i just posted something similar to this as a reply in another thread.... hope that i'm not violating any rules of etiquette by posting it in a new one here.
i've been to 12 grapes (12grapes.com) 12 times in the last 12 weeks (yeah, the repeated number looks contrived, but it's not off by more than 1 or 2). and, while i've also been to at least a few of the conventionally-regarded-best restaurants in westchester over the years -- zeph's, stone barns, iron horse, trotters, xaviers (h20, garrison (extinct), and piermont, tho the latter 2 don't exactly qualify as "westchester") -- there's no place i'd rather go than to this new place in peekskill.
the food is excellent and quite reasonably priced (i believe it'd still represent great value at a 20% bump-up), the owners and staff are friendly and courteous to a fault, the decor and ambience superb, and the consistently outstanding live jazz / blues / rock'n'roll doesn't get any better -- at least, not anywhere that i know of in this county, nor within a significant radius thereof. and if you don't care for the musical genre being offered on any given evening (check their events page to find out what's coming up), the entertainment in any case generally won't start rolling until 9pm-ish, so there's plenty of time for quiet conversation over dinner if you schedule accordingly.
i've tried a number of their dishes -- mushroom ravioli (which i have a difficult time resisting whenever i'm there), chicken caesar, pizza margarita, grilled king salmon, pan-seared chicken, new york strip, crème brûlée (another one that's hard to resist) -- and have yet to find anything evenly remotely approaching "eh, not so good".
"life-changing" might appear as moderate-to-absurd hyperbole here, but i've nevertheless described "the grapes" that way to any number of friends (and have never done so with respect to any other chow-related experience).
it would naturally be interesting to hear other opinions, pro and con, about what i believe is a great new westchester eatery!
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