Westchester has long been a foodie haven. Not only have countless city chefs opened up outposts in the Westchester suburbs, but that area is packed with unique local favorites and one-off eateries you’ll only find here. Put it all together, and Westchester is a hotspot for families and for visiting foodies looking for a great meal out.
The latest in Westchester restaurant landscape? café Alaia in Scarsdale. Insiders say the restaurant was supposed to open in Brooklyn but, after the lease fell through, the team brought it to the ‘burbs. Brooklyn’s loss is, hands down, Scarsdale’s gain — café Alaia offers an upscale, authentic Neapolitan menu in a great space. Wee Westchester tested out this new must-try, sampling the beef meatballs with buffalo ricotta, Caesar salad and homemade pastas, all of which the reviewers loved — and loved the “Park Slope” vibe. Check out the full review HERE.
While it’s not confirmed, there’s also been significant speculation that BV Grill is moving into the open space on Chase Road, also in Scarsdale. If Bobby Van opened one of his restaurants in the area, he wouldn’t be alone — Jean-Georges’ The Inn at Pound Ridge is the Westchester outpost of the famed chef. It joins his restaurants in New York, LA, Paris, Tokyo and Dubai, serving up an incredible and diverse menu — think salads, pastas, fish, organic chicken and homemade desserts.
Another NYC staple, now in the suburbs? Chef Constantine Kalandranis, who runs 273 Kitchen in Harrison as well as restaurants in Nyack and Mount Kisco. He and his team spent years in the city, before taking their neighborhood approach to Westchester, Rockland and the Hudson Valley. And don’t forget BLT Steak in White Plains, sister restaurant to the original BLT on East 57th Street.
Besides that, again, there are those amazing Westchester institutions. Blue Hill at Stone Barns was recently ranked #11 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant List, and was named the Best Restaurant in America. There’s also X2O Xaviars on the Hudson with Chef Peter Kelly at the helm, and Chef David DiBari’s The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry — a snout-to-tail restaurant that could easily go head-to-head with any of April Bloomfield’s restaurants. They’re all Westchester classics, and they’re all attracting increased numbers of locals and visitors — even city visitors — night after night.
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