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The variety of restaurants in Westchester is diverse enough to quench the appetites of sophisticated gourmets to burger afficianados. Peruse and select from our long list of dining choices.

Westchester's waterfront dining is a treat for the eyes as well as the palate. On the Hudson River, tasty options range from the Striped Bass in Tarrytown to Irvington's Red Hat on the River, while theYonkers Downtown Waterfront gets you hooked with stellar restaurants like the elegant X20 Xaviars on the Hudson, with breathtaking river views and wholly original New American cuisine.

Not to be outdone, terrific options over on the Long Island Sound shore include the Pier Restaurant & Tiki Bar in Rye and Dudley's Parkview Restaurant in New Rochelle. The revitalized New Rochelle business district is also home base for The Clubhouse Grill, which is adorned with the number 42 in honor of New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, a part owner.

In White Plains, 42 is also the name of a restaurant poised 42 stories high atop The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester. It offers an unparalleled look at Manhattan's skyline and a commanding menu of innovative dishes plus a new Iberian tapas bar with some of the best jamon this side of the pond.

On Main Street White Plains, a new addition is Sofrito, a mecca for authentic Puerto Rican food. Singles and couples alike enjoy the bars and pubs along Mamaroneck Avenue, ranging from The Brazen Fox and Ron Blacks to Lazy Boy Saloon (do try the beer sampler) and Bob Hyland's Sports Page Pub. For an upscale Italian dining experience, try Mulino's of Westchester.

For a charming venue with history to spare, The Travelers Rest in Ossining has been operating since 1876. Meanwhile, one of the newest places grabbing attention is the Armonk-based Moderne Barn, whose chef is a James Beard Foundation "Best Chef" nominee.

Le Jardin du Roi in Chappaqua is a favorite local eatery for Bedford resident and Grammy winning musician Rob Thomas. In town is a favorite hangout of the Clintons, Crabtree's Kittle House, which houses one of the nation's most celebrated wine centers with literally thousands of bottles. Sushi lovers will want to head for Sushi Mike's in Dobbs Ferry to get the Out of Control Roll. And Port Chester's acclaimed dining options include the Tarry Lodge, a product of TV personality Mario Batali and his partner Joe Bastianich. Here, guests can enjoy fine Italian-style main courses while sampling the proprietors' own Italian wines.

As the hour grows later, sip a sorbetini at The Olde Stone Mill Restaurant, relax in the lounge at Larchmont's Vintage 1891 or listen to live music at Opus 465. If tequila makes you crazy, bartaco in Port Chester offers 30 different versions as well as premium margaritas to go with terrific taco dishes. In Mount Kisco, the trendiest place to meet new people is the Village Social Kitchen and Bar.

Beer fanatics will want to visit Birdsall House, which features regionally brewed craft beers, along with good food – the charcuterie is a must. Nearby the Peekskill Brewery makes its own beers, as does Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, where beer-lovers get their growlers filled with beer sold in New York's most prestigious restaurant.

The Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway is in the midst of a $40 million expansion that includes the addition of two new restaurants and 400 more electronic table games. The Raceway overall is Yonkers' biggest private employer.

And this just scratches the surface of great options for a night on the town in Westchester. Quench your appetite for fun times and drink in the atmosphere!

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