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Where to Find the Best Food & Drink in Westchester in 2021

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No matter whether you’re in the mood for fine dining and white tablecloths or classic diner fare, Westchester County restaurants have it all.

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New Farm-to-Table Restaurant

Heritage 147
Larchmont
www.heritage147.com

Aureole, Felidia, Delmonico’s, and David Burke Townhouse are among the prominent work experiences on the combined résumés of co-owners Rich Perez and Alissa Svorka. Thus, they know what goes into crafting a top-flight dish: top ingredients sourced from small-batch purveyors and an emphasis on different food cultures. Their Modern American menu is replete with thoughtful choices, such as local fluke crudo with aji amarillo and caviar and smoked suckling pig with heirloom beans and chicharrón.

New Cheeseboard Company

Charcuterie Collection
Bedford
www.charcuteriecollection.com

Your cheese-loving circle (all of your friends?) will delight in these savory boards of meats, cheeses, jams, crackers, and seasonal treats crafted by Laura Zapata, who founded the biz during the pandemic.

New Foodie Destination

9A Eats
Elmsford
www.9aeats.com

A unique concept to our area, this food-truck park brings the best of food-truck culture (variety, relative affordability, and community) to Westchester, with daily rotating trucks serving lunch and dinner. Crazy Taco-Mex, Steak Truck, BBQ & Beyond, Gyro Uno, Poke Motion, Walter’s Hot Dogs, and Westchester Burger Co. are among the many restaurants-on-wheels you may encounter. There are artist-designed picnic tables, plus a pavilion to be completed by summer’s end.

NYC-Style Steakhouse Experience

Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse
Rye
www.frankieandjohnnies.com

A righteous carnivore’s cathedral, Frankie & Johnnie’s does everything the way a traditional steakhouse should: bold, big, and beautiful. The dry-aged Prime cuts, tender and served unembellished, the top-class, Cali-leaning wine list, the soaring-ceilinged bank setting with library-esque lounge, mahogany bar, and winding grand staircase all add up to an experience that’ll wipe the Gotham chophouses from your mind.

Italian Ice

Gianfranco Deli Mini Market
White Plains
www.gianfrancodeli.com

Want to delight your taste buds?

Treat them to this homemade Italian ice best described as heaven in a cup: smooth with a creamy consistency and oh so flavorful (lemon, rainbow, cherry, blueberry). Even the presentation is delightful: a clear cup for admiring the contents, with an elegant (and durable) mini wooden spoon cleverly perched upright through the hole of the domed top.

New Mediterranean Restaurant

Meso Mediterranean
Rye
www.mesorestaurants.com

Freshness, originality, and sustainability are core menu elements at this 140-seat downtown-Rye newcomer, offering dishes that reflect upwards of 22 Mediterranean countries (the Meso dip platter is a must-order). House-made desserts and an airy interior of natural colors, leather-and-suede banquettes, and handcrafted cocktails from an enticing bar make a reservation here especially fitting for a date night or group-of-friends evening hangout.

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Singular Dining Experience

Kanopi
White Plains
www.kanopievents.com/restaurant

High above Renaissance Square (42 floors to be exact) is a culinary experience that combines a magnificent setting (supreme views of the Hudson Valley, Long Island Sound, and New York City skyline), self-effacing, gracious service, and imaginatively presented plates of American fare with a touch of Portuguese soul. In addition to dinner, Chef Anthony Goncalves and wife Andréia present a five-course high tea ($59 pp), a fine way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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Shellfish Dishes

KEE Oyster House
White Plains
www.keeoysterhouse.com

From the menu to the decor, the concept at KEE is an homage to old New York and its preeminent oyster history (pre-1920s, the city’s harbor was home to more than half the world’s oyster population). Expect top-flight oysters, including creamy Blue Points and melon-scented Kumamotos, plus F.O.B. catches of expertly cooked lobster, crab, mussels, shrimp, scallops, and statuesque seafood towers both hot and cold.

Sweet Potato Fries

Rye Roadhouse
Rye
www.ryeroadhouse.com

Sweet potato fries are ubiquitous around Westchester, but the sweet, orange spuds at the Rye Roadhouse are the top we’ve tried. The crispy batons of vitamin A goodness are expertly seasoned and have the perfect crisp. Pair with the house-made Cajun remoulade for the perfect fry dive.

