Best of Westchester
Best Apple Rhubarb Pie (2010)
The depth and flakiness of a lard crust and a blend of sweet and savory apples with young spring rhubarb is fruit-pie heaven.
Best New Small Plates Menu (2009)
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.
Best Take on Bagels and Lox (2007)
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 In-House Pastry Shop (2004)
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.
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