Xaviars at Piermont
506 Piermont Ave. Piermont, NY 845-359-7007
Opened in 1987, Xaviars is the Hudson Valley gem that put Peter Kelly on the map, and in some ways, it continues to define his brilliantly evolving career. The 40-seat dining room is done in soft and comforting tones, with flattering lighting and well-spaced tables. Service is seamless and unobtrusive. Emblematic of Kelly’s approach at all five of his distinctive restaurants, the food is as local as possible and prepared in a manner allows his bold, stratified flavors to trump theatricality. The dazzling wine list carries some interesting artisanal producers as well as an enticing range of California chardonnays. A five-course chef’s menu, paired with five wines, is $100. Or, if you have a lot of time on your hands, there is a 10-course “global” tasting, minus wine, for $90. -Bryan MillerHours: Lunch: Fri and Sun: noon-2 p.m.; Dinner: Wed-Fri: 6-9 p.m.; Sat: 6 and 9 p.m.; Sun: 5-8 p.m.