Chef Peter Kelly is one of the few chefs that was able to beat Bobby Flay on Food Network’s Iron Chef America. Impressively, he beat Bobby Flay at the grill in Battle “Cowboy Rib Rye.” Peter Kelly is a self-taught chef who began working in restaurants at the age of 14. As one of 12 children, born in Yonkers, NY, he climbed his way up New York’s finest kitchens. He’s been nominated for the James Beard Award for Best Chef Northeast and received numerous culinary accolades for his restaurants. Chef Peter Kelly took time off his busy schedule for an interview with Suburbs 101. He talks about his restaurants, X20 Xaviars on the Hudson and Restaurant X and the upcoming Hudson Valley Restaurant Week on November 4-17. He also shares his go-to restaurants in Westchester, Rockland County and New York City. Here is our interview with Chef Peter Kelly. Suburbs 101 is a media sponsor of the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.
Tell me more about your restaurants?
X20 Xaviars on the Hudson at 71 Grant Street, Yonkers, NY- (914) 965-1111
X20 Xaviars on the Hudson is in Yonkers on the waterfront. It is wrapped in glass with amazing views of the Hudson River. You can see both the George Washington Bridge and the Tappan Zee Bridge. The view is equally as beautiful in the afternoon as it is in the evening. It’s a contemporary American restaurant with a focus on the Hudson Valley. We use many local farms and purveyors from the Hudson Valley. It’s a large restaurant that seats around 250 people. Plus there is a lounge that offers a more casual style of dining.
Our menu is fluid. You can’t go wrong with the Cowboy ribeye for two or the pan-roasted Montauk skate or the Ahi Tuna. You should also try our Rohan Hudson Valley duckling or the locally raised Quail or the Venison. It’s easy to find something to like on the menu.
Restaurant X– 117 North Route 303, Congers, NY- (845) 268-6555
Restaurant X and Bully Boy Bar in Congers NY is more of a country restaurant. It is in a country-style setting with fireplaces and many different rooms. Each room has a different ambiance and feel. The style of cooking is Contemporary American. A mix of old world and new world- you can get the Classic Beef Wellington or Lobster Casserole with Sauce Américaine. We might do smoked trout that is poached in champagne served with horseradish sauce and caviar.
What is your signature dish?
I don’t have a signature dish. Dishes are like children, you can’t pick a favorite! My signature dish today will be different tomorrow, will be different next month.
You beat Bobby Flay in Iron Chef. Do you serve any of your Iron Chef dishes at your restaurants?
Yes, we serve the Cowboy Ribeye for Two. You’ve got to try it!
As a famous chef, you must be very busy. Do you still do the cooking at your restaurants?
Yes, I’m always at one of my restaurants cooking, overseeing, expediting. When you come as a guest, just ask for me. Come and say hello!
Where do you live? Why do you like living in your town?
I live in Blauvelt, NY in Rockland County. I like the proximity to Manhattan. Compared to city living, it’s a simpler lifestyle. My wife and I love going into the city, but it’s always nice to come home to the Hudson Valley.
What are your favorite restaurants in Westchester County and Rockland County?
Blue Hill at Stone Barns at 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY- (914)-366 9600
For fine dining, I love Blue Hill at Stone Barns. Dan Barber is an incredible chef.
The Cookery at 39 Chestnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY- (914)-305-2336
If I want something casual, I go to the Cookery at Dobbs Ferry. I like anything Chef David Dibari comes up with. I like his Chicken liver dish. His pasta dishes are great. The ravioli with cauliflower and lemon is delicious. He does pasta with bone marrow which is fun. With a big group, we like his Pig dinners.
Del’Arte at 20 Mountain View Avenue, Orangeburg, NY- (845) 365-2727
In Rockland County, my wife and I like Del’Arte. It’s an Italian restaurant close to home. We go there to relax with a nice bottle of Chianti. The Chicken Parmesan is textbook.
Aberdeen Seafood and Dimsum at 3 Barker Avenue, White Plains, NY- (914) 288-0188
We go there for the Dimsum. The Peking Duck is also very good.
Shake Shack at the Cross County Shopping Center 2090 Mall Walk, Yonkers, NY- (914) 289-1301
For cheap eats, I like to go to Shake Shack to grab a burger.
Plaza Garibaldi at 134 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers, NY- (914) 375-7184
There is also a Mexican place in Yonkers called Plaza Garibaldi where the staff and I sneak off too. It’s a great place, very authentic.
What are your go-to restaurants in NYC?
Bar Boulud at 1900 Broadway, New York, NY- (212)-595-0303
I love Bar Boulud. I think it’s one of the best deals in New York for food quality and price. Their charcuterie is the best in New York.
Forlini’s at 93 Baxter Street, New York, NY (212)-349-6779
I like Forlini’s near Chinatown. The tortellini is amazing. Their veal dishes are terrific. Recognizable and very well executed old school Italian.
Tell me about your restaurant week menus. What would you order?
I think for me you can order anything on our restaurant week menus. I try to put out a broad selection of food. The Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is really a celebration of the valley- a time to try a new restaurant. I think the Hudson Valley is coming into its own as a dining destination.
Restaurant Week menus: X20 Xaviars on the Hudson’s Restaurant Week Menu and Restaurant X Restaurant Week Menu. The Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is from November 4-17, 2019 and the prix fixe menu prices are $22.95 for lunch and $32.95 for dinner.
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