As restaurants, cafes. and other small businesses are forced to close their doors or limit their services in order to slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus, many are facing financial struggles that they might not be able to recover from. I went to high school in Westchester County, New York and that is currently the place where I am in quarantine. Most of the businesses here are small and local. They need us to continue to support them in order to survive. Here is a list of some of my favorite places across the county and why my friends and family love them as much as I do! 

** Please check with the individual businesses for their most up-to-date operation plans.  

Red Barn Bakery
Irvington, NY
Open for pick-up, order by texting or calling owner Randell Dodge at (914) 231-7779 
Having been featured in the New York Times and Martha Stewart Magazine, Red Barn Bakery offers some of the yummiest organic artisanal creations and gluten-free snacks in the county. My personal favorites are their vegan whoopie pies and the chocolate chip scones. It is also a great place to go for brunch on the weekends. Their delicious omelets are massive and filled with organic veggies!

Sushi Mike’s
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Open Thursday to Sunday for pick-up and delivery
Sushi Mike’s always offers fresh and delicious sushi with a side of hospitality. Aside from the incredible dishes, the staff always makes you feel like you’re right at home. Their menu offers any roll you could want. 

MP Taverna
Irvington, NY
Open for pick-up & special prices for those who have recently lost their jobs
For a Greek-inspired menu, MP Taverna is the perfect restaurant to go to dinner with your family. Chef Michael Psilakis is bringing Greek Cuisine to the forefront of the Westchester dining scene. 

Bagel Emporium
Westchester, NY (Chappaqua, Tarrytown, Yorktown Heights, Port Chester, Armonk)
Open for take-out and delivery
With five locations across the county, the Bagel Emporium is my favorite place to get bagels in Westchester. They have a wide selection of bagels that you can customize and some of the best coffee around. In my friend Dina Pekelis’s words, “I love the hometown feel of it, the bagels are better than any bagel you can get in NYC, and the coffee is to DIE for.”

Dobbs Ferry, NY
Open for curbside pickup and delivery
If you’re craving Mexican food, Tomatillo never fails you! From their chips and guacamole to their quesadillas, everything is fresh, delicious, and always leaves me wanting more.

The Parlor
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Available for takeout and delivery. Learn how to purchase a gift card, donate to their staff relief fund here. Service industry workers who are out of work can also pick-up a free pizza curbside during takeout hours.
The Parlor is my favorite pizza in the world! With their experimental flavors and energetic restaurant environment, The Parlor is a restaurant that infuses personality and passion into their menu. I would highly recommend their white pizza! 

Muddy Water 
Tarrytown, NY
CLOSED. Learn how to donate to their baristas here.
Muddy Water is the perfect coffee/study date spot in Tarrytown. Building a space for community-building and positivity, this coffeehouse is one of my favorites. Their coffee and pastries are to die for!



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