Outdoor Dining: Westchester County

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You know you’re dying for cocktails outside for happy hour tonight? (I know I am!) After the jump, a list of restaurants in Westchester that have outdoor dining.

The rooftop at Ianelli’s in White Plains.

Armonk
Opus 465: Part-saloon, part-bistro, with a big bar and dining room downstairs and a more intimate dining area decorated in earth tones upstairs, the menu offers something for everyone, from Cajun calamari to Tuscan arugula salad to Angus steaks. Try one of chef Marc Mazzarulli’s daily salad specials or go for the cheeseburger or pasta Bolognese. New American. $$. 465 Main St., Armonk. 914-273-4676. www.opus465.com
Barn at Bedford Post, The: Husband-and-wife Richard Gere and Carey Lowell and their partner Russell Hernandez have greenly renovated this historic Bedford landmark. The Barn is the cafe part, with an exposed-beams, a stone fireplace and tables on a shaded patio on which to enjoy breakfast and lunch. Chef Brian Lewis creates food that’s all about farm-to-table, and thereís a glass display of baked goods. Donít miss the French toast for Sunday brunch.  New American. $$. 954 Old Post Road (Route 121), Bedford. 914-234-7800. www.bedfordpostinn.com/barn
Farmhouse at Bedford Post: Dining in this restored farmhouse with elegant and simple decor is an exhilarating experience that starts with the first cocktail. Chef Brian Lewis’ ingredient-driven menu includes local products, from a John Boy egg in the middle of a trio of ravioli to a chioggia beet salad that looks like a painting. Don’t miss the Roots, Shoots, Fruits & Leaves salad, which blends sweet and acidic tastes like goat cheese, medjool dates and ice wine like a Beach Boys harmony. New American. $$$. 954 Old Post Road, Bedford. 914-234-7800. www.bedfordpostinn.com
Briarcliff
Flames Steak House: Westchester steak lovers flock to this restaurant for choice cuts: the porterhouse is popular, but it’s hard to pick a steak that won’t satisfy a meat lover. To say that the wine list is extensive is an understatement. There are more than 2,000 labels.  Steakhouse. $$. 533 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor. 914-923-3100. www.flamessteakhouse.com
Terra Rustica: Elegance is the word here alongside an ambience to match and inventive cuisine. Each table is hand-painted, and on weekdays a jazz band plays. The focaccia is a must-have.  Italian. $$. 550 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor. 914-923-8300.
Tuscan Grille, The: The former Torchia’s has gotten a make-over. Look for the same fun atmosphere and a terrific bar crowd on weekends, but the dining rooms are prettier and there’s good, interesting Italian food on the menu. Italian. $. 518 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor. 914-488-5618. www.thetuscangrilleofbriarcliff.com
Bronxville
Il Bacio Trattoria: This family-friendly Italian bistro is known for its pasta (especially the penne and lasagna), gnocchi, soups, and chicken entrees. The gourmet pizzas aren’t bad, either. But don’t leave without tasting the homemade gelato.  Italian. $$. 1 Park Place, Bronxville. 914-337-4100. www.ilbaciotrattoriany.com
Underhills Crossing: Fresh flowers elegantly adorn each table alongside New American cuisine. The menu includes foie gras, pastas, steaks, chops and shellfish from the raw bar. The signature specials: filet mignon au poivre on Mondays, clambake on Tuesdays, osso bucco on Wednesdays, lobsters on Thursdays, and T-bone steaks on Sundays. New American. $$. 74 1/2 Pondfield Road, Bronxville. 914-337-1200. www.underhillscrossing.com
Carmel
Bungalow 2: A takeout window for soft-serve ice cream, and a menu of steamers, cheesesteaks, burgers and dogs. Light beige and pastel walls and wide-planked wood floors set the scene for a “something for everyone” kind of place, says owner Christopher Roberta. There a bar scene, three 42-inch TVs to watch the game, and candles on the tables after dark for a romantic date night. There are tables on the patio, too. $. 166 Stoneleigh Ave., Carmel. 845-276-8100.
Chappaqua
Crabtree’s Kittle House: Set in an inviting 1789 inn with tall white columns and beautiful gardens, a place to celebrate special occasions. A renovation brings a sleek and modern look to the dining room, and the chef, Brad McDonald, is preparing food to match. Youíll often find game on the progressive American menu, which uses local and seasonal ingredients. The real draw for some is the wine cellar (some 70,000 bottles), and itís easy to relax with a glass by the fire in the tap room. New American. $$$. 11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua. 914-666-8044. www.kittlehouse.com
Grappolo Locanda: Manhattan chic without the pretense. A casual hot spot bedecked with warm colors and dark-stained wood. The food is authentic Italian, so bring your appetite and savor regional cuisine like breaded veal chops with  arugula, butternut-squash ravioli, and pear-and prosciutto-stuffed pork.  Italian. $$. 76 King St., Chappaqua. 914-238-5950. www.grappololocanda.com
Le Jardin du Roi: One of the few non-diner spots to serve a good breakfast, and the lunch and evening menus here are impressive too. The simple bistro interior, patio tables and French cuisine appeal to every segment of diners: moms in the morning for bowlsful of cafe au lait, ladies and business lunchers for bistro salads and sandwiches and adult dinner guests for cassoulet, steak-frites and coquilles Saint Jacques. Wines by carafe and appealing desserts also keep people coming back. French. $$. 95 King St., Chappaqua. 914-238-1368. www.lejardinchappaqua.com
Corlandt
Julianna’s: Chef-owner Michael Carrozza, who grew up in the area, and partner Derek Palmisano turned this former schoolhouse into Julianna’s. Their goal is to bring fresh ingredients to the unpretentious, homey feel of this diamond in the rough. A meal of BLT soup with a grilled brie cheese sandwich, Angus steak or Thai-style fried calamari can be topped off by house-made ice cream. Try the coconut. New American. $$. 276 Watch Hill Road, Cortlandt. 914-788-0505. www.juliannasonline.com
Cross River
Bacio Trattoria: Delicious Italian fare in an intimate space that is the sister restaurant of the Blue Dolphin in Katonah and Le Fontane in Somers. And the al fresco dining ups the romance factor. Traditional meals include ravioli, rigatoni, breaded veal, lamb, Cornish hen, and salmon.  Italian. $$. 12 N. Salem Road, Cross River. 914-763-2233. www.baciotrattoria.com
Croton
Umami Cafe: The Asian-fusion cafe is a bright, casual spot that has garnered a following for its inventive cuisine. The menu is well priced and has a sense of humor. Try the Peking duck quesadilla and mini tuna tacos served with Asian guacamole – all of which are packed with umami, the fifth taste, sometimes translated as “satisfaction.” Come early to avoid a wait or snag a seat on the deck in summer; reservations aren’t accepted.  Eclectic. $. 325 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-5555. www.umamicafe.com
Dobbs Ferry
Half Moon: The owners of Harvest-on-Hudson have turned the former Chart House restaurant into an American brasserie with signature dishes such as duck tacos, Montauk calamari salad, and ceviche. The menu also has a plancha section with a mixed grill and meats like veal Porterhouse. The decor is funky and casual with bamboo wood floors, and outdoor seating on the patios, raw bar, lots of glass and two patios with tiki bars. The restaurant also offers stunning views of the Palisades, the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges, and the Manhattan skyline. A good bet for Sunday brunch, too. New American. $$. 1 High St., Dobbs Ferry. 914-693-4130. www.harvest2000.com
Eastchester
Toscana Ristorante: Toscana took on Italian in the indoor-outdoor eatery that had been Gina Marie’s. At the crossroads of Main Street and John R. Albanese Place ¬ó already jammed with Italian restaurants, including Ciao and Casa Brusco ¬ó Toscana offers a traditional yet sophisticated approach to Tuscan dining. Some 20 tables, covered by bright white tablecloths, dot the villa-inspired interior, and another 15 patio tables sit among shrubs and small trees. Chef Michele Lepore serves fresh pasta, including ravioli dishes that are a particular favorite of manager-sommelier Francesco Trotta. Sunday brunch runs from noon to 2 p.m. The place also hosts private events, which could be particularly festive on the patio, weather-permitting. 214 Main St., Eastchester. 914-361-1119.
