red onion, oregano, and feta sauce, along with burgers and pizza. Happy Hour runs Tues to Thurs from 5 pm to 7 pm and includes drink and food specials. Reservations accepted on weekdays for parties of eight or more. Open Tues to Sun for dinner.
583 Warburton Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson (914) 231-7772; www.themillhastings.com

Irvington

Chutney Masala

​Indian $$$

Chef Navjot Arora offers an under-$10 small-plates menu (crispy okra slivers, onion fritters, lamb kebab) at this modern Indian bi-level bistro, named “Best New Indian Restaurant 2009” by Westchester Magazine. Popular dinner entrées include tandoori shrimp in a pomegranate-and-yogurt marinade and lamb curry. Specials offered weekly. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Reservations suggested.
4 W Main St, Irvington (914) 591-5500; www.chutneymasalabistro.com ★★★ (09/2008)

Il Sorriso

Italian $$$

Traditional Italian fare served in a charming Colonial house with river views. Lamb osso buco, grilled jumbo shrimp, and veal scaloppini with artichokes are favorite dishes, offered alongside brick oven-style pizzas. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
5 N Buckhout St, Irvington (914) 591-2525; www.ilsorriso.com

Mima Vinoteca

Italian $$$

The owners of Zuppa in Yonkers run this trattoria serving Italian “home-cooking.” Dishes to try include: orecchiette with egg, black pepper, onion, smoked bacon, and Parmigiano Reggiano; braised short ribs; and wild salmon. A 25-plus wine-by-the-glass menu is offered. Open for lunch Tues to Fri and dinner every day. Reservations recommended.
63 Main St, Irvington (914) 591-1300; www.mimarestaurant.com ★★★ (02/2013)

MP Taverna

Greek $$$

This is award-winning Chef Michael Psilakis’s first restaurant in Westchester. The menu proffers modern takes on traditional Greek tavern cuisine. Entrées include Greek paella, lamb shank with orzo and root vegetables, and a roasted lemon chicken. An extensive list of craft beers and well-priced international wines are also available. Open Mon to Sun for lunch, Mon to Sat for dinner, and Sat and Sun for brunch. Reservations recommended.
1 Bridge St, Irvington (914) 231-7854; www.michaelpsilakis.com/mp-taverna â˜…★★★ (12/2012)

Red Hat on the River

French Bistro $$$

There are stunning Hudson River views to be enjoyed at this stylish bistro. Menu selections include steak frites, steamed mussels, and frisée aux lardons. Don’t skip the apple tarte Tatin. Live jazz on Wed nights. Reservations recommended. Open for lunch weekdays; dinner every day; brunch on Sun.

1 Bridge St, Irvington (914) 591-5888; www.redhatbistro.com â˜…★ (03/2008)

River City Grille

Eclectic $$$

Chef/Owner Bobby Manzi offers a blend of comfort fare and modern eclectic cuisine at this 80-seat restaurant in downtown Irvington. Plates such as tamarind-glazed salmon; porcini-dusted filet mignon; chickpea cakes with sautéed greens; and mushroom ravioli are offered. Open every day for lunch and dinner plus brunch on Sat and Sun. Reservations recommended. 6 S Broadway, Irvington (914) 591-2033; www.rivercitygrille.com  

Ossining

Keenan House Kitchen & Tap Room (closed)

New American $$$

Keenan House boasts a wide selection of craft brews on tap and in bottles. The menu offers small plates like bourbon barbecue wings, pretzel breadsticks, and baba ghanoush; personal pizzas, sandwiches, and salads; and entrées like grilled shrimp skewers, grilled salmon, and buttermilk fried chicken. Open Tues to Sun for lunch and dinner plus Sun for brunch.
199 Main St, Ossining (914) 236-3393

