Last summer we wrote about some great Westchester restaurants that offer fantastic outdoor seating, many of them along the Hudson River. Most of those places are pretty upscale, with prices to match the unbeatable scenery. But what if you just want to eat outside on a warm summer evening without all the fanfare? Here we cover some other great places to eat around town, all with the option of dining alfresco.
BN Kitchen in Eastchester
When the new Barnes & Noble restaurant opened last year, we gave it high marks for the delicious artisanal menu. Now that the weather is warming up, they’ve opened up their outdoor patio (pictured at top), and it is just lovely to dine out in the modern Italian setting. (The avocado toast and burrata are my go-to.) A sunken space and some cleverly positioned shrubs obscure the fact that you’re in the middle of a crowded mall parking lot.
Vernon Hills Shopping Center, 680 White Plains Road, Scarsdale; 914-723-3416
Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar in Rye
I was at Rye Beach with a friend last summer, and when the kids were ready for lunch, she suggested we eat at Pier Restaurant right off the boardwalk. For some reason, it’d never occurred to me to try that place even though it’s right next to Playland, but I was glad we did. The food is typical beach bar fare, and the tropical vibe and decor makes you feel like you’re on an island far from Westchester. Prices are on the high side for deep-fried seafood, but you really can’t beat the fun ambience.
1 Playland Parkway, Rye; 914-967-1020
Hudson Social in Dobbs Ferry
This place has two things going for it: its proximity to the Metro-North tracks for some up-close trainspotting, and its panoramic view of the Hudson River. The food is decent for the price, but don’t go for the menu, go for the vibe. Hudson Social is such a chill spot to hang with the kids on a beautiful weekend night. After your meal, stroll across the street to hang out at the riverfront playground or take a walk along the river. (And if you like the idea of trainspotting over your meal, here’s a list of more restaurants with train views.)
11 Station Plaza, Dobbs Ferry; 914-478-3634
Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish in North Salem
If you manage to snag a table on the front porch of Purdy’s, you won’t experience a more charming meal all summer. With its outdoor garden (three-quarters of the kitchen’s veggies come from it), hyper-local ingredients, serious seafood menu, and open lawn for the kids to run around in, it feels like you’re dining at the country home of a foodie friend (check out our past review here). Purdy’s opened a NYC outpost last year called Gramercy Farmer & the Fish, but the appeal of this restaurant is really it’s bucolic setting, so I’d stick close to home on this one.
100 Titicus Road, North Salem; 914-617-8380
Where are some of your favorite places to eat outside? Let us know in the comments section!