Eric Gabrynowicz, the former chef at Tavern at the Highlands Country Club, and Stephen Mancini, the former wine director at Maialino, the new Danny Meyer restaurant at Gramercy Park, are opening Restaurant North, a “refined farm-to-table, contemporary American restaurant” in the former La Scala restaurant on Main Street in Armonk.
The partners, both alums of Danny Meyer restaurants (Gabrynowicz was sous chef at Union Square Cafe, and Mancini was wine and spirits director there, too), are planning a complete renovation of the restaurant. It will have 45 seats and a 8-seat bar downstairs and an upstairs dining room that seats 30. It’s a simple design, with clean lines and wood floors. There will be big French doors that open onto sidewalk seating in the warm weather.
Gabrynowicz told me to imagine the dining room layout of the North Fork Table, Claudia Fleming and Gerry Hayden’s restaurant in Southold, N.Y; that he and Mancini going for a similar feel.
Here’s a photo from my meal at the North Fork Table last fall:
“It’s just going to be awesome,” he says of the look. “I’m looking at the archictectural designs and I’m like, ‘Wow! This is my place? Cool!”
The menu will be small — about 7 appetizers and 7 entrees — and use as many local ingredients as possible. There will be a raw bar (with East Coast oysters), a lunch menu, a dinner menu and a bar menu. Right now, the plan is to serve continually throughout the day, with a menu of salads, sandwiches and small plates available between lunch and dinner.
A few of Gabrynowicz’s signature dishes from his menu at Tavern will come along to Restaurant North, including the braised short ribs and the pork cheeks. The partners are planning to work with Pat La Frieda Meats — the supplier that’s been called the rock star of the meat world — and Gabrynowicz is working on developing a dry aging program for his steaks.
The space is still under construction, but the partners are hoping it will be open within six weeks or so. The address is 386 Main St., Armonk.
Here’s a link to the Restaurant North’s Facebook page.
Here is a link to the New York Times review of Maialino, where Sam Sifton calls Stephen Mancini “the young professor,” and writes: “He circulates among the well-spaced tables, with their white tablecloths placed over blue-checked ones, talking diners through an all-Italian list filled with crazy finds.” (NYT)