Find this inviting gem tucked into a mini shopping mall in tony Scarsdale. Meritage is comfortable with neutral hues, softly dressed windows and artwork by locals from around the way. Perhaps out of view from the plush dining room, one can still hear the bar buzzing with happy regulars. Adorned with linen and wild flowers, tables may also feature such seasonal and locally minded delights as the chicken liver crostini. This workhorse of a dish is made ultra rich thanks to the addition of soft onions and toasted hazelnuts. Similarly, tagliatelle is tossed with slow-cooked ragù Bolognese, creamy ricotta and herbs for a delicious feast.
Budget-conscious diners should go for the prix-fixe dinner on weekdays and Sunday suppers, as they are a sweet deal.