Squarely located in the middle of Main Street, just a stone’s throw from the Hudson and Metro-North, Harper’s is a classic New American bar and restaurant with soft lighting and solid hardwood decor; definitely not somewhere that should remind me of my grandmother’s house.
However, ushered through the bar proper, you’ll emerge into a quiet, surprisingly intimate bubble of natural stonewalls and a partial canopy of old trees and clinging ivy. The mismatched walls make no attempt to hide their separate and distinct construction styles over the course of decades, but together form a uniquely homey atmosphere. With warm overhead lighting and natural shade, it’s a cool respite from the summer sun and a comforting place to sit and talk with friends late into the evening. Available daily and for private events, the patio seats up to 35 guests or has standing room for 55 cocktail lovers.
Harper’s couldn’t just open their backyard, though; they wanted to do something special. For that, Executive Chef/Owner Chris Vergara brought in whole mess of La Milpa de Rosa corn tortillas, the business he started with partner Jason Steinberg in 2015.
Photo courtesy of Harpers
Unsatisfied with the quality of available tortillas, Vergara and Steinberg purchased their own equipment, consulted with experts, and erected a private tortilleria in Yonkers, which serves the New York Metro area. These 100 percent corn tortillas and chips are made from nothing but nixtamal masa (corn dough), and though you won’t spot them on the regular Harper’s menus, you might find they’re already supplying some of our favorite Westchester taquerias. If you’re looking to add something life-changing to your own patio taco party, La Milpa delivers seven days a week to both businesses and private residences throughout Westchester, the Bronx, and parts of Connecticut, and there’s no minimum order.
Harper’s is open for lunch Tuesday through Friday, dinner throughout the week, and brunch on weekends, featuring plates of delectable avocado toast, duck confit, chorizo hash, and grilled octopus. Pair your dinners with one of their signature craft cocktails or your brunch with a light and fruity rosé sangria, or if you’re more in the mood for happy hour you can grab $5 draughts and $8 glasses of wine to wash down your $2 oysters and $10 ribs. (Weekly specials also include $20 burger-and-beer Mondays, 1/2-price wine bottle Tuesdays, and a personal favorite: ‘No Corking Fee’ Wednesdays for us persnickety oenophiles.)
92 Main St, Dobbs Ferry
Tortilleria La Milpa de Rosa
1 Bridge St, Yonkers
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