Peekskill

12 Grapes

New American $$$

This SoHo-inspired restaurant and wine bar located in historic downtown Peekskill offers dishes such as sherry-braised beet salad; mushroom ravioli with Parmesan-truffle cream sauce; and skirt steak with chimichurri. An $18 two-course dinner is offered on Wed and Thurs evenings. An award-winning wine list includes 12 reds and 12 whites by the glass. The restaurant offers live music Thurs through Sun and includes rock, blues, R&B, swing, and singer/songwriter. Open for dinner Wed through Sun; brunch on Sun. Reservations suggested, especially on weekends.
12 N Division St, Peekskill (914) 737-6624; www.12grapes.com

Birdsall House

Gastropub $$$

American craft beers (20 on tap) and Hudson Valley ingredients are the focus at this Art Deco tavern with original 1940s booths. Chef March Walker, who has worked at Gramercy Tavern, Peekskill Brewery, and Sweet Grass Grill, presents a menu featuring grilled lamb sliders, sweet potato mac ‘n’ cheese, and house-made charcuterie. For dessert: rhubarb bread pudding. A patio with seating opens in summer months. Open for lunch and dinner every day.
970 Main St, Peekskill (914) 930-1880; www.birdsallhouse.net 

Gleason’s

Pizza $$

Tim Reinke and John Sharp, owners of nearby Birdsall House, own this 60-seat restaurant named after actor and former Peekskill resident Jackie Gleason. March Walker, chef at Birdsall House, oversees the kitchen. On the menu: artisan flatbread pizzas, pasta dishes, soups, and salads. Dishes to try are the Margherita pizza, sausage and broccoli rabe pizza, and orecchiette with lamb. Open Mon to Sat for lunch and dinner.
911 South St, Peekskill (914) 402-1950; www.gleasonspeekskill.com

Kathleen’s Tea Room

English $$

This English-style tearoom serves more than 60 loose teas; the menu includes soups, sandwiches, salads, plus high tea. For dessert try the mixed berry shortcake. Kathleen’s Tea Room also holds parties such as bridal showers, baby showers, kids’ parties, and corporate events. Open 11 am to 5 pm Mon through Thurs, 10:30 am to 7 pm Fri and Sat.
979 Main St, Peekskill (914) 734-2520; www.kathleenstroom.com

Peekskill Brewery

Traditional American $$ (tavern menu) $$$ (pub menu)

This brew pub includes a brew house and tap room on the first floor; a pub and dining room on the second; gallery/private event space on the third; and private dining on the fourth. Expect craft-brewed beers and dishes using seasonal, local ingredients. Among the popular entrées: Jagerschnitzel, fish and chips, braised chicken, and a falafel burger. Tap room is open every day for lunch and dinner; restaurant is open every day for dinner only.
47-53 Water St, Peekskill (914) 734-2337; www.thepeekskillbrewery.com ★★ (10/2013)

Sleepy Hollow

Bridge view Tavern

Pub $$

This tavern lives up to its name with views of the Tappan Zee Bridge, Tarrytown Lighthouse, and Hudson River. On the menu: burgers, sandwiches, slow-cooked barbecue items, plus mains such as Dr. Pepper-braised boneless short rib, steak frites, and Atlantic salmon. A selection of craft brews is offered, including 18 on tap. Late-night menu Thurs to Mon, 10 pm to midnight. Open Mon for dinner only and Tues to Sun for lunch and dinner. Reservations suggested.
226 Beekman Ave, Sleepy Hollow (914) 332-0078; www.bridgeviewtavern.com

Tarrytown

Cooper’s Mill

New American $$

Dine on Hudson Valley duck breast over wild rice with Brussels sprouts; seared Skanka Bay salmon, roasted baby lamb chop, or one of five signature flatbreads at this New American restaurant next to the Tarrytown Marriott. The chef is Claude Moreau, previously at Andaz 5th Avenue in Manhattan. Reclaimed barn wood is used in the dining room, including seven barn doors that double as sliding walls. Open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Reservations recommended.
670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown (914) 631-1216; www.coopersmillrestaurant.com


The Oakwood Room at Equus in Tarrytown puts the “fine” in fine dining.