Elmsford
Alaroma: A cozy restaurant with a fireplace and patio dining. Meet in the bar for a drink or settle in the dining room for the Italian specialties such as Chicken Scaparo (chicken with white wine, vinegar, garlic and butter); peppercorn steak in a brandy cream sauce and pork chops prepared with vinegar and peppers or Valdostano-style (stuffed with fontina and prosciutto). There are also pastas, chicken and veal dishes. Italian. $. 86 E. Main St., Elmsford. 914-592-4213. www.alaromarestaurant.com
Greenburgh
Candlelight Inn: Forget Atkins. Pub food rules here, meaning chili, oversized burgers, and balboas (hot, sliced roast beef served on a garlic wedge with melted Swiss cheese) reign supreme. Not only is the service friendly, but they also offer mild, hot, extra-hot, and Chernobyl-style chicken wings.  Pub Food. $. 519 Central Ave., Greenburgh. 914-472-9706.
Casa Maya: Standard Mexican fare and a boisterous atmosphere are what you’ll find at this restaurant. Kids eat free from the children’s menu Monday through Wednesday as long as Mom or Dad orders an adult entree.  Mexican. $$. 706 Central Park Ave., Greenburgh. 914-713-0771. www.casamaya.racanellirestaurants.com
Harrison
Emilio Restaurant: A romantic setting in an old Colonial home, recently renovated and simply decorated with fresh flowers and candlelight. The menu ó including a groaning board-style antipasti table ó is special occasion, old-fashioned Italian, and the wine list is exceptional. Italian. $$. 1 Colonial Place, Harrison. 914-835-3100. www.emilioristorante.com
Gus’s Franklin Park Restaurant: This eatery has been a true Harrison landmark since the 1930s. More than one A-List celebrity (including Gwyneth Paltrow, Joe Torre, and Paul Newman) have been tempted inside by its amazing soft-shell crabs that are lightly battered in homemade, seasoned bread crumbs. Check out the dozens of pictures on their “celebrity wall” to see just how many stars have endorsed this special eatery.  Seafood. $$. 126 Halstead Avenue, Harrison. 914-835-9804.
Murphy’s Law Irish Pub: Mahogany bar, green walls, high-top tables ó all the makings for a neighborhood Irish pub. Plus, there’s an outdoor deck, a private room with a 60-inch television and a traditional American comfort food menu with an Irish flair. Try the fish’n’chips, wings, nachos, meatloaf, lamb shank or the signature shepherd’s pie bites, which are served on phyllo dough cups. Pub Food. $$. 110 Halstead Ave., Harrison. 914-630-2760.
Trattoria Vivolo: Housed in a former diner and still bearing that 1940s railroad-car style. Vintage touches and lots of stainless steel mix well with several upgrades including a marble countertop. Consider dining outside by candlelight under oversized Italian umbrellas. Dinner and lunch menus feature traditional Italian specialties. But leave room for the extensive dessert menu that includes tasty treats such as torta alla ricotta (a traditional ricotta cheesecake with toasted almonds and sweetened with honey).  Italian. $$. 301 Halstead Ave., Harrison. 914-835-6199. www.trattoriavivolo.com
Hartsdale
Caffe Azzurri: In the former Piave and Cafe Meze space, a New American restaurant with influences from Asia and the Mediterranean. You’re greeted with a bar and lounge in front, with hardwood floors, low tables and sofa seating. Select from among 25 wines by the glass; the bottles are stored on a granite island that also defines the space for the dining room. In the dining room proper, the menu includes Chilean sea bass served with broccoli rabe, Tuscan beans and a red pepper coulis; and pan-seared, bone-in rib-eye with wilted arugula and fingerling potatoes. The lounge will have a cafe menu with appetizers and small-plate portions of the entrees on the regular menu. Italian. $$. 20 N. Central Ave., Hartsdale. 914-358-5248.
Masala Kraft Cafe: Think  Indian and new-age and you’ll get this clever cafe which blends authentic Indian sandwiches and snacks, such as dosas and samosas, in a setting that’s as crisp and clean as the well prepared food. It’s small,with just 10 seats, a counter, and some outdoor tables, but the terrific food, including falafel, desserts, and Indian beverages, is available for takeout, too. $. 206 E. Hartsdale Avenue, Hartsdale. 914-722-4300. www.masalakraftcafe.com
Hastings
Harvest-on-Hudson: The most spectacular setting in town with its garden, views of the Hudson and a dining room with soaring ceilings. There’s a varied, casual menu. Tapas in the garden: shaved serrano ham with a cocktail. Lunch: fig and goat cheese pizza. Dessert: homemade gelato and a plate of cookies. Or go for the entrees: steak, lamb chops, grilled pork and littleneck clams. New American. $$. 1 River St., Hastings-on-Hudson. 914-478-2800. www.harvest2000.com
Rain Water Grill: Burgers, mussels and comfort-food entrees such as New York strip steak and cavatelli with smoked mozzarella make up the menu at this casual neighborhood bistro with wooden tables, French doors that open to the sidewalk and a water feature that falls over the bar mirror. Hastings Tastings, a part of the bar menu, is dedicated to small plates, such as hanger steak crostini, roasted beets, sliders and a flatbread. There’s a broad selection of vegetarian dishes, too. $. 19 Main St., Hastings-on-Hudson. 914-478-1147. www.rainwatergrill.com
Irvington
Day Boat Cafe: Lobster rolls, chowder, fish filet sandwiches ¬— the new Day Boat Cafe in Irvington is a fish shack in fancy dress. The former One (and Solera before that) is now serving seafood, from raw bar oysters and shrimp to fish tacos to whole branzino. The decor is all white with wavy blue photo mural, and a line of red oars criss-cross the celing of the dining room in the shape of the hull of a ship. There¬’s a marbel bar in front with big TVs and tall wood tables for casual dining, and an outdoor patio for summer where you can just see the Hudson across the parking lot.  1 Bridge St., Irvington. 914-231-7854.
Il Sorriso Ristorante: Intimate and overlooking the Hudson, it’s just as suited for families as it is for couples. Indulge in the bread and the much-raved-about dipping sauce, but save room for the main course, and, of course, dessert. The private room in the wine cellar is worth a look for parties. Italian. $$. 5 N. Buckhout St., Irvington. 914-591-2525. www.ilsorriso.com
Red Hat on the River: Killer views of the Hudson in an old warehouse at the foot of the hill in Irvington. The French bistro fare is both classic (frisee aux lardons, steak frites) and suits the setting (zinc bar, red banquettes). There are also modern dishes, such as tuna tartare and a wild mushroom salad. French. $$. 1 Bridge St., Irvington. 914-591-5888. www.redhatbistro.com
Katonah
Le Fontane Restaurant: A garden patio outside, a tiled archway and mural inside and Italian music all set the scene for an appealing Italian menu. Fans love the salads and mussels, risotto and homemade pasta as well as dishes such as hefty pork chop scapariello and sunny chicken mediterranean. The staff offers personal attention. (Near the intersection of Route 139; GPS users should enter the phone number.) Italian. $$. 137 Route 100, Katonah. 914-232-9619. www.lefontane.net
Tengda Asian Bistro: Right in the center of town, the pan-Asian menu attracts bustling, noisy families but then the dark, moody space clears out. The sushi bar in back makes a good blackened tuna roll, the seafood curry is chunky with shrimp and scallops and the shumai and housemade pork dumplings please the kids.   Asian. $. 286 Katonah Ave., Katonah. 914-232-3900. www.asianbistrogroup.com
Tengda Asian Bistro: Right in the center of town, the pan-Asian menu attracts bustling, noisy families but then the dark, moody space clears out. The sushi bar in back makes a good blackened tuna roll, the seafood curry is chunky with shrimp and scallops and the shumai and housemade pork dumplings please the kids.   Asian. $. 286 Katonah Ave., Katonah. 914-232-3900. www.asianbistrogroup.com
Larchmont
