The Cove Opens in Peekskill



The Cove, a new restaurant on the Hudson River in Peekskill, opened July 22 in the spot where Crystal Bay Caterers used to be at the Charles Point Marina. Photographer Joe Larese went there Monday to take these great photos.

Owners Thomas and Melissa Radocaj — he’s a contractor and she used to be in retail and later in health care — have completely renovated the place from top to bottom, adding a new wood floor, a mahogany bar, and decorative details such as ceiling fans with leafy blades and chandeliers and sconces with metal details of feathers of grass.

The building — it was once part of the old Fleichmann Company factory complex, the largest maker of yeast in the world‚ has exposed pipes and metal beams as well as exposed wood.

“A rustic, down-by-the-water look,” says Melissa, below left, with Tom.

More photos of the room and the food, after the jump.

The dining room seats 80 and, in good weather, another 25 can fit on the upstairs patio, with stunning views of the river. The restaurant will also do catering for up to 200 people in a separate area.

The Radocajs took over the space in January, and originally envisioned a seafood menu. But after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, they reconsidered, mainly because of the cost. Now the menu will be more all-American surf-and-turf style, and will include such dishes as Coconut battered oysters:

And rack of lamb:

And lobster ravioli:

Here’s the chef, Daniel Cronin:

Here are a few more photos:

Melissa is hoping that the restaurant will appeal to families and locals. “What I would like to see in the evneing — the sunset outside the building, the local artists down there, sketching the river, and a small jazz band.”

Sounds pretty nice, Melissa!

The 411 is coming. Til then: 5 John Walsh Boulevard, Peekskil.. 914-739-0337.

(PS: A bonus for boaters: there are 6 slips for docking and dining, and they hope to expand to more in the future.)


About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, 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. Donald Mayes on

    Wow! I thought that place was nice when it was Crystal Bay. Now it looks amazing! Finally, somebody is making good use of the beautiful Peekskill waterfront. This restauant looks like it could make Peekskill a destination for other County residents. I wonder if they serve lobster bisque…

  2. Best wishes for success in a tough environment…we need more entrepreneurs, and quality dining and fair value. Hope to visit soon with friends

  3. Chef Danny Cronin is one of the most talented chef’s that I have ever meet. The Radocajs should feel privaliged to have him in the kitchen. His understanding of balance of flavor on the palate is truly a gift. With the space being remodeled and Danny behind the stove success is the only possible outcome!

  4. Those lamb chops look out of this world. I have had the pleasure of eating several times at Chef Daniel Cronin’s previous establishments. You will not be disappointed with quality of the food. He is truly a master of the culinary arts.

  5. I have eaten at The Cove three times and I think the food is delicious and the views are spectacular. All three meals were different and cooked to perfection. Your staff are so friendly and make you feel at home. I look forward to many nights at The Cove.

  6. Recently had brunch here and was not impressed. $24.95 for a very disappointing buffet. I would not recommend.

  7. Went there with another couple, the seafood was terrible, ordered the burger and the bun was wonderbread, I had better burgers in my backyard. The seafood was not fresh at all. The only good thing about the place was the company we were with. Will never return.

  8. I just had a terrible experience here. We booked a room for a private event earlier this year. The deal that was quoted to me on the phone was $24.95 a person, 30 person minimum. That’s $748.50. When I went to leave, they gave me a check for almost $1000. They had included a large gratuity and tax. That makes sense – but that was never mentioned when I made the booking. If it was – I would have charged the people who attended the event more. When I disputed this, the manager started screaming and cursing and threatened to call the police if I didn’t pay the bill. He also got a bunch of thugs who worked there to come out and try to intimidate me. They dropped the bill a bit and I’ll make the rest of it right with my credit card company, but seriously? Don’t give these clowns your money. Not only did they make money on the event, but there was an (expensive) cash bar and lots of people bought drinks. And the food was just mediocre!

  9. The Cove is now the harbor. Worse food! Asked for more bread. Told they can’t. Asked for substitution of any side on entree and told they they can’t -go even though every other entree had different side.
    The linguine and clam sauce comes with grated cheese on it. No Italian chef ever puts cheese on fish or shellfish! When complained told it is how it comes and people rave about it. The menu does not disclose any cheese. No recipe ever includes cheese! No offer to take it back. I set it to side. They eventually took back and replaced it. The replacement was worse! Tons of lemon juice with no garlic. No recipe ever includes lemon! Canned is much better! When complained told they get raves on clam sauce. later learned open for two days so who was raving? The Chef ‘s mom?
    So many other choices where they respect the customer, so go anywhere else!!!!!! At their prices they need to understand and cater to their customers. Lots of competition!
    Bring back Crystal Bay!!!

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