Dolphin Restaurant Will Open June 1 on the Waterfront in Yonkers

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Dolphin, a new seafood restaurant, is going in the spot where Pier View used to be on the waterfront in Yonkers. Owner Jimmy Rugova hopes to open June 1.

Rugova said the menu will include whole fish, a raw bar and some Italian dishes, such as pasta, steaks and chops. A big component of the restaurant will be its wine bar. He’ll be offering 24 bottles by the glass, poured from a dispenser that keeps the wine at the proper temperature.

The chef is David Hubert, who was most recently at Blackthorn Restaurant in Kenilworth, N.J.  Hubert has also been executive chef at Cafe Lago in Las Vegas, Toto in NYC and Cafe Abracci in Metuchen, N.J.

The restaurant, which has about 100 seats, has undergone renovations, including a redesign of the bar, which still stretches across most of the restaurant, but now has a much bigger back bar area. Rugova also tore down a wall to open a private dining room into the space, although it’s still separated somewhat with a staircase.

The restaurant’s many French doors will open to a 5,000 square-foot outdoor seating area, with views of the Hudson and the Palisades beyond.

The 411 is coming. Til then: 1 Van der Donck Street, Yonkers. 914-751-8170.

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