Encore Bistro: A quaint, cozy bistro with red banquettes, paper tablecloths and vintage posters hung on bright yellow walls. Try any of the French classics: frisee salad, duck or mussels.  French. $$. 22 Chatsworth Ave., Larchmont. 914-833-1661. www.encore-bistro.com
Lusardi’s: A destination restaurant with excellent service, classic Northern Italian food, fine wines and an upscale atmosphere with vintage posters, wood paneling, wine racks and a fireplace. Mediterranean. $$. 1885 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. 914-834-5555. www.lusardislarchmont.com
Sardegna: Let veteran restaurateur Vittorio Scarpa introduce you to the flavorful rustic specialties of his native island. In a comfortably elegant atmosphere, you can try typical Sardinian wines, such as red Monica or white Vermentino, and pasta combinations, such as malloreddus (shells with spicy sausage) or spaghetti bottariga (dried mullet roe). More familiar Italian favorites fill out the menu. Italian. $$. 154 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont. 914-833-3399. www.sardegnany.com
Turquoise: Like a gateway to another country, Turquoise’s Mediterranean motif lends plenty of atmosphere. Try the falafel plate, the kebabs or any lamb dish. Mediterranean. $. 1895 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. 914-834-9888. www.turqmed.com
Mamaroneck
Barnacle BBQ: Rough-hewn wood gives the inside a roadhouse feel; the outdoor deck turns the vibe into clam-shack casual. There’s a smoker on site for the pulled pork, ribs, brisket and chicken on the menu, and a deep fryer for the clam strips and shrimp.  American. $$. 181 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck. 914-777-6610. www.barnaclebbq.com
Cafe Mozart: This breezy cafe and coffeehouse offers soups, salads, quiches, and sandwiches. Weekend nights feature live music.  American. $. 308 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-698-4166.
Enzo’s: A stellar Italian-cuisine menu entices at this newly renovated restaurant. Among the sumptuous entrees: capellini d’angelo al giardino (angel-hair pasta, garlic, oil, and fresh vegetables) and spinach raviolotti aurora (homemade ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta).  Italian. $$. 451 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-698-2911.
Il Castello: A cozy but trendy looking restaurant, with cherry wood floors, a cherry bar, rust curtains and white tablecloths. The menu is Northern Italian, with many items served tableside, such as branzino (boned tableside) and Caesar salad for two (made tableside). Other signature dishes include veal chops, rack of lamb and homemade soups.  Italian. $$. 576 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-777-2200.
La Piccola Casa: Piccola Casa, indeed: It looks like a little house. But it is a local favorite Northern Italian restaurant with 10 tables inside, and a menu that includes classics such as pasta, chicken, veal, fish and lobster.   Italian. $$. 1422 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck. 914-777-3766.
Molly Spillane’s: Mickey Spillane’s has a new sister, a sister restaurant that is. The Mamaroneck sibling of the Eastchester pub has two floors, three outdoor patios (one with an outdoor fireplace), and a huge bar (with 16 high def TVs). It’s a draw for families, couples, and singles who come for great burgers and steaks, salads, and late night dining.  Pub Food. $$. 211 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-899-3130. www.mollyspillanespub.com
Mount Kisco
Cafe of Love: From the owner of the takeout soup spot Ladles of Love comes a full-service, fine dining restaurant with a 21-foot stone bar, a chef’s table and upholstered loveseats and chairs, with proper tables for dining. The menu includes raclette, duck confit and steak. New American. $$. 38 E. Main St., Mount Kisco. 914-242-1002. www.cafeofloveny.com
Eduardo’s: A little bit of everything, from a trendy lounge with martinis and a DJ in the back and a front dining room with homemade pasta and ravioli. The outdoor seating areas (sidewalk and a patio in back) are great for people-watching.   Italian. $$. 77 S. Moger Ave., Mount Kisco. 914-666-7005. www.erestaurantlounge.com
Fish Cellar: Take several steps down from the sidewalk and open the door to an inviting bar and cozy restaurant with wood tables. On the menu: fish and chips, bouillabaisse, grilled Maine lobster with roasted corn salsa, and linguine with mussels, scallops, clams, and shrimp. If you’re in the mood for something more decadent, there is an amazing raw bar.  Seafood. $$. 213 Main St., Mount Kisco. 914-666-4448. www.fishcellar.com
Flying Pig on Lexington, The: A restaurant with a mission. The seasonal and sustainably raised ingredients, many from nearby Cabbage Hill Farm, are prepared with style by chef Lesley Sutter. Enjoy a grass-fed burger, a chopped salad with Maytag blue cheese and Hudson Valley fruits in many homey desserts. New American. $$. 251 Lexington Ave., Mount Kisco. 914-666-7445. www.pigcafe.com
La Camelia: The right combination of old and new: a homey, Colonial-style restaurant that serves modern Spanish cuisine in a cozy setting with three fireplaces. The menu items include fish, lobster, rack of lamb, game and fowl. Occasionally, a classical Spanish guitarist will serenade diners.  Spanish. $$. 234 N. Bedford Road, Mount Kisco. 914-666-2466.
New Rochelle
Sea-Breeze One Restaurant & Bar: The Anderson family from New Rochelle loved living on the waterfront so much, they opened their own restaurant overlooking the water. The charming, open dining room, with views of the marina, is a great spot for clams, pasta, steaks, and seafood. In the warmer months, there’s an outdoor deck and a tiki bar¬—try their signature SeaBreeze  martini. The bar stays open late and offers live music, and on Sunday, there’s a pretty nice brunch. too. $$. 290 Drake Ave., New Rochelle. 914-740-7466. www.seabreezeone.com
North Salem
121 Restaurant & Bar: In the heart of North Salem, this New American eatery draws trendy people eager to warm up by the fire in winter, or dine on the wraparound porch come spring. The menu is Asian, American, and Italian, fused to provide hip suburbanites a dependable array of choices, including bok choy salad, juicy burgers, and risotto con funghi. An adventurous wine list makes waiting at the bar a lot more fun. New American. $$. 2-4 Dingle Ridge Road (corner of Route 121), North Salem. 914-669-0121. www.121restaurant.com
North White?Plains
Milonga Wine & Tapas: A restaurant with a little bit of an identity crisis: one entrance goes to a tapas and wine bar; another entrance goes to an upscale Italian restaurant. As long as you know which one you’re in the mood for, you should eat well. Choose tapas and you’ll find yourself in a dark (and loud) bar with banquettes a nice cocktail list. The ceviche and the octopus dish are delicious. Choose Italian and you’ll dine at white tableclothed tables (or outdoors on the patio) on well-made pastas and dishes such as Chicken Martini. Just make sure you know where you’re going before you get there: no tapas are served in the dining room (or outside) and no entrees are served in the lounge. $$. 577 N. Broadway, North White Plains. 914-358-1944. www.milongawinetapas.com
Ossining
Boathouse, The: Pull your boat up to a slip or just drive down to the river to enjoy an evening in this casual and comfortable waterfront bistro. There are purple walls, a stained cement floor and nautical items everywhere. (Don’t miss the mermaid on the ladies room door and the swim platforms taken from the backs of boats that are now a leaning bar.) The menu is simple: burgers, salads, chicken, salmon, and the signature shrimp Lucciana.  American. $$. 46 Westerly Road, Ossining. 914-923-6466.
Travelers Rest: Set in an 1876 former coach stop, this German-Continental restaurant has an old-fashioned English interior with lush carpets and drapes and big fireplaces. Take your time while you dine on traditional favorites like beef Wellington, chicken cordon bleu, or chateaubriand, or go for the German specialties, like sauerbraten and wiener schnitzel. The Christmas decorations are a huge draw. Continental. $$. Route 100, Ossining. 914-941-7744. www.thetravelersrest.com
Pelham
