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Westchester’s Restaurant Scene Adds Peekskill’s Iron Vine, Dobbs Ferry’s Hudson Social

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Peekskill is a historic place. It was a Continental Army command post from 1776 to 1778, an Underground Railroad stop, and the only place in the county where Abraham Lincoln gave a speech. So it’s fitting that the city’s newest restaurant—tapas, wine, and craft cocktail specialist Iron Vine—is located in a circa 1863 building that has been lovingly restored with reclaimed materials from Peekskill.

Through a wrought-iron gate just inside the entrance is the copper-ceilinged 40-seat dining area and bar; the menu is by James Abbatiello, formerly a Walt Disney World chef as well as sous chef at Manhattan’s Rosa Mexicano. The tapas ($8-$15) selections include beef meatballs with pickled cherry peppers; charcuterie; and six varieties of empanadas. Larger plates ($15-$22) change weekly but may include skirt steak with chimichurri-roasted veggies and veal osso buco. Owner/Pastry Chef Gabriel Arango makes a mean dark chocolate bread pudding and caramel apple empanada—so don’t skip dessert.

Smokey guajillo salmon, a signature dish

Smart, creative cocktails, many made with house-infused liquors, are also not to be missed. They include a hot spiked cider and (for brunch only) the Greening Mary, a version of the Bloody Mary made with tomatillos, white grapes, and cucumber.

The most appealing aspect, however, may be the late-night dining menu (10 pm until 2 am), something Westchester is sorely lacking.

Hudson Social brings its gourmet eats and creative cocktails to Dobbs Ferry.

Exposed brick, loft ceilings, and an 80-seat patio (to relish Hudson River views) are part of the transformation of the historic Dobbs Ferry train depot to the new Hudson Social café.

The 100-seat casual eatery offers a New York State-only wine list and has a menu of “eating-with-your-hands type of food,” says Chef/GM Giuseppe Bologna, who was chef at the now-defunct Salumè in Manhattan, which won Best Panini (2011) in New York magazine.

The menu will change periodically, but expect gourmet burgers, composed salads, baked gluten-free pastas, kebabs and skewers from an outdoor grill, and panini and grilled cheeses on Bronx-style Filoni bread (the fresh mozz, goat cheese, figs, and wildflower honey is a signature).

In addition to lunch and dinner, Hudson Social opens at 5 am for Lavazza coffee/espresso and Balthazar baked goods, plus the kitchen serves until midnight so guests can chow down while listening to live music Wednesday to Sunday.

Iron Vine
992 Main St
Peekskill
(914) 930-8506; ironvinepeekskill.com

Hudson Social
11 Station Plaza
Dobbs Ferry
(914) 478-3634; hudsonsocial.com

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