While local restaurants are gearing up for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week, Westchester’s gourmands have another reason to celebrate: For the first time this year, the 2020 Michelin Guide’s NYC edition will include elevated eateries from Westchester County.
Now in its 15th year, the move to include New York’s “sixth borough” as part of the city guide was natural, says Michelin Guide International Director Gwendal Poullennec.
“As an international reference and trusted companion for travelers for more than 120 years, Michelin is honored to recognize the evolution of gastronomy and culinary talent in Westchester County,” he says. “Inspectors were particularly impressed by the technique and highest quality of ingredients that they discovered during multiple visits to the area.”
In our inaugural showing, Westchester landed eight restaurants among the 2020 guide’s 133 Bib Gourmand distinctions, which are restaurants Michelin says serve “quality food at a good value,” i.e., two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for about $40 or less. Westchester’s Michelin Star ratings will be announced next Monday, October 21, so stay tuned to see which of your local favorites walk away with that immense honor as well!
In New Rochelle, established Croatian restaurant Dubrovnik made the list of gourmands, as did newcomer Maria Restaurant. Chef Peter Beck’s RaaSa Fine Indian Cuisine and Mediterranean-Persian restaurant Shiraz Kitchen both made the cut for the town of Elmsford, while New-Italian Café Alaia represented Scarsdale.
Perennial Dobbs Ferry favorite The Cookery also made the cut, as did its sister restaurant in Port Chester, Eugene’s Diner & Bar. Lastly, Pleasantville’s Southern Table rounds out the county’s first inductees with their typical southern flair. You can read the full list with NYC restaurants here.
Make sure to check back next week, when we reveal the Westchester restaurants that earned our county its very first Michelin Stars!