We combed our listings throughout 91 communities in New York City's northern suburbs in search of the best backyard cookeries we could find. Here are our picks, paired with recipes that capture their taste—a few, we're proud to say, from some favorite local chefs. (Disclaimer: Scrolling further may catalyze envy and growling pangs of hunger).
ARMONK | 11 Upland Lane | $3,490,000
With its open wood grill and clay-chimney pizza oven, this Armonk cucina-al-fresco feels a tad Tuscan in flair. The entire backyard exists to entertain: a lush Mediterranean-inspired wonderland (the accompanying shingled Colonial—marvelous in its own right—is merely a ruse) with manicured gardens, meticulous masonry and a pergola-topped hot tub with fountain feature, streaming an arched water spray into the pool below. Expansive patios, including a cavernous covered one, provide ample places for you and your guests to enjoy whatever you cook up.
What to cook:
On the wood grill: Grilled Tuscan Porterhouse with Red Wine-Peppercorn Jus
In the pizza oven: Calamari and Chorizo Pizza with Caramelized Fennel and Shaved Manchego
Vegetarian Option: Mushroom Quinoa Burgers with Roasted Garlic and Thyme Mayonnaise
BRONXVILLE | 12 Paddington Road | $3,950,000
You're not throwing Oscar Meyer wieners on this baby. This too fancy built-in barbeque setup has standards, and you'll need some serious entrees to keep up. Positioned center stage above a stone dining terrace, the chef-in-residence can practically give guests a live cooking show, complete with stage lighting—so don't end it with the culinary gods striking you down with a bolt of lightning because you wasted those built-ins searing some spamburgers.
What to cook:
Grill: Spiced Berkshire Pork Chops with Braised Bacon, Pomegranate and Pine Nut Relish
Vegetarian Option: Grilled Peach Salad with Mint Pesto
SCARSDALE | 72 Mamaroneck Road | $5,250,000
Something seems fishy, in all the right ways. We can't help but love the pescetarian theme going on here, and the combination of stone patio and shady surrounds have us craving a fresh water catch with savory, vegetal sides.
What to cook:
On the grill: Glazed Trout with Carrot Purée and Spätzle
Vegetarian option: Grilled Polenta and Almond Pesto, Dried Tomatoes and Zucchini
BEDFORD CORNERS | 23 Hollow Ridge | $4,195,000
No man cave pool house would be complete without a barbeque area. Covered and conveniently between the bar and game room inside and pool area outside, we think the ideal menu for this grill galley goes best with craft beer or a dram of bourbon.
GREENWICH | 465 Round Hill Road | $10,495,000
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 envelops it.