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The new restaurant at the top of the Ritz-Carlton — still under construction at Main and Mamaroneck in White Plains — is likely the most exciting opening of the season. Here’s what chef-owner Anthony Goncalves told me about it. This is an excerpt from the story that will appear in The Line on Friday.

When it opens on Nov. 14, diners will have several vibes to choose from, depending on their mood. Gonçalves has divided the restaurant into five elements — each with its own room, its own menu and its own aura. Though they’ll all feel different, they, too, have something in common: all have a wall of 22-foot-tall windows to take in the views, from the Hudson to the Sound to Manhattan and the hills to the north.
A private elevator from the lobby of the Ritz will whisk diners up to the restaurant, where they’ll be greeted by a host. The first element they’ll come across is Water: the bar. Open and airy with tiles and skylights, it will provide a pure, clean first impression.
The next element will be Wood. In this cozy room — more of a lounge, or a library, really — Gonçalves will serve a small plates menu. The main dining rooms are two elements: Earth, which is perched on a mezzanine above Wood, and Fire, which will have a dramatic wall of flames. Gonçalves will serve both a la carte and tasting menus there. The final element is Metal. This room is reserved for private dining.
There is one other no-man’s land of sorts: along the windows between Wood and Fire — under the mezzanine upon which Earth sits — Gonçavles will offer a few tables a dessert tasting menu.
And the food? Just as whimsical. He’s come up with more than 150 menu items, which he’ll rotate depending on the availablity of their ingredients.
He’ll likely have 10 appetizers at a time — five hot and five cold — as well as several preparations of seafood and other meats for entrees, such as roasted chicken or braised beef. One entree example: a fillet of branzino with pickled onion and a citrus gastrique with Napa cabbage, tarragon air and parsnip. The small plates sound even more fun: how does an order of foie gras peanut butter and Bordeaux jelly grab you?

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

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