Revamped Terrace

Amore Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen
Armonk
www.amorearmonk.com

Owners and brothers Mark and Joe Mazzotta have a Tuscan-inspired oasis behind their restaurant (don’t neglect ordering a brick-oven Bronx-style pie or addictive arancini), featuring a terrazzo with freshwater stream, grapevine pergola, and vegetable garden. The stone terrace has gotten even more alluring with the additions of a firepit and waterfall area. Expect to linger and order a bottle instead of a glass.

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Elevated Appetizer

Tots at The Whitlock
Katonah
www.thewhitlockny.com

These are not the tater tots of your youth. Each golden tot is crispy and pop-in-your-mouth enticing and addictive. But take your time eating these – all the better to savor toppings like caviar and crème fraiche. The former adds a taste of decadence to the dish, while the latter brings a dollop of silkiness.

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New Restaurant

Apropos at Abbey Inn
Peekskill
www.aproposrestaurant.com

Ingredient integrity and local sourcing are touted by many a restaurant billing themselves as farm-to-table. The newish 120-seat Apropos, situated in a handsomely restored 119-year-old abbey, delivers on the agrarian promise. With a kitchen led by Chef John Paidas that utilizes local co-ops for a portion of its ingredients, the Mediterranean-influenced menu has standout dish upon standout dish: swoon-worthy, house-made ricotta with spring peas on crostini; a baby kale Caesar salad with two-year Parmesan; and basted New York strip with salt-baked onion.

Mushroom Pizza

The Burrata at Burrata Wood Fired Pizza
Eastchester
www.burratapizza.com

Combine a wood-fired Stefano Ferrara Forni beaut of an imported oven, dough made with Italian-milled Caputo 00 flour, and a penchant for the freshest toppings, and you can’t go wrong with any of the pies at this Neapolitan-pizza specialist. But, if we had to pick one, the Burrata, with oodles of expertly browned wild mushrooms, porcini oil, Parmigiano, basil, and just a hint of spice (chili flakes), is a creamy, garlicky masterpiece.

Vegan Small Bites

Lasooni Gobi at Little Drunken Chef
White Plains/Mount Kisco
www.facebook.com/littledrunkenchef

Lasooni Gobi — cauliflower florets in a spicy garlic-chili sauce — is a palate-pleasing Indian specialty that delivers a shrimp-like texture amid bursts of fabulous flavor with every bite. And for those foodies who are watching their gluten intake, the dish also happens to be gluten-free.

New Greek Restaurant

The Greekish
Harrison
www.thegreekish.com/harrison

Owned by award-winning Chef Constantine Kalandranis, The Greekish on Halstead Avenue adds foodie cred to the Harrison dining scene. Inside, the color palette is inspired by the Greek islands, and the menu is a modern take on Greek cuisine, with tantalizing, meze-style crowd-pleasers and a signature dish of sizzling octopus. Family-size to-go boxes have proved a popular addition.

Wine Slushie

The Parlor
Dobbs Ferry
www.theparlordf.com

Don’t even think of limiting The Parlor’s “Blushing Slush” delicious frozen rosé to summer only — this luscious fun drink, perfectly mixed with fresh strawberry puree, refreshes any time of year. It’s tasty, cold, refreshing, and best of all — available for takeout!

Hot Dog Combos

The Dog Den
White Plains
www.thedogdenwhiteplains.com

With hundreds of options on the menu, it’s impossible to get bored while visiting The Dog Den in White Plains. It’s larger-than-life owner, Dennis Rubich, is constantly cooking up new offerings, like the Fickle Pickle: an all-beef dog with fried pickle chips, ranch dressing, chipotle mayo, bacon bits, and scallions. Those who prefer a meatless dish will have no problem: All combos can be substituted with a meatless hot dog.

Local Cheese Selection

RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen
Tarrytown
www.rivermarketbarkitchen.com

Whether it begins the dining experience or brings it to completion in the most savory way, the finely curated Hudson Valley cheese plate at this Rivertown destination is a turophile’s showstopper with offerings such as Ewe’s Blue, jalapeno cheddar, and goat’s milk cheese infused with fennel pollen — all locally sourced, handcrafted, and accompanied by house-made walnut-cranberry bread.

