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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017 

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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017: Foodies know the drill! HVRW lasts from Mon, 10/30 to Sun, 11/12. During HVRW you can get a three course lunch for $22.95 or dinner for $32.95 at 114 restaurants in Westchester 93 more throughout the Hudson Valley. It’s a great excuse to duck your head into some of your favorite local eateries. If you are itching to get out of town, we found seven more that are worth the trip.

hvrw_modernebarn Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2016 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017 Reconnect with your local faves even if you have to say TGIF on a Tuesday.

Armonk: Beehive (Lunch: Mon-Fri, Dinner: Mon-Sun) Armonk’s favorite three meal eatery: Mariachi Mexico (Dinner: Tues-Sun) Authentic Mexican serving seasonal ingredients and organic meats in the little blue hacienda building. Moderne Barn (Lunch: Mon-Fri, Dinner: Mon-Thurs & Sun) Ever popular new American from the Livanos family. Zero Otto Nove (Lunch & Dinner: Tues-Fri & Sun) Arthur Avenue in Armonk.

Bedford: Nobody’s playing in Bedford.

Brewster: Clock Tower Grill (Lunch & Dinner: Tues-Sun) Get your grits on at the Clock Tower Grill.

Chappaqua: Crabtree’s Kittle House: (Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Fri) Chappaqua classic from the days of Henry Fonda and Talulah Bankhead. Le Jardin du Roi: (Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Sun) From pain perdu to steak au poivre. Aesop’s Fable (Lunch & Dinner: Tues-Sun) New Chappaqua farm-to-table with eclectic menu. Not listed yet in WTD but we’re on it.

Croton Falls: Primavera: (Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Sun) Great Victorian house. Very traditional Italian. Order the duck ravioli in walnut sauce.

Katonah: Le Fontane: (Lunch: Tues-Sun & Dinner: Mon-Sun) Traditional southern Italian in Katonah.

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2016 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017 Mount Kisco: Cafe of Love: (Lunch & Dinner: Tues-Sun) Taking farm to table on a global adventure.  Lexington Square Cafe: (Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Sun) Regional American with Pac-Rim flair. Little Drunken Chef: (Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Thurs & Sun)  Affordable tapas menu for share-heads. Winston (Dinner: Tues-Fri & Sun) Fine dining with a Prohibition era vibe.

Pleasantville: Nobody’s playing in Pleasantville.

Pound Ridge: Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean Georges (Lunch Mon-Fri), Three-Michelin star chef in the Burbs. Dinardo’s: (Lunch: Tues-Thurs & Sat-Sun & Dinner: Tues-Thurs & Sun) Pound Ridge/New Canaan A-listers eat ‘za here! 

North Salem: 121 Restaurant: (Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Thurs & Sun) Beyond bistro from Jean Georges protege. Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish; (Lunch & dinner: Mon-Sun) Farm to table meets dock to table.

Thornwood: Risotto:(Dinner: Mon-Sun) Risotto six ways!

Worth The Trip

HVRW_CraveSignage440 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017 Crave Restaurant – Poughkeepsie: (Dinner: Tues-Sat) Poughkeepsie’s finest is the favorite for local IBM-ers. CIA grad, Chef Edward Kowalski, Crave serves up a seasonal mix of pastas, duck, salmon and Kobe steak. Tucked away under the Walkway Over the Hudson, you can tie in a scenic walk over the river on this steel cantilevered bridge built in 1889 (a mile and a quarter long) with your meal. A rare restaurant where we wouldn’t mind a 5pm seating. The walk over the bridge will work up an early appetite,  (Start texting your BFF’s.) (129 Washington St., Poughkeepsie, 845.452.3501; www.craverestaurantandlounge)

