New Yorkers (that is, New York Cityans) tend to turn our noses up at Westchester, dismissing it -- not unjustly -- as a sedate suburban tract; 'Scarsdale galahads, the Brooks Brothers, pipe-smoking type." But even in that vast wilderness there are some great places to eat.
Mario Batali's first foray into Westchester was a home run: an Italian restaurant with fabulous pastas, great pizza, and a first-rate wine list. It hasn't gotten any worse in the years since.
Spicy Portuguese flavors add kick to this casual meatery.
An immense, accomplished modernist restaurant on top of a skyscraper is not something you would expect to find in White Plains, but 42 is exactly that. A jazzier tapas concept, Bellota, occupies part of the space but has a very different atmosphere, but the same chef, the talented Anthony Goncalves.
Many culinary cliches from the world of Manhattan haute-casual dining find their way into this calssy Armonk restaurant, but they're done very well, and they are cliches for a reason.
Arrosto, as its name implies, is a wood-fired meatery; but it's more chef-driven and creative than the name implies, which is why you can't go by names.
A superb farm-to-table restaurant with an emphasis on seafood: this is the real deal, and a fine alternative to Blue Hill Stone Barns.
A painstaking commitment to wood-fired Vera Pizza Napolitana shines at this very serious, and very good, pizzeria.
An encouraging sign for Westchester dining came with the opening of this chic, haute-rural American restaurant, which is comparable in quality to almost any of its Manhattan rivals.
Savona is in absolutely first-rate Italian restaurant with an emphasis on Italian regional food and handmade pastas.