Where to Eat Next: Frank Pepe’s in Yonkers, Cafe Barcel in Nyack and House of Soul in Mount Vernon


I’ve just reported on three new restaurant openings. Here’s a quick look, and links to the posts.

Frank Pepe’s Pizzeria Neopolitana opened November 2 in Yonkers. It’s the fourth outpost of the original, which opened in 1925 in New Haven. The coal-fired, brick oven pizza is popular the world over, and the clam pie and the original tomato pie are the signature dishes. Click here for the post: First Look: Frank Pepe’s.


A hip new cafe is coming to Nyack. Cafe Barcel, which has taken over the space where Change was, opens tomorrow, serving New American food with Spanish and Latin influences. The renovations were quite serious: owner Nidia Alexander brought some light into the restaurant with a wall of windows that open to the street, dismantled the old tiled bar and moved the new bar (made from Jacobean-stained dark wood), and removed the stone fireplace. The restaurant has dark wood floors and walnut tables. Chef Kevin Reilly, formerly of the Water Club in Manhattan, is preparing such entrees as Roasted Chicken with Preserved Lemon, Yukon Gold Potato Cake and Maple Glazed Carrots — and nothing costs more than $20. Click here for the post: Cafe Barcel to Open in Nyack Saturday.

Soul food is back. The family behind Yvonne’s Southern Cooking will be serving the same fried chicken, ribs, oxtails and other Southern dishes at its new restaurant, The House of Soul in Mount Vernon. They hope to open next Saturday. Click here for the post: House of Soul to Open Nov. 21 in Mount Vernon.


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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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