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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Jubiloso Jamon Iberico
Peniche, White Plains’s chic Spanish grotto, carries the pig products that get foodies panting. Look for silky legs of heady jamon Iberico, aged two years and lovingly sliced before your eyes on a flame-red Berkel slicer. Or hold out for the Beluga of swine, super-elite Jamon Iberico de Belotta—a heritage-breed Cerdo Negro (“black pig”), carefully raised on forest-floor forage, then finished strictly on acorns. After drying for three years, this high-end jamon yields melting fat and subtly nutty flesh. Admittedly, we’re porkophiles…but this is our idea of the lap of luxury.
➤ Peniche Tapas Restaurant
175 Main St, White Plains (914) 421-5012
Killer Kobe (and Wagyu That Wows)
The soaring, light-filled space under the Ritz-Carlton tower is the pied-à-terre of a carnivore Olympian, Executive Chef Laurent Tourondel. His paean to the hoof begins with elite, branded steaks—and includes a $26-per-ounce Japanese Kobe strip steak (each ounce yielding two bites), a miracle of marbling that results from beer diets, and fat-distributing massages. Of course, if your tastes run to lesser labels, you’ll find American Wagyu ribeye at $92 per 12-ounce steak—and don’t forget Chef de Cuisine Scott Drozd’s daily blackboard menu for up-to-the-minute seasonal specials.
➤ BLT Steak
221 Main St, White Plains (914) 467-5500
Lavish, Latte-Laden Lasagna
Taking a page from the dairy-filled cooking of his ancestral Marche, Italy, ex-Babbo and ex-Zuppa Chef Dave DiBari’s lasagna eschews tomato ragu for the milk-based besciamella (Italian bechamel) of the North. At his new Dobbs Ferry spot (which he opened with Zuppa’s frontman Michael O’Neill), DiBari offers creamy, ricotta-dotted, house-rolled pasta sheets, layered with a forest of fragrant wild mushrooms. Subtly golden and pearly white, DiBari’s lasagna is a creamy revelation—making all those red-sauced foil trays of your youth seem vulgar by comparison.
➤ The Cookery
39 Chestnut St, Dobbs Ferry (914) 305-2336
Mondays and Magret
The Kittle House has scores of fan favorites—like its dreamy “steak and eggs,” which, despite its diner-ish name, is actually discs of buttery filet mignon gilded by an oozing duck’s egg. Yet among tony plates of foie gras, lobster rolls, Kanpachi crudo, and Australian lamb chops, we’re most smitten by the Kittle House’s delicious duck duo. A classic pairing of magret and confit, the ho-hum gets hit out of the park when the rare breast arrives with confit dumplings, cipollini onions, maiitaki mushrooms, and darkly fruity preserved Bing cherry broth. Traditional yet trendy, terrestrial yet elegant, it’s just what you’d expect from this food-and-wine-centric country retreat. What’s better? Mondays bring jaw-dropping wine bargains as the Kittle House makes room in its Wine Spectator Grand Award-winning cellar.
➤ Crabtree’s Kittle House
11 Kittle Rd, Chappaqua (914) 666-8044