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Notable Noshes Nearby: Your Guide to Northern Westchester’s Best Restaurants

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121 Restaurant & Bar $$$

Sheer “share food” fun from Jean Georges protege Beck Bolender

www.121restaurant.com

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Foodies who like to share will gravitate to the “global small plates” and “smears” part of new Chef Beck Bolender’s “spa/bistro” menu that looks beyond the starchiness of contemporary comfort food. Chef Beck spent 5 years at Jean Georges in NYC where he became the youngest sous chef in its history. Their recent facelift offers an urban/country vibe that draws the BRLA crowd and border jumpers from Ridgefield. Fireplace and outdoor dining. (2 Dingle Ridge Rd., N. Salem, 914.669.0121; see our review)

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251 Lex $$$+

www.251lex.com

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Chef Constantine Kalandranis’s notable newcomer quickly secured it’s reputation as a place that all serious foodies must explore. His locally sourced Mediterranean inspired menu changes daily and reflects his flair for creating endless riffs on fresh seafood and crudo. Period. There’s nothing more to say other than we loved the goat cheese gnudi with blue prawns and citrus flower, the crispy-skinned Poussin with lemon potatoes and the pear and yogurt cake with coconut flakes. Oh, and they have an outdoor pit where they will be roasting whole animals in the spring. We’ll be back for that. (251 Lexington Ave., Mt. Kisco, 914.218.8156; see our review)

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Amore Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen $$


Much better!

www.amorearmonk.com

Kudos to the Mazzotta brothers for turning an Armonk downtown eyesore that had become a graveyard for restaurateur’s dreams into a cozy Tuscan farmhouse with all the country/industrial charm of a contemporary bistro/trattoria – high ceilings, brick walls, exposed venting, recycled barnwood and industrial lighting. Outside there are exciting plans for a large brookside terrazzo patio with wood fired pizza oven. And the food got an upgrade too. Family friendly. Couples friendly. Nice bar. (1 Kent Place, Armonk, 914.273.3535; see our review)

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Antipasti di Napoli $$$$

Trattoria in The Briarcliff Manor – formerly The Haymount House

www.thebriarcliffmanor.com

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The New York Times rated The Haymount House a “Don’t Miss. We missed it. Now it’s a Banquet House, The Briarcliff Manor, with a trattoria inside. The menu is classic Italian (Penne a la Vodka, Penne Puttanesca, Pollo Tuscana, Pollo Scarpariella) plus Tuscan style and Neapolitan Flatbread pizzas. But it’s a great old house overlooking the Hudson so … so we’ll jump on this soon and let you know. (25 Studio Hill Rd., Briarcliff, 914.502.0080)

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Armonk House $$+

Eclectic America Bistro with weekend music & local celebs

http://armonkhouseny.com

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Finally, Armonk gets a bistro serving up an eclectic mix of comfort food favorites from Ahi Tuna Tacos, Grandma Anna’s Mac & Cheese and red beet & goat cheese salad to pan seared salmon, grilled flat iron steak and Big Connie’s 8 oz. Angus burger. Catch  local jazz, rock & cabaret acts including Armonk’s own Bernie Williams and friends on weekends. (111 Bedford Rd. (Elide Plaza) Armonk, 914.219.5860)

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Bacio Trattoria $$

How you spell Italian in Cross River

www.baciotrattoria.com

Well regarded neighborhood Italian (and sister restaurant to Katonah’s Blue Dolphin) serving home style Mediterranean cuisine from braised pork shank and grilled trout with fresh herbs to pappardelle Bolognese. (12 N. Salem Rd., Cross River, 914.763.2233)

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Bambou Asian Tapas and Bar $$


Asian tapas on the river’s edge

www.BambouRestaurant.com

Yona Hsieh’s (shay) hip Asian tapas bar in the River’s Edge complex in Glenville has ambience, style and a cutting-edge menu inspired by the flavors of Asian street food. Wok, grill and sushi bar. Creative martinis and patio dining. Yona is the former owner of Koo in Rye. (328 Pemberwick Rd., Glenville, CT, 203.531.3322)

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Bedford 234 $$$

NEW! Formerly The Meetinghouse

www.bedford234.com

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Bedford residents Mitchell and Lynn Samberg and Hudson Valley chef Tom McAliney’s dressed down renovation and dressed up menu of this popular Bedford Village bistro looks like a winner. Their seasonal Hudson Valley American menu (Potato Pancakes, Grilled Shrimp and Grits) with Mediterranean and Asian influences (Shredded Duck Boa Buns, House Made Bucatini, and Greek Style Swordfish) hits all the right notes. With daily mac n cheese specials, a grass fed burger, truffle fries and Lobster Knuckle “Escargot”.  We’ll be reviewing soon and when we go we’ll be counting the jodhpurs.  (635 Old Post Rd., Bedford Village, 914.234.5656; see our review)

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Beehive $$


Armonk’s most popular 3-meal eatery

www.beehive-restaurant.com

This spot-on American with Greek flourishes is one of Armonk’s most popular three-meal eateries. Grab a burger, Belgian style mussels and fries, Uncle Louie’s Moussaka or one of their daily specials like braised shorts ribs. (30 Old Rt. 22, Armonk, 914.765.0688)

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Bistro 146 $$$


Fresh fish daily

www.bistro146.com

New Seafood grill in Pleasantville is creating much buzz. Chef Marcelo Cheque (former EC of Cask Bar & Kitchen in NYC) gets fresh fish daily from Conte’s Seafood. Call for weekend reservations for this 35 seater or wait in line. (146 Bedford Rd., Pleasantville, 914.495.3992)

