The Whitlock

At the end of Katonah Avenue lies a restaurant filled with rich history, delicious food, and a sustainable promise. Two years after opening, the Whitlock continues to create a neighborhood community—from serving guests on a sun-lit patio to gathering family and friends on a night out.

 

The Whitlock prides itself on “utilizing fresh ingredients and supporting local farms,” which include everything from Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Elmsford, NY to Hilltop Hanover Farm in Yorktown Heights, NY to Longfords Own Make Ice Cream in Rye, NY. I had the privilege of speaking to half of the husband-wife team who runs the restaurant, Christina Safarowick.

 

One of the focuses of the neighborhood bistro is bringing a hyper-local experience to the community, which “immediately impacts our surroundings by supporting local business.” That means working and collaborating with a lot of vendors throughout Westchester. Even in the colder months, the Whitlock utilizes ingredients grown in the area. Christina explains, “many farms have now instituted greenhouses where they are able to push into the winter and still provide for us.” Because of this, the menu “definitely changes and is by availability.” For ingredients like meat and seafood, the Safarowicks prefer to buy from smaller businesses in the area, like their meat vendor who lives in Somers.

But, how does ordering for a hyper-local restaurant actually work? Christina explains that “in the beginning we created relationships by going to the farmers’ markets.” After establishing these friendly relationships, “the farms send an email to us at the beginning of the week letting us know what they have, and we’ll simply reply saying ‘we’ll take x, y, and z,’ and it’s there the very next day for us to use.”

 

After asking Christina about current local items on the menu, she excitedly mentioned a roasted sunchoke appetizer and their “heirloom tomato and burrata panzanella salad that uses local tomatoes.” Additionally, they do specials every night—”that’s where you’ll get the produce that came in that week.”

 

You can check out the Whitlock Tuesday through Sunday at 17 Katonah Avenue in Katonah, NY!