The History behind The Willett House

The History behind The Willett House


Four local entrepreneurs were enjoying great success in the computer parts industry in the late 1980′s. They attribute some of their success to deals closed over meals at great steak houses in New York City. Many of their customers were from overseas, and a prime American steak or oversize Maine lobsters were much appreciated.

From the local roots, love of the New York steak house genre and ample financial resources sprung a novel idea. Instead of bringing their customers into New York City, they would bring New York City to Port Chester NY. And so, in 1989, an area largely occupied by a plumbing supply house began a makeover into the first all prime Westchester Steak House. Nowadays, there are many, but there is only one “Willett House”.

This Westchester Steak House, located in Port Chester NY, was sold to its current owner, George Slider in May 2000. George has since worked tirelessly to maintain and improve the grand tradition that is The Willett House. While keeping a vigilant eye on day to day quality issues, George has greatly expanded our award winning selection of wines and made numerous improvements in the physical plant all with a mind’s eye toward making your next visit to The Willett House even more enjoyable than your last. So Come and Enjoy!

The Building


In the main dining room of The Willett House is a 6-foot by 15-foot mural depicting life in turn-of-the-century Port Chester NY through glimpses of lumber-toting dock workers horse-drawn carriages and a ferry from Manhattan approaching the port. The restaurant itself is an artifact, originally constructed as the Westchester Grain Company. Its restoration includes a mahogany bar standing upon authentic factory flooring, a pressed-tin ceiling original brick walls and exposed pipes. The bar features a gallery of photographic scenes of the city’s vital past as a port and manufacturing center.