Equus Restaurant

French $$$$

A French-inspired auberge cuisine is served at Equus restaurant, which is housed in a spectacular royal setting, the Castle Hotel & Spa. A 5-course, $85 prix-fixe dinner is offered in elegantly designed dining rooms or on the terrace during the summer. Open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Champagne brunch on Sun. Reservations required.
400 Benedict Ave, Tarrytown (914) 631-3646; www.castlehotelandspa.com ★★½ (08/2012)

Lefteris Gyro

Greek $$

Open seven days, these quaint Greek restaurants lay claim to what many consider to be the best gyros, souvlaki, and baklava in the county. The Greek salad alone—with or without anchovies—is a treat. Reservations not accepted.
1 Main St, Tarrytown (914) 524-9687; 190 E Main St, Mount Kisco (914) 242-8965; www.lefterisgyro.com

Mint Premium Foods

Eclectic $$$

Previously a gourmet food shop strictly, offering an international selection of cheeses, cured meats, olive oils, olives, beer, preserves, and premium dark chocolate, Mint has morphed into a gourmet food shop and a sit-down restaurant. The menu changes frequently but expect dishes such as moules frites in a French butter saffron broth; Niçoise salad topped with caviar and seared foie gras; and jambalaya. Open from 10 am to 10 pm for lunch and dinner Tues through Sun.
19 Main St, Tarrytown (914) 703-6511; www.mintpremiumfoods.biz

RiverMarket Bar And Kitchen

New American $$$$

This New American restaurant with Mediterranean influences comes via the owners of Crabtree’s Kittle House and uses primarily local, sustainable ingredients in dishes such as Hemlock Hill pasture-raised chicken, seared Sunburst Farms trout, and wood-fired Heritage pork-shoulder roast. House-made desserts include toffee cake with Hudson Valley crème fraïche. Local produce, dairy products, fish, meat, and prepared foods are offered at an on-premise farm market; RiverMarket Wine & Spirits, carrying many locally produced selections, is located next door. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
127 W Main St, Tarrytown (914) 631-3100; www.rivermarketbarandkitchen.com Food: ★★★; Service: ★★★; Atmosphere: ★★★ (04/2014)

Sunset Cove

Italian $$$

A location immediately north of the Tappan Zee with impressive Hudson River views is a draw at this 220-seat (100 outdoors) Italian restaurant. Entrées by Chef/Owner Thomas Calandrucci include chicken scapariello, maple-walnut salmon and pork osso buco. Some gluten-free items are offered. Tiki bar with grill menu is open in the summer. Open Mon to Sat for lunch and dinner plus Sun for brunch and dinner (closed Mon and Tues Nov to April). Reservations recommended.
238 Green St, Tarrytown (914) 366-7889; www.sunsetcove.net

The Twisted Oak’s Chocolate in a Jar: dark chocolate pudding, chocolate mousse, and whipped cream

The Twisted Oak

New American $$$$

Chef Michael Cutney’s menus change daily at this New American restaurant with an Italian flair (Cutney was trained in Florence, Italy). Look for classic comfort dishes like poutine, chicken and dumplings, butternut squash caponata, and house-made pasta (i.e., duck lasagna with mushrooms, kale, and a duck egg). Open Tues to Sat for dinner; lunch Thurs through Sun.
61 Main St, Tarrytown (914) 332-1992 Food: ★★½; Service: ★★★; Atmosphere: ★★½ (09/2014)

Yonkers

Dan Rooney’s

Sports Pub $$$

This pub located at Empire City Casino offers free valet parking with a $50 purchase. Look for classic pub appetizers like barbecue pulled pork sliders, spicy potato wedges, and crispy chicken wings, plus entrées like half or whole chicken in-bone, fish and chips, and corned beef and cabbage. Closed Tuesday and Wednesday.
Yonkers Raceway, 810 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers (914) 457-2456; www.yonkersraceway.com

