YONKERS, N.Y. – With the region’s roller coaster weather behind them, Yonkers’ downtown restaurants say they are anticipating big crowds this weekend – the first of Hudson Valley’s Restaurant Week.
“We’re looking forward to greeting guests and welcoming them back from the edge of darkness,” said Peter Kelly, owner of Xaviar’s X20 on the Hudson.
Diners who visit Kelly’s waterfront restaurant will be welcoming X20 back from its own darkness. The restaurant was left powerless until Tuesday, thanks to Superstorm Sandy.
With the lights back on, Thursday was the first full day X20 was operational – just in time for the big weekend.
On Kelly’s special Restaurant Week menu are dishes such as duck, pan roasted chicken and roast heritage pork loin.
“It is certainly going to be busy this weekend,” Kelly said. “All of Restaurant Week is typically quite busy.”
Up Main Street, at Zuppa Restaurant & Lounge, co-owner Nando Paterra said his restaurant wasn’t spared from the effects of Superstorm Sandy either. The basement was flooded for a short time after the nearby Saw Mill River backed up and spilled over its banks, he said.
Regardless, the restaurant remained open and, so far, in the first three days of Restaurant Week, Paterra said, the weather has produced mixed results in visitor numbers.
“Some people came out because they didn’t have power and I suspect some didn’t go anywhere because of the conditions,” he said.
Still, Paterra said the weekend is when Zuppa typically sees its biggest crowds during the tasty two-week celebration. And this year will likely be no different, he said.
“We’re expecting a nice turnout,” he said. “I think a lot of people are saving for the weekend and going to make it a night out.”
More than 90 restaurants in Westchester County – five in Yonkers – are participating in Hudson Valley's Restaurant Week, which lasts until Nov. 18. Each will offer three-course dinner menus for $29.95 (plus beverage and tax). Many will also offer three-course lunches for $20.