Hudson Valley Restaurant Week: Restaurants in Westchester, Rockland and Putnam

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NOTE: This list is from 2009. For the 2010 list, please click here.

Looking to dine out on a dime? You’ve come to the right place: it’s Hudson Valley Restaurant Week!

From March 22 to April 3 — except Saturdays — more than 85 restaurants in seven counties are offering fixed-price menus at $28.09 for a three-course dinner and $20.09 for lunch. Tables are filling up fast, so make your reservations soon.

We’ll have daily coverage of Restaurant Week here on Small Bites — and don’t forget to watch when I go LIVE from 42 in White Plains on Thursday and Restaurant X in Congers on April 2. You can see all the food from those restaurants, plus I’ll talk to the chefs and a few of my guest bloggers. If you’re at the restaurant and you want to be on the web cast, come and poke your head over while we’re there!

This is gonna be a lot of fun!

The list of participating restaurants, after the jump.

UPDATE: A few restaurants are serving dinner only. I have noted that in this updated list.

Putnam County
Bird & Bottle Inn, Garrison: (Dinner only.) 2006 HVRW visit.
Cathyrn’s Tuscan Grille, Cold Spring
Hudson House River Inn, Cold Spring
Riverview Restaurant, Cold Spring
Sentistra Restaurant, Brewster
Tavern Restaurant, (Dinner only.) Garrison
Valley Restaurant, (Dinner only.) Garrison

Rockland County
2 Spear Street, Nyack: (Dinner only.) 2008 HVRW visit.
Lanterna Tuscan Bistro, Nyack
Louie’s on the Avenue, Nyack Pearl River
Marcello’s of Suffern
Restaurant X and Bully Boy Bar, Congers: 2008 HVRW visit.
Union Restaurant, Haverstraw
Woody’s Parkside Grill, Sparkill

Westchester County
121 Restaurant and Bar, North Salem: 2008 HRVW visit.
42, White Plains
80 West, White Plains
Alaroma, Elmsford
Armonk Lobster House (Dinner only.)
Bistro Z, Tarrytown
Blu Riverfront, Hastings-on-Hudson
Caravela, Tarrytown
Casa Brusco, Eastchester
Casa Rina, Thornwood
Crabtree’s Kittle House, Chappaqua: 2008 HRVW visit.
Equus, Tarrytown: (Dinner only.) 2008 HRVW visit.
Goldfish, Ossining: 2008 HRVW visit.
Half Moon, (Dinner only.) Dobbs Ferry
Harvest Grill, Tarrytown
Harvest on Hudson, Hastings-on-Hudson
Il Sogno, Port Chester
John-Michael’s, (Dinner only.) North Salem
La Lanterna, Yonkers
Le Fontane, Katonah: (Dinner only.) 2008 HVRW visit and 2006 HVRW visit.
Legal Sea Foods, White Plains
Marc Charles Steakhouse, Armonk (Dinner only.)
Off-Broadway, Dobbs Ferry
River City, Irvington
Seasons American Bistro, Somers
Sonora Restaurant, Port Chester: 2008 HRVW visit.
X20 Xaviars on the Hudson, Yonkers
Zanaro’s Italian Restaurant, White Plains

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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.

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  1. Review your restaurants, too!

    At the end of Restaurant Week, I will choose my two favorite comments and award the winners with a pair of tickets to a grand tasting session at the Greater New York Wine & Food Festival, which is May 16 at the Doubletree Hotel in Tarrytown.

  2. Well for lack of a better place to put this, here’s my final HVRW review.

    We finished up Restaurant Week last Thursday at Valley in Garrison. We first visited Valley during the initial HVRW in 2006 and enjoyed it so much that we went back again the next week (still HVRW). Last year we also paid them a visit during HVRW and it was good, even though their chef (Jeff Raider) had left. Somehow, we never got back there after RW (and they are closed from November until March) so we were looking forward to a return visit this year. I was pleasantly surprised when I looked on their website and found that Seamus Quigley, who used to manage Xaviar’s in Garrison, was now the restaurant manager. We used to be brunch regulars at Xaviar’s and it was great to see Seamus when we arrived for our dinner at Valley (he remembered us, including my kids, who joined us for dinner).

    The restaurant was not very busy when we arrived, and did not fill up, which surprised me a bit since when I had originally tried for a Friday reservation I was told that they were full so I figured they would also be busy on Thursday. The menu unfortunately did not appear to be based on their regular menu, which is what I liked so much about them in 2006 and 2008. Nevertheless, the food was quite good. My son and I started with the white bean soup with duck confit. It was a reasonable sized (but not huge) portion but only had a few small pieces of duck and was a little spicy, which was surprising (although I like spicy food so it was ok). My wife and daughter had the salad which was also on the small side but tasty. The entrees, on the other hand, were wonderful. My son and I each had the duck breast, which was 6 large slices of wonderfully tender medium rare duck, served on top of thinly sliced fingerling potatoes and sylvetta (sort of like arugula). The duck skin had a pomegranate glaze, which gave it a slightly tart flavor. While simpler than many of the other dishes we ate during restaurant week, it was among the best thanks to the great preparation of the duck. My wife and daughter had the New York Strip steak with creamed Garrison Farms spinach, smoked butter grits. The steak was a large and pre-sliced (and tender) and the grits had a great flavor to it (we generally do not eat grits but these were very good). The spinach was served in a small copper pot on the plate and was not like any creamed spinach we had seen. The spinach leaves were still intact, and were served with a creamy butter sauce. Once again, it was one of our top RW entrees.

    Sadly, bread was disappointing. The selection of rolls was very good, but it was cold. It would have been so much better if it had been served warm.

    Dessert was very interesting. We were disappointed to find that the Coconut Macaroon Cheesecake listed on the HVRW menu on their website was not on the restaurant menu. They had 3 deserts – a Chocolate Hazelnut Torte with orange crème brûlée ice cream, a deconstructed lemon meringue pie, and strawberry rhubarb crumble over Semifreddo whose flavor I can’t recall (it’s also not on their website menu). We ordered one of each and decided to get 2 of the torte since I figured how can you go wrong with chocolate :-). The torte was ok. I was expecting something with more chocolate flavor and less hazelnut but that was not the case. The orange crème brulee ice cream was interesting and quite good. The strawberry rhubarb dessert was also very good, it was a smallish portion of the crumble served on top of a slice of ice cream-like mixture (I’m having trouble finding another way to describe this).

    The deconstructed lemon meringue pie, however, was the best of the bunch and it was amazing. It was lemon custard with chocolate cookies and a fresh meringue sitting on top. The presentation was more like a banana split than a pie (there were 3 separate sections of the mixture) and even though I am generally not a fan of lemon meringue pie, this was way different. It was a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

    We definitely have to get back to Valley this year.

    Anyway, it was a great way to end our HVRW experience, 6 meals over 2 weeks. Now we stop eating out for a while to rest my credit card (which got an especially large workout this year since both of my kids joined us for most of our HVRW meals).

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