While leaving the city for the suburbs can feel daunting, more and more brands are catering to recent transplants—and, no doubt, seeing those urban comforts pop up in your new town can make the transition that much easier. From the hottest fitness studios that, now, call the ‘burbs “home” to your kids’ favorite drop-in classes to, even, NYC chefs opening crave-worthy outposts outside of city limits, there’s lots of familiar finds that, like you, are making the move right along side of you.
Last week we talked about the fitness trends that, like you, decided to call the ‘burbs “home.” This week it’s all about the great eats that, now, you can readily find in virtually every corner of Westchester, Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. Sure, NYC has never had a total monopoly on the best food and restaurants but, lately, more and more city-based chefs are packing up their knives and opening popular outposts outside of the boroughs. That means you don’t have to say goodbye to the likes of X, X and X when you move—you’ll just have an excuse to eat at their restaurants twice as much!
Here’s what got our attention:
Geoffrey Zakarian // The National // Greenwich
The popular is opening in Greenwich this fall. Why? Because The National’s celebrity chef owner Geoffrey Zakarian lived in the posh ‘burb for years, and loves the community. Chef Zakarian envisions the new restaurant as a “busting neighborhood café where you could stop in for a proper cocktail and a delicious meal.” Yum!
P.J. Clarke’s // Woodbury
The 130-year-old Manhattan staple got a suburban makeover this December, when it opens its first Long Island outpost in Woodbury, NY. This iconic eatery has a famed history, for sure—Frank Sinatra had a go-to table, and countless songs, novels and campaigns were penned at its tables. On game days and weekend nights the bar is almost always packed, so get there early if you want to indulge in their classically cool cocktails and unbeatable burgers.
Jean-Georges Vongerichten // The Inn at Pound Ridge // Pound Ridge
The prolific Jean-Georges hasn’t ignored the suburbs! The is a popular go-to for residents and visitors, and it’s not hard to see why. A delicious, inspired farm-to-table menu is served up in a 19th-century Hudson Valley inn. Choose from some classic favorites, including pizzas, pastas, steaks and chops, plus unique new twists created by chef himself for this must-try restaurant.
Michael Psilakis // MP Taverna // Roslyn
Chances are, you recognize from Food Network—or, even, from his countless call-outs in Bon Appetit(he was their chef of the year in 2008), Food & Wine and more. MP Taverna is Chef Psilakis’ modern interpretation of Greek tavern cuisine, joining Manhattan sister spots Kefi and FishTag.
Michael White // Osteria Morini // Bernardsville
The James Beard Award-winning chef behind Michelin Star-rated Marea, Ai Fiori and more opened his first New Jersey restaurant—and this one’s a reinvention of an already popular Soho hotspot. opened a second restaurant in Bernardsville, NJ, and this one’s as good as the original. The food is fresh, delicious and a perfect combination of traditional and reinvented Emilia-Romagna cuisine.