Top 10 Most-Read Posts Of 2015

Here are the stories you clicked on the most this year. Surprise, surprise—people love reading about Westchester restaurants.

If there’s one thing clear about our readers from this list of the most-read articles Westchester Magazine published in 2015 it’s this: you want to explore everything Westchester has to offer. Among our most read articles are guides to the best new restaurants, hidden gems in the county, and places to take a road trip. Here, starting at number 10, are the articles our readers clicked on the most this year. 

 

The 7 Most Creative, Crazy, And Downright Insane Burgers In Westchester

From oversized offerings to out-of-the-ordinary ingredients, these seven servings are not for the faint of heart—or the weak of stomach.

It’s a verifiable fact that there’s no shortage of excellent hamburgers available in Westchester County. In fact, according to City-Data.com, there are 17 McDonald’s locations throughout the county. Kidding.

From X2O to some of our smallest joints, a mighty fine burger is never far. But, for the adventurous eater, sometimes it’s not all about the Kobe beef or the slow-toasted bun. Sometimes, the odd can trump the artisan.

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Here, we list the seven most creative, obscure, or downright dangerous burgers being made in Westchester today

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Yorktown High School Student Wins Epic Dance-Off; Video Goes Viral

This Yorktown High School student looks like the last person in the world who’d dominate a dance-off—until he starts moving.

Everyone loves a good underdog story.

A Yorktown High School student rose to internet fame on Saturday after an epic dance-off video surfaced and immediately went viral.

What began as a seemingly unfair competition after the first dancer, Josh, dazzled the crowd with fancy footwork, ended in stunning surprise defeat as Kevin, lanky and unassuming, shut it all down with a set of fluid dance moves that makes us wonder: how did he do that? 

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The Best Places To Go Apple Picking

Which ones sell cider? Which ones have corn mazes? And which ones have those delicious apple-cider donuts?

Apple picking isn’t just about the apples—everybody knows that. From hay rides, corn mazes, cider doughnuts and everything in between, the Hudson Valley is your one-stop-shop for your fall apple fix. Check out the best places within an hour’s drive from White Plains.

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Best Hudson Valley Fall Road Trips—That You Can Make In A Day

Follow these routes to take in the best of the gorgeous Hudson Valley in fall.

Autumn in the Hudson Valley is gorgeous, but also incredibly short, so best to try to experience as much of it as possible. Peak foliage is coming soon to the Hudson Valley, and with gas prices low, this is the perfect time to get in the car and go. Here are routes for three great trips, including the best places to stop for food, views, drinks, or just to stretch your legs. All trips involve about an hour of driving

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Westchester’s Best Places To Live

Whatever you’re into, Westchester has a town to fit your needs.

White picket fence or doorman in the lobby? Parking near the theater or a place to float your kayak? Ample restaurant and nightlife options or acres of open space? Whatever amenities you’re seeking, Westchester has great neighborhoods to suit every lifestyle.

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34—Count ‘Em—Hidden Gems Of Westchester County

For the record, we can keep a secret—but what fun would that be? Instead, we’re spilling the beans on 34 of our favorite off-the-beaten-track locations.

1. Daido

Fish cakes, dried seaweed, burdock root, cuttle fish sashimi—okay, so not the usual things at the top of most county residents’ shopping lists. But there’s a surprise in store on the shelves at Japanese supermarket Daido in White Plains: French creampuffs. Yes, on Sundays they have French creampuffs ($1.50). They are unbelievably soft and delicious ones, too: not overly sweet, and filled-to-order at the small bakery in the corner beyond the checkout lanes. Remember, Sundays only!

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5 Destinations For Gorgeous Outdoor Dining In Westchester

Where to dine outdoors as the weather turns warm.

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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Westchester’s Best Italian Restaurants

19 county restaurants from three Italian culinary genres.

According to online restaurant guide Urbanspoon, there are 428 Italian dining options in Westchester. Though the county serves up many excellent choices representing different styles of Italian dining, we couldn’t include them all. (And, we decided to put aside places primarily known for pizza, such as Fortina in Armonk/Rye Brook and Burrata in Eastchester; that’s another feature for another issue.) So we sifted through the rest and narrowed down our list to 19 establishments. Some spots warmed our souls and bellies; others sent chills down our spines (in a good way). Whether you crave something modern and edgy, classic and classy, or totally old-school, you’re sure to find it on the following pages.

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106 Great Things To Do Around Westchester This Summer

There are plenty of events happening throughout the county in the upcoming months, here are all of our top picks, sorted by month.

Memorial Day Parade – May 25

Kick off the summer—and pay homage to the vets—with a good old-fashioned Memorial Day parade. From New Rochelle to White Plains to Yorktown Heights, you’ll find celebrations all over the county. 

Soup delivery! – May 26th

Bummed to be back at work after the long weekend? Look forward to a delivery of seasonal soup from Fifty Two Soups. The Westchester-based company serves up a different whimsically named option each week, along with other specials like mac ’n’ cheese. Just remember to place your order by Friday for Monday (or, in this case, Tuesday) delivery.

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9 Best New Restaurants

To grace this list, a restaurant must offer a dining experience that pulls you back again and again.

This magazine typically does a best new restaurant roundup every year or two, but the last time we did that was October 2012. In 2013 and 2014, we just weren’t happy enough with the crop of newcomers to fill an entire feature. So we waited an extra year—and it was worth it. So much has transpired in the dining scene over the past couple of years that there were many worthy contenders, from which we selected nine. One simple prerequisite was that restaurants must have opened January 2014 or later to qualify as new. More significantly, to grace these pages, a restaurant must offer a dining experience that pulls you back again and again—an experience that has you posting on Instagram and recommending the place to everyone you know (and perhaps a few strangers too). So get out there and try truly authentic Mexican, real Chinese food, creative New American, artisanal Italian, and more at our favorite new restaurants. 

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