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Dubbed one of “America’s Prettiest Towns,” this Westchester community is also one of its most delicious. By Samantha Garbarini
In a turbulent year for the restaurant industry, Westchester resident and former Esquire editor Jeff Gordinier named just 23 restaurants to his 2020 “Best New Restaurants in America” list. Among them was Goosefeather at Tarrytown House Estate. The press was well-deserved — celebrity chef Dale Talde’s modern ode to Hong Kong cuisine yields delicious dishes, like dry-aged beef dumplings, Berkshire pork char siu, and Cantonese Maine lobster — but it’s hardly the Rivertown’s only culinary treasure.
Overlooking the Hudson River and Cuomo Bridge, RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen is part farm- driven restaurant (Mangalista pork charcuterie and Hemlock Hill pasture-raised Bolognese,
for example), part innovative cocktail bar, and part market, featuring products from Hudson Valley purveyors. Also embracing the market- cum-restaurant concept is Mint Premium Foods, where the selection skews more international, with barrels of imported Mediterranean
olives, olive oils, chocolates, and uber-popular caramelized-onion cheddar. Across the street, Sweet Grass Grill builds its largely vegan and/or gluten-free menu on a foundation of local farm partners, including Blooming Hill Farm, Common Hands, Wild Hive, Ronnybrook, and Fable Farms.
On Saturdays, the TaSH Farmers Market
— one of Westchester’s best — sets up at Patriots
Park. Emphasis is on producers within a 100- mile radius who employ organic and sustainable practices, and since the pandemic began last spring, select producers now offer pre-order and curbside pick-up.
Open since 2003, Coffee Labs Roasters
is another Tarrytown institution. A certified
green business, the shop roasts what it calls “relationship coffees” — made with sustainably sourced, direct-trade beans from farms where owners Mike and Alicia Love have built in-person relationships — seven days a week.
Newer to town is Makers Central, a
shared workspace for local craftspeople. The community-minded concept goes beyond room to mold clay, carve wood, and forge knives; members also share business advice and a network of support professionals. Just outside, hidden gem pop-up bakery The Hudson Oven recently erected a new bread cabinet. Part of its new subscription model, loyal customers can now sign up for monthly shares of sourdough loaves for contactless pick-up.
photos by all good nyc (goosefeather), by clarence morey iii (makers central) april – may 2021 15

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