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Xaviar’s, located in Rockland County’s riverfront town of Piermont and owned by Chef Peter Kelly, is an extraordinary restaurant that presents exquisite food, which is fresh and entertaining to the senses. The restaurant seats at most 40 people, and prides itself on its elegant, intimate and warm atmosphere. I visited on a Wednesday evening, and the dining room was full. The staff’s attention to detail did not go unnoticed, and the maître d’ overlooked everything to ensure the evening ran smoothly. Something I appreciated is the restaurant’s admirably efficient, simple and to-the-point execution of creating a fantastic dining experience. The food was outstanding, the textures and flavor combinations were most memorable, and the restaurant is one that I will return to and share with friends and family in a heartbeat.


Amuse-bouche of vichyssoise


Scallops with snow peas and mushrooms


Salmon over Moroccan cous cous salad with carrots


Hudson Valley chicken with spinach and cranberries over grits


Painted Hills Ranch filet mignon with potato Mousseline, candied shallots and haricots verts


A trio of desserts featuring (from left to right) crème brulée, chocolate mousse with raspberry, and a goat cheese cheesecake with citrus