We Have An Opening Date for Peter Kelly’s Restaurant: June 12.


The carpet’s down; the wall coverings are up and the kitchen is installed. Sure, there’s construction equipment everywhere (I’ll show you photos tomorrow), but X20-Xaviars on the Hudson, chef Peter X. Kelly’s mammoth project on the Yonkers pier, will open to the public on June 12. (Make your reservations!)

I’ll go into more detail in the coming weeks, but here’s the initial scoop, from my story that will appear in Wednesday’s paper:

X20-Xaviars on the Hudson — the restaurant on the Yonkers pier that chef Peter X. Kelly has been working on for more than five years — will open June 12.
The restaurant takes up the entire second floor of the pier, and has expansive views of the Hudson — south to Manhattan and north to the Tappan Zee Bridge. Natural materials in warm tones make up the decor, which picks up themes from its setting: the Hudson River and the pier. Jon Beerman, whose paintings focus on the Hudson River, has painted five works for the restaurant, including a soaring vertical piece for the entrance.
The menu, which will be heavy on seafood, will feature Kelly’s modern cooking, which has roots in classic cuisine and is influenced by Asia. (It’s also got a bit of his sense of humor: Yonkers Shellfish Chowder, for example, is not made with fish from the Hudson.) X20 is a culmination of more than 20 years of Kelly’s career, and takes a little bit from each of his other restaurants, including the clubby charm of Restaurant X & Bully Boy Bar in Congers, the elegance of Xaviars at Piermont and casual bistro feel of the Freelance Cafe & Wine Bar in Piermont. The grand scale is similar to Kelly’s first restaurant, Xaviars at Garrison, which closed New Year’s Day in 2003.
X20-Xaviars on the Hudson, 71 Water Grant Way, Yonkers. 914-965-1111. www.xaviars.com.


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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.


  1. I’m sure Mr. Kelly is grateful for all of the wonderful free publicity the JN has provided for his new restaurant (it seems that there is plenty more to come). However, there are other restaurants worthy of mention in Yonkers and other southern Westchester towns that happen not to be owned by a celebrity chef, although you may not know that from reading either the JN print edition or this blog. Tombolino in Yonkers has been a family favorite for Italian for almost 30 years. Also for Italian, Valentino’s on Bronx River Road in Yonkers is a very good choice, be sure to bring cash as they do not accept credit cards. There aren’t many places in the local area better for a burger than Piper’s Kilt, also in Eastchester. The Eastchester Burger there is my favorite. In Bronxville, there is Haiku for sushi and the Blue Moon for Mexican. Mount Vernon is home to The Bayou which serves fine southern and cajun cuisine. Also in Mount Vernon is Samba na Brasa, a Brazilian Churrascaria. Although not quite as enjoyable as Churrascaria Plataforma in Manhattan, it’s still quite nice and about half the price.

  2. I agree Kahuna. Enough with the lovefest that JN has with these “big chef” places already. Kahuna.. have you ever thought about blogging? A nice dose of down home local establishments would definitely be a breath of fresh air.

  3. Hey BigKahuna! Thank you so much for pointing those out. We haven’t been to Yonkers that much lately. I’ve heard great things about Valentino’s. What do you recommend I order?

    Though I have to disagree with Jean — each week in foodline, we cover smaller restaurants. For example, last Friday, we covered Lou’s Texas Chili in White Plains. That certainly isn’t “big chef!” And just look at all the burger place on this blog the last few weeks!

  4. I agree with Jean. Burgers and chili? Not exactly creative? Who is doing somethin innovative and different? That would be interesting.

  5. Tom,
    As I asked you on the other thread: If you know about something innovative, different or interesting, please share it with me.

  6. Well after eating at Bloom, I think they have to be the leader. I called them up yesterday to make plans to mother’s day, but unfortunately they are booked. I got the owner on the phone and am amazed at what he’s doing. Besides the organic food, they have organic wine and a eco-friendly build-out. I think it’s amazing. I wish I wasn’t so tired from commuting to the city back and forth every day, otherwise I would be there all the time!

  7. Just went to X20 and loved it. The food and service were wonderful and it’s hard to beat that view. It was a very pleasurable experience…

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