Accolades

peterknife“In Southern New York, chef-owner Peter Kelly’s Xaviar’s and Xaviar’s at Piermont garnered the top food ratings for the fifth year in a row. He also appears to have the top New American category all sewn up, with his four remarkable restaurants (add the Freelance Cafe and Restaurant X, ranked Nos. 1-4.)”
–Zagat Survey

“The hottest culinary hand north of the city”
–WCBS News Radio 88

“…X also stands for Xaviar’s, as in Peter X. Kelly, the brilliant chef now embarking on this, his fourth venture…. Add beautifully appointed comfortable dining rooms, some with fireplaces, some with long views – gorgeous bouquets, soft lighting, young but seamless service, and the combination is dynamite.”
–M.H. Reed
New York Times

“A meal at Restaurant X, makes one wish for the day when Kelly’s empire is such that he has a restaurant in every town in the valley”
Victoria Spencer
Hudson Valley Magazine

“Peter X. Kelly, the rookie without conventional training, at the pinnacle of a brilliant career, has hit a Grand Slam.”
Geri Gourley
“Eating Out”

“One of the most acclaimed chefs in New York State.”
Milford Pruitt
Nations Restaurant News
peter-baldwin

“Judging from recent dining experiences at Restaurant X, I suspect dining around here will never be quite the same……If a packed restaurant on a recent week night is any indicator, this restaurant’s professionalism and culinary standards should prove to be the standard bearer for other area restaurants.”
Gerry Dawes
Gannet News

“The restaurant has the Kelly hallmarks of personable, intelligent service, savory surprises, plenty of eye candy and luxurious taste enhancers.”
Bob Lape
Crains New York Business Magazine

“What sets a Kelly Restaurant apart is the undivided attention applied to every aspect of the meal.”
At Your Leisure Magazine

With over 25 years of experience in all aspects of the restaurant industry, Mr. Kelly’s impressive culinary résumé and business acumen make a truly fitting choice for Restaurateur of the Year. As the owner of four of New York State’s most renowned restaurants, including Xaviar’s, Mr. Kelly provides his guests with a wide variety of exquisite cuisine and his masterful approach makes local dining an exciting, new experience.
George E. Pataki
Governor of New York State

Peter Xavier Kelly has carved out a very enviable reputation in the suburbs above Manhattan….Kelly is cooking with a belief in his own good taste – a taste as American as Cedar Planked Salmon with smoked bacon and shallot crust or a Loin of Colorado Lamb cooked to pink perfection beneath a coating of wild mushrooms. It’s a food that seems at home in the Hudson Valley.
John Mariani
Esquire Magazine

“Extraordinary”
M.H. Reed
The New York Times

Impeccable, knowledgeable service reveals a reverence for the cuisine and refreshing respect for the customer. You feel a sense of enrichment here, a belief that you are going to leave Restaurant X with more culinary knowledge than when you entered.
Rene Allan Mack
The Bergen Record

“29”
Zagat Survey

Not surprisingly, Restaurant X is the brainchild of Peter X. Kelly, the wunderkind who opened Xaviar’s at Garrison, N.Y., when he was 23, followed by Xaviar’s and Freelance in Piermont, N.Y. The good news for Xaviar’s fans is that Restaurant X combines the high level of cooking at Mr. Kelly’s more formal restaurants with the fun and whimsy of Freelance, his less formal cafe.
Fran Schumer
The New York Times

Peter Xavier Kelly’s dishes first inspire silence, then infantile coos of bliss, and finally the hunt for adjectives of the high praise.
Richard Lourie
Gourmet Magazine

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