Half Moon

1 High St. Dobbs Ferry, NY 10522(914) 693-4130 • halfmoonhudson.com

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I’ve took me a while to muster up the cojones to try this place. Sure, the location is obviously amazing being that it’s right on the Mighty Hudson (pictured), but after reading the reviews and having a very lack-luster experience at Harvest on Hudson (which seemed to be cut from a similar cloth), I was in no hurry.

But now that I’ve gone, I’m happy to say that I’m glad I finally went. Not that the place is stellar by any stretch, but it’s nice for a drink or a casual lunch, especially when it’s warm enough to sit outside. And the food, while hit and miss, proved to be a hit on the lobster roll as far as I’m concerned. Much, much better than the majority you’ll find in Westchester. And while it looks like it’s going to be mayonnaise heavy, it’s actually quite lemony, which keeps it light. The crab cakes are okay and the salad- well, let’s just say this isn’t the place to get salad. I did, after all, say it was hit and miss.

Also, the chocolate volcano was a bit lame as well. Not atrocious per se, but not a true volcano either. Like I said, go for the view and a casual lunch or drinks, but leave the high expectations for places like The Cookery.

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Red Hat

1 Bridge St. Irvington, NY 10533 • (914) 591-5888redhatbistro.com

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I honestly love so many things about this place. Good food, great location, wonderful decor, fantastic service. The owner really seems engaged with the place and it shows.

It’s located in the loft spaces right on the Hudson river and I highly recommend getting there early during the summer for a drink on the rooftop. Harvest on who?

Inside, they didn’t miss a trick. Feels like you stepped right into a Paris Bistro. Granted, it’s probably 3 times the size of most of the bistros I’ve seen in France, but you get my point.

Now for the food. The moules frites alone is worth a visit. One bite and you’ll feel like you’re in Cannes- just fantastic. I also love their salmon burger for lunch, although their regular burger isn’t too shabby either.

Now for the bad news. They don’t have high chairs, which is a bit odd in such a family oriented town. Also, the menu can be a little hit or miss if you stray from the tried and true, but since I almost always get the mussels and the salmon burger, I’m seldom disappointed.

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