4 Foodie Towns in the New York Suburbs

Feb 21, 2020

You don’t need to hit the city to score some amazing eats. These New York suburbs are foodie havens.

Let’s face it: New York City families like to eat. And with the endless options spanning the boroughs, there’s never a shortage of diverse, delicious restaurants, cafes and take-out spots. Many families fear giving up their epicurean options when they head to suburbia…and as foodies ourselves, we totally get it.

The good news? City-centric apps like DoorDash and UberEats have hit the New York suburbs hard, enabling suburban families to get door-to-door delivery just like they did in their Brooklyn brownstones.

And those delivery options? They’re getting more diverse as culinary demands sky-rocket in suburbia. Now more than ever we’re seeing eclectic, on-trend restaurants opening up all over the New York suburbs. Pair these newcomers and increased technology with the amazing food options that already exist, and the suburban food scene has never been stronger—especially in these New York suburbs…

#1. Roslyn (Long Island)

Restaurants abound in Roslyn—and there’s no one spot to find amazing eats. On Old Northern Boulevard, weekend go-tos like Besito serve up creative Mexican and even more creative cocktails—and if you don’t have reservations, you aren’t snagging a table.

Within minutes, you’ll also find plenty of high-end seafood restaurants and steakhouses—Bryant & Cooper rivals any city cut, Hendrick’s Tavern dishes up amazing steaks, seafood and boasts a lively bar scene, while Prime 1024 does it all, with a decidedly (and delicious) Italian twist.

Other hotspots—as in, make your reservation at least a week in advance? Kyma, the suburban sister restaurant to Kyma in Flatiron as well as fellow Mediterranean restaurant Limani, which also has an NYC outpost. Craving sushi? Make a res at Toku, one of the most popular dinner spots in town, with a lively bar scene on Fridays and Saturdays.

For more casual eats, check out La Bottega for family-friendly salads and paninis—kids love the variety and the (limited) outdoor seating when the weather’s good. Families also flock to Bar Frites on weekends for a jam-packed menu of savory French (and brunch) favorites. Also popular? CoolMess—another city restaurant moved to suburbia—where kids can make their own ice cream at the table while noshing on Burger Heaven classics. It’s just doors down from Besito, too, so right in the thick of the Roslyn restaurant scene.

#2. Tarrytown (Westchester)

Westchester Magazine dubbed Tarrytown the foodie community for “culinary richness”—and we couldn’t agree more. Here (for starters…), locavore living is very in-demand—everything from farm-to-table to farm-to-fork to pasture-to-plate is always front-and-center at farmers’ markets and restaurants alike. Residents love all things locally-sourced, and the food community is more than delivering.

The perfect example? The Twisted Oak with a menu that changes daily. The restaurant’s model is anchored in sustainable dining and local sourcing, using ingredients from the Hudson Valley. Same goes for nearby Sweet Grass Grill, which serves up casual American and sources from Stone Barns, Ryder Farm and other local spots. RiverMarket Bar & Kitchen also focuses on local, and sells some amazing takeaway treats to diners while they wait—their farmstead cheese is always a quick-seller.

That, though, is just the beginning. Just like its local focus, Tarrytown also emphasizes amazing global eats. You’ll find anything and everything in Tarrytown, from Morrocan cuisine to French to Italian, Jamaican, Mexican, Mediterranean, Japanese and lots, lots, lots more.

You’ll also find lots of seafood and “beach-inspired” options, given Tarrytown’s proximity to the Hudson River and Sound Shore. Barley on the Hudson—which serves beach-shack snacks counter-side—is always popular among families, as is Sunset Cove, with a more formal Italian/seafood menu. All of this just scratches the surface, though. If you’re craving it, you’ll find it in Tarrytown.

#3. Huntington (Long Island)

Like Roslyn, Huntington is also home to a Besito location. Stroll around the area from High to Fairview Streets and you can’t help but pass this popular restaurant—or the countless other spots that line downtown.

Called the “center of eating and drinking in Suffolk,” Huntington has earned its foodie stripes. There’s Italian. There’s Thai. There’s sushi. Want Mexican? Besides Besito there are tons of options including popular Quetzalcoatl, Pancho Villa and lots of Tex Mex as well. Also popular: Middle Eastern, served up at Mazzar Grill, as well as Argentine fare at nearby Sur Argentinian Steakhouse. Want something different? Head to Mobay Breeze for Jamaican.

In Huntington, Greek is also a big family favorite, and restaurants like Parea and Neraki deliver. After, grab chocolate candies and fudge at Kilwins or a tea from Tea Bar, then stroll along and keep sampling.

There’s also a robust bar scene for the adults, most of which offer amazing food menus, too. Bin 56—a popular wine bar—plus Honu Kitchen & Cocktails are known for their diverse drink options so, if you’re in the mood to raise a glass, you’re in luck.

#4. Port Chester (Westchester)

Port Chester’s must-try restaurant list feels decidedly diverse—and never-ending. For NYC foodies, that’s definitely a plus.

In Port Chester, expect to find any cuisine you’d have seen in even Brooklyn or Queens—Peruvian, Colombian, Mexican bakeries, pan-Latin…it’s all here and then some. Whether you want to grab a slice, grab a glass of sangria (at Aqui Es Santa Fe—try the arepas, too) or grab a boozy treat from the milkshake bar at Bona Bona Ice Cream, it’s all right here, in this foodie-focused suburb.

Checking out Port Chester with kids in tow? Check out Acuario, one of the original Peruvian chicken spots in Westchester. From rotisserie chicken to Peruvian fried rice to ceviche, they’ve got it all. Craving pizza? Coals’ thin-crust pizza is grilled to perfection—and their burgers are literally award-winning.

Or looking for a date night staple? Appetit Bistro’s amazing French menu includes the classics: escargot, steak frites, fondue and, of course, an endless champagne list.

Looking for the right foodie town to call “home”—or just to grab a fun bite this weekend? Let’s talk. Schedule here for a strategy session with our Suburbs Strategy Team. All services are completely free.

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