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Dining Al Fresco in North Salem and Somers

The weather has suddenly leapt from chilly to hot. Here are some ideas for outdoor dining in the area.

121 Restaurant

2 Dingle Ridge Road at Route 121, North Salem, 914-669-0121

A North Salem institution, 121 is a great place to take your family, a date or just yourself. The menu is eclectic and includes salads, sandwiches, pastas, meat and fish entrees and wood-fired pizza. Open every day for lunch and dinner.

Outdoor arrangements:  A flagstone patio with large umbrellas (and heat lamps for chilly nights). Six or eight smaller tables on the covered porch.

Dinner price range: Starters $9-$14, pizzas $12-$17, entrees $23-$35


721 Titicus Road, North Salem, 914-669-5450

Vox was named for the local theater in the restaurant owner’s hometown in France. The cuisine is typically French and the movie theme is carried outside to the terrace where French movies are shown during dinner in the summer. Closed Monday and Tuesday. Not open for lunch at the present time.

Outdoor arrangements: Dining under large umbrellas on a terrace overlooking the gardens and lawn.

Dinner price range: Appetizers, $8-21, entrees $15-$33

Blackboard Bistro

166 Stoneleigh Avenue, Carmel (bordering Croton Falls), 845-276-8100 

Chef/owner Gary Mongero is a graduate of  Somers High School and The New York Restaurant School. He is personally involved in everything from preparation to service. The menu, written on a blackboard, varies daily and stresses organic produce. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Friday. Dinner only, Saturday-Sunday. Closed Mondays.

Outdoor arrangements: About a dozen tables on the fenced-in patio which offer a feeling of calm and privacy.

Traditions 118

11 Old Tomahawk Street, Granite Springs, 914-248-7200

Elegant and traditional in ambience, service and cuisine, the emphasis is Italian. Steak, poultry and some fish dishes also on the menu. Nightly specials vary daily.

Outdoor arrangements: Several lovely patios surrounded by trees and flowering shrubs, including one under an awning and another under a large tent.

Dinner price range: Appetizers $8-$15, pizzas $9-$14, entrees $18-$39

Le Fontane

137 Route 100, Somers, 914-232-9619

Southern Italian cuisine supervised by Naples-born chef, Antonio Perillo. Among the specialities are homemade pasta and osso buco. A tapas menu is available at dinnertime from Tuesday to Thursday. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday. Closed on Monday.

Outdoor arrangements: Umbrella tables on a large stone patio, surrounded by trees and shrubs.

Dinner price range: Tapas, $7-$10, pasta $15-$20, entrees $18-$26

The Pinnacle at Heritage Hills

(Somers Pointe Golf Club) 1000 West Hill Drive, Somers, 914-276-3300

The restaurant at this private golf club is open to the public year round. The menu offers Italian and American dishes and pizzas are the flatbread variety. Open for lunch and dinner and Sunday brunch (11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.)

Outdoor arrangements: A lovely terrace overlooking the manicured golf course. An additional brick patio, equally lovely, is also sometimes open.

Dinner price range: Pasta $15-$19, pizza $10-$12, entrees $13-$30

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