Dolphin Restaurant Bar Lounge

Seafood $$$

The Rugova family of Yonkers runs this bi-level restaurant where Executive Chef Denzil Richards, formerly of Alvin & Friends in New Rochelle, proffers a menu of seafood, pasta, steaks, and big salads. A 100-seat patio lends views of the Hudson River. The wine list features selections mostly from Italy, France, and California. Open for lunch and dinner every day.
1 Van Der Donck St, Yonkers (914) 751-8170; www.dolphinrbl.com ★★ (09/2011)

Empire Terrace Restaurant

Traditional Traditional American $$$

Dine on classic American fare in a room overlooking a half-mile harness track. Fresh seafood, prime rib, steaks and chops, house-made soups, rotisserie chicken, burgers, and sandwiches are popular dishes. Reservations recommended. Open for dinner Fri to Sun; lunch on weekends. MasterCard, Visa, and AmEx only.
Yonkers Raceway, 810 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers (914) 457-2456; www.yonkersraceway.com

Nonno’s Trattoria

Italian $$

Traditional Italian dishes can be found at this eatery on the second floor of the Empire City Casino. Choose from a variety of pastas and sauces, plus chicken, and steak dishes. Desserts are made in-house. Lunch menu has heroes and individual pizzas. Open every day for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.
810 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers (914) 457-2456; www.yonkersraceway.com

Pinch American Grill

Traditional Traditional American $$$

Chef Fabienne Eymard, formerly of Adour in Manhattan, brings her culinary talents to Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway’s premier restaurant. Black Angus steaks, a raw bar, burgers, surf and turf, and entrées such as seared daurade and a 12-oz roasted pork chop are on the menu. Sample beers on tap from more than 30 New York state breweries in the glass-enclosed keg room or at one of six self-pour booths. End your meal with a dessert (Key lime pie cups, s’mores) by Executive Pastry Chef Tamber Weiersheuser. Three-course prix fixe menu is available for $35. Open Wed to Sun for dinner.
810 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers (914) 457-2541; www.pinchusa.com

One of X2O’s burgers featured in Westchester Magazine’s Burger & Beer Blast.

X2O Xaviars on the Hudson

New American $$$$

Venerated four-star chef Peter Kelly’s fourth restaurant sits on the historic Yonkers Pier offering breathtaking views of the Hudson River. Separate menu available in the casual Dylan Lounge Tues to Sun; there’s also a sushi bar. Lunch Tues to Fri; dinner Tues to Sun; brunch—one of the best deals in the county—Sun. The Hudson Room on the upper tier can seat 80 for a private party. Reservations highly recommended.
71 Water Grant St, Yonkers (914) 965-1111; www.xaviars.com ★★★★ (11/2007)

Yard House

Traditional American $$$

This 400-plus seat restaurant features 130 tap handles of craft, imported, and specialty ales and lagers that go well with the more than 100 food offerings. On the food menu: salads, pastas, sandwiches, street tacos, grilled burgers, individual-size pizzas, seafood, steaks, and ribs. Miso-glazed sea bass, ahi crunchy salad, and a pepper-crusted Gorgonzola burger are among the most popular dishes. Open daily for lunch, dinner, and late-night dining (until midnight Sun to Thurs and 1 am Fri and Sat). Limited reservations available.
237 Market St, Ridge Hill Blvd, Yonkers (914) 375-9273; www.yardhouse.com

Zuppa

​Italian $$$

Paskual Dedi is the executive chef at this urbane Italian restaurant serving brick-oven pizzas, creative homemade pastas, and top-notch entrées. For dessert, don’t miss the warm bag of zeppole. Lunch three-course prix-fixe ($24) weekdays. Three private rooms are available for parties. Open Mon through Fri for lunch and dinner every day. Reservations recommended for large parties and on weekends.
59 Main St, Yonkers (914) 376-6500; www.zupparestaurant.com

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