Best of Westchester
Best Tavern (2008)
At this neighborhood watering hole-turned-homey family restaurant, friendly old-timers still hold court at the bar; and even pitch in and lend a hand to the staff when things get busy. The menu has expanded from its legendary signature pizza to many more crowd-pleasers, including an amazing country salad, a to-die-for artichoke dip, and freshly ground, belly-filling half-pound burgers. (No freezer-burned patties in this place!) 'Most of what we serve here is made to order,' notes owner Lynn Panessa. As with the bar on Cheers, it doesn't take long to become a regular at this cozy village hotspot. The bar's tagline is, 'Proper attire is not required, but proper attitude is.' 'Everyone has so much fun here.' Especially on Saturday nights, when live music gets the joint really jumping, and people on their feet dancing. Other patrons, meanwhile, appreciate the tavern's outdoor seating and its primo location: just across from the bridge leading to Senasqua Park where live concerts are held, making the Tavern the top pre-concert dining spot. While the local word-of-mouth about the food and drink entices new patrons to give the tavern a try (its new state-of-the-art draught-line system keeps the beer refreshingly ice-cold), it's ultimately the attentive service and convivial atmosphere that keeps 'em coming back for more. 'It's a small tavern,' Panessa says, 'with a big heart.'
Best Apple Pie (2012)
Real fruit pies seem to have gone the way of the dodo. Double crusts are laborious to roll, and the work is not suited to economies of scale. We love the few, the proud, that make pies the old-fashioned way. Dave Tuttle’s handmade, buttery-crusted, juice-soaked pies win our hearts—and our taste buds.
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