Bistro Rollin: Barbara and Arthur Bratone named their restaurant after the street in the 5e arrondissment in Paris where they lived for several months. And this place looks like Paris, from the tin ceilings and banquettes to the bistro chairs on the sidewalk. The chef, Manny Lozano, who used to cook at L’Absinthe in Manhattan, is creating classic like escargot, roast pork, mussels, half-roast chicken, and frisee salad with lardons and a poached egg. The wine list is well-balanced and reasonable. $$. 140 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 914-633-0780.
Johnny’s on 5th: Nestled on a quiet corner in Pelham, a good spot to meet friends for a drink. Large four-sided bar near entryway opens into
dining room accented with brick and red-painted walls. The menu features kids’ specials, including macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, burgers and ravioli. Private parties and catering available. Happy hour weekdays from 4
to 6 p.m.  American. $$. 600 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 914-355-2783. www.johnnyson5th.com
Pleasantville
Iron Horse Grill: Chef Philip McGrath’s fine cooking earns this New American restaurant very high marks. Set in a renovated train station, comfortable banquettes line the walls, making a good seat for a romantic date. Or, grab a couple of stools for a pre-theater drink and a snack at the bar. The menu offers a selection of creative dishes, including peeky toe crab salad, miso-glazed tuna sashimi, swordfish with couscous and venison with yams, Brussels sprouts and cranberry. There is also a five-course tasting menu.  New American. $$. 20 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville. 914-741-0717. www.ironhorsegrill.com
Port Chester
Copacabana: Enjoy an evening out at Copacabana Steakhouse. Specialties include twelve kinds of meats that are slow roasted and perfectly seasoned.  Meat cuts include beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and Brazilian sausage. These savory cuts are presented on skewers and carved tableside at your request.  Brazilian. $$. 29 N. Main St., Port Chester. 914-939-6894. www.copacabanaportchester.com
Coyote Flaco: Home-style Mexican with enchiladas, tacos and the like, including a superb tequila list and magnificent margaritas.  Mexican. $$. 115 Midland Ave., Port Chester. 914-937-6969. www.mycoyoteflaco.com
F.I.S.H.: With a colorful, dynamic atmosphere and creative seafood specialties, this hidden restaurant is worth the drive. There’s a wood-fired grill for pizza and other entrees, and a a lounge to have a drink. In the summer, take a table on the deck overlooking the harbor. If you’re running early it’s not a bad thing. With orders placed before 6:30 p.m., you’ll receive a free bottle of wine.  Seafood. $$. 102 Fox Island Road, Port Chester. 914-939-4227. www.fishfoxisland.com
Il Sogno: Brought to you by Rafael Palomino (Sonora) and Jimmy Resulbegu, stone-striped walls and light-wood floors set a welcoming dress-it-up-or-down scene, and the Italian-Mediterranean menu offers inventive takes on chicken, pasta, veal, and seafood that are both
fresh and delicious. Italian. $$. 316 Boston Post Road, Port Chester. 914-937-7200. www.ilsognony.com
Michael’s Pizza: Michael’s is one of those places you have to know about to find, but locals love it for its laid-back atmosphere and the pizza. A nondescript facade hides a hidden patio, planted with grape arbors and an outdoor bar. Listen to opera while you dig into generous portions of Italian favorites, and that great pizza.  $. 125 Midland Avenue, Port Chester. 914-939-2241.
Nessa: Imagine an Italian enoteca, with an eclectic wine list, sleek, bustling atmosphere, and a menu that ranges from light sampling to ample entrees. Try the grilled octopus, fava bean salad, beet salad, and spaghetti carbonara. The bar scene is fun, too. Italian. $$. 325 N. Main St., Port Chester. 914-939-0119. www.nessarestaurant.com
Pound?Ridge
DiNardo’s: Beloved by regulars, this pizza-and-more restaurant serves pasta and really good housemade spaghetti. It’s not too much to look at but the servers are characters, and there’s a patio with umbrellas out front for alfresco dining. Italian. $$. 76 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge. 914-764-4024. www.dinardos.net
Scarsdale
Chat American Grill: Sister restaurant to Chat 19 in Larchmont, with a similar menu and atmosphere ¬— with the addition of a big long bar, patio for outdoor dining and a roaring fireplace in winter. Early on at dinnertime, it¬’s family friendly. The menu includes quesadillas, burgers, pastas, steaks and salads. Later on, a bit more of a scene, with friends meeting for a drink from the extensive cocktail list. $$. 1 Christie Place, Scarsdale. 914-722-4000. www.chatamericangrill.com
Moscato: For a power lunch or gourmet meal, brought to you by the owners of Lusardi’s in Larchmont. Settle in to the dining room (outfitted with white tablecloths, wooden paneling and warm yellow walls) to try the homemade gnocchi and fusilli, pollo scarpariello (chicken sauteed with wine, garlic, and sausage) or the branzino rivabella (striped bass fillet in tomato broth, with basil, mussels, and clams).  Italian. $$. 874 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale. 914-723-5700. www.moscatorestaurant.com
Scarsdale Metro Restaurant: This is the unofficial heart of lunchtime Scarsdale, known for its oversized salads, two-fisted triple-decker club sandwiches, and juicy burgers. There are some tasty treats here: grilled chicken and avocado over mixed green salad, a grilled chicken Caesar wrap, and amazing veggie burgers.  American. $$. 878 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale. 914-713-0309.
Somers
Il Forno Trattoria & Pizzeria: Famous for its brick-oven pizza and entrees created by chef Donald Delaney. The decor leans toward crisp and contemporary. Recommended are the parpardelle with wild boar ragu, pasta pescatore (a medley of seafood over linguini), veal sorrantino, or one of five daily fish specials.  Italian. $. 343 Route 202, Somers. 914-277-7575. www.ilfornosomers.com
South Salem
Horse and Hound Inn: A beacon amid the dark and lonely roads of South Salem and charming as all get-out, with wide-planked floors, low ceilings and original beams. The foyer allows two choices: right, a modest dining room; left, a cozy pub. Go for the firecracker shrimp, the juicy burger or the pork tenderloin. American. $$. 94 Spring St., South Salem. 914-763-3108. www.horseandhoundinn.com
Le Chateau: A French restaurant set in a 1907 mansion located on 32 acres with a spectacular view of the Hudson River Valley, Le Chateau is the perfect venue for an elegant dining experience. Revel in the happy conundrum of having to choose from the likes of roasted breast and braised leg of duck in a Grand Marnier sauce, fricassee of lobster with fennel, coconut milk, saffron, and basil, or roasted sea scallops with asparagus tips and vermouth truffle coulis. The wine list boasts more than 100 labels. After your meal, stroll through the formal gardens.  French. $$. Junction of routes 35 and 123, South Salem. 914-533-6631. www.lechateauny.com
Tarrytown
Bistro Z: Granite tables and plush chairs set the scene in a an alcove off the main lobby of the Doubletree Hotel. The menu is modern American, with a Cuban panino, shrimp salad with roasted shallots and pine nuts and a juicy burger. $$. 455 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-631-5700.
Caravela: This Tarrytown mainstay specializes in Portuguese-Brazilian seafood fare. Start off with the Ipanema crab cake and move on to an elegant entr e, like the baked red snapper in Portuguese olive oil, or the seared Cape Cod sea scallops with dill-butter sauce. The sidewalk tables are great for people-watching in summer. Portuguese. $$. 53 N. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-631-1863. www.caravelarestaurant.com
Cassano’s Pizza Trattoria: Run by the same family who owns Cassano’s in Hartsdale, the Tarrytown branch is a welcome addition to the village’s vibrant dining scene. More upscale than a pizzeria, but still casual enough to just stroll in off the street for a slice (get the Summer Pizza if they have it) the pies and entrees are a great starter before a show at The Music Hall, date night, or a sit-down dinner with the kids. Try the chicken scarpariello, with chunks of sweet cherry peppers, one of the salads, wraps, or paninis, but don’t pass up the pie (even if it’s just a sli

