Whether you’re celebrating Independence Day along the Hudson, heading east to the Long Island Sound or staying close to your hometown, consider upping your edible game with crowd-pleasing fare from some of Westchester’s best gourmet digs. Select dishes that will travel well, withstand the warm weather, and don’t need heavy-duty tableware. All that’s left to do is to pack up the lawn chairs, a blanket and an ice cooler brimming with refreshments and you’re ready to enjoy good eats, good company, and a splash of fireworks.
Don’t be deceived by June & Ho’s narrow storefront — the daily selection of sandwiches, salads, and entrées is impressive. Give thanks and go with the signature sandwich #2, fresh turkey, homemade cranberry relish, and fresh pear on homemade pumpernickel. Usual summer fare is elevated with an abundance of fresh herbs and global flavors in dishes like fresh corn salad, cucumber salad and fregola salad. The free-range spicy fried chicken screams picnic. For dessert, look no further than the tarte Tatin, an upside-down apple tart.
70 Purchase St, Rye
Celebrate the red, white, and blue with a distinct Italian twist. Snack on one of the market’s daily roasts from the rotisserie, like the half chicken with salsa verde or the roasted porchetta, both great for a crowd. Watch the focaccia come right out of the oven and into your shopping cart — they’re a meal unto themselves, especially the sausage and broccoli rabe or the roasted tomato and prosciutto. Round out your outdoor spread with a tray of homemade pasta and some Italian pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth.
179 N Main St, Port Chester
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For a lighter veggie-centric spread, the quinoa tabouli, Mediterranean chickpea salad, and lentil couscous all look particularly good for picnicking. Fish lovers: try poached salmon with sauce vert and fresh grilled shrimp. Also great for warm-weather dining are pasta dishes like the penne with mozzarella, tomato, and basil or sesame noodles. Either will please the whole gang. On your way out, don’t forget to grab a bag of Stars and Stripes sugar cookies, well, just because.
460 Old Post Rd, Bedford
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Cole’s is the kind of place that has something for everyone. For a real crowd pleaser that travels well, try a wedge. You could even go patriotic with the classic American combo: roast beef, turkey, and cheese. If that doesn’t speak to your taste buds, customize your own. Choose from fresh fish specialties (the coconut shrimp and crab cakes would be perfect for alfresco dining) or put out the toothpicks and a jar of mustard to enjoy with some savory house-made sausages.
2147 Albany Post Rd, Montrose
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