Crabtree's Kittle House
11 Kittle Rd. Chappaqua, NY 914-666-8044
Awash in history and country charm, this stately inn and restaurant has been a regional favorite for decades. Housed in a 1790s farmhouse, the restaurant has a softly lit, semiformal dining room as well as a casual Tap Room, whose antique mahogany bar serves as a meeting post for local gentry. The amiable and skilled service staff does not miss a beat. This is superb food as high art, with some dishes more populated than the 7:40 to Grand Central. But the final destination is always rewarding, for example: Jumbo diver scallops with sunchoke confit and a black truffle emulsion, Hudson Valley fois gras with rhubarb compote and hazelnut brittle, and (hold your breath — this is from the menu) slow cooked Hudson Valley lamb duo braised shoulder, and roast loin, Moroccan spices, apricots, fingerling potatoes, turnips and lobster mushrooms.
The formal dining room has a daily $35 prix fixe dinner; the Tap Room has less expensive options as well. You may want to preview the world-class wine selection, 5,000 bottles and counting. -Bryan MillerHours: Mon-Th: noon-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-9:30 p.m.; Fri: noon-2:30 p.m. and 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sat: 5:30-10:30 p.m.; Sun: noon-2:30 p.m. and 3-9 p.m. Reservations: Recommended Credit cards: Accepted