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Modern Chinese

Goosefeather
Tarrytown
www.goosefeatherny.com

Dale Talde’s spin on Chinese food is arguably the hottest spot in Westchester after being named one of the top 23 new restaurants in America by Esquire. Dishes like dry-aged beef potstickers (with horseradish mustard that’ll clear your sinuses), crab fried rice with trout roe, and Cantonese style garlicky Maine lobster with shrimp all embody Goosefeather’s ethos of transforming takeout fare into exquisite plates using seasonal veggies, fresh seafood, and quality meats.

Modern Italian Restaurant

tredici NORTH
Purchase
www.tredicinorth.com

Chef-owner Giuseppe Fanelli offers inventive takes on traditional Italian dishes, making for a sophisticated yet accessible menu of fresh-as-silk pastas, sparkling seafood, and Pat LaFrieda steaks. House-made ricotta and fresh mozz lie within the Inside Out meatballs, and Kobe beef ravioli with black truffle and fontina elevates the standard to the sublime. Like the menu, the interior design is a fusion of classical and elegant ingredients, with flashes of contemporary (e.g., the bar made of reclaimed terra cotta offset by contemporary copper accents).

Fish ’n’ Chips

Brothers Fish & Chips
Ossining
www.brothersfishandchips.com

When fish ’n’ chips is in your restaurant’s name, your fried-fish game had better be tight — and at Brothers, it sure is (we swear to cod!). The light, crispy, secretly seasoned beer batter surrounds whichever whitefish you choose, and a heaping pile of salty fresh-cut fries is just what’s needed to sate fried-food cravings. For those looking for a deeper dive into their menu, try their multicourse tasting menu for a beautifully plated, delicious seafood experience.

Peking Duck

O Mandarin Chinese Cuisine
Hartsdale
www.omandarin.com

This centuries-old, celebrated dish, around since Imperial China, gets a royally authentic treatment at owner Peter Liu’s gorgeously designed restaurant. It’s a 24-hour process to prepare the organic duck — including blowing air into it for a minimum of eight hours as part of the drying process before roasting. Even the accompanying crêpes are made from scratch.

Craft-Beer Bar

Bridge View Tavern
Sleepy Hollow
www.bridgeviewtavern.com

Whether you’re parked on a stool at Bridge View Tavern’s dimly lit, cozy bar, or you’re soaking up the sun in the outdoor biergarten, this is where you should be pounding your pints. Expect drafts from the who’s who of New York craft, like Industrial Arts, Other Half, and Hudson Valley Brewery, but don’t pass up the liquid gold they frequently get in from Hill Farmstead and Foam. Pair your beer with smoked-then-fried wings and juicy burgers made with Prime beef, elk, bison, or wild-boar chorizo.

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Stuffed Artichoke

Angelina’s Ristorante & Brick Oven Pizza
Tuckahoe
www.angelinasoftuckahoe.com

Known for spiritually transporting Italians to Sunday dinner at their dear old Nonna’s, this visually fascinating, oddly addicting green veggie is steamed, stuffed with seasoned breadcrumbs, and served with garlic and oil. It’s tender; it’s meaty; it’s a delicious down-home classic — and it’s homemade, just like Nonna’s.

Rice Balls

Wood & Fire
Pleasantville/Scarsdale
www.woodandfirepizza.com

Considered a small plate, or piattini, there is nothing teeny about this starter dish from this always bustling, inventive, and authentic hotbed of Modern Italian fare. Fashioned from risotto and blended with beef ragu, mozzarella, and sweet peas, these deep-fried, luscious, oversized golf balls are topped with fresh San Marzano tomato sauce and eat like a meal, even when shared (if you must).

Southern Restaurant

Southern Table
Pleasantville
www.southern-table.com

Special-Occasion Restaurant

Harvest on Hudson
Hastings-on-Hudson
www.harvesthudson.com

Steakhouse

Benjamin Steakhouse
White Plains
www.benjaminsteakhouse.com

Sushi

Dai Sushi
Pleasantville
www.daisushirestaurant.com

Tacos

The Taco Project
Tarrytown, Yonkers, Bronxville, Pleasantville
www.thetacoprojectny.com

Thai Restaurant

Sambal Thai & Malay
Irvington
www.sambalny.com

Vegetarian-Friendly Restaurant

Sweet Grass Grill
Tarrytown
www.sweetgrassgrill.com

Wine Menu

Crabtree’s Kittle House
Chappaqua
www.crabtreeskittlehouse.com

Wine Store

Westchester Wine Warehouse
White Plains
www.westchesterwine.com