From November 1 to November 13, 120 Westchester restaurants will participate in the biannual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, offering three-course dinners for $29.95 (and lunches for $20.95). Of course, some restaurants do restaurant week better than others, so we’ve browsed the menus to compile this list of spots that are offering the best bang for your buck.
Why: This sleek Manhattan restaurant, which opened an Eastchester location in earlier this year, serves stylishly plated Greek food at equally stylish Manhattan prices. Try it out the first time during HVRW and you’ll save enough to try one of the Greek craft beers or a glass of wine off the mostly Greek list.
The Perfect Meal: Yefsi chips or oven-baked feta, tender baby lamb chops, and Green yogurt with walnuts, sour cherries, and honey.
219 Main St
Photo courtesy of Café of Love
Café of Love
Why: This Restaurant Week, Café of Love deserves major props for keeping the menu true to its locally sourced, seasonal cuisine (no boring roasted chicken breast or salmon options here), and for offering a wide selection of gluten-free choices.
The Perfect Meal: Wild mushroom soup (Chef/Owner Leslie Lampert also owns soup shop Ladle of Love); roasted rack of lamb with parsnip puree, apples, and turnips, or oven fried chicken; and apple fritters with salted caramel sauce.
38 E Main St
Why: The long, narrow dining room at this Ardsley Italian restaurant serves some of the county’s best creative Italian dishes, plus to-die-for desserts.
The Perfect Meal: Cauliflower salad with spiced almonds, raisins, and caper vinaigrette; mint pappardelle with Hudson Valley lamb sugo (there’s also a vegetarian-friendly butternut-squash-cutlet Parmigiana); cinnamon-sugar-dusted bomboloni (doughnuts).
698 Saw Mill River Rd
Why: Sonora consistently features dishes from the actual menu as its restaurant week options. This year, arrive early and check out the revamped bar area proffering one of the county’s most impressive (and extensive) tequila selections.
The Perfect Meal: Short rib and kale arepa or the charred tomatillo-shrimp ceviche. If you had the arepa, opt for the seafood and chorizo paella; if you had the ceviche, follow it up with a sirloin steak with chimichurri. Either way, have pumpkin churros for dessert.
179 Rectory St
Exit 4 Food Hall
Why: So many reasons: First of all, dinner here is four courses not three. Plus, it’s available everyday, a restaurant week rarity. It’s also a fun, unique dining concept, and the menu offers plenty of options to show it off.
The Perfect Meal: Buffalo cauliflower or wood-fired Brussels sprouts; Thai-inspired fried rice; and bigeye tuna poke bowl (if you’re phobic of raw fish try the LaFrieda burger with bacon jam and gruyere). For dessert, you’ll need a friend to order the triple-chocolate skillet cookie for two.
153 Main St