In a historical building that once housed a printing press, the smell of ink and newspaper has been replaced with the enticing aromas of Italian food. Zuppa Restaurant & Lounge's executive chef, Pasquale Dedi, oversees a refined menu of small plates, pizzas, and seasonal entrees made from traditional recipes with a modern twist and the freshest ingredients available. Pastas, such as the signature wide pappardelle with veal bolognese and mint, are all made in-house with the TLC of a loving nonna, and many of the main-course meats come from organic or wild sources.
Located in Yonkers's downtown waterfront district, Zuppa's warm, modern decor and sophisticated use of a former industrial space creates the ideal dining atmosphere. There are three dining areas here—the bar, the main dining room, and the private wine cellar. Each offers an intimate eating experience facilitated by helpful servers, knowledgeable sommeliers, and ghosts of the mythological Print Age.
From the Press
The New York Times described the restaurant as "a dining and drinking spot with sophisticated Manhattan style and Westchester spaciousness," and dubbed it "a standout beauty."
Zagat gave Zuppa a rating of 21, praising the eatery for its creative dishes and knowledgeable staff and noting that it's "not your typical red-sauce joint."
Westchester magazine named the Italian eatery one of the Best of the Decade, lauding its owner, Robert Leggio, "for recognizing Yonkers’s up-and-coming potential early, and being one of the first institutions to pioneer its revitalizing waterfront."
A Welcoming Wine List
When first perusing Zuppa Restaurant & Lounge's 19-page list of libations, diners may be intimidated by the eatery's wine inventory. The wine list, however, is just as accessible as it is extensive. Here are a few tips for navigating the menu.
Listed by the glass, then the bottle—each of which is each divided into whites and reds—each Italian-heavy category runs from light-bodied to heavy-bodied.
If you want to try a new style, check out the recommendations for similar alternatives to cabernet, chardonnay, and merlot.
Wine connoisseurs should be sure to check out the restaurant's reserve list of boutique wines. The 2001 Dominus—a blend of cabernet sauvignon, cabernet franc, petit verdot, and merlot grown in Napa Valley—and Solaia Toscana Rosso, a red blend with berry and spice notes, are among them.
To get the most for your dollar, shop the great grocery deals at Alba's Deli Grocery in Yonkers.
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For those who can't cook, rest assured that the frozen foods available here will sate your hunger.
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The gourmet spices and seasonings available here will take any meal to the next level.
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Every kitchen requires oil and vinegar. When you need something acidic to balance out a recipe, vinegar will do the trick, or when you need something slick to grease the pan, oil is often a cook's first choice.
Yogurt, cheese, milk? Do some or all of these sound great to you? Be a dairy fan and purchase some dairy products. They will keep you happy and healthy.
The produce available here is a great side to any meal in need of some fresh nutrients.
When you have a hunger craving in between meals, these snacks will come in handy.
While you're stopping in today, you'll love browsing their selection of terrific meats.
When you need a quick meal after a long day of work, a TV dinner from here is sure to fill you up in a jiffy.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Alba's Deli Grocery has all of your pasta necessities.
For that bowl of crunchy goodness, cereal is a winner for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!
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Xaviars X2O on the Hudson "brilliantly merges historic old with exciting new," according to the New York Times, but it's only the latest addition to longtime chef and restauranteur's Peter Xaviar Kelly's résumé.
About Chef Peter X. Kelly
At only 23, Peter opened his first restaurant, Xaviar’s in Garrison. Since then, he has battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef, cooked at the James Beard House, and introduced Anthony Bourdain to the Hudson Valley's bounty. Amid these appearances, the chef has been showered with accolades, including a James Beard Award nomination and The Valley Table magazine's 2014 Farm-to-Table Award. If that weren't enough to keep him busy, he's also opened more restaurants, including one in his hometown.
Views from a Victorian Pier
An active turn-of-the-century Victorian pier hosts Xaviars' dining room on the Hudson River. 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 farm-to-table fare whose sophistication is matched only by its surroundings.
Internationally Inspired Cuisine
The Zagat-praised restaurant may pride itself on using local ingredients, but its menu draws on inspiration from around the globe. Various New American dishes mix 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.
From canned soups to canned vegetables, this store has a wide selection of tasty and healthy options.
Planning a movie night? Stock up on all of your favorite snacks and munch and crunch all night long.
Don't get enough dairy in your diet? Dairy products from this store are sure to deliver all the nutrients you need.
Make your own salad dressing or secret sauce with some flavorful and healthy oil and vinegar from here.
When all you need is an incredibly quick dinner, this place offers some of the best TV dinners around to satisfy your needs.
Loaded with essential vitamins and minerals, the produce from this store will give you the energy your body needs.
Start cooking like a professional with the spices and seasonings at P Pascal Coffee Roasters.
