I know you are reading this because you are hunting down restaurants and interesting sights as you prepare yourself to head out and see the fall foliage. If you happen to be in the New York area and are considering a drive through Westchester, which of course you are, then please do yourself a favor and stop into Conte’s Seafood. It’s a market, it’s a grill, and it’s what you definitely want to do!
I was in love with Conte’s well before eating there because of the many stories my mother would tell me about the amazing and delicious food and fun she would have there upon visiting her dear and life long friend who resides in Bedford Hills. Whenever I visited however, we never managed to make it to Conte’s. This last trip I finally got to go and ate there three times in one week! As soon as the car pulled up to the curb I knew that Conte’s would deliver the experience I was awaiting. The market sits on a corner with red bricks and black awnings. Don’t be surprised if you see, Robbie, the chef and a proprietor, standing out on the stoop as he holds the door open for his local crowd.
Not only can you purchase fresh, amazing fresh, fish during the day time and grab some lunch you can also eat dinner. And you can order take out, unbelievable, fresh food, simply and deliciously prepared available to pick up and eat at home! However, if you eat at home you will miss all the fun. Robbie’s energy and charm will insist that you relax, feel welcomed and enjoy your meal.
As soon as you are seated fresh bread, with crazy good garlic butter, and cole slaw are brought to the table, order wine, ice tea, whatever but recognize that you are beginning to feel relaxed in the intimate and casual environment and will soon enjoy a deliciously prepared meal. I started with the Gazpacho made from fresh tomatoes and bites of perfectly steamed shrimp. Because I dined there three nights I had a nice smattering of the entrees and apps. The grilled shrimp salad is simple but divine, lemon soul, outrageous, soft -shell crab (tried for first time and will be back if only for that!), breaded rockfish, and yum… roasted veggies accompany most entrees! Other diners at the table slurped down mussels and platter after platter of clams on the half shell. Though I had indulged and had had a sufficiency my mother insisted that we order dessert. And, oh my word, I am so glad that we did! I don’t even know what it was but it’s almond, creamy, light fluffy, pure heaven! And… the key lime pie! Both are a must order!
Robbie prepares each dish with care, talking with you and getting to know you, letting you in on his love of life, as he goes. He moves seamlessly between crowd and kitchen. It’s what makes the restaurant and it’s what made me want to go back again and again. In fact, if I didn’t live on a tiny island in the middle of Puget Sound I would be headed there for lunch right now!
448 E. Main St.
Mt. Kisco, NY
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