Contrary to what some city dwellers say, there is a flourishing culinary scene outside of the five boroughs. Take a fall drive—and peep some pretty leaves while you're at it—to some of Gotham’s favorite eateries around New York state.
Why go: Chef Michael White (of Marea fame) is on board for the newly reopened Barn, which sits inside a secluded luxury Relais & Chateaux property owned partially by actor Richard Gere. What to eat: Stop by during breakfast hours for their take on avocado toast or enjoy a stick-to-your-ribs dinner of risotto with roasted mushrooms, parsley, and gooey fonduta. How far is the drive? One hour. Bedford Post Inn, 954 Old Post Road, Bedford, 914-234-7800
Why go: This restaurant is located on a working farm and serves some of the most innovative farm-to-table fare in the country. It’s also currently number 54 on the World’s Best Restaurants list. What to eat: Blue Hill offers just one menu called Grazing, Pecking, Rooting. For $198, you’ll feast on the freshest meats, cheeses, and produce the farm can offer. How far is the drive? 50 minutes. Blue Hill at Stone Barns, 630 Bedford Road, Pocantico Hills, 914-366-9600
Why go: This elegant space inside a stunning Gilded Age estate-turned-hotel celebrates their association with Relais & Chateaux with a special dinner series on October 23-25. What to eat: Supper Room serves classic dishes like seared beef rib eye with Bordelaise sauce or Long Island duck breast with local strawberries. How far is the drive? 1 hour and 20 minutes. Glenmere Mansion, 634 Pine Hill Road, Chester, 845-469-1900
Why go: This Yonkers spot is situated on the only Victorian pier still in use on the Hudson. Plus, three walls of windows offer unparalleled river views. What to eat: Meats are king here. Try the braised beef short rib with parsnip puree or the veal sweetbreads, served with roasted figs and Madeira crème fraiche. How far is the drive? 35 minutes. Xaviars X20 on the Hudson, 71 Water Grant St., Yonkers, 914-965-1111
Why go: Located in buzzy Hudson, this Chef Zakary Pelaccio-helmed eatery is nestled inside a renovated 19th-century blacksmith’s shop. What to eat: The restaurant serves one set dinner menu that changes nightly and is only available Thursday through Sunday. Look out for fresh products from local farms like Hawthorne Valley or Rubiner’s Cheesemongers Grocers. How far is the drive? Two hours and 30 minutes. 13 S. Third St., Hudson, 518-822-1500