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Housesitting in Westchester this wknd, anything worth trying?

Hi

We will be housesitting (dogsitting) at a friend's home in Sleepy Hollow this weekend and to just get away from the city. Are there any great food places to try while we are up in Westchester? We rented a car and are willing to drive pretty much anywhere, especially places with stuff to do. We will also be returning in the middle of July so any recs would be great. We hope there are places just as good to eat up here as there are in the city!

Thank you

PS we love all types of food - thai, vietnamese, sczhechuan, shanghainese, italian, burgers, steak, bbq, indian, scandanavian, south american, central american, coffee, pastries, cupcakes, etc....

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  1. You will not find better, or even as good Thai or Chinese food in the area than in the city, imo. For Italian, I love The Cookery in Dobbs Ferry, which is a few minutes south of Sleepy Hollow--fresh, inventive food at a fraction of what a similar meal would cost in the city. http://lizjohnson.lohudblogs.com/2009...
    In Sleepy Hollow is a good authentic Mexican Restaurant, Que Chula es Puebla, http://www.quechulaespueblarestaurant.... I haven't been to Ambar, a Dominican lunch joint in Sleepy Hollow yet, but it is definitely on my list. http://events.nytimes.com/2009/06/28/.... A little further north, in Ossining, I like Doca's, a BYOB Portuguese place, and Churresqueira Ribatejo, a Portuguese grill. If you do a search on Chowhound, you'll find some recent reviews of these. For a splurge, the best in Westchester, imo, is Peter Kelly's X20 in Yonkers, a bit south of Sleepy Hollow. Again, a search here will turn up recent reviews, but I love the food there, and it is absolutely beautiful. http://www.xaviars.com/yonkers/index....
    Just a start...

    1. I like the Cookery also. And I was recently pleasantly surprised by Tarry Lodge in Port Chester (never thought it would live up to the hype) - had an excellent buccatelli amatriciana there for lunch the other day. Great cupcakes at Flour and Sun bakery in Pleasantville. Excellent espresso at Caffe Latte in Dobbs Ferry. For good Chinese or pizza - stay in the city.

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      1. re: demifast

        I guess we are going to the Cookery and Flour and Sun for cupcakes so far! The portuguese place sounds interesting. Thanks for the rec about Dominican, but we will stick with Washington Heights for that. Also, heard about X20, so perhaps that is worth trying. Is it difficult to get reservations?

        I read on here that there are some great South/Central AMerican places in Portchester, is that worth a shot?

        1. re: theAVE

          IMO try for a reso at x2o, you might get lucky! Skip Tarry Lodge--not worth the trip to Port Chester.

          Don't miss a ride to Blue Hill at Stone Barns. It's a different world than the city and so close by. Lunch or a snack at the cafe and worth a walk around!

          1. re: theAVE

            From Sleepy Hollow you can also cross the TZ and go to Peter Kelly's place in Congers - Restaurant X which does not have the spectacular views, but great food and a very nice atmosphere.

        2. While you are in Sleepy Hollow, why not take take a ride upstate a bit?

          Check out Tavern @ Highlands Country Club in Garrison... while you're in Garrison you can wander around Boscobel or even get tickets to the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival. Valley in Garrison also gets high marks on this board, though I haven't personally been.
          http://www.highlandscountryclub.net/t...
          http://www.thegarrison.com/
          http://www.boscobel.org/
          http://hvshakespeare.org/

          Check out the Shawangunk Wine Trail! I recently went to several of the wineries, and we had so much fun! It was raining the day we went, but on a beautiful day, this would be a really fun experience that you simply can't get in the city. Notably, Warwick has several wineries, an ice cream place (Bellvale Creamery), and is minutes from Bobolink Dairy, which makes fantastic cheese and bread.
          http://www.shawangunkwinetrail.com/
          http://www.bellvalefarms.com/creamery...
          http://www.cowsoutside.com/

          1. For excellent hamburgers, go to Horsefeathers in Tarrytown. Great fries too.

            1. To soak up the beautiful Hudson Valley views try Red Hat Bistro in Irvington..... http://www.redhatbistro.com/
              or Harvest on Hudson in Hastings..... http://www.harvest2000.com/hoh/

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              1. re: GIOny

                Red Hat is right in back of the Irvington Metro North station & X2O is right in back of the Yonkers one. Both are about a 30 minute ride from GCT, so you can get to them easily from the city any time you want.

                1. re: cavandre

                  Reservations are a must at Red Hat and not easy to come by!! You might be able to score and early reservation at X20 though