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Foodie Favorites: 12 New Westchester Restaurants To Try Now

Capers Restaurant in Port Chester opened Sept. 1.
Capers Restaurant in Port Chester opened Sept. 1. Photo Credit: Facebook
Expect an Oktoberfest-style menu at The Village Beer Garden in Port Chester.
Expect an Oktoberfest-style menu at The Village Beer Garden in Port Chester. Photo Credit: Julie Webel for MaxEx PR
Aesop's Fable Restaurant in Chappaqua just added brunch to its menu. Pictured is a bacon, cheddar and chive waffle with Vermont maple syrup.
Aesop's Fable Restaurant in Chappaqua just added brunch to its menu. Pictured is a bacon, cheddar and chive waffle with Vermont maple syrup. Photo Credit: Facebook

September always feels a bit like the new year in a way -- with back to school and back to a routine, it's the start of life afresh And that means lots of newcomers to the Westchester dining scene.

Here's a recap of some of the restaurant openings you may have missed as well as a preview of what's to come. Feel free to add any we've missed to our Comments or on Facebook.

  • Aesop's Fable, Chappaqua: This vegetable-centric restaurant boasts a backyard with 10 varieties of heirloom tomatoes, 50 basil plants and rows of snap peas, squash, zucchinis, cucumbers and green beans -- all organic. The goal, according to Chef Matthew Cook, is to offer eclectic, seasonal fare in a healthy and positive manner, locally sourced from farms no more than 100 miles away. Brunch was recently added to the menu. The restaurant, open since July 10, is at 13 King St., 914-238-3858. See earlier Daily Voice story here .
  • Capers Restaurant, Port Chester: This new eatery, where Cafe MIrage used to be, opened Sept. 1.  The cuisine revolves around Italian, Greek, and Spanish food. The concept is Mediterranean with plenty of seafood and a few vegetarian options. The owner also runs Appétit Bistro in Port Chester. For right now, they are only open for dinner. Lunch and brunch will start the end of September.The restaurant is at 531 N. Main Street, 914-481-8833.
  • Barley on the Hudson, Tarrytown: Open since July, this waterfront spot took over where Striped Bass was seemingly overnight. It features 30 beers on tap and a menu inspired by different states. It is located at 265 West Main Street. Go here for previous Daily Voice story.
  • City Perch Kitchen + Bar, Dobbs Ferry: You don't have to attend a movie to enjoy this restaurant, located at the iPic Theater in Dobbs Ferry. The menu is contemporary comfort food with ingredients sourced from nearby farms. It has been open since June and is at Rivertowns Square (1 Livingstone Ave.). Go here for story.
  • Katonah Woods Kitchen & Bar, Katonah: Located in the space formerly housed by Oliver's, the family-friendly restaurant promises patrons "American eats and urban drinks." It's is at 128 Bedford Rd., 914-401-9600. See previous Daily Voice story here .
  • Fratelli's Trattoria, Croton-on-Hudson: The eatery, open since mid-August, specializes in northern Italian cuisine. It is at 8 Old Post Road and replaces Hopscotch Restaurant.
  • Morton's The Steakhouse, White Plains: In operation since June 23 , the new Morton’s has parted with its traditional steakhouse appearance and adopted a vibrant, contemporary style. What hasn't changed: The same commitment to serving “The Best Steak… Anywhere." Diners can expect USDA prime-aged beef as well as fresh fish and seafood, and hand-picked produce. Morton's is at 5 Mamaroneck Ave., 914-683-6101. Daily Voice story here .
  • The Birch Collective, White Plains: This new gastropub -- open since late August --is all about mixing American cuisine with a French Canadian flair. And yes, that means inventive cocktails as well as beyond the usual pub grub. Go here for Daily Voice story.
  • The Granola Bar, Armonk: Salads, avocado toast and  -- of course, granola -- are on the menu at this healthy eatery, open since Aug. 19. The Westport, Conn.-based eatery, with locations in Greenwich and Stamford, is at 575 Main Street in Armonk. Go here for earlier Daily Voice story.
  • The Taco Project, Yonkers: This Tarrytown fav, known for its traditional Mexican street food, has opened a second location at the new Boyce Thompson Center at 1086 N Broadway, 914-375-4000.
  • The Village Beer Garden, Port Chester: Say hello to a German Biergarten at the Metro-North Train Station. Open since June, you'll find an extensive beer list as well as creative cocktails complimented by an Oktoberfest-style menu. See Daily Voice story here .
  • Pub Street, Pleasantville: Owned by the Village Social Restaurant Group (known for its restaurants in Rye and Mount Kisco), the eatery, steps from Metro North, specializes in seafood (oysters are big) and American comfort food. The address is 20 Wheeler Ave., 914-741-0717. Previous Daily Voice story here .

And coming soon:

Colony Grill, Port Chester: This Stamford favorite (some would say "obsession") will open on Abendroth Avenue in early 2018. The casual eatery is known for its thin-crust pizzas and signature hot oil.

Finn and Brew, Peekskill: A seafood focused New American restaurant, located on the waterfront, will open sometime in October. Expect lots of beers thanks to The River Outpost Brewery, a new brewery headed by Scott Vaccaro, owner and brewmaster behind Captain Lawrence Brewing Co., Diners will find eight to 10 different brews on tap at both the brewery and the restaurant. The location is Factoria, 5 John Walsh Blvd.

Worth noting: Starting Saturday, Sept. 30 the Factoria space will feature the on site brands (Finn and Brew, River Outpost) as well as other Peekskill favorites (such as Buns & Bourbon, Gleason’s, Taco Dive Bar), as well as beer from Captain Lawrence. The events are planned to start around 2 p.m. and be family oriented during the day, with entertainment beginning at 7 p.m.

Hudson Farmer & the Fish, Sleepy Hollow: Folks are eagerly awaiting this location from the folks behind North Salem’s Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish. Expect an early October opening.

The Granola Bar, Rye. The Fairfield County based local chain is opening at 96 Purchase Street later this fall.

The Whitlock, Katonah: This new American eatery promises a menu that supports local farms, purveyors, and businesses to bring diners a hyperlocal and authentic experience. The eatery, located at 17 Katonah Ave., plans a late September opening. Go here for the earlier story.

Walter's Hot Dogs, White Plains: The iconic Mamaroneck landmark will have a new location opening sometime later this year (most likely December) in White Plains at 186 Mamaroneck Ave.

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