Chefs at Xavier's 516 specialize in authentic Italian eats, from pasta and calzones to inventive pizzas. Toppings for their 18-inch pies include bacon, buffalo chicken, and shrimp scampi. Family dinners curb appetites with eggplant parmigiana, garlic bread, and salad. For a change of pace, diners can opt for burgers, hot dogs, or fish and chips.
The list of ingredients generally isn't the first thing people consult when breaking into a box of candy, but if they are kosher, it might be. So the sugarsmiths at The Candy Box remove the need to even bother with it by guaranteeing that their sweets, frozen treats, waffles, and espresso drinks all live up to the standards of the kosher diet. They craft both gelato and frozen yogurt in an abundance of flavors, from tiramisu to pomegranate, and from behind their barista's counter, they dish hot belgian waffles topped with chilly scoops of gelato or steam up espresso and coffee drinks. And while sweet aromas may entice passersby, the store captures visitors' attention with an artful display of classic candies. They arrange macaroons, gummies, and jellybeans in colorful displays that also feature vases full of hard candies sprouting massive lollipops and overflowing onto the white-linen tablecloths beneath them.
Star chef and restaurateur Peter Xaviar Kelly opened his first restaurant, Xaviar’s in Garrison, when he was 23. Since then he has battled Bobby Flay, cooked at the James Beard House, introduced Anthony Bourdain to the Hudson Valley's bounty, and opened more restaurants. At his latest, Xaviars X2O on the Hudson, the Zagat-rated menu mixes Asian embellishments with Italian and Spanish touches and traditional French techniques. Thai barbecue, for example, spices the grilled portuguese octopus appetizer, and a brown-sugar-cayenne crust plays off the béarnaise sauce that tops aged-and-grilled cowboy rib eye steaks. In the Dylan Lounge, chefs slice sushi rolls into edible artworks such as jalapeño hamachi with pumpkin-seed oil.
An active turn-of-the-century Victorian pier hosts Xaviars' dining room on the Hudson. Vaulted 25-foot ceilings take support from three walls of glass that grant sweeping views of the Tappan Zee and George Washington Bridges, pepper dinners with sunsets over the Palisades, and allow guests to keep eyes out for approaching giants. Inside, dark-wood furniture, mod lighting, and stark white tablecloths set an elegant stage for edible performances.