Chosen by Zagat as one of the best steak houses in Westchester County, The Willett House quells discerning appetites with scrumptious steaks and seafood. On the prix fixe dinner menu, starters such as lobster bisque and gorgonzola salad prime bellies for entrees such as chicken francese and a 10-ounce filet mignon au poivre coated in a peppercorn cream sauce. After lulling anyone who eats it into a content, satiated slumber, the 2-pound lobster (an additional $5) infiltrates diners’ dreams and pinches them awake again. As they finish off the table’s shared bottle of wine, each patron can choose from a tray of fresh, house-made desserts and wash down the treat with a cup of coffee or tea. Surrounding the main dining room, a pressed-tin ceiling and exposed-brick walls augment the 90-square-foot mural depicting life in turn-of-the-century Port Chester, when the seaside town still led the world in exports of soda jerks’ red-striped hats.
The Restaurant at Rowayton Seafood values customer loyalty as much as the freshness of their seafood, and both have contributed to it's recent success. The shellfish is about as local as it gets–the executive chef sources the eatery's lobster, clams, and mussels from the Rowayton Seafood Market right next door. This freshness is crafted into a seasonal menu, paired with the scent of salty coastal air, assails the senses in the sunlit, harbor-side dining room, where diners warm themselves by the fireplace or gaze out onto Five Mile River.
The chef's inspired dishes, which won Connecticut magazine's 2013 award for best seafood, draw on American and international recipes. The grilled domestic swordfish keeps things simple with accents of roasted asparagus and truffled onions, and the blackened mahi-mahi samples more tropical climates with coconut-jasmine rice and pineapple salsa. More than 120 international and domestic wines suggest endless pairings–from appetizers of fried calamari to desserts of housemade pie and seasonal crème brûlée. Free valet parking is available, and guests can also dock their boat at the restaurant by reservation.
Combining their freshly caught fish with ecologically sound practices, the Restaurant has partnered with the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Seafood Watch Program to serve sustainable seafood and help protect the balance of marine life.
The seafood experts at The Fishery Grill lure diners in with a dinner menu packed with hot chowders, chilled, raw bar morsels, and fresh seafood entrees cooked to order. A quartet of manhattan or new england clam, seafood, or white-bean chowders ($4.75–$5.75) fills cups and bowls as freshly shucked oysters relax in the hammock of their half shell ($2.25–$2.75 each). Chefs proffer grilled, roasted, Cajun, and fried preparations of fillets and shellfish, such as flounder ($19.95) and sea scallops ($21.95), all accompanied by a choice of two sides. Maine lobsters (market price) appear on plates steamed, broiled, or stuffed with crabmeat like two-thirds of an underwater turducken.
With fish gliding by overhead and views of the water stretching out beneath the tall windows, it's no wonder Ocean Restaurant and Lounge was voted by diners as having the Best Ambiance around. But the surroundings are just the beginning?the real star is the cuisine. A seafood-centric menu touts a well-curated selection of reinvented American classics from brunch through dinner. A popular destination for romantic waterfront dinners, the evening menu kicks off with selections from the raw bar before graduating to entrees such as branzino, and steak.
Maura's Kitchen is casual and cozy, but the food--roast pork, stews, fish and empanadas--is big and bold. Latin American flavors color the menu, which intermixes tapas such as yuca fries with full-size entrees including pollo a la brasa--Peruvian rotisserie chicken. Choose from three types of fresh ceviche, or pair shrimp with sauteed steak for an irresistible surf-and-turf combination, like a charming mermaid geologist.