Labor Day is sometimes considered summer's last hurrah, but it also begins the best eating season of them all, when the food is aplenty and the weather still conducive to enjoying a hearty meal outside. We combed our listings throughout 91 communities in New York City's northern suburbs in search of the best backyard cookeries to impress guests to your cookouts this long weekend and beyond.
SCARSDALE | 2 Reimer Road | $3,795,000
Entering the front door of this classic Tudor in Scarsdale, you'd never guess what awaits out the back. This woodsy cooking space highlights a covered dining patio with Adirondack flair, featuring a gas grill and wood-fired pizza oven screaming to get stoked up with some local apple wood logs once the mobs retreat. We're thinking a foraged pie, probably involving black trumpet mushrooms, caramelized onions and toasted sage. Pull up a stump and enjoy.
LAGRANGEVILLE | 670 Waterbury Hill Road | $1,200,000
We're not sure historically who in the real estate cognoscenti coined the term "park-like backyard," but we're well certain this is what they had in mind. The shady stone patio at this Hudson Valley home, framed by post lamps and scenic landscapes, features a charming outdoor kitchen contained under its own pergola. The business end and a spacious stone fireplace are equidistant to the table.
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GOLDEN'S BRIDGE | 15 Sullivan Road | $1,599,000
This semi-circular stone countertop of this outdoor bar setup can accommodate a serious spread. Set on 11+ landscaped acres bordering North Salem Land Trust greenbelt, this gated property is the outdoor entertaining idyll, with a guest parking court, scenic rock pool and outdoor sound system installation.
BALDWIN PLACE | 7 Stephans Court | $825,000
A firepit, a playground and an outdoor grilling station walk into a backyard. There's no punchline to that joke, because the result is anything but one. Gather around the kitchen while the chef grills up goodness and still be close enough to keep an eye on the kids.
GREENWICH | 465 Round Hill Road | $8,995,000
Stone, stone everywhere. A wood-fired pizza oven and gas grill keep us close to our nature—to eat. The setting seems to inspire light, clearly-defined flavors with variety as heterogeneous as the rock
that envelopes it.