Good Food on the Hudson – X2O

 I had once heard from someone who does restaurant reviews for a living, had told me that I should really try a restaurant a few times at different times of the day to get a good idea of the place.

Now, while I do not usually stick to this when telling you about places, in the case of X2O, it looks like I needed at least 4 visits to write up an tell you about it. Ironically enough, even though I can almost unequivocally say that the restaurant has one of the most stunning views that I have seen, it is difficult to order a custom made day. I have had a 50% good weather success and this time round was a miss.

It is however a pretty and rather stunningly done place and despite the gray, the water tends to be soothing. Outside, we watched a few lone yatchs here and there and settled for the pre-fixe, but did get a side of the wonderfully crisp coconut shrimp.

The shrimp is moist and plump with a nice and sweet ( though not cloying) coating, with a lightly seasoned and smooth mustard dipping sauce. As someone who dabbles and is very fussy about her mustard, this sauce itself establishes the stage for the rest of the meal.

The rest of the meal went very well. I chose the seafood bisque, something that was not overly rich and flavorful. I think the hallmark of good food is that the seasonings and richness marry each other to a happy harmony. The texture of the soup was also great.

For the main courses, mom had a miso and honey salmon, seared to moist perfection severed over a rich well seasoned risotto and tender bok choi. I had a roast chicken, that had enough muscle and texture to convince me that it was indeed a free range chicken. The chicken came with a assortment of vegetables and a small serving of very well made mashed potatoes. I am aslo a sucker for good mashed potatoes, so I was a happy girl.

As we ate, the clouds played hide and seek with us, occasionally teasing us with their withdrawal. It was nice to see the fog lift just a little to get a beautiful view of the green treeline. However, the blue did not appear, so the waters remained cloudy and grey. A sombre hudson, but magestic in its pristine peacefulness.

The desserts brought a nice finsih to the meal. I had the flan with seasonal fruit and was impressed to see that the sweetness of the fruit kept up with the dessert and the chocolate terrine that my mother ordered was also really good.

The service was as smooth as butter, attentive without being annoying. I will also point out that the pre-fixe on weekdays is a very good deal. I have also tried their Sunday brunch which I thought was really nice. I would tell you to check out the place, but then again, it is probably one of the most talked about places in Westchester, so chances are you will want to visit it with or without my endorsement.

 X2O Xaviers on the Hudson

71 Water Grant St

Yonkers, NY 10701


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