Armonk

Opus 465: Part-saloon, part-bistro, with a big bar and dining room downstairs and a more intimate dining area decorated in earth tones upstairs, the menu offers something for everyone, from Cajun calamari to Tuscan arugula salad to Angus steaks. Try one of chef Marc Mazzarulli’s daily salad specials or go for the cheeseburger or pasta Bolognese. New American. $$$. 465 Main St., Armonk. 914-273-4676. www.opus465.com

Barn at Bedford Post, The: Husband-and-wife Richard Gere and Carey Lowell and their partner Russell Hernandez have greenly renovated this historic Bedford landmark. The Barn is the cafe part, with an exposed-beams, a stone fireplace and tables on a shaded patio on which to enjoy breakfast and lunch. Chef Brian Lewis creates food that’s all about farm-to-table, and thereís a glass display of baked goods. Donít miss the French toast for Sunday brunch.  New American. $$$. 954 Old Post Road (Route 121), Bedford. 914-234-7800. www.bedfordpostinn.com/barn

Farmhouse at Bedford Post: Dining in this restored farmhouse with elegant and simple decor is an exhilarating experience that starts with the first cocktail. Chef Brian Lewis’ ingredient-driven menu includes local products, from a John Boy egg in the middle of a trio of ravioli to a chioggia beet salad that looks like a painting. Don’t miss the Roots, Shoots, Fruits & Leaves salad, which blends sweet and acidic tastes like goat cheese, medjool dates and ice wine like a Beach Boys harmony. New American. $$$$$. 954 Old Post Road, Bedford. 914-234-7800. www.bedfordpostinn.com

Briarcliff

Flames Steak House: Westchester steak lovers flock to this restaurant for choice cuts: the porterhouse is popular, but it’s hard to pick a steak that won’t satisfy a meat lover. To say that the wine list is extensive is an understatement. There are more than 2,000 labels.  Steakhouse. $$$$. 533 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor. 914-923-3100. www.flamessteakhouse.com

Terra Rustica: Elegance is the word here alongside an ambience to match and inventive cuisine. Each table is hand-painted, and on weekdays a jazz band plays. The focaccia is a must-have.  Italian. $$$. 550 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor. 914-923-8300.

Tuscan Grille, The: The former Torchia’s has gotten a make-over. Look for the same fun atmosphere and a terrific bar crowd on weekends, but the dining rooms are prettier and there’s good, interesting Italian food on the menu. Italian. $$. 518 N. State Road, Briarcliff Manor. 914-488-5618. www.thetuscangrilleofbriarcliff.com

Bronxville

Il Bacio Trattoria: This family-friendly Italian bistro is known for its pasta (especially the penne and lasagna), gnocchi, soups, and chicken entrees. The gourmet pizzas aren’t bad, either. But don’t leave without tasting the homemade gelato.  Italian. $$$. 1 Park Place, Bronxville. 914-337-4100. www.ilbaciotrattoriany.com

Underhills Crossing: Fresh flowers elegantly adorn each table alongside New American cuisine. The menu includes foie gras, pastas, steaks, chops and shellfish from the raw bar. The signature specials: filet mignon au poivre on Mondays, clambake on Tuesdays, osso bucco on Wednesdays, lobsters on Thursdays, and T-bone steaks on Sundays. New American. $$$. 74 1/2 Pondfield Road, Bronxville. 914-337-1200. www.underhillscrossing.com

Carmel

Bungalow 2: A takeout window for soft-serve ice cream, and a menu of steamers, cheesesteaks, burgers and dogs. Light beige and pastel walls and wide-planked wood floors set the scene for a “something for everyone” kind of place, says owner Christopher Roberta. There a bar scene, three 42-inch TVs to watch the game, and candles on the tables after dark for a romantic date night. There are tables on the patio, too. $$. 166 Stoneleigh Ave., Carmel. 845-276-8100.

Chappaqua

Crabtree’s Kittle House: Set in an inviting 1789 inn with tall white columns and beautiful gardens, a place to celebrate special occasions. A renovation brings a sleek and modern look to the dining room, and the chef, Brad McDonald, is preparing food to match. Youíll often find game on the progressive American menu, which uses local and seasonal ingredients. The real draw for some is the wine cellar (some 70,000 bottles), and itís easy to relax with a glass by the fire in the tap room. New American. $$$$$. 11 Kittle Road, Chappaqua. 914-666-8044. www.kittlehouse.com

Grappolo Locanda: Manhattan chic without the pretense. A casual hot spot bedecked with warm colors and dark-stained wood. The food is authentic Italian, so bring your appetite and savor regional cuisine like breaded veal chops with  arugula, butternut-squash ravioli, and pear-and prosciutto-stuffed pork.  Italian. $$$. 76 King St., Chappaqua. 914-238-5950. www.grappololocanda.com

Le Jardin du Roi: One of the few non-diner spots to serve a good breakfast, and the lunch and evening menus here are impressive too. The simple bistro interior, patio tables and French cuisine appeal to every segment of diners: moms in the morning for bowlsful of cafe au lait, ladies and business lunchers for bistro salads and sandwiches and adult dinner guests for cassoulet, steak-frites and coquilles Saint Jacques. Wines by carafe and appealing desserts also keep people coming back. French. $$$. 95 King St., Chappaqua. 914-238-1368. www.lejardinchappaqua.com

Corlandt

Julianna’s: Chef-owner Michael Carrozza, who grew up in the area, and partner Derek Palmisano turned this former schoolhouse into Julianna’s. Their goal is to bring fresh ingredients to the unpretentious, homey feel of this diamond in the rough. A meal of BLT soup with a grilled brie cheese sandwich, Angus steak or Thai-style fried calamari can be topped off by house-made ice cream. Try the coconut. New American. $$$. 276 Watch Hill Road, Cortlandt. 914-788-0505. www.juliannasonline.com

Cross River

Bacio Trattoria: Delicious Italian fare in an intimate space that is the sister restaurant of the Blue Dolphin in Katonah and Le Fontane in Somers. And the al fresco dining ups the romance factor. Traditional meals include ravioli, rigatoni, breaded veal, lamb, Cornish hen, and salmon.  Italian. $$$. 12 N. Salem Road, Cross River. 914-763-2233. www.baciotrattoria.com

Croton

Umami Cafe: The Asian-fusion cafe is a bright, casual spot that has garnered a following for its inventive cuisine. The menu is well priced and has a sense of humor. Try the Peking duck quesadilla and mini tuna tacos served with Asian guacamole – all of which are packed with umami, the fifth taste, sometimes translated as “satisfaction.” Come early to avoid a wait or snag a seat on the deck in summer; reservations aren’t accepted.  Eclectic. $$. 325 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson. 914-271-5555. www.umamicafe.com

Dobbs Ferry

Half Moon: The owners of Harvest-on-Hudson have turned the former Chart House restaurant into an American brasserie with signature dishes such as duck tacos, Montauk calamari salad, and ceviche. The menu also has a plancha section with a mixed grill and meats like veal Porterhouse. The decor is funky and casual with bamboo wood floors, and outdoor seating on the patios, raw bar, lots of glass and two patios with tiki bars. The restaurant also offers stunning views of the Palisades, the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges, and the Manhattan skyline. A good bet for Sunday brunch, too. New American. $$$. 1 High St., Dobbs Ferry. 914-693-4130. www.harvest2000.com

Eastchester

Toscana Ristorante: Toscana took on Italian in the indoor-outdoor eatery that had been Gina Marie’s. At the crossroads of Main Street and John R. Albanese Place ¬ó already jammed with Italian restaurants, including Ciao and Casa Brusco ¬ó Toscana offers a traditional yet sophisticated approach to Tuscan dining. Some 20 tables, covered by bright white tablecloths, dot the villa-inspired interior, and another 15 patio tables sit among shrubs and small trees. Chef Michele Lepore serves fresh pasta, including ravioli dishes that are a particular favorite of manager-sommelier Francesco Trotta. Sunday brunch runs from noon to 2 p.m. The place also hosts private events, which could be particularly festive on the patio, weather-permitting. 214 Main St., Eastchester. 914-361-1119.

