For more than 24 years, this cozy storefront eatery has been serving such fare as paella Valeciana, a hearty mariscada fish stew, and chicken Frexeil. Open for lunch and dinner every day. Call for reservations on the weekend.
Portugal, with more than 1,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, offers simple cuisine inspired by the sea. Nowhere else in the county can you have a heartier or more traditional Portuguese meal than at Fernando Cabral’s Caravela. The longtime restaurant (this past March, Cabral celebrated his eatery’s 20th anniversary) serves up heaping Old-World plates of sautéed shrimp Lisbon-style (in a garlic, brandy, and spicy tomato-cream sauce), broiled whole sardines, baked red snapper, mariscada seafood stew, and pork Alentejo with littleneck clams. Rice, black beans, and steamed vegetables accompany every entrée, so come hungry.
Old World graciousness (love the gratis plate of olives and sausage brought to the table), hearty dishes packed with Atlantic coastline fish and shellfish, and friendly native servers make a visit to Caravela feel like a jaunt to Lisbon. Don't expect emulsions and elaborate presentations at the tradition-minded restaurant, just robust home-style Portuguese cooking, palate-pleasing es this delicious creation.
Expertly prepared seafood (salt-cured codfish, seafood stew in a red or cream sauce) and filling peasant dishes of Portugal and Brazil (a former Portuguese colony) is the specialization at 19-year-old Caravela, which is the Portuguese word for the class of sailing ship used by European explorers in the 15th and 16th centuries. Generous sidewalk seating in the heart of Tarrytown makes this an ideal warm weather dining spot. Just don't forget that glass of port with your smoky, garlicky chorizo and Portuguese potato soup (caldo verde).