Every once in a while its good to treat yourself. A friend of mine, Janet, came up from the city one night a few weeks ago to enjoy a some village life in Tarrytown NY. She was on her way back from a trip across the Tappan Zee bridge – so the location was perfect for both of us. We decided to try our luck at Sweet Grass Grill – which has gotten a lot of buzz as one of the best restaurants in Westchester since it was opened by David Starkey a little over a year ago. There are quite a few fine Tarrytown restaurants, but few had such consistently fine feedback.
The atmosphere is informal and in keeping with the turn-of-the century flair of Tarrytown’s Main Street. The paintings and facade reflect the artistic nature of the village perfectly. Dining outside is terrific, but on that evening it was actually quite warm so air conditioning won over the great outdoors.
The restaurant offers a seasonal menu and uses as much locally grown produce as is possible.
Janet enjoyed the lamb cooked two ways. A shoulder which which was actually ground up like a meat ball and a braised loin. They were accompanied by a spicy carrot sauce that includes carrots currents and chives. Added to the dish are lentils Twhich she told me really added flair and flavor. Janet is a true foodie and a great cook in her own right – so for her to be duly pleased is impressive.
Yours truly had a yen for a burger. I rarely eat red meat – perhaps once every other month - but that night I had a craving for one. The burger was done to my instructions – medium and was lean and fresh. The greens that came with it were fabulous.
After our meal, we could easily see how Sweet Grass was voted one of Westchester Magazine’s top new restaurants in early 2010. It truly has earned a place as one of the best restaurants in Tarrytown. It takes courage to open a restaurant in the middle of a major recession, but this one has what it takes to attract many a hungry patron. I wish them the best of luck and will be returning there for seconds.
24 Main St., Tarrytown NY
Lunch: 11:30 – 4 PM daily
Mon & Sun 5-9:30 PM
Tues-Thurs – until 10PM
Friday & Sat until 10:30 PM with the bar remaining open later.
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