There's no shortage of exciting things to see and eat at Pier701 Restaurant & Bar, where diners can nosh on daily wild-game specials, such as wild boar or kangaroo, all set against views of the Hudson River. Head chef Denis Whitton has tailored the menu to feature eclectic, locally-sourced cuisine with an international influence. Mediterranean-inspired French-American entrees include grilled spanish octopus pomodoro and pan-seared branzino; short rib Bourgonoigne and mussels Meuniere are among the seasonal French options. Plus, all of the sauces and stocks are made in-house from scratch. Small plates and a raw bar offer shrimp cocktails, tapioca oysters, and french onion soups. The restaurant complements these dishes with more than 100 international wines, as well as live music on select nights and, in warmer months, al fresco dining at the water's edge with plenty of space to dock your boat or inner-tube.
A stone's throw from the Hudson River, Doubledays makes a great lunch or dinner spot for folks just finishing up a stroll through Waterfront Park. The restaurant's menu spans the full range of classic American fare, from wings to pizza to burgers made with Black Angus beef. It also offers a contemporary take on favorites, such as the Hog Wings?mini pork osso bucco marinated in a sweet and spicy Thai chili sauce. On Sunday mornings, Doubledays serves up a brunch characterized by crab cake benedict and Jim Beam french toast topped with caramelized bananas and soaked in cinnamon flavored bourbon. To sweeten the brunch pot, each hearty dish is accompanied by a complementary Bloody Mary, screwdriver, or mimosa.
O'Donoghue's Tavern was established in 1960, and its music playlist often hearkens back to that era: throughout the week you can hear live bands playing rock, blues, and Motown. In between jamming out or re-writing the lyrics in Pig Latin, you can fill up on half-pound Angus burgers, home-cured corn beef sandwiches, and hearty servings of chicken potpie. A wide variety of beers are on tap to wash down dinner, too, including rotating and seasonal draughts and bottles.
Father-son restaurateurs Pasquale and Francesco Coli chose the name Massa' Italian Kitchen & Bar as a tribute to the southern Italian farmhouses, known as “masserias,” that line the countryside of their native Puglia, located on the heel of Italy. Their passion for the rustic, Old-World charm of Puglia permeates the kitchen, where chefs hand form pastas, chop local farm vegetables, and assemble housemade sausages. As a nod to Puglia's centuries-old maritime traditions, they also seek out fresh shipments of fish and seafood every day. Before diners embark on a gustatory expedition to Italy, servers suggest wine pairings from a list of more than 100 bottles, and bartenders mix signature cocktails with vodkas they infuse with vibrant fruits.
Today the restaurant continues to embrace its rustic roots, catering to diners and families who appreciate classic Italian cuisine and healthy portion sizes. The easy, dining-room evokes the feel of a rural cottage with its exposed-stone walls, floor-to-ceiling fireplace, and woodwork, which was constructed out of materials salvaged from century-old New England barns to created a relaxed dining experience. At each table, Old-World crafted entrees steam atop white plates, while families and friends breezily chatter amid the homey ambiance to the split-level dining room and wine bar.
For some folks, 15 hours is the perfect amount of time to marathon watch a TV show or crab walk home from work. The pitmasters at D & A Smokehouse, however, put that time to slightly better use. 15 hours is exactly how long it takes for them to slow-smoke their pulled pork to perfection. Other meats, such as brisket and St. Louis ribs, require slightly less time?14 and 5 hours? respectively?only hitting the smoker after they've been smothered in D & A's secret spice rubs. Chicken wings, meanwhile, are brined in house-made sweet tea, and make a perfect accompaniment to craft beers available by the draft or bottle. And, in true old-school barbecue joint fashion, cooks also heap plates full of sides such as burnt-end baked beans and house-made, gluten-free slaw to accompany the meaty main dishes.
Though its dining room is in the heart of Yonkers, La Bella Havana's food transports diners straight to Cuba with the chefs' homestyle Caribbean cooking. Drawing equal inspiration from the land and sea, hearty comfort foods include sauteed chorizo with fried plantain chips, empanadas with a variety of fillings, and massive servings of paella that the New York Times hailed as "the real deal: stuffed with seafood, chorizo and chicken, full of flavor and cooked to perfection." The drink menu similarly embraces its Cuban roots with hand-blended mojitos and other potent tropical cocktails.
But Cuba's presence inside the restaurant also goes beyond the edibles to its island-inspired decor. The walls give the appearance of rustic, exposed brickwork peeking through plaster and a glance upward yields ceiling fans and their distinctively leaf-shaped blades. Even the bar area is shaded by a thatched straw canopy, which shields the bartenders from the imported Cuban sunshine.