The Tarry Tavern In Tarrytown, N.Y. … Simply Phab!

Each year we find ourselves enjoying a trip north up into the Hudson Valley in Spring & Autumn with our friends Sharyn & Joel because we absolutely love the Arts & Crafts Fair at Lyndhurst in Tarrytown and their scores of exhibitors.

Last year’s Spring & Autumn shows were cancelled because of the Covid pandemic and to say we were looking forward to getting back up this year would be an understatement.

This year, however, was different. Because of Covid the visits were timed in 2 hour intervals for all visitors (one also needed proof of vaccination) and it turned out the only time available for us was the 4PM to 6PM slot.  I believe timing plays a very important role in life. My mantra: Life is Timing…and I’ll get to that shortly.

There were less exhibitors this year, but that doesn’t mean their fashions, accessories and jewelry, functional and sculptural ceramic, glass, metal, fiber, wood, paintings, drawing and printmaking exhibitors were not as impressive as always.


Oh yes. let’s not forget about Leprechaun Sheepskin…and sooooo many more!

Besides this fine array of exhibitors, we very much look forward to the long row of gourmet food specialties, tastings from local distilleries, wineries, cider houses, bakeries, chocolatiers and one of my favorites…Dorset Maple Reserve and their wonderful selection and blends of Vermont maple syrups!


So…here we are 2 hours later and guess what? It’s dinner time…and we decided to grab a bite before traveling home. We asked the security team for a local restaurant they thought was good and they said there were plenty to choose from and we should have no problem finding one we liked after seeing some menus. Graciously we thanked them and off we went into Tarrytown for dinner. Just a few minutes later we arrive and…OY… most of the restaurants with outdoor seating are full.

Here’s where my “Life Is Timing” comes into play. You look down the street and it’s a virtual restaurant row. There just happened to be an outdoor table for 4 (Sandy, me, Sharyn & Joel) at the Tarry Tavern. I can’t say I was crazy about going to eat dinner at a ‘tavern’ since a tavern is defined as “an establishment for the sale of beer and other drinks to be consumed on the premises, sometimes also serving food; a bar or pub”. 

Nevertheless, we sat down and hoped for the best. Guess what? Cheers to the best!  Say Hello to Henry…The proprietor of Tarry Tavern!

Another definition of love…Bread, Wine and a nice bottle of EVOO…ie…Extra Virgin Olive Oil 🙂

So…Are you ready?

Check out these dishes we just happened to choose:

Classic Iceberg Wedge

Blue Cheese Dressing, Applewood Smoked Bacon & Cherry Tomatoes

Seared Yellowfin Tuna

Roasted Fennel, Piquillo Peppers, Black Forbidden Rice & Carrot Purée

Seared Maine Sea Scallops

Four bumper sea scallops on a bed of creamy herbed risotto

Oops!…Pic missing…Saaaaawy!


Cavatelli Pasta With Braised Short Rib  Ragu


Creme Brulee w/Blueberries and Raspberries



A quick look inside…A mural depicting their regard for fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables!

After reading a bit about the Tarry Tavern, I think the best description is “American cuisine, but drawing some inspiration from French and Italian culinary traditions”. Should you ever have the opportunity to visit Tarrytown or perhaps check out the Crafts Fair like we did…and then visit Tarrytown …this restaurant is a “find”….as in PHOODOGRAPHS AND FINDS. YUP…Everything we happened to order was truly enjoyable as was the gracious and efficient service right here at the Tarry Tavern in Tarrytown, N.Y., US of A 🙂

All of the above seen and said, I was impressed enough to seek out the owner…Henry…and he graciously (it must come from the top) accepted my offer to write about our experience in his restaurant.

So…to Henry and his staff…I/we say Thank YOU for a wonderful dining experience and your fine reception. You now have 4 new customers and we will certainly look forward to returning and spreading the word…starting right here!


Mangia bene’

Chef Bert






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