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X2O Xaviars on the Hudson

71 Water Grant St. Yonkers 914-965-1111

X2O Xaviars on the Hudson sits on the

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It can be disorienting on your first visit, entering a giant glass cube bracketed by iron girders and projecting out over the Hudson River. The views are startling, from the Tappan Zee Bridge to the north and southward toward the sizzling firmament of Manhattan. Built on a derelict pier that had been a Yonkers eyesore for decades, X2O Xaviars is the latest triumph in the stellar career of chef-entrepreneur Peter Kelly (he also has Xaviars and Freelance Cafe & Wine Bar in Piermont.)

Kellys idiosyncratic cooking style ranges from the baroque (big eye tuna tartare with Sicilian pistachios, Moroccan dates, aleppo pepper and an edamame coulis), to a marvelously straightforward aged rib eye steak for two with bearnaise sauce. As exhilarating as the setting can be, the hard surfaces can make the place as soothing as a sheet metal plant. On the same premises is a snazzy cocktail lounge that serves sushi, called the Dylan Lounge.Youll find an exceptionally rich international wine list, at princely prices. Servers are accommodating when they can hear you. -- Bryan Miller

Hours: Mon: closed; Tu-Fri: noon-2 p.m., 5:30-10 p.m.; Sat: 5-10 p.m.; Sun: noon-2 p.m. (brunch), 5-9 p.m.; Dylan Lounge: Tu-Sun: 5-10 p.m. Reservations: Recommended Credit cards: Accepted

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