Twice a year in March and November restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley drop prices and offer three-course pre-fixe dinners for $32.95. This fall, 115 Westchester restaurants will participate in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week — a misnomer as the event lasts for two weeks — from October 30 to November 12. As always, we’ve scoured all the menus to give you our top picks.
23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry; 914.674.0706
Why: Earlier this fall, Chef/owner Matt Kay brought in Chef Justin Ortiz (The Breslin, Wolf and Lamb) to add new flare to the menu. The restaurant week offerings include several of Ortiz’s new dishes, plus the comfort-food mainstays that made Cedar Street Grill so popular. Bonus: no blackout dates.
Order: Burnt carrots with lemon yogurt and dukkah, hot-honey-drizzled buttermilk fried chicken, and banana-chocolate bread pudding with salted caramel ice cream.
55 Abendroth Ave, Port Chester; 914.939.2425
photo by Doug Schneider
Why: It typically costs a pretty penny to dine on some of the county’s best seafood at this stylish Port Chester restaurant. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities for Saltaire to show was it does best — crudo, mussels, simply prepared fish — on the HVRW menu. Want to maximize the experience? Book a table at 6:30 p.m. but show up early to slurp $1 oysters at the bar during Wine & Brine Happy Hour (on Thursdays, happy hour runs all day).
Order: Yellowfin tuna tartare with yuzu, soy and ginger; mussels with Thai chili-coconut broth, and rum-raisin bread pudding.
11 River St, Sleepy Hollow; 914.631.838
photo by Samantha Garbarini
Why: It’s an affordable opportunity to get a first of taste of this just-opened venture from the owners of Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish in North Salem. Slightly more casual than the original, the 45-seat space features sweeping Hudson River and bridge views at no extra cost.
Order: Conway Royal oysters and Florida shrimp with mignonette and cocktail sauce, and Maine lobster or the garlicky white clam pizza.
28 Bear Mountain Bridge Rd, Cortlandt Manor; 914.737.6500
Why: This Cortlandt Manor event space and restaurant has always had historic charm and stunning Hudson River views. Now, it also has Chef Eric Korn (formerly of Wolfert’s Roost) who’s bringing new, fun flavors to the elegant cuisine.
Order: Prosciutto crêpes with grilled figs and Beemster cheese, double-cut pork chop with roasted Pink Lady apples, and dark chocolate mousse with salted-pistachio bark.
2 Dingle Rd, North Salem; 914.669.0121
Why: One of our favorite county restaurants, One Twenty One offers a different menu for each week. Both are supremely autumnal, with the kind of comforting seasonal flavors we look forward to all year.
Order: Sweet potato-chipotle soup with pepitas, roasted mushroom and garlic pizza, and warm pear-apple-cherry crumble from week one. Bitter greens salad with pear and goat cheese fondue, sage-and-chestnut-stuffed chicken roulade on a bed of creamed leeks, and chocolate-toffee brownie sundae from week two.
11 Kittle Rd, Chappaqua; 914.666.8044
Why: The two things that matter most about Kittle House — the charm of the stately 1790s restaurant/inn and Chef Jay Lippin’s thoughtful sourcing of local ingredients — don’t change with the lower price point.
Order: Wild Hive organic red quinoa salad with radicchio, shaved Parmesan, toasted walnuts, and walnut vinaigrette; slow-roasted Hudson Valley lamb shank, and the Kittle Kat crunch torte with sun-dried cherry sauce or Crown Maple Pumpkin Brûlée pie.