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 Ã¢â‚¬â€ the restaurant on the Yonkers pier that chef Peter X. Kelly has been working on for more than five years Ã¢â‚¬â€ will open June 12.
The restaurant takes up the entire second floor of the pier, and has expansive views of the Hudson Ã¢â‚¬â€ 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 KellyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s modern cooking, which has roots in classic cuisine and is influenced by Asia. (ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 KellyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 KellyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s first restaurant, Xaviars at Garrison, which closed New YearÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day in 2003.
X20-Xaviars on the Hudson, 71 Water Grant Way, Yonkers. 914-965-1111. www.xaviars.com.