5 Destinations For Gorgeous Outdoor Dining In Westchester

If the pollen hasn’t warned you, we will: warm weather is (finally) here, ladies and gentlemen. That means Westchester’s restaurants are opening their patios, decks, rooftops, and docks for business once again. Read on for five gorgeous destinations for alfresco dining this spring and summer.

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Casually chic and reliably delicious, RiverMarket Bar and Kitchen provides high-end diners with a stunning view of the Hudson River and Tappan Zee Bridge. Hardcore takeout fans can purchase any of the artisanal and organic food products on the menu from the Rivermarket Fresh Market, which is attached to the restaurant.

Executive chef: Peter Larsen

Cuisine: New American

Appetizer pick: Mussels in a spicy lobster bisque with padrón peppers and heirloom cherry tomatoes

Entrée pick: Pan-roasted Hudson Valley duck with carrots, turnips, herbed faro, date and tamarind puree, and vadouvan curry spice

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Number of outdoor seats: about 100

127 W Main Street, Tarrytown (914) 631-3100; rivermarketbarandkitchen.com


For a fun and festive beer garden experience, sit under twinkling lights at Port Chester Hall, and wash down one of their famous massive pretzels with an array of delicious house beers.

Executive chef: Rich Pietromonaco

Cuisine: Brew pub & new American

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Appetizer pick: Warm giant pretzels with cheddar ale dip and honey mustard

Entrée pick: Sashimi tuna tacos with crispy wontons, mango cucumber salsa, and wasabi cream

Number of outdoor seats: 70-80

3 Broad Street, Port Chester, (914) 305-8383; portchesterhall.com


Whether you’re twirling your wine from the charming rooftop lounge or the water-level patio, this unpretentious, boisterous French bistro and its scenic view of the Hudson is a perennial crowd-pleaser.

Executive chef: Reyes Hernandez

Cuisine: French bistro

Appetizer pick: Mozzarella and fennel with grapes, radish, and pistachio pesto

Entrée pick: Red Hat’s Lobster Roll: classic Maine lobster roll on a butter-toasted Balthazar bun, served with house-made chips

Number of outdoor seats: 80 seats for dining, plus additional seats for cocktails on nights and weekends

1 Bridge Street, Irvington (914) 591-5888; redhatontheriver.com


Head up the river to Ossining’s Boathouse for a prime sunset-watching spot; enjoy friendly vibes and generously sized stuffed burgers, overflowing wraps, and fresh fish, not to mention the Hudson, which is so close, the water is almost lapping at your feet.

Executive chef: Roy Shepard

Cuisine: American bistro & seafood

Appetizer pick: Fried calamari; roasted tomato sauce and Cajun mayo

Entrée pick: Shrimp Luciano

Number of outdoor seats:  40 

46 Westerly Road, Ossining (914) 923-6466; ossiningboathouse.com


If riverside dining isn’t for you, take in the country sites at the Bedford Post Inn’s Campagna. Enjoy the romance of a cozy rural cabin paired with artful, fine cuisine.

Executive chef: Michael White

Type of cuisine: Italian

Appetizer pick: Panzanella di Passera with fluke crudo, tomato conserva, castelvetrano olive, croutons

Entrée pick: All of their homemade pastas

Number of outdoor seats: around 30

​954 Old Post Road, Bedford (914) 234-7800; campagna-bedford.com

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