By Jordan Siegel
Living in Armonk and being so close to New York City gives us the opportunity to experience all of the amazing, diverse food that the city has to offer. However, our very own Westchester County also has a variety of excellent restaurants for every occasion. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you can always find a place to eat in Westchester! After doing some research and using my own experience, I have compiled a list of some of the most highly-rated restaurants in Westchester.
The Inn at Pound Ridge – Pound Ridge
The Inn at Pound Ridge is perfect if you’re looking for a rural, cozy restaurant. This restaurant is set in an 1833 white clapboard house in the more rural part of the county. My favorite part about The Inn is their beautifully-presented dishes that still feel like comfort food. They are known for their roasted fish, organic chicken, and Berkshire pork chops. Even though the restaurant is owned by world-renowned chef Jean-Georges, the food is still very reasonably priced. I would highly recommend The Inn if you love to feel at home even when you are out to eat. Maybe you’ll even spot Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds!
The Beehive – Armonk
In a New York Times article, Armonk’s very own Beehive was complimented for having the heart of a diner while still feeling upscale. The menu at The Beehive is full of options for any time of day. It’s open every day of the week for what seems like all day. I would suggest The Beehive if you’re looking for something casual. It’s best known for its breakfast (it lasts from 8 am to 2:30 pm), especially the omelettes, pancakes and waffles. Luckily for Byram Hills, it’s right on Old Route 22!
Walter’s Hot Dog Stand – Mamaroneck
In 2001, Walter’s was ranked the Number One Hot Dog by Gourmet Magazine. Do not misjudge these hot dogs just because they are found roadside because they are seriously the best in Westchester, and anyone who has eaten there before will agree. So, it’s no surprise that, on a hot summer day, the line to grab one goes around the block! Although the meal is simple, if you add some mustard and pair it with curly fries and a milkshake, it’s sure to bring nothing but satisfaction.
Blue Hill at Stone Barns – Tarrytown
Blue Hill is best known for having high quality, farm-to-table food and making a point not to serve anything artificial. The restaurant is ranked 11th in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List for a reason. It’s set on 80 acres of farmland, and the restaurant itself is inside a beautiful farmhouse. The only catch is that it’s on the more expensive side. If you’re looking for somewhere to host a special occasion, Blue Hill is perfect. Expect to be served 25-30 dishes in four hours and to be amazed at how seamlessly everything is orchestrated.
The Candlelight Inn – Scarsdale
The Candlelight Inn is always packed, probably because their chicken wings are some of the best around. If you are a chicken-lover and haven’t visited the tavern, I recommend doing so right away. In addition to the chicken wings, they serve baby back ribs, burgers, and other classic pub food. Despite the restaurant being on the smaller side, expect nothing less than the best service. But seriously, if you do go, get the chicken wings.
L’Inizio – Ardsley
Westchester is filled with Italian restaurants, but L’Inizio is stands out among the rest. It has great service, a great location, and most importantly, great food. Westchester Magazine describes the fresh pastas as “sublime” and the desserts as “worth a reservation in their own right.” The restaurants offers classic Italian dishes as well as some not-so-typical ones with special ingredients, like Chinese five-spice powder. If you’re tired of basic Italian food, you should definitely check out L’Inizio.
Johnny’s Pizzeria – Mount Vernon
Getting pizza at Johnny’s is a must if you live in Westchester. Although the service can be slow and the parking can be hectic, it will all be worth it once you take a bite of their pizza. The crispy, thin-crust pizza covered in fresh sauce and stringy cheese is pure perfection to all pizza enthusiasts. It’s highly impressive how perfectly Johnny’s has mastered one of the most simple—yet iconic—foods. The atmosphere is a classic old-school, NY-style pizza parlor, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves the retro feeling the restaurant gives off.
The Blue Pig – Croton-on-Hudson
I figured what’s better to finish off this list than with dessert? The Blue Pig serves unexpected ice cream flavors such as espresso sambuca, and honey vanilla with lavender and mojito. The ingredients are locally sourced, and they have some great vegan options. The Blue Pig is perfect for any time of year; they even offer soup in the wintertime! The flavor choices are always changing with the seasons, so you can find new flavors monthly. My personal favorite flavor is the dark chocolate. Ice cream can sometimes feel too processed or sugary, but The Blue Pig finds the perfect balance between fresh and tasty.
From remixed Italian food to old school pizza, Westchester offers so many different types of food experiences. There are plenty of more choices besides the ones I put on this list, and if none of them interests you, feel free to do your own research. Becoming familiar with local restaurants is a great way to try new foods and visit other parts of the county! Happy eating!
Wings at The Candlelight Inn, Scarsdale
Flavors at The Blue Pig, Croton-on-Hudson
The Beehive, Armonk