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Blazer Pub $

Irresistible back country dive bar for burgers, wings & chili

www.theblazerpub.com

Pub menu of well reviewed burgers, hand cut steak fries, and chili. It’s an irresistible back country dive bar with an eclectic assortment of equestrian, golf, baseball, and college memorabilia. Shuffle board bowling/Ms. Pacman. Cash only! (440 Rt. 22, Purdys, 914.277.4424)

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Blue Dolphin Ristorante $$

Diner on the outside Caprese cuisine on the inside in Katonah

www.thebluedolphinny.com

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This popular Katonah southern Italian in converted diner scores well with its flavorful Caprese cuisine and moderate prices. Often packed. No reservations. (175 Katonah Ave.,Katonah, 914.232.4791)

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Broadway North Pizzeria Restaurant $

The (un)official pizzeria of the Armonk Little League

www.broadwaynorthpizza.com

The unofficial Pizzeria of Armonk baseball – so you know there’s some serious ‘za happening here. Try the pizza squares, soups and traditional Italian specialties. Lunch special: 2 plain slices and a soda for $5. (393 Main St., Armonk, 914.273.2231)

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Café of Love $$$


Taking farm to table on a global adventure

www.cafeofloveny.com

The seasonal menu at this French-American (from Lesley Lampert, former Senior Edit at Ladies Home Journal) hits the right notes from the stout-braised short ribs to the organic fines herbes omelet. Fans rave about the farmhouse table loaded with warm breads and antipasti. (38 E. Main St., Mt. Kisco, 914.242.1001)

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Campagna at the Bedford Post Inn $$$$

Not Just for Anniversaries anymore!

www.campagna-bedford.com

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The pairing of Richard Gere’s Bedford Post Inn with the Altamarea Restaurant Group and all-star Italian Chef Michael White is more than a marriage of two Relais & Chateau level service providers. Michael White’s countryside Italian fare, with its famed pasta program and creative small plates menu, instantly transforms this romantic special occasion restaurant in a rustic/elegant 1760′s house in rural Bedford into a highly pedigreed yet accessible go-to spot for everything from a casual mid-week meal to … yes, the perfect birthday or anniversary spot. (954 Old Post Rd. /Rte. 121, Bedford, 914.234.7800; see our review)

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Chappaqua Station Farm to Town $$+

Every town should have a Chappaqua Station

www.chappaquastation.com

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Set in the historic fieldstone depot built by the New York Central Railroad in 1902, Chappaqua Station, the brainchild of Peter and Erin Chase who both got their start with Ian Schrager Hotels, is a townies’ dream. It’s a commuter coffee (and muffins) shop in the morning, a laptops and nosh spot (coffee and oatmeal) in the mid-morning, a ladies who lunch (flatbreads and salads) oasis and a well pedigreed Euro style café at night. Chef Alan Ashkinaze, a Four Star/Four Diamond award winner, serves up a smart small bites menu of amazing charcuterie, cheeses, flatbreads and a short list of entrees and sides like tuna tataki and filet mignon and roasted cauliflower with raisins, pine nuts, capers and peppers. Their Saturday Jazz nights are worth the trip from anywhere.(1 Station Plaza, Chappaqua, 914.861.8001; see our review)

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Chappaqua Tavern $$$

1920s style American bar & restaurant

www.chappaquatavern.co

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This casually upscale bar and restaurant that beckons the spirits of a neighborhood tavern from the 1920s hits all the right notes with its bistro menu that includes NY style pizza, dry rub wings, a Kobe burger, fish tacos and an oven roasted half-chicken and drunken salmon on the entrée menu. On tap there’s the requisite craft beers, a half-price beer/wine Happy Hour, half-price bottled wine on Wine & Dine Wednesdays, a weekend brunch, a kids’ menu and they’re brewing Bonjo coffee right across the street from Starbucks. (76 King St., Chappaqua, NY, 914.861.2744)

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Clock Tower Grill $$$

Innovative American bistro in Brewster

www.clocktowergrill.com

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We recently discovered this innovative Brewster bistro and add it to our list for local foodies willing to stretch for an imaginative bistro menu that shows a commitment to sourcing ingredients from local/sustainable/organic farms. Chef Rich Parente and wife Cassie have been serving up signature dishes like their Warwick Brandy cured and apple wood smoked Long Island Duck with cheddar grits and wild lingonberry demi; bourbon braised short ribs, coriander dusted seared tuna and roasted butternut squash doughnuts with a bourbon caramel glaze to northern Westchester fans since 2013. Check out the skateboard art on the walls from local students. (512 Clock Tower Drive, Brewster 845-582-0574, http://www.clocktowergrill.com)

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CLOSED!!! Via Vanti! $$+

Not your father’s Italian restaurant

www.viavanti.com

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Not your father’s Italian restaurant. On the menu at this gem in the Mt. Kisco train station you can find pasta-less lasagna, a pinot bbq burger, figgy piggy salad, pasta in an angry red sauce and “amazing” gelato. Or, seasonal fare like amarone braised beef with risotto, and grilled pumpkin and sage pizzette. (2 Kirby Plz., Mt. Kisco, 914.666.6400)

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Conte’s Fish Market $$$


Restaurants buy their fresh fish here

www.contesfish.com

Fresh fish specials in this fish store by day, restaurant by night from the Conte family who has been trekking to the Fulton Fish market since 1894.  Lobster Lunacy on Wed. night.  Seatings at 6 and 8:30. Cash only. Cork service. (448 Main St., Mt. Kisco, 914.666.3962)

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