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9 Restaurants Slaying the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Dinner Game

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Seafood paella | courtesy of Sonora

HVRW is back in a big way in Westchester, and local restaurants are celebrating with fall flavors and seriously tempting menus.

Each spring and fall, Hudson Valley Restaurant Week brings two weeks of dining deals to the region, with three-course $25.95 lunch and $35.95 dinner menus. This fall, the event runs November 9–22, with more than 60 participating Westchester restaurant locations. Many are also offering carry-out (and local delivery!!) options this year. We’ve noted a few below and on ValleyTable.com, but if you’re unsure, always contact your favorites to see what carry-out options they’re providing.

As always, we’ve scoured HVRW menus to find spots that offer serious savings and put actual, regular-menu items on the prix fixe list. (No, that’s not always a given.) From French fine dining to farm-sourced fare, here are our top picks.

Benjamin Steakhouse

610 W Hartsdale Ave, White Plains; 914.428.6868

Westchester’s classic steakhouse offers a solid choice of three apps, four mains, two sides, four desserts, and a bevy of add-ons for what might as well be a full dinner any other night.

What We’re Having: We’re going all in early. Start with the brandy lobster bisque, then snag a USDA Prime New York sirloin (or filet mignon for just an extra $7) with creamy mashed potatoes. We’ll even splurge an extra $5 for fries for the table before we dive into some chocolate cake.

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Dolphin

1 Van Der Donck St, Yonkers; 914.751.8170

Just steps away from the Hudson River, this modernist bar and lounge offers its lunch and dinner menus for dine-in and carry-out, showcasing both surf and turf.

What We’re Having: Salmon tartare with wakame and avocado mousse is going to be our go-to starter, but the stracciatella salad with grilled peaches and balsamic glaze is an excellent vegetarian option as well. The waffle sandwich with crispy tempura chicken thigh, coleslaw, and chipotle maple syrup is only available during lunch hours, but if you book a dinner instead you can get the exclusive hanger steak with broccoli, mashed potatoes, and black truffle sauce. Since we’re going a bit heavier with our entrées, the coconut lemongrass panna cotta with kumquats provides a refreshingly light finish.

Dubrovnik

721 Main St, New Rochelle; 914.637.3777

New Ro’s stellar Croatian restaurant isn’t holding back this year, offering two completely different lunch and dinner menus — meaning you’re probably going to have to make multiple reservations. Bonus: The menu is available for dine-in, take-out, and even local delivery (three-mile radius).

What We’re Having: For lunch, we’re going with a light red and yellow beet salad with creamy goat cheese, followed by the grilled pork chop and some fresh fruit for dessert. When we head back for dinner, we’re hitting up the slow-cooked veal risotto, catch of the day, and the restaurant’s famous palačinke Croatian pancakes.

Harvest on Hudson

1 River St, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914.478.2800

Located in a Tuscan farmhouse overlooking the Hudson, this longtime Westchester favorite offers a few options on both its lunch and dinner menus, but the bulk of each is quite distinct, so make sure to plan well in advance what you’re hoping to order — or just make multiple trips.

What We’re Getting: For lunch we’re snagging the arugula salad with Marcona almonds, apple, and piave cheese, followed by the ricotta gnocchi cacio e pepe and the tiramisu for dessert. When we head back for dinner we’re going big: antipasti and we’re splurging the extra $9 for a 10 oz New York strip with Brussels and Taleggio, with ricotta semifreddo and fig gelato for dessert.

Maria

11 Huguenot St, New Rochelle; 914.636.0006

One of Westchester’s newest Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurants lives up to its status with starters like glazed pork belly ribs with delicata squash, three-cheese pumpkin pizzetta, and cauliflower-kale fritters with sweet Calabrian chili sauce. Entrées are even more eclectic: wild mushroom ravioli, BBQ veal minute steak, pork shank bulgogi, and seared scallops among them.

What We’re Getting: We’re starting off with creamy burrata and candy striped beets with pistachio and aged balsamic, then following it up with garganelli white veal bolognese with porcini mushroom, black truffle, and a little Pecorino. For dessert, we obviously have to go with Pop’s espresso “Dannoli.” Yeah, it’s a cannoli donut.

 

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Peter Pratt’s Inn

673 Croton Heights Rd, Yorktown; 914.962.4090

The historic inn and its fireplace might be one of our favorite dining spots every fall, but the menu for Restaurant Week seems especially well suited to fireside dining.

What We’re Having: For our starter, we’re getting the house special Peking duck quesadilla, but we’re cheating and making you get the wild boar sausage with cranberries so we can split them. You’re be damned if you’re getting our braised angus short rib and polenta, however, and we will not be held responsible for whatever happens to anyone foolhardy enough to go near our homemade cinnamon rolls.

The Rare Bit

23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry; 914.639.8000

Living up to its reputation for family-sized meals, the gastropub offers a hefty menu comprising nine possible appetizers — including the house namesake Welsh rarebit — and 10 entrées, plus your choice of four desserts. Vegan options are even included for each course, with the dinner menu available for both dine-in and take-out.

What We’re Having: Much as we love the rarebit with homemade piccadilly, we’re nuts for the kitchen’s Scotch egg appetizer. After that we’re hitting up the menu’s Indian side with the chicken tikka masala, although the Creole-marinated hanger steak for only an $8 up-charge is certainly giving us the side-eye. For dessert, there’s no question: chocolate brownie with toasted meringue caramel and ice cream.

 

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Sonora

179 Rectory St, Port Chester; 914.933.0200

The fusion of South American and French-Asian flavors makes this Sound Shore spot a Westchester mainstay, and its Restaurant Menu doesn’t skimp out on the vibes you know and love. Available for both dine-in and take-out, the menu includes vegan, vegetarian, or gluten-free plates like Brussels sprouts tacos, eggplant ‘meatballs’ in Spanish tomato sauce, and goat cheese beet salad, alongside fresh seafood or vegan paella, branzino, and braised beef short ribs.

What We’re Having: Start sweet with empanadas de manzana — roasted apple and Manchego cheese empanadas with an agave-yogurt sauce — followed by the lomo saltado — sautéed filet mignon with onions, peppers, fries, stir fried rice, and chorizo topped with a fried egg. Ultimate brunch platter, baby.

 

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X2O

71 Water Grant St, Yonkers; 914.965.1111

Chef-owner Peter X. Kelly’s Yonkers staple is American fine dining through and through. This year’s Restaurant Week dinner menu is available for both seated service and carry-out orders and includes some particularly choice favorites from the regular menu — something we always appreciate.

What We’re Having: While the butternut squash bisque is screaming “fall” to us, we’re starting off with one last bite of late summer with the green onion and black truffle risotto we love so much. For our main, we’re thinking the Hudson Valley foie gras and beef cheek ravioli will be right on the money when it comes to showcasing local ingredients, although the honey- and sake-glazed king salmon is not to be ignored. For dessert, we’re planning either the red velvet or almond pound cake, depending on how stuffed we are.

To find other participating restaurants, browse menus, and make reservations, visit www.valleytable.com/hvrw.