This airy French-Mediterranean bistro and wine bar offers a well-priced tastings menu ($6-$8) with dishes such as Moroccan-spiced shrimp, port-poached fig with manchego, and Tunisian-glazed chicken wings. Main courses include a dry-aged Angus strip, grilled fish, and seared Peking duck. Don’t leave without trying the restaurant’s signature “Chiboust” dessert (a heady passion fruit mousse). Dinner Wed through Mon; lunch Fri to Sun. Brunch on Sun.
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Sometimes you just don’t feel like chomping on a great big hunk of steak or dining on a whole roasted branzini. Sometimes you want to eat light—but you still want to eat well. Enter Chiboust, which we loved as a traditional fine-dining spot and now love even more for its small-plates menu. “We wanted to attract a new clientele that didn’t feel they had to have a three-course meal,” says owner and pastry chef Jill Rose. Love the crispy flatbreads, truffle-crusted macaroni and cheese, Wagyu burger, and asparagus and Mediterranean salt cod cakes with pickled watermelon.
A bagel and lox is a quick meal found in most any deli or bagel store. But for an upgraded version, look no further than the lunch menu at Chiboust, owner Jill Rose's darling French-Mediterranean bistro on Tarrytown's main drag. A flaky and wonderfully oversized buttery croissant, baked daily by Rose herself (former pastry chef at Lespinasse), is layered with satiny gravlax-style wild salmon cured in house by chef Vijay Raghavan and spread with velvety, slightly tangy creme fraiche. Pickled lemon adds tartness, red onion and watercress lend crunch, and capers some sea-worthy brininess. You'll never look at a poppy seed with lox and a schmear the same way again.
Best Banana Dulce de Leche Crumble (2012)
Chef Jill Rose’s desserts are legendary—buttery croissants, lemony tarts, her famed Chiboust cake. But we have a special place in our hearts for this homey, buttery crumble that unites banana with the butterscotch sweetness of dulce de leche.