If you're in the need for some protein, this is THE place to go, as they have wonderful and various meats for purchase.
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Cereal in the morning, cereal in the evening, or cereal at suppertime. With the selection here, you'll want to eat cereal anytime.
Whether you prefer wheat or white bread, P Pascal Coffee Roasters serves up a large selection of freshly-baked breads.
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You'll definitely want to experiment with frozen foods to help maximize your time in the evening.
When you body needs hydration most, grab some drinks off the shelf.
Whether you're hitting the gym or just running errands, water keeps your energy up and your body moving. Make sure to hit the shelves at P Pascal Coffee Roasters for some hydration while you're on the move.
Packed with plenty of "good" fat, fish of your choosing are on hand.
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Who's hungry? A frozen entree will fool anyone's palate, so why waste time cooking up a storm?
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The frozen food offered here is so delicious you won't even be able to tell it wasn't home-cooked.
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Eating healthy isn't always easy, but with produce on hand like this it just got easier.
If you like to try out different recipes and experiment with different flavors, you will love the selection of spices and seasonings that this store has to offer.
A staple in every household, cereal is sure to please every palate in the family.
If milk is your go-to beverage, you'll love the dairy products available here (great for strengthening your bones and teeth).
Skip the hassle of baking your own bread and pick up a freshly-baked loaf from Yonkers Miasarnia.
Ready, set, fish! For heart-healthy fare, super fresh seafood is readily available.
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From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Yonkers Miasarnia has all of your pasta necessities.
Stock up on canned good so you'll always have the ingredients you need to create a delicious meal.
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For breads, cookies, cakes, and pies that will blow your mind, are couple extra sweet ingredients are kitchen must-haves.
Yonkers Miasarnia makes it easy to quench your thirst by stocking water for whenever you need it.
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Follow the four-leaf clover to Rory Dolan's Restaurant, an Irish watering hole founded in Yonkers' Southeast Yonkers neighborhood.
This restaurant's fully stocked bar is a perk for patrons who enjoy a fine wine (or more) with their meal.
This restaurant welcomes kids, too, so you can feel good about bringing the whole family.
If you're having a party, no need to stress out about cooking, cleaning or getting tables and chairs, have your party at Rory Dolan's Restaurant instead.
Sit outside when the weather is fine — Rory Dolan's Restaurant has a lovely patio to enjoy a warm day.
Complimentary wifi is available as well.
The restaurant accepts reservations, so you can get around the busy crowd.
Enjoy the vibe here with a business casual dress code.
This restaurant offers carryout for your convenience.
Through their catering service, Rory Dolan's Restaurant can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Parking is available in the adjacent lot, as is valet.
If cycling is more your speed, you'll find plenty of space to stash your bike outside the restaurant.
Menu items at Rory Dolan's Restaurant tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
At Rory Dolan's Restaurant, you can pay with any major credit card.
Featuring breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant's evening menu is rated top-of-the-line.
Rory Dolan's Restaurant is a great place if you're looking for a nice evening out in a casual atmosphere.
You'll definitely want to reconsider going anywhere else when the food at Rory Dolan's Restaurant tastes like pure heaven!
See what great American fare is cooking up next at Rory Dolan's Restaurant.
For highly-rated American cuisine, look no further than Rory Dolan's Restaurant.
Prospect Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux famously preferred the airy lawns of this Brooklyn oasis to their earlier design of Manhattan’s Central Park. So if you're heading to the park for a show, it makes sense to make a day of it and spend some time on its sunny, open meadows. Before the doors open, cool off (and use real bathrooms!) while enjoying an affordable meal at any one of these restaurants, all within a 10-minute walk of the park.
For alfresco diners: Brooklyn Larder (228 Flatbush Ave.)
OK, this isn’t a restaurant, though there are a few tables for eating and a good lunch special: sandwich, chips, beer or soda, and a cookie for $15, available 11 a.m.–3 p.m. If you prefer dining alfresco, come here for a fantastic selection of cheeses, breads, salads, and any number of jams, jellies, and preserves in cute jars to eat in the park. Drinking alcohol in the park is, of course, prohibited and can lead to a ticket. On an unrelated note, Brooklyn Larder has a great selection of beers, starting with Dale’s Pale Ale cans for $2.50 each.
For cheap vegetarians: Dao Palate (329 Flatbush Ave.)
A mainstay of vegetarians, Dao Palate serves fresh vegetables and mock meats in typical Chinese sauces that are a few notches lighter and fresher-tasting than average. Great for larger groups, the big restaurant’s main dishes run around $12, and their filling lunch specials around $9. My favorite, black-pepper seitan on a bed of chinese broccoli, comes with a spring roll and a miso soup to boot.
