By late October, Comfort, the adorable organic cafe in Hastings-on-Hudson, will have added a big sister, Comfort Lounge. The fashionable restaurant will have hickory floors, a mahogany bar top, hand-routed bead board and millwork, a long banquette with a wooden canopy and stainless detailing. â€œHidden elements that blend modern and rustic,â€ says chef-owner John Halko. His seasonal, local, organic menu will be a â€œvariation on Comfort,â€ which is across the street. â€More international, more vegetarian, organic wines and local micro-brews,â€ he says. There will be live music on Saturday nights and a late night bar menu with half-portion entrees and small plates. 583 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson. No phone yet. â€” Judith Hausman
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.