Elmsford

Alaroma: A cozy restaurant with a fireplace and patio dining. Meet in the bar for a drink or settle in the dining room for the Italian specialties such as Chicken Scaparo (chicken with white wine, vinegar, garlic and butter); peppercorn steak in a brandy cream sauce and pork chops prepared with vinegar and peppers or Valdostano-style (stuffed with fontina and prosciutto). There are also pastas, chicken and veal dishes. Italian. $$. 86 E. Main St., Elmsford. 914-592-4213. www.alaromarestaurant.com

Greenburgh

Candlelight Inn: Forget Atkins. Pub food rules here, meaning chili, oversized burgers, and balboas (hot, sliced roast beef served on a garlic wedge with melted Swiss cheese) reign supreme. Not only is the service friendly, but they also offer mild, hot, extra-hot, and Chernobyl-style chicken wings.  Pub Food. $$. 519 Central Ave., Greenburgh. 914-472-9706.

Casa Maya: Standard Mexican fare and a boisterous atmosphere are what you’ll find at this restaurant. Kids eat free from the children’s menu Monday through Wednesday as long as Mom or Dad orders an adult entree.  Mexican. $$$. 706 Central Park Ave., Greenburgh. 914-713-0771. www.casamaya.racanellirestaurants.com

Harrison

Emilio Restaurant: A romantic setting in an old Colonial home, recently renovated and simply decorated with fresh flowers and candlelight. The menu ó including a groaning board-style antipasti table ó is special occasion, old-fashioned Italian, and the wine list is exceptional. Italian. $$$$. 1 Colonial Place, Harrison. 914-835-3100. www.emilioristorante.com

Gus’s Franklin Park Restaurant: This eatery has been a true Harrison landmark since the 1930s. More than one A-List celebrity (including Gwyneth Paltrow, Joe Torre, and Paul Newman) have been tempted inside by its amazing soft-shell crabs that are lightly battered in homemade, seasoned bread crumbs. Check out the dozens of pictures on their “celebrity wall” to see just how many stars have endorsed this special eatery.  Seafood. $$$. 126 Halstead Avenue, Harrison. 914-835-9804.

Murphy’s Law Irish Pub: Mahogany bar, green walls, high-top tables ó all the makings for a neighborhood Irish pub. Plus, there’s an outdoor deck, a private room with a 60-inch television and a traditional American comfort food menu with an Irish flair. Try the fish’n’chips, wings, nachos, meatloaf, lamb shank or the signature shepherd’s pie bites, which are served on phyllo dough cups. Pub Food. $$$. 110 Halstead Ave., Harrison. 914-630-2760.

Trattoria Vivolo: Housed in a former diner and still bearing that 1940s railroad-car style. Vintage touches and lots of stainless steel mix well with several upgrades including a marble countertop. Consider dining outside by candlelight under oversized Italian umbrellas. Dinner and lunch menus feature traditional Italian specialties. But leave room for the extensive dessert menu that includes tasty treats such as torta alla ricotta (a traditional ricotta cheesecake with toasted almonds and sweetened with honey).  Italian. $$$$. 301 Halstead Ave., Harrison. 914-835-6199. www.trattoriavivolo.com

Hartsdale

Caffe Azzurri: In the former Piave and Cafe Meze space, a New American restaurant with influences from Asia and the Mediterranean. You’re greeted with a bar and lounge in front, with hardwood floors, low tables and sofa seating. Select from among 25 wines by the glass; the bottles are stored on a granite island that also defines the space for the dining room. In the dining room proper, the menu includes Chilean sea bass served with broccoli rabe, Tuscan beans and a red pepper coulis; and pan-seared, bone-in rib-eye with wilted arugula and fingerling potatoes. The lounge will have a cafe menu with appetizers and small-plate portions of the entrees on the regular menu. Italian. $$$. 20 N. Central Ave., Hartsdale. 914-358-5248.

Masala Kraft Cafe: Think  Indian and new-age and you’ll get this clever cafe which blends authentic Indian sandwiches and snacks, such as dosas and samosas, in a setting that’s as crisp and clean as the well prepared food. It’s small,with just 10 seats, a counter, and some outdoor tables, but the terrific food, including falafel, desserts, and Indian beverages, is available for takeout, too. $. 206 E. Hartsdale Avenue, Hartsdale. 914-722-4300. www.masalakraftcafe.com

Hastings

Harvest-on-Hudson: The most spectacular setting in town with its garden, views of the Hudson and a dining room with soaring ceilings. There’s a varied, casual menu. Tapas in the garden: shaved serrano ham with a cocktail. Lunch: fig and goat cheese pizza. Dessert: homemade gelato and a plate of cookies. Or go for the entrees: steak, lamb chops, grilled pork and littleneck clams. New American. $$$. 1 River St., Hastings-on-Hudson. 914-478-2800. www.harvest2000.com

Rain Water Grill: Burgers, mussels and comfort-food entrees such as New York strip steak and cavatelli with smoked mozzarella make up the menu at this casual neighborhood bistro with wooden tables, French doors that open to the sidewalk and a water feature that falls over the bar mirror. Hastings Tastings, a part of the bar menu, is dedicated to small plates, such as hanger steak crostini, roasted beets, sliders and a flatbread. There’s a broad selection of vegetarian dishes, too. $$. 19 Main St., Hastings-on-Hudson. 914-478-1147. www.rainwatergrill.com

Irvington

Day Boat Cafe: Lobster rolls, chowder, fish filet sandwiches ¬— the new Day Boat Cafe in Irvington is a fish shack in fancy dress. The former One (and Solera before that) is now serving seafood, from raw bar oysters and shrimp to fish tacos to whole branzino. The decor is all white with wavy blue photo mural, and a line of red oars criss-cross the celing of the dining room in the shape of the hull of a ship. There¬’s a marbel bar in front with big TVs and tall wood tables for casual dining, and an outdoor patio for summer where you can just see the Hudson across the parking lot.  1 Bridge St., Irvington. 914-231-7854.

Il Sorriso Ristorante: Intimate and overlooking the Hudson, it’s just as suited for families as it is for couples. Indulge in the bread and the much-raved-about dipping sauce, but save room for the main course, and, of course, dessert. The private room in the wine cellar is worth a look for parties. Italian. $$$. 5 N. Buckhout St., Irvington. 914-591-2525. www.ilsorriso.com

Red Hat on the River: Killer views of the Hudson in an old warehouse at the foot of the hill in Irvington. The French bistro fare is both classic (frisee aux lardons, steak frites) and suits the setting (zinc bar, red banquettes). There are also modern dishes, such as tuna tartare and a wild mushroom salad. French. $$$$. 1 Bridge St., Irvington. 914-591-5888. www.redhatbistro.com

Katonah

Le Fontane Restaurant: A garden patio outside, a tiled archway and mural inside and Italian music all set the scene for an appealing Italian menu. Fans love the salads and mussels, risotto and homemade pasta as well as dishes such as hefty pork chop scapariello and sunny chicken mediterranean. The staff offers personal attention. (Near the intersection of Route 139; GPS users should enter the phone number.) Italian. $$$. 137 Route 100, Katonah. 914-232-9619. www.lefontane.net

Tengda Asian Bistro: Right in the center of town, the pan-Asian menu attracts bustling, noisy families but then the dark, moody space clears out. The sushi bar in back makes a good blackened tuna roll, the seafood curry is chunky with shrimp and scallops and the shumai and housemade pork dumplings please the kids.   Asian. $$. 286 Katonah Ave., Katonah. 914-232-3900. www.asianbistrogroup.com

Tengda Asian Bistro: Right in the center of town, the pan-Asian menu attracts bustling, noisy families but then the dark, moody space clears out. The sushi bar in back makes a good blackened tuna roll, the seafood curry is chunky with shrimp and scallops and the shumai and housemade pork dumplings please the kids.   Asian. $$. 286 Katonah Ave., Katonah. 914-232-3900. www.asianbistrogroup.com

Larchmont

Encore Bistro: A quaint, cozy bistro with red banquettes, paper tablecloths and vintage posters hung on bright yellow walls. Try any of the French classics: frisee salad, duck or mussels.  French. $$$$. 22 Chatsworth Ave., Larchmont. 914-833-1661. www.encore-bistro.com

Lusardi’s: A destination restaurant with excellent service, classic Northern Italian food, fine wines and an upscale atmosphere with vintage posters, wood paneling, wine racks and a fireplace. Mediterranean. $$$$. 1885 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. 914-834-5555. www.lusardislarchmont.com

