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5 Reasons to Leave the City for a Westchester Dining Experience

By Travel Savvy

If you've been looking for a good reason to venture out of the city for a change of pace, look North (literally). Just outside New York City, Westchester County has a wide array of dinning, shopping, leisure and entertainment experiences to offer. Here’s a quick list of restaurants that offer a delicious and unique twist to your average dinning experience, all while offering a slow-paced oasis from the NYC hustle and bustle.

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Red Hat on the River – Irvington


1 Bridge St, Irvington, NY 10533

Open Mon. – Thur. 12:00pm – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 9:00pm; Fri. – Sat. 12:00pm – 3:00pm & 5/4:45pm – 10:30pm; Sun. 4:00pm -8:30pm

Former factory-transformed restaurant, in the quaint town of Irvington, right on the Hudson, resides this French-American style bistro & rooftop bar. With great food, lively atmosphere and a spectacular view of the Tappan Zee Bridge, you are always in for a treat at Red Hat on the River.

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Bar Taco – Port Chester


1 Willett Ave, Port Chester, NY 10573

Open Sun. – Thur. 11:30am – 1:00am; Fri. & Sat. 11:30am – 2:00am

Overlooking the water, Bar Taco is a trendy beach themed taqueria & bar. With great drinks and some of the best Mexican food in Westchester County, the venue provides anywhere from a casual lunch to a fun night out.

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Cellar 49 – Tarrytown


49 E Sunnyside Ln, Tarrytown, NY 10591

Opens Mon. – Thur. 5-10pm; Fri. – Sat. 12:00pm – 4:00pm & 5:00pm – 10:00pm; Sun. 11:30am – 3:00pm & 5:00pm – 10:00PM 

(Reservations well in advance are a MUST)

A stylish tavern with a modern twist on American fare, located in the cellar of the historic Biddle House mansion, Cellar 49 provides a unique fine dinning experience.  With an extensive drink list including in house craft beers and rare scotches, as well as a wide array of wines and exclusive small productions, the variety of drinks and creative menus at Cellar 49 will never leave you disappointed.

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Gaucho Grill – White Plains


Location: 1 N Broadway, White Plains, NY 10601

Open Sun. – Thur. 11:00am – 10:00pm; Fri. – Sat. 11:00am – 11:00pm

Located in the heart of Westchester County, is the phenomenal Argentinian steakhouse, Gaucho Grill.  The restaurants elegant ambiance atop their savory selections of meats make for one of the finest dinning experiences Westchester has to offer.  Pair that with its close proximity to White Plains’ lively nightlife and you can be sure to have an unforgettable night.

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Harvest on Hudson – Village of Hasting on Hudson


Location: 1 River St, Hastings-On-Hudson, NY 10706

Opens Mon. – Thur. 11:45am – 2:30pm & 5:30pm – 10:00pm; Fri. 11:45am - 2:30pm & 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Sat. 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Sun. 4:00pm – 9:00pm

Upon entering the roman style villa that is Harvest on Hudson you’ll find one of the most authentic Italian dinning experiences in New York. The waterfront garden courtyard (which entertains seating) will combine your evening with spectacular views of the sunset over the palisades cliffs.



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