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Best Duck Dish in Westchester

Taking Dad and Mom out for their anniversary, and he's a huge duck fan. Any recommendations?

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  1. The duck at Zeph's in Peekskill is always great. Preparation may differ from season to season, so you may wish to call to get details ahead of time. Reservations definitely necessary (dinner only, Wednesdays through Sundays).

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    1. re: Elisa515

      Love Zephs' (it is s', not 's) and love their duck dishes. An enthusiastic +1!

      1. re: Elisa515

        Was going to post the exact same thing. This is what I always get at Zephs'!

        I've also had duck at X2O and enjoyed it immensely. Right now they are offering a whole roast duckling for two which sounds amazing.

      2. If like I do they love duck roasted on the bone with a wonderful fruit or peppercorn sauce, Buffet de la Gare in Hastings on Hudson is the place. Just went recently and the duck is fabulous. The place is wonderful too!!

        http://buffetdelagareny.com/

        1. I haven't tried it myself, but a friend raves about Restaurant 42's duck, says it's the best she's ever had. It is (partly) cooked sous vide! -- but ends up with crisp exterior.

          1. I haven't been there in a while, but I've always enjoyed the duck at Umami in Croton. You'd have to check and see if they still have it on the menu.

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            1. re: MisterBill2

              Oh yes, and those great duck quesadillas at Umami! $5 on Thursdays.

            2. I think the food at Zeph's is just 'eh'.

              the duck "schnitzel" at X20 is the single best duck dish I ever had. (when they had it)

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              1. re: weedy

                Seriously? You are in quite a minority about Zephs'.

                1. re: Elisa515

                  I wanted to like it a lot more.
                  The food is okay, but not great. And for the prices it should be great. I thought reading the menu that it was going to be special, but nothing was anywhere near as good as it SOUNDED. It was all oddly a bit bland and safe.
                  It's not nearly in a class with X2O for example, but costs about as much.

              2. We went with Zephs'. Quick review:

                1) Appetizers- I had the seafood gumbo, i thought it was very good, but i've been spoiled by several trips to New Orleans, so not amazing. My Dad enjoyed the kafta. Mom skipped an appetizer, my wife enjoyed the soup.

                2) Dinner- salads came out next, with mango (which was delicious) but with iceberg (which was kinda surprising). very good bleu cheese over mine.

                3) My Wife got the veggie dumplings as her entree, enjoyed them. My mom and my sister got the Scallops, which they both liked. Dad very much enjoyed the duck, really liked it! I got the same, and i liked it alot, but I've been spoiled by some really delicious duck dishes, so very good, but not great.

                4) dessert: the chocolate mousse cake was more like a flourless in texture, and it was quite delicious with the malted vanilla ice cream. My sister and wife split the irish trifle and enjoyed it. misplacing what mom and dad had for dessert but they liked it as well.

                5) Service: very attentive and friendly. one of the staff members did seem a little nervous, but everyone was lovely.

                overall: this place was very good. gracious, attentive service and very good food. While I wouldn't call it "eh" by any stretch, I will say I was not bowled over. Definitely a solid choice, and will probably be back, but wasn't totally wowed.