For those with time to kill: Cubana Cafe (80 6th Ave., right off Flatbush Avenue)
The food here is less of a draw than the cocktails and the decor, but it’s still consistently good, with a menu that hews closely to the dishes I’ve seen served in Havana: black-bean soup, roast chicken with rice, plantains. Most plates are meat-heavy and generous with the portions—beware ordering an appetizer and a main dish unless you’re very hungry. As you wait for the show to begin, linger over a mojito or a cold beer in a breezy dining room painted turquoise, pink, and yellow, where the floor-to-ceiling windows are flung open all summer long.
For picky eaters: 67 Burger (234 Flatbush Ave.)
With a long and flexible list of food options, 67 Burger has something to please everyone. The menu has your cheeseburgers, your curly fries, and your Lagunitas on tap, but also real salads and two veggie-burger options, all of which can be customized with many extras like goat cheese, chipotle mayo, and olive tapenade. Burgers range from $6.75 to $10. There’s also a wine selection and something called a beer shake, which intrigued me but not enough to try it on a weekday alone.
Photos by Kasia Mychajlowycz.
The saying “less is more” has perhaps never been truer than it is at Porchetta (110 E. 7th St.) and Porsena (21 E. 7th St.). At both East Village hot spots, Chef Sara Jenkins has built a cult following by keeping her menus tightly focused rather than trying to do it all. Crowds gather at Porchetta to savor one specific thing: slow-roasted pork (served in varying ways yet always the central focus of each dish). At Porsena, they come for perfectly cooked artisanal pasta.
Jenkins’s straightforward approach reflects a distinctly Italian state of mind, which makes sense, considering her upbringing around Tuscany and Rome. Mario Batali summed it up succinctly when he called her “one of the few chefs in America who understands Italy and how Italians eat."
“I think Italians in Italy eat with a certain fairness that Americans and Italian-Americans don’t have,” Jenkins said, asked about what prompted Batali’s praise. “An Italian is perfectly happy with a perfectly cooked artisanal spaghetti with great olive oil and chilies, while an American would want to add three or four [more] ingredients.”
When Jenkins isn’t working in her own kitchens, she can often be found exploring other rich, delicious, and straightforward flavors around the city. Here are a few of her favorites.
For Italian (outside of Porsena): “I eat at Cesare Casella’s place on the West Side, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto (283 Amsterdam Ave.). He’s a Tuscan chef who’s been working in New York for many more years than I have. He’s very authentic.”
For gelato: “Il laboratio del gelato (188 Ludlow St.). They have traditional and nontraditional flavors.”
For espresso: “Abraço Espresso (86 E. 7th St.) on 7th Street. They are maniacal about making it right.”
For wine or cocktails: “I like to drink wine at Bar Veloce (175 2nd Ave.) on 2nd Avenue. It’s an Italian wine bar that’s been there more than 10 years. It’s not over the top, not pretentious or precious. Just a great wine selection in a nice space.”
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The dim sum lunch, or yum cha (literally “drink tea”), is the Cantonese answer to Spanish tapas. It is as much a tradition in New York City's Chinatown as weekend brunch on The Lower East Side. The bustling scene is all too familiar: packed tables, servers pushing metal carts while hawking their selections, the din of impatient, hungry diners. They wait for shrimp dumplings, steamed pork spareribs, roast pork buns, pork and shrimp shu mai -- the seemingly endless variety goes on and on.
But for vegetarians, the choices can be few. When it comes to dim sum, seafood and meat dominate the menu. New York vegetarians need not despair, because there are two very appetizing dim sum havens for non-meat eaters, and they’re right in Chinatown.
Buddha Bodai on Mott Street serves a completely vegetarian and kosher menu of dim sum favorites, ranging from shrimp dumplings to beef rice rolls. The restaurant is usually packed on weekday lunch hours with City Hall municipal types, while the weekend clientele consists of tourists, locals and the environmentally conscientious. An all-day menu of vegetarian iterations of Chinese standards is also on offer, with creative takes on dishes like roast pork and sesame chicken. Using seitan, tofu and yam starch (among other vegetarian and kosher-friendly ingredients) as substitutes, many of these plates will fool even the committed carnivore in appearance and flavor.
The line outside the door on Sunday afternoons may be the best way to spot Vegetarian Dim Sum House on Pell Street. Crowds tend to gather on weekends, anxious for healthy vegetarian takes on traditional dim sum dishes. The array of vegetarian dumplings -- pan fried, watercress, snow pea leaf, monk dumplings -- draw in voracious vegetarians who want the variety of a full-scale dim sum restaurant without sacrificing their principles or lifestyle choices. The menu is comprehensive, full of inventive vegetarian fare using Eastern and Western-style vegetables, not to mention an exhaustive list of diced, sliced or sautéed mushroom dishes. At Vegetarian Dim Sum House, there’s no need to solely imitate meat dishes. Here, vegetables are allowed to take center stage.