Caterina de Medici – Hyde Park: (Lunch: Mon-Fri, Dinner: Mon-Sat) HVRW is a great Caterina de Medici in Hyde Park Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017 excuse to get up to the Culinary Institute of America. CIA’s French restaurant Bocuse and their iconic Tuscan Caterina de’ Medici play HVRW sans blackouts. We chose Caterina de’ Medici for it’s top-rated decor and its dining room with crystal chandeliers, overlooking the Hudson River. For a rendezvous with history check out the FDR Museum while you are there. (1946 Campus Dr., (Rt. 9) Hyde Park;  www.ciarestaurants.com)

Red Hat on the River – Irvington: red_hat_interior_exteriorview_dusk Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017 Lunch: Mon-Sat & Dinner: Mon-Thurs & Sun. We just added Red Hat to our What To Do Bucket List for their modern take on French bistro in an industrial setting with double height ceilings, near floor-to-ceiling, white, wood-frame windows and off the chart river views. Set in what was the boiler room of the 1870 Lord & Burnham Greenhouse factory, the dining room embraces its industrial bones with steel girders and brick, brick, brick. The red leather banquettes, pewter bar and WPA-era art evokes the feeling of a turn of the century Parisian bistro. Don’t miss the Frites! (63 Main Street, Irvington , 914.591.5888;  www.redhatontheriver.com)

The Roundhouse by Terrance Brennan – Beacon: (Dinner: Wed-Sa): Keeping in the theme of dining in renovated factory buildings, this one (featured in Architectural Digest) also offers a waterfall view. It’s located near The Dia: Beacon, the fabulous HVRW_RoundhouseScout_101-1 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017 site-specific art museum which we recently profiled. But we really added this because of Chef Terrance Brennan. Brennan took over the kitchen in The Roundhouse a year ago after 22 years at the elegant Picholine on 64th St. near Lincoln Center. There he earned two Michelin stars, three from The New York Times and four from New York Magazine. Worth the trip for $32.95? We think so. Take in an exhibit at The Dia while you are there and you’ll have two posts that will get hundreds of Facebook likes. (2 E. Main St., Beacon, 845.765.8369; www.roundhousebeacon.com)

saltaire_dining_room Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2016 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017 Saltaire – Port Chester: (Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Sun) With NO BLACK OUT, jump at this chance to dine at fish peddler Les Barnes’ aquaculture emporium during HVRW! Here, in this stately cathedral ceilinged room in a hundred year old grain warehouse along the banks of the Byram River, you’ll find another great industrial renovation. Les Barnes delivers a fish happy menu with a killer raw bar served in their dining room or at their cavernous bar/gastro pub where you can get up close and personal with the shell fish. Did we mention that The New York Times did gave them an Excellent rating. (55 Abendroth Ave., Port Chester, 914.939.2425;  www.saltaireoysterbar.com)

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017

Valley Restaurant, Inn At The Garrison: (Dinner: Thurs-Sat) Forget about the traditional Windsor chairs in the dining room. Valley received an Excellent rating from the NY Times and was regularly ranked high on Zagats list of Best Farm to Table restaurants.We also like that they always publish a menu for HVRW. We’re going for the Celery Root Soup with crispy pancetta, chives and sea salt, Braised Short Rib with parsley root and truffled jus and the flourless chocolate cake. And the Hudson Highland views. (2015 US 9 at Snake Hill Rd., Garrison, 845. 424. 3604; www.thegarrison.com)

X2O Xavier’s on the Hudson – Yonkers: (Lunch & Dinner: Mon-Sun) Not only does Chef Peter Kelly’s waterfront spectacular in Yonkers have X2O Xavier's on the Hudson Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Fall 2017 great food and river views, but he plays HVRW with NO BLACKOUT DATES and even publishes a menu. X2O is a perennial Hudson Valley favorite and sits in the Hudson River on a turn of the century Victorian pier. Its main dining room with 25 foot vaulted ceilings and walls of glass offer river views from the Tappan Zee to the George Washington Bridge. Peter Kelly’s New American menu with Mediterranean and Asian influences regularly scores in the top ten in the Hudson Valley. (71 Water Grant St., Yonkers; www.xaviers.com)

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