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With its unpretentious farmhouse feel, 121 Restaurant is a perfect complement to its bucolic North Salem setting



With its unpretentious farmhouse feel— large-paned windows with views to the surrounding countryside, 121 Restaurant is a perfect complement to its bucolic North Salem setting. The décor is simple and gentrified and the feeling of hospitality genuine from the knowledgeable and friendly staff.

New chef Beck Bolender—who started at 121 as a teen, attended the CIA, and worked with Jean Georges Vongerichten—brings a fresh approach focused on local ingredients. Each plate is beautifully presented with subtle yet intense flavors like the Bag of Crabs, fritters with the sweet tastes of crab and corn served with the subtle heat of chipotle aioli, or the Hamachi Sashimi, with a sprinkling of fresh herbs and dotted with tiny champagne grapes. Small plates include salads of kale and avocado or the warm beet with yogurt, hazel­nuts, and mache. Artisan pizza is topped with goat cheese and caramelized onion. Lighter fare includes sandwiches and fish tacos to more substantial mains like the Berkshire Pork Chop served with crispy chickpea fries and a cherry mustard sauce. Owners Michele Savino and Peter Devito continue to bring something new to their 121 Group with catering for corporate events and in-flight meals for private aircrafts.

121  2 Dingle Ridge Rd., North Salem 914-669-0121 M-E

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