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Surrounded by some of the country's most renowned restaurants, New Yorkers might forget that some of the area's finest culinary destinations lie on the outskirts of the city—or, dare we say, in the suburbs. Eater and the new 2014 Lexus GX have collected eight of the best New York-area restaurants that aren't, well, in New York City. From the sprawling, sophisticated Blue Hill Stone Barns to the casual Hudson Valley brewpub Peekskill Brewery, find the perfect destination for your next culinary adventure.

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Blue Hill at Stone Barns

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Dan Barber's Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a popular day trip for food-obsessed New Yorkers, and for good reason—the restaurant is unlike any other. The food is, in the most literal sense, farm-to-table—the produce and livestock are plucked fresh daily from the farm that the dining room sits on. The prix fixe menu is a succession of small plates and changes daily. Reserve well in advance.

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Stephen Mancini and Eric Gabrynowicz cut their teeth in NYC—at the likes of Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, and Maialino—before packing things up and heading to Westchester. While peers were busy scoffing at the move, they got to work building relationships with area farmers to create a dining experience that's both a destination for city dwellers and a solid addition to the local food scene. The menu changes daily and stays true to its slow food promise, while still remaining approachable and fun.

Tarry Lodge Enoteca & Pizzeria

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Sister restaurant to Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, this Westport, CT outpost from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich is a mere hour from the city. You'll find Batali standbys like delicious pizza and pastas, as well as some more intriguing dishes like pork belly with apple mostarda. The space is simple and cozy, a perfect evening jaunt to the 'burbs.

Fish & Game

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Hudson has long been a dining destination for Brooklynites, and just last year Zak Pelaccio joined the ranks of farmers and foragers that occupy the small, lively town with his newest venture, Fish & Game. Teaming up with his wife—who ferments kimchee, fish sauce, and an array of condiments—every ingredient comes from the premises or pretty close by. Oh, and there are two hearths where spit-roasted meat is the focus.

The Crimson Sparrow

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Another Hudson venture from two NYC transplants, The Crimson Sparrow occupies two adjoining buildings with a beautiful, massive patio—a space that would be impossible to secure in the city. Though the chefs are WD~50 alums, the menu is much less about molecular gastronomy and more about sophisticated comfort food.

Bedford Post Inn

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Actor Richard Gere and his wife own this rustic beaut, which sits on a historical nineteenth-century property in Westchester. Bedford Post houses two restaurants—the Farmhouse, which focuses on fine dining Thursday through Sunday, and the more casual Barn, open all week. Both menus and spaces are ripe with rustic charm; an homage to the area's natural bounty.

Peekskill Brewery

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A recent makeover has turned this once local standby to an all out pilgrimage for beer aficionados and food lovers alike. Nestled on the Peekskill waterfront, just an hour from the city, the sprawling four-story space houses a bar, dining room and brewery (which you can tour on the weekend). And, the food doesn't default to simple bar fare (which you'll find plenty of, all delicious)—the menu takes care to complement the ginormous beer selection.

Thirty Acres

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Momofuku veterans Kevin and Alex Pemoulie moved to Jersey three years ago to open Thirty Acres, and have since be racking up accolades for its seasonally focused, global-inspired food. The menu changes every few days—with an emphasis on local seafood and vegetables—but flavors are consistently bold and exciting.

Blue Hill at Stone Barns

Dan Barber's Blue Hill at Stone Barns is a popular day trip for food-obsessed New Yorkers, and for good reason—the restaurant is unlike any other. The food is, in the most literal sense, farm-to-table—the produce and livestock are plucked fresh daily from the farm that the dining room sits on. The prix fixe menu is a succession of small plates and changes daily. Reserve well in advance.

Restaurant North

Stephen Mancini and Eric Gabrynowicz cut their teeth in NYC—at the likes of Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, and Maialino—before packing things up and heading to Westchester. While peers were busy scoffing at the move, they got to work building relationships with area farmers to create a dining experience that's both a destination for city dwellers and a solid addition to the local food scene. The menu changes daily and stays true to its slow food promise, while still remaining approachable and fun.

Tarry Lodge Enoteca & Pizzeria

Sister restaurant to Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, this Westport, CT outpost from Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich is a mere hour from the city. You'll find Batali standbys like delicious pizza and pastas, as well as some more intriguing dishes like pork belly with apple mostarda. The space is simple and cozy, a perfect evening jaunt to the 'burbs.

Fish & Game

Hudson has long been a dining destination for Brooklynites, and just last year Zak Pelaccio joined the ranks of farmers and foragers that occupy the small, lively town with his newest venture, Fish & Game. Teaming up with his wife—who ferments kimchee, fish sauce, and an array of condiments—every ingredient comes from the premises or pretty close by. Oh, and there are two hearths where spit-roasted meat is the focus.

The Crimson Sparrow

Another Hudson venture from two NYC transplants, The Crimson Sparrow occupies two adjoining buildings with a beautiful, massive patio—a space that would be impossible to secure in the city. Though the chefs are WD~50 alums, the menu is much less about molecular gastronomy and more about sophisticated comfort food.

Bedford Post Inn

Actor Richard Gere and his wife own this rustic beaut, which sits on a historical nineteenth-century property in Westchester. Bedford Post houses two restaurants—the Farmhouse, which focuses on fine dining Thursday through Sunday, and the more casual Barn, open all week. Both menus and spaces are ripe with rustic charm; an homage to the area's natural bounty.

Peekskill Brewery

A recent makeover has turned this once local standby to an all out pilgrimage for beer aficionados and food lovers alike. Nestled on the Peekskill waterfront, just an hour from the city, the sprawling four-story space houses a bar, dining room and brewery (which you can tour on the weekend). And, the food doesn't default to simple bar fare (which you'll find plenty of, all delicious)—the menu takes care to complement the ginormous beer selection.

Thirty Acres

Read Review |

Momofuku veterans Kevin and Alex Pemoulie moved to Jersey three years ago to open Thirty Acres, and have since be racking up accolades for its seasonally focused, global-inspired food. The menu changes every few days—with an emphasis on local seafood and vegetables—but flavors are consistently bold and exciting.

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