In celebrating Anthony Bourdain's final televised tour on "No Reservations," we're looking back at five Hudson Valley restaurants that have been featured on TV shows or have celebrity chefs behind them.
X2O Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers: Anthony Bourdain of "No Reservations" visited Peter Kelly's Yonkers restaurant, X2O Xaviars on the Hudson, for a 2010 Hudson Valley episode. Kelly is pictured here. (April 18, 2012)
X2O Xaviars on the Hudson sits on the waterfront in Yonkers, with views of the George Washington and Tappan Zee bridges. (April 18, 2012)
Baby calamari salad is served with celery, frisée and buttermilk tentacles at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers. (April 18, 2012)
The frozen caramel soufflé is served with warm cardamom doughnuts at X2O Xaviars on the Hudson in Yonkers. (April 18, 2012)
Ripe Kitchen and Bar in Mount Vernon: Bobby Flay (left) competed against Nigel Spence (right) in a 2006 episode of Food TV's "Throwdown With Bobby Flay." Spence, the chef and owner at Ripe Kitchen and Bar in Mount Vernon, beat Flay in the match to see who could make the best jerk ribeye. In a rematch, he topped the celebrity chef again.
The Signature Jerk Chicken at Ripe Kitchen and Bar in Mount Vernon.
Chef Nigel Spence and patron Usain Bolt, the Olympic gold medal sprinter from Jamaica, at Ripe Kitchen and Bar in Mount Vernon.
The Cuban Plantain Boat at Ripe Kitchen and Bar in Mount Vernon, a restaurant that chef Nigel Spence calls a “shabby chic jerk shack.”
The Mango Mojito at Ripe Kitchen and Bar in Mount Vernon.
DePuy Canal House in High Falls: Ten years ago, Bobby Flay visited John Novi, the owner and executive chef at the DePuy Canal House in High Falls, as part of the Hudson Valley episode of "FoodNation."
Chef John Novi says he’s had an interest in culinary arts since he was a young man. While working at his parents’ bakery, Novi fell in love with a building a half block away, the eventual home of DePuy Canal House in High Falls. He bought it for $4,500 when he was just 21.
Now open for 44 years, DePuy Canal House in High Falls is a dining destination, lauded by critics and frequented by A-listers like Robert DeNiro. Open on Saturdays and Sundays only for dinner and brunch, Novi is also offering his cooking lessons to the masses.
The duck entree at DePuy Canal House features a duck breast smoked by Quaker Creek Smoke House. The duck is sliced thin and served on a whole wheat and smoked duck patty, topped with a sauteed slice of Foie Gras brandy paté and duck brown sauce.
Theodore Vanikiotis and his brother, Constantine Serroukas, opened what was then just a little dining car in 1974. In 1995, they hired a diner historian and rebuilt the venue. “We didn’t want some cheesy be-bop diner, but a 1930s streamlined, art deco, real deal diner,” said Alex Serroukas, Constantine’s son.
The interior of Eveready Diner in Hyde Park.
Tarry Lodge in Port Chester: While Tarry Lodge hasn’t been featured on the small screen, it’s the product of a couple of big-name celebrity chefs. Mario Batali, a frequent guest on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and one of the critically acclaimed stars of Food Network’s “Iron Chef,” co-owns the Italian joint with Joe Bastianich, who judges FOX’s “MasterChef.”
An antipasti plate at Tarry Lodge in Port Chester. The menu is a compilation of Mario Batali’s greatest culinary hits.
Food is prepared in the wood-fired oven at Tarry Lodge in Port Chester.
The building that has housed Tarry Lodge for the past few years has held restaurants since 1906, including a 40-year run as a pizza joint owned by a local family. The dining room and bar are pictured.
The guanciale is a wood-fired pizza topped with black truffles and a sunny-side-up egg. It's a customer favorite at Tarry Lodge in Port Chester.
A dessert at Tarry Lodge in Port Chester.