Best of Westchester
Best New Restaurant (2010)
David DiBari (back of the house) and Michael O’Neill (front of the house) have created a dining homage to family cooking, serving modern yet unfussy takes on nostalgic Italian dishes. Sit at the large windowside table that once belonged to DiBari’s grandmother, sip a Sicilian Santa Anastasia Nero d’Avola ($9), and enjoy made-by-hand pastas (luscious, mint-spiked lamb Bolognese; cauliflower ravioli in lemon-brown butter), and fresh-made ricotta used in a host of dishes including on crostini with truffle honey and in Northern Italian-style lasagna layered with béchamel, ham, and mushrooms. And considering the stellar fare, the prices are modest (pastas $11-$14; entrées $21-$26). Don’t forget Sunday brunch either; order the Tuscan French toast with Nutella and bananas—eccellente!
Best Gay Night (2012)
Hump Thursdays at The Cookery restaurant is a refreshingly low-key “gay hangout” every other Thursday. “I lived in Westchester and I knew there was nowhere to go for a gay scene,” says Cookery Special Events Manager Bjorn Van Wyngaardt, who pours generous drinks at the bar and runs the event. The vibe he’s fostered is relaxed, social, and inclusive, with both men and women over 21. And, with $6 cocktails and $5 beers, plus cheeky drinks like the Master Cleanse (a variation on the diet fad, that would be citron vodka, lemon juice, maple syrup, and cayenne pepper), who can blame them for preferring it to the City scene?
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