Fall HVRW 2016

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It’s time once again for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week!  I think many moms, myself included, don’t get the opportunity to get out often enough.  HVRW is a perfect time to schedule a date night or a girls night out.  From November 1-13, over 200 restaurants throughout the Hudson Valley are offering a three-course prix fixe lunch for $20.95 or dinner for $29.95.  For this price, you can afford to pay a babysitter and get a nice meal out!  Here are some tips to to make the most of your restaurant week experience.

Check out the list of over 200 restaurants participating in fall HVRW.  The directory allows you to search by county, meal (lunch or dinner), type of cuisine and more!  Steakhouses, French, Mexican, Italian, Indian, Japanese and Mediterranean restaurants can all be found in the restaurant directory.  Depending on where you live in Westchester County, neither Rockland County nor Putnam County are very far away.  Don’t forget to check the restaurants participating in those counties!  I’ve previously dined at and can recommend Chophouse Grille and Dish Bistro & Wine Bar, both located in Mahopac.  Note that some restaurants only participate for dinner while other restaurants exclude Friday and/or Saturday evenings.

As of now, many of the restaurants have not posted their restaurant week menu.  This is a big deciding factor in which restaurants I choose to visit so I am hoping that as restaurant week gets closer, more restaurants will add their menus.

There are 13 new or recently opened restaurants in Westchester County that are participating in HVRW for the first time.  These are usually good restaurants to try, as they are trying to impress and gain returning customers.   A couple of the restaurants that have piqued my interest include:

Exit 4 Food Hall – This eatery opened in Mt. Kisco in the beginning of 2016.  I am curious as to how this restaurant will operate for restaurant week, as it is comprised of a variety of food stations and communal dining tables.

Hudson Farmer & the Fish – This is the sister restaurant to Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish (also a participant in HVRW) that is opening soon in Sleepy Hollow.  This is a seafood restaurant that will only be serving lunch during restaurant week.

Rosemary and Vine – This is a Vegetarian Mediterranean restaurant that opened last fall in Rye.  Westchester County Moms Blog recently partnered with Rosemary and Vine.  You can read a review of our recent dining experience.

Yefsi Estiatorio  – A Greek Mediterranean restaurant that opened in the spring of 2016 in Eastchester.

Some restaurants in Westchester County that have participated in restaurant week in the past that I haven’t had the chance to visit but would like to include:

Café of Love – This is a farm-to-table restaurant located in Mt. Kisco featuring global flavors.

MP Taverna – Award-winning Chef Michael Psilakis owns many restaurants.  However, this Mediterranean restaurant in Irvington is the only one located in Westchester County.

Madison Kitchen – This restaurant in Larchmont is known for its seasonal small plates and homemade pastas.  Their milkshakes are also pretty popular!

X2O Xaviars On The Hudson – Renowned chef Peter X Kelly owns four restaurants in the Hudson Valley.  X2O is located in Yonkers on the Hudson River and features New American cuisine.

Once you’ve decided on the restaurant(s) that you would like to visit, be sure to make reservations!    Reservations are highly recommended and tend to book up quickly during restaurant week.  Many reservations can be made via Open Table directly through the HVRW site.

Be prepared to spend a little more than the advertised $20.95/$29.95 price.  Drinks, tax and tip are not included in the price.  Some restaurants offer wine pairings or supplemental menu items for an additional cost.

Share your experience on social media!  Tag Valley Table and Westchester County Moms Blog in your restaurant week Instagram pictures!  I can’t eat at all of the restaurants during restaurant week, but I can “eat” vicariously through your pictures!  Plus, I love getting recommendations.   You can follow my restaurant week outings at NY Foodie Family.