Best Restaurants in Westchester: Chef Peter Kelly’s Recommendations

Interview with Chef Peter Kelly

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. We asked him where he thinks the best restaurants are in Westchester County. He shares his go-to restaurants in Westchester, Rockland County and New York City. Here is our interview with Chef Peter Kelly.

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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.

Best restaurants in Westchester
X20 Xaviars on the Hudson

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.

Interview with Chef Peter Kelly
Restaurant X

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. 

Lobster Crepe

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!

Cowboy Ribeye for 2
Cowboy Ribeye for Two

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!

X20 Xaviars
Lobster and Bone Marrow

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 the best restaurants in Westchester County and Rockland County?

Can you recommend a restaurant for Special Occasions in Westchester County?

Blue Hill at Stone Barns at 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, NY- (914)-366 9600

Blue Hill at Stone Barns is the best Westchester restaurant for fine dining. Dan Barber is an incredible chef. 

Can you recommend a casual restaurant in Westchester County?

The Cookery at 39 Chestnut Street, Dobbs Ferry, NY- (914)-305-2336

If I want to go to a casual restaurant in Westchester, 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.

What is your favorite restaurant in Rockland County?

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.

Can you recommend a good Chinese Restaurant in Westchester?

Aberdeen Seafood and Dimsum at 3 Barker Avenue, White Plains, NY- (914) 288-0188

Aberdeen is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Westchester. We go there for the Dimsum. The Peking Duck is also very good.

Can you recommend a restaurant for Cheap Eats in Westchester?

Shake Shack at the Cross County Shopping Center 2090 Mall Walk, Yonkers, NY- (914) 289-1301

Shake Shack is my go-to restaurant in Westchester for cheap eats. I like to go to Shake Shack to grab a burger. 

Can you recommend a good Mexican restaurant in Westchester?

Plaza Garibaldi at 134 Nepperhan Ave, Yonkers, NY- (914) 375-7184

For authentic Mexican restaurant in Westchester, I go to Plaza Garibaldi. This is where my staff and I sneak off too.  It’s a great restaurant in Yonkers, very authentic. 

What are the best restaurants in New York City? 

I just recently ate at Le Coucou (138 Lafayette Street, New York, NY- (212)-271-4252). And I recently tried the new menu at Jean- Georges (1 Central Park West, New York, NY- (212) 299-3900)

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. Suburbs 101 is a media sponsor of the Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.

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