Westchester County’s Best Restaurants

J Philip Faranda February 21, 2010

Westchester magazine has published its picks for best restaurants in the county, and I thought I’d chime in with a few picks of my own. These are my opinion only, and if you disagree I hope you enjoy your research.

  • Bronxville: Underhill’s Crossing. American Bistro owned and operated by Stephen Palm, who I have known for 10 years. Underhill’s has been a fixture on Pondfield Road for over a decade, and offers al fresco dining in favorable weather, a fantastic bar, and great service. 
  • Hartsdale: Harry’s of Hartsdale. Steakhouse/Oyster bar in Stephen Palm’s group. Located across the street from the train station, the raw bar and aged steak are very reminiscent of a fine Manhattan eatery.
  • Port Chester: Willett House. Classic steakhouse in a restored building overlooking the Byram River. Fantastic steak served in the classic style in a rich, pleasant atmosphere. 
  • Pleasantville: Mediterraneo. Italian food with a good selection of fine wine. The chef owns the place and is on premises. Outstanding, tasty dishes of all varieties, reasonably priced and a loyal customer base.
  • Briarcliff Manor: Tuscan Grille. Italian food specializing in great lunches. Formerly Torchia’s, it was bought by employees who have kept the tradition of great dishes going. Walking distance from my office! 
  • Elmsford: Pete’s Saloon. Old reliable. American fare with the great tavern atmosphere the name suggests.

In a past life I tended bar at Harry’s and became familiar with the management. They know what they are doing, and it shows. I have dined at each of these places numerous times, and that includes breaking bread with clients and colleagues. 

This list is by no means complete, and as a matter of fact I’ll enjoy adding to it quite a bit.

Mangia!    

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