Had dinner with another mid-30s/mid-40s couple at X20 on Friday so I thought I’d share our impressions! We had a 7:30 reservation and the place was only about half full. Upon entering, my friend immediately remarked “we are the youngest people in this place by 20 years, easily.” He and his husband hadn’t been to Westchester before and do a lot of dining out in Manhattan, so I had to remind him to revise his expectations, LOL!
Anyway, the dining room has a lot of potential but IMO the decor is a major fail - just feels very 90s. There were a lot of bulbs out in the light fixtures and smudges on the walls, etc. - it’s badly in need of maintenance and an update. It was after sundown, so the view was lost on us, and in the future I would only go when I could enjoy the view and/or eat outside. Service was polite but VERY unpolished. We were filling our own wine glasses, had to ask for repeat bread service, etc. Manhattan this is not.
However, the food itself was very good, no complaints there at all. Among the four of us, we had the pate grandmere, butternut squash bisque and parma ham apps, plus the sweetbreads, short ribs, duck and a lamb special for entrees. Everything was very competently cooked and delicious, although nothing mindblowingly creative. For instance, my sweetbreads were nicely tender and well-seasoned, but the plate was simply sauteed sweetbreads in brown sauce with a small pile of sauteed spinach, a small pile of warmed figs and a small pile of sauteed hen of the woods mushrooms. The lamb special was a seared loin (perfectly medium rare) in a 5-spice rub with spatzle in cream sauce - again, very good, but nothing that would wow anyone. The menu was worded in a way that I felt over-promised on what was actually delivered as well, making things sound more interesting than they actually turned out to be.
The desserts we tried (banana bread pudding and carrot cake) were lackluster and presumably outsourced. While the prices are not jaw-dropping for someone accustomed to dining in Manhattan entrees in the mid $30 range), there are probably 500 restaurants in Manhattan that deliver much more interesting food at this price point. I’m glad we tried it once, but in the future I think we’ll continue to dine in Manhattan for special occasions and look for more casual options in Westchester.