Sardegna: Let veteran restaurateur Vittorio Scarpa introduce you to the flavorful rustic specialties of his native island. In a comfortably elegant atmosphere, you can try typical Sardinian wines, such as red Monica or white Vermentino, and pasta combinations, such as malloreddus (shells with spicy sausage) or spaghetti bottariga (dried mullet roe). More familiar Italian favorites fill out the menu. Italian. $$$. 154 Larchmont Ave., Larchmont. 914-833-3399. www.sardegnany.com

Turquoise: Like a gateway to another country, Turquoise’s Mediterranean motif lends plenty of atmosphere. Try the falafel plate, the kebabs or any lamb dish. Mediterranean. $$. 1895 Palmer Ave., Larchmont. 914-834-9888. www.turqmed.com

Mamaroneck

Barnacle BBQ: Rough-hewn wood gives the inside a roadhouse feel; the outdoor deck turns the vibe into clam-shack casual. There’s a smoker on site for the pulled pork, ribs, brisket and chicken on the menu, and a deep fryer for the clam strips and shrimp.  American. $$$. 181 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck. 914-777-6610. www.barnaclebbq.com

Cafe Mozart: This breezy cafe and coffeehouse offers soups, salads, quiches, and sandwiches. Weekend nights feature live music.  American. $$. 308 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-698-4166.

Enzo’s: A stellar Italian-cuisine menu entices at this newly renovated restaurant. Among the sumptuous entrees: capellini d’angelo al giardino (angel-hair pasta, garlic, oil, and fresh vegetables) and spinach raviolotti aurora (homemade ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta).  Italian. $$$$. 451 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-698-2911.

Il Castello: A cozy but trendy looking restaurant, with cherry wood floors, a cherry bar, rust curtains and white tablecloths. The menu is Northern Italian, with many items served tableside, such as branzino (boned tableside) and Caesar salad for two (made tableside). Other signature dishes include veal chops, rack of lamb and homemade soups.  Italian. $$$. 576 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-777-2200.

La Piccola Casa: Piccola Casa, indeed: It looks like a little house. But it is a local favorite Northern Italian restaurant with 10 tables inside, and a menu that includes classics such as pasta, chicken, veal, fish and lobster.   Italian. $$$. 1422 E. Boston Post Road, Mamaroneck. 914-777-3766.

Molly Spillane’s: Mickey Spillane’s has a new sister, a sister restaurant that is. The Mamaroneck sibling of the Eastchester pub has two floors, three outdoor patios (one with an outdoor fireplace), and a huge bar (with 16 high def TVs). It’s a draw for families, couples, and singles who come for great burgers and steaks, salads, and late night dining.  Pub Food. $$$. 211 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-899-3130. www.mollyspillanespub.com

Mount Kisco

Cafe of Love: From the owner of the takeout soup spot Ladles of Love comes a full-service, fine dining restaurant with a 21-foot stone bar, a chef’s table and upholstered loveseats and chairs, with proper tables for dining. The menu includes raclette, duck confit and steak. New American. $$$. 38 E. Main St., Mount Kisco. 914-242-1002. www.cafeofloveny.com

Eduardo’s: A little bit of everything, from a trendy lounge with martinis and a DJ in the back and a front dining room with homemade pasta and ravioli. The outdoor seating areas (sidewalk and a patio in back) are great for people-watching.   Italian. $$$. 77 S. Moger Ave., Mount Kisco. 914-666-7005. www.erestaurantlounge.com

Fish Cellar: Take several steps down from the sidewalk and open the door to an inviting bar and cozy restaurant with wood tables. On the menu: fish and chips, bouillabaisse, grilled Maine lobster with roasted corn salsa, and linguine with mussels, scallops, clams, and shrimp. If you’re in the mood for something more decadent, there is an amazing raw bar.  Seafood. $$$. 213 Main St., Mount Kisco. 914-666-4448. www.fishcellar.com

Flying Pig on Lexington, The: A restaurant with a mission. The seasonal and sustainably raised ingredients, many from nearby Cabbage Hill Farm, are prepared with style by chef Lesley Sutter. Enjoy a grass-fed burger, a chopped salad with Maytag blue cheese and Hudson Valley fruits in many homey desserts. New American. $$$. 251 Lexington Ave., Mount Kisco. 914-666-7445. www.pigcafe.com

La Camelia: The right combination of old and new: a homey, Colonial-style restaurant that serves modern Spanish cuisine in a cozy setting with three fireplaces. The menu items include fish, lobster, rack of lamb, game and fowl. Occasionally, a classical Spanish guitarist will serenade diners.  Spanish. $$$$. 234 N. Bedford Road, Mount Kisco. 914-666-2466.

New Rochelle

Sea-Breeze One Restaurant & Bar: The Anderson family from New Rochelle loved living on the waterfront so much, they opened their own restaurant overlooking the water. The charming, open dining room, with views of the marina, is a great spot for clams, pasta, steaks, and seafood. In the warmer months, there’s an outdoor deck and a tiki bar¬—try their signature SeaBreeze  martini. The bar stays open late and offers live music, and on Sunday, there’s a pretty nice brunch. too. $$$. 290 Drake Ave., New Rochelle. 914-740-7466. www.seabreezeone.com

North Salem

121 Restaurant & Bar: In the heart of North Salem, this New American eatery draws trendy people eager to warm up by the fire in winter, or dine on the wraparound porch come spring. The menu is Asian, American, and Italian, fused to provide hip suburbanites a dependable array of choices, including bok choy salad, juicy burgers, and risotto con funghi. An adventurous wine list makes waiting at the bar a lot more fun. New American. $$$. 2-4 Dingle Ridge Road (corner of Route 121), North Salem. 914-669-0121. www.121restaurant.com

North White?Plains

Milonga Wine & Tapas: A restaurant with a little bit of an identity crisis: one entrance goes to a tapas and wine bar; another entrance goes to an upscale Italian restaurant. As long as you know which one you’re in the mood for, you should eat well. Choose tapas and you’ll find yourself in a dark (and loud) bar with banquettes a nice cocktail list. The ceviche and the octopus dish are delicious. Choose Italian and you’ll dine at white tableclothed tables (or outdoors on the patio) on well-made pastas and dishes such as Chicken Martini. Just make sure you know where you’re going before you get there: no tapas are served in the dining room (or outside) and no entrees are served in the lounge. $$$. 577 N. Broadway, North White Plains. 914-358-1944. www.milongawinetapas.com

Ossining

Boathouse, The: Pull your boat up to a slip or just drive down to the river to enjoy an evening in this casual and comfortable waterfront bistro. There are purple walls, a stained cement floor and nautical items everywhere. (Don’t miss the mermaid on the ladies room door and the swim platforms taken from the backs of boats that are now a leaning bar.) The menu is simple: burgers, salads, chicken, salmon, and the signature shrimp Lucciana.  American. $$$. 46 Westerly Road, Ossining. 914-923-6466.

Travelers Rest: Set in an 1876 former coach stop, this German-Continental restaurant has an old-fashioned English interior with lush carpets and drapes and big fireplaces. Take your time while you dine on traditional favorites like beef Wellington, chicken cordon bleu, or chateaubriand, or go for the German specialties, like sauerbraten and wiener schnitzel. The Christmas decorations are a huge draw. Continental. $$$$. Route 100, Ossining. 914-941-7744. www.thetravelersrest.com

Pelham

Bistro Rollin: Barbara and Arthur Bratone named their restaurant after the street in the 5e arrondissment in Paris where they lived for several months. And this place looks like Paris, from the tin ceilings and banquettes to the bistro chairs on the sidewalk. The chef, Manny Lozano, who used to cook at L’Absinthe in Manhattan, is creating classic like escargot, roast pork, mussels, half-roast chicken, and frisee salad with lardons and a poached egg. The wine list is well-balanced and reasonable. $$$. 140 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 914-633-0780.

