Chefs at Tarry Tavern strive to keep their cuisine local—many ingredients on the contemporary American menu are sourced from within 75 miles of the restaurant. What really sets the food apart, however, is the cooking—at least according to the New York Times. Pork chops are "succulent," steaks arrive "perfectly cooked to our order," and fish remains "glossy and moist" beneath a crisp skin, M.H. Reed wrote in a glowing 2010 review. To highlight these fresh flavors, chefs keep garnishes—such as sweet fennel purée or apple mostarda—simple and sparing.
This simplicity extends to the decor, which feels a bit like an English pub, but brighter. Red-oak paneling lines the walls, and broad front windows let light shine on an imposing wood bar, which was imported from the U.K. Patrons dine on white tablecloths beneath contemporary canvases depicting pastoral scenes, in line with the restaurant's locavore theme.
The Huddle has more than 20 beers on tap behind its mahogany bar, ranging from PBR to Thomas Hooker watermelon ale, along with three wines and a sangria. These eclectic pours pair delectably with the kitchen's hearty bar food, such as a three-meat-blend burger, hand-cut sweet-potato fries, and pickles fried in a Sam Adams beer batter. The kitchen stays open until 3 a.m. Thursday–Saturday, and to accommodate sports fans, seven high-definition TVs play the latest games.
It's a packed house for brunch on Moon River Grill's 25-seat open-air patio. Across the Hudson, the sun hangs like a poached egg, dripping yellow light onto the New Jersey landscape. A waiter delivers menus to the table, his shirt emblazoned with the restaurant's name and crescent moon emblem in golden stitching. It's going to be a good afternoon––definitely worth sticking around for dinner.
Inside there's so much more to see. In the downstairs dining room, burgundy curtains hang from tall patio doors. Crisp white tablecloths prop up plates of 10-ounce burgers, seafood wraps, and fresh shellfish from the raw bar. After warming knives in a rack of ribs or grilled fish, patrons can watch the sun setting over the Hudson in the second-floor dining room, or they can bask in the pixilated glow of the TVs perched above a fully stocked bar.
Within the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown, Bistro Z's chefs prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus that showcase traditional and modern American cuisine in the Zagat-rated eatery's casual setting. Grilled salmon accompanies sides of cranberry beans, vegetarian chorizo, and spinach, and grilled new york strip steaks mingle with beer-battered onion rings, mashed potatoes, and seasonal veggies. Patrons can also enjoy lunchtime staples such as a prosciutto and preserved fig panini with goat cheese or a crab cake sandwich with remoulade.
The name Cooper's Mill was lifted from a 19th-century flour mill that once graced Tarrytown, but that's not the only thing about this restaurant that's local. Locally and regionally sourced ingredients star in the eatery's upscale American plates, which revolve around proteins such as duck breast, grass-fed beef, and wild mushrooms. The bar keeps it local, too, with plenty of craft beers, bourbons, and vodkas from around the area. While sampling native flavors, guests commune over tables handcrafted out of barn wood in an open dining space that encourages friendly conversation and cross-table games of hackey sack.
Bento boxes, sushi rolls, and noodle soups make up the menus at Ichi Riki, where chopsticks can lock onto bites of familiar Japanese cuisine. Spicy and mild rolls include fillings such as fresh salmon, tuna, or eel with avocado. Baskets of shrimp and vegetables plunge into the bubbling deep fryer, where they transform into golden tempura. These classic dishes are offered à la carte or as part of combination platters. Pickup and delivery services let patrons enjoy their meals in the comfort of their own cabins made of chopsticks. Their tatami room is also available to accommodate up to 40 people for any occasion.
With its crisp white tablecloths, glimmering chandeliers, and elegant banquets, the American Dream Steakhouse exemplifies the classic American steak house. A soaring photograph of Lady Liberty watches over the dining room, where nimble servers balance trays of fine steaks, juicy burgers, and sizzling chilean sea bass. Diners clink wineglasses over slices of new york cheesecake drenched in fresh berries and clouds of whipped cream.