Great Local Food Eats in Chappaqua


75 South Greeley Ave. Chappaqua, NY


Tuesday – Thursday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.,

Friday/Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.,

Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Situated in the heart of the Chappaqua community, Local is a cafe and ice cream parlor serving delights to satisfy the appetites of the health conscious and “free eaters” alike.

Owners Adam Strahl and Danielle Zinaich, both vegetarians, began Local with the desire to merge the city feel of a great cafe with a fine dining touch in the suburbs of Westchester County. Originally a musician, Strahl ran private events for seven years at Blue Hill at Stone Barns restaurant before resigning in 2010 to broaden his horizons and build Local. Zinaich brings a background in homeopathic education to their partnership, and they both call upon their world travel experiences to create the Local menus.


Adam Strahl, owner of Local in Chappaqua

Local was intended to be an ice cream parlor with a few soup and sandwich options but customer demand helped this concept evolve into what we see today. Local’s menu features soups that are all vegan, pressed sandwiches made with fresh artisan breads from the New York bakery Balthazar, baked goods from Briar Cliff bakery, seasonal salads with greens from such local farms as Kitchawan, and other delicious farm to table dishes. Their decadent natural ice cream, free of preservatives and artificial coloring, comes from the famous SoCo Creamy and Ronnybrook farms. Local also has gluten-free options for those with wheat sensitivities or celiac disease, and Strahl creates recipes that can be customized for those with food allergies or dietary restrictions. Some of the featured dishes this season include smooth pureed butternut squash and the house winter salad with pomegranate and red pears.

As parents, Strahl and Zinaich also wanted Local to be a place for the younger crowd to enjoy. Some nights they feature live music or screen documentary films on their walls. If this does not wet your palate, you can strike up a conversation with Strahl, who is passionate about environmental awareness and great food. His philosophy is that all of the café’s meals and ingredients must be fresh and mindfully chosen. This integrity, along with sundaes that ooze homemade organic chocolate sauce and caramel, is what sets a restaurant like Local apart.

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