Johnny’s on 5th: Nestled on a quiet corner in Pelham, a good spot to meet friends for a drink. Large four-sided bar near entryway opens into

dining room accented with brick and red-painted walls. The menu features kids’ specials, including macaroni and cheese, chicken fingers, burgers and ravioli. Private parties and catering available. Happy hour weekdays from 4

to 6 p.m.  American. $$$. 600 Fifth Ave., Pelham. 914-355-2783. www.johnnyson5th.com

Pleasantville

Iron Horse Grill: Chef Philip McGrath’s fine cooking earns this New American restaurant very high marks. Set in a renovated train station, comfortable banquettes line the walls, making a good seat for a romantic date. Or, grab a couple of stools for a pre-theater drink and a snack at the bar. The menu offers a selection of creative dishes, including peeky toe crab salad, miso-glazed tuna sashimi, swordfish with couscous and venison with yams, Brussels sprouts and cranberry. There is also a five-course tasting menu.  New American. $$$. 20 Wheeler Ave., Pleasantville. 914-741-0717. www.ironhorsegrill.com

Port Chester

Copacabana: Enjoy an evening out at Copacabana Steakhouse. Specialties include twelve kinds of meats that are slow roasted and perfectly seasoned.  Meat cuts include beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and Brazilian sausage. These savory cuts are presented on skewers and carved tableside at your request.  Brazilian. $$$. 29 N. Main St., Port Chester. 914-939-6894. www.copacabanaportchester.com

Coyote Flaco: Home-style Mexican with enchiladas, tacos and the like, including a superb tequila list and magnificent margaritas.  Mexican. $$$. 115 Midland Ave., Port Chester. 914-937-6969. www.mycoyoteflaco.com

F.I.S.H.: With a colorful, dynamic atmosphere and creative seafood specialties, this hidden restaurant is worth the drive. There’s a wood-fired grill for pizza and other entrees, and a a lounge to have a drink. In the summer, take a table on the deck overlooking the harbor. If you’re running early it’s not a bad thing. With orders placed before 6:30 p.m., you’ll receive a free bottle of wine.  Seafood. $$$. 102 Fox Island Road, Port Chester. 914-939-4227. www.fishfoxisland.com

Il Sogno: Brought to you by Rafael Palomino (Sonora) and Jimmy Resulbegu, stone-striped walls and light-wood floors set a welcoming dress-it-up-or-down scene, and the Italian-Mediterranean menu offers inventive takes on chicken, pasta, veal, and seafood that are both

fresh and delicious. Italian. $$$. 316 Boston Post Road, Port Chester. 914-937-7200. www.ilsognony.com

Michael’s Pizza: Michael’s is one of those places you have to know about to find, but locals love it for its laid-back atmosphere and the pizza. A nondescript facade hides a hidden patio, planted with grape arbors and an outdoor bar. Listen to opera while you dig into generous portions of Italian favorites, and that great pizza.  $$. 125 Midland Avenue, Port Chester. 914-939-2241.

Nessa: Imagine an Italian enoteca, with an eclectic wine list, sleek, bustling atmosphere, and a menu that ranges from light sampling to ample entrees. Try the grilled octopus, fava bean salad, beet salad, and spaghetti carbonara. The bar scene is fun, too. Italian. $$$. 325 N. Main St., Port Chester. 914-939-0119. www.nessarestaurant.com

Tarry Lodge Celebrity chef Mario Batali and co-chef and owner Andy Nusser partnered with Nancy Selzer and Joe Bastianich to bring this 100-year-old restaurant back to life as a modern pizzeria-trattoria. White marble, inlaid tile and dark wood make for a comfortable but laid-back atmosphere and the white tablecloths allow you to go for fine dining if you’re up for it. And the menu fits the scene: order a couple small antipasti if you’re peckish, or settle in for a six-course meal made of pizza, pasta and classic entrees. 18 Mill St. Port Chester, 914-939-3111

Pound?Ridge

DiNardo’s: Beloved by regulars, this pizza-and-more restaurant serves pasta and really good housemade spaghetti. It’s not too much to look at but the servers are characters, and there’s a patio with umbrellas out front for alfresco dining. Italian. $$$. 76 Westchester Ave., Pound Ridge. 914-764-4024. www.dinardos.net

Rye Grill Three levels, three fireplaces, a huge wood-and-tile bar area and a dining room with booths fit for families â?? this is the restaurant for everybody. It’s been a Rye favorite for almost 20 years, and people still love the fried calamari, farfalle with sausage and olives and the camaraderie that comes with a place where everybody knows your name.1 Station Plaza, Rye. 914-967-0332

Scarsdale

Chat American Grill: Sister restaurant to Chat 19 in Larchmont, with a similar menu and atmosphere ¬— with the addition of a big long bar, patio for outdoor dining and a roaring fireplace in winter. Early on at dinnertime, it¬’s family friendly. The menu includes quesadillas, burgers, pastas, steaks and salads. Later on, a bit more of a scene, with friends meeting for a drink from the extensive cocktail list. $$$. 1 Christie Place, Scarsdale. 914-722-4000. www.chatamericangrill.com

Moscato: For a power lunch or gourmet meal, brought to you by the owners of Lusardi’s in Larchmont. Settle in to the dining room (outfitted with white tablecloths, wooden paneling and warm yellow walls) to try the homemade gnocchi and fusilli, pollo scarpariello (chicken sauteed with wine, garlic, and sausage) or the branzino rivabella (striped bass fillet in tomato broth, with basil, mussels, and clams).  Italian. $$$. 874 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale. 914-723-5700. www.moscatorestaurant.com

Scarsdale Metro Restaurant: This is the unofficial heart of lunchtime Scarsdale, known for its oversized salads, two-fisted triple-decker club sandwiches, and juicy burgers. There are some tasty treats here: grilled chicken and avocado over mixed green salad, a grilled chicken Caesar wrap, and amazing veggie burgers.  American. $$$. 878 Scarsdale Ave., Scarsdale. 914-713-0309.

Somers

Il Forno Trattoria & Pizzeria: Famous for its brick-oven pizza and entrees created by chef Donald Delaney. The decor leans toward crisp and contemporary. Recommended are the parpardelle with wild boar ragu, pasta pescatore (a medley of seafood over linguini), veal sorrantino, or one of five daily fish specials.  Italian. $$. 343 Route 202, Somers. 914-277-7575. www.ilfornosomers.com

South Salem

Horse and Hound Inn: A beacon amid the dark and lonely roads of South Salem and charming as all get-out, with wide-planked floors, low ceilings and original beams. The foyer allows two choices: right, a modest dining room; left, a cozy pub. Go for the firecracker shrimp, the juicy burger or the pork tenderloin. American. $$$. 94 Spring St., South Salem. 914-763-3108. www.horseandhoundinn.com

Le Chateau: A French restaurant set in a 1907 mansion located on 32 acres with a spectacular view of the Hudson River Valley, Le Chateau is the perfect venue for an elegant dining experience. Revel in the happy conundrum of having to choose from the likes of roasted breast and braised leg of duck in a Grand Marnier sauce, fricassee of lobster with fennel, coconut milk, saffron, and basil, or roasted sea scallops with asparagus tips and vermouth truffle coulis. The wine list boasts more than 100 labels. After your meal, stroll through the formal gardens.  French. $$$$. Junction of routes 35 and 123, South Salem. 914-533-6631. www.lechateauny.com

Tarrytown

Bistro Z: Granite tables and plush chairs set the scene in a an alcove off the main lobby of the Doubletree Hotel. The menu is modern American, with a Cuban panino, shrimp salad with roasted shallots and pine nuts and a juicy burger. $$$. 455 S. Broadway, Tarrytown. 914-631-5700.

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  1. I think some of this post is missing for the outdoor Westchester Restaurants. It seems that it is cut off at Caravela, there are several others in Tarrytown that are missing and all of White Plains and Yonkers and any that may be in Valhalla and Yorktown. Where could I find the full list? thanks

  2. Hi guys. You can find the full list by clicking on the restaurants tab above, then selecting “outdoor dining.” Hit submit. The list will pull up with links to all the 411s for all the restaurants.

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