At Westchester Burger Co., the eponymous burger comprises a 10-ounce patty topped with smoked mozzarella, tomato, pickles, frisée, and a secret sauce that has helped it receive local accolades. But it was quite a journey to get the burger to where it is today: the chef and owner, who has no formal training, spent many long hours in the kitchen using trial and error and complex algorithms to uncover the delicious combination.
That burger and the rest of the menu have proved to be so successful that three Westchester Burger Co. locations have opened in three years. They serve burgers nestled between grilled cheese sandwiches made with texas toast, Kobe beef burgers on a brioche bun, and italian-sausage burgers topped with a balsamic-vinegar glaze and broccoli raab. They also serve smoked Saint Louis–style ribs, vegetable lasagna, and root beer–braised short ribs.
For more than 25 years, the highly trained owners of Rye Ridge Cleaners have cleaned and repaired garments, shoes, and fabrics of all kinds while adhering to environmentally conscious standards. Clients can drop off sweaters ($6.75 each) to be readied for chillier weather, or bring in pairs of pants ($7.25 each) in need of having sidewalk barnacles removed. Rye Ridge's textile hygienists can repair and clean world-weary shoes, and an on-site seamstress can hem and stitch a workplace suit into a business-casual leotard. Rugs, down comforters, and other household fabrics sullied by daily wear can reclaim their youth without ever touching water. Rye Ridge Cleaners follows and promotes recycling practices and environmentally ethical product choices, such as The Green Garmento reusable garment bag and BPA-free receipt paper.
X-S Hair Salon's welcoming, expert stylists beautify hair and enhance shine and texture with a variety of smoothing and deep-conditioning treatments. The Moroccanoil deep-conditioning treatment repairs ends and hydrates hair in 60?90 minutes, restoring shine and bounce to locks grown as rough and dehydrated as a cactus running an ultra-marathon. The salon?s friendly stylists shampoo and condition hair with products imbued with the luster-restoring oil followed by a hair mask. Clients? freshly oiled hair then sits under a soothing steamer for 20 minutes before finally receiving a cooling rinse and blow-dry to reveal newly shimmery strands.
John González, founder of New Amsterdam Fencing Academy, brings his skills as a nationally ranked athlete to the piste, where he works with enthusiastic instructors to demonstrate European fencing techniques. He and the coaching corps teach foil, épée, and saber disciplines during classes that take advantage of the group's collective energy. They lead students through progressive learning approaches—group footwork and conditioning, individual lessons, and bouting sessions— in hopes of preparing students for traditional competitions and unconventional kebab parties.
At GeMargot Salon, nail buffs revitalize forlorn hands and feet with the latest techniques and polish colors. Throughout the roughly 90-minute session, nails are filed, buffed, and shaped back to their old hexagonal selves, as the aesthetician's trained hands soothe weary mitts and human hooves with an ache-relieving massage. Shellac hues and varnish are then applied to add a splash of color to the finger helmets, as a beam of UV light cures the specially formulated nail paint, rendering it chip-, smudge-, and spackle-free for up to two weeks. Guests can choose a standard shade from the Shellac line, including new hues such as Hot Pop Pink or Wildfire, or opt to highlight talon tips with a french-style frescoing. Ensuring feet don't grow jealous and walk out on their owners, peds are given their own polishing with a standard nail enamel, forgoing the chip-less formula due to their propensity for extremely gentle piano playing.
Each day, the crafty cooks at Belle Fair Country Market meld savory ingredients into an expansive array of fresh-made sandwiches and wraps, breakfast specialties, and grill fare. Jolt awake drowsy tongues with a burrito-bound blend of egg, cheese, onions, spinach and mushrooms ($4.50), or fuel up for a tranquil afternoon of dismantling model airplanes with a breaded-eggplant panini layered with fresh mozzarella cheese and roasted peppers ($7.99). On weekends while still in season, lobster rolls present chunks of buttery meat and homemade garlic aioli on a toasted potato roll ($8.99 for a single; $13.99 for a double). Herbivorous experimenters alchemize discordant greens into ambitiously leafy ensembles at the chopped-salad bar, which boasts more than thirty ingredients, ten dressings, and croutons shaped like Colorado ($3.49 for a large salad).