Westchester Food Lover's A to Z Guide
Let your fingers do the walking with our up-to-date dining and drinking guide.
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Photography by Andre Baranowski
A is for Apple…not!
We admit it—there was a time when Westchester’s dining scene merited the grammar-school treatment, but these days, in Westchester, the letter A can stand for anything. Absinthe, Albóndigas, Amaranth, or Antipasti…to be enjoyed on Tarry Lodge’s anticipated roof deck with Chefs Mario Batali and Andy Nusser.
Looking for dreamy dishes, hot chefs, and heavenly cocktails? Look no further—we’ve got them all, from A to Z.
Antipasti and Andy
Westchester’s newest culinary celebrity, Chef Andy Nusser of Tarry Lodge (a Hastings-on-Hudson resident, with wife Patty and their two children) is slinging rustic wood-fired pizzas and Italocentric small plates in a lovingly renovated Port Chester landmark. Look for easy prices and intense flavors, making profuse ordering a downright obligation. Though the selection is wide, favorite starters like Nusser’s melting, white cloud of whipped baccala Mantecato, or the pork-worshipping Tarry carne mista (a massive wooden paddle of hams and salume) keep us clicking Open Table with baited breath, desperate to snag a spot. And just think…it’s only going to get more popular with the opening of Tarry Lodge’s roof deck.
➤ Tarry Lodge
18 Mill St, Port Chester (914) 939-3111
We admit there was a moment when every Podunk town had a brew-pub, slinging watery, manifestly “micro-brewed” suds that usually paled next to larger brews like Anchor Steam. Don’t be put off by the busted trend. Pleasantville’s Scott Vaccaro is gaining national acclaim with complex, sophisticated beers whose charms exceed their immediate surroundings. Available at Captain Lawrence’s Castleton Street brewery, Whole Foods Market, Blue Hill at Stone Barns (and New York City foodie meccas, Gramercy Tavern, the Spotted Pig, and Fette Sau), Captain Lawrence beer is a big, bold jewel in Westchester’s glittering food crown.
➤ Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
99 Castleton St, Pleasantville (914) 741-BEER
Celebrity Cowboy Ribeye
Booyah! In your face! Iron Chef challenger—and winner—Chef Peter Kelly is putting his triumphant, Flintstonian ode to steer on X2O’s regular menu. Kelly’s massive beefy/buttery steak has a built-in bony handle: it’s just the thing to grip as you bask in Hudson-side views of Manhattan and the Tappan Zee Bridge (while, of course, dipping into X2O’s amazing wine cellar). And just in case you haven’t heard, X2O was named Westchester/Hudson Valley’s Most Popular Restaurant by the Zagat Survey 2009/10—though, still unaffected by fame, Chef Kelly often greets diners in person.
➤ X2O Xaviars on the Hudson
71 Water Grant St, Yonkers (914) 965-1111
These warm, golden circles of deep-fried deliciousness arrive tossed in a velvety pool of creamy glaze, slapped with an almost-too-much blizzard of confectioner’s sugar. And just when you think that this locavorian bar and grill, co-owned by David Starkey of Dobbs Ferry’s Tomatillo, has fallen overboard on the sugar ship, dips of nearly uncooked apricot jam and intense chocolate sauce snap all that sweetness back into balance.
➤ Sweet Grass Grill
24 Main St, Tarrytown (914) 631-0000