Paul Bousche reported on our restaurants in the Sound Shore.
The dining room is photographed at Rosie’s on the River in Port Chester.( Xavier Mascareñas / The Journal News )
Here’s what he found.
Land & Sea
Its fishing theme includes the usual nets and lighthouses on the walls, but the menu is completely unexpected. The zuppa de pesce is full of mussels, clams, shrimp, calamari, lobster and king-crab legs, and served over linguine in a light marinara sauce.
New for fall: Chef-owner Peter DiCostanzo is offering a daily board special of grilled branzino, Mediterranean sea bass served with grilled mixed vegetables in a light balsamic glaze. The chewy, crusty wood-fired pizzas are also a must. Try the margherita pie, with fresh tomato sauce, mozzarella, fresh basil; the funghi, with a bouquet of mushrooms, mozzarella and tomato sauce; and the salsiccia pie — tomato sauce and fresh mozzarella topped with sweet Italian sausage and onions.
Insider tip: Before sitting down to enjoy your meal, be sure to gaze into the 750-gallon shark tank. It’s an especially big hit with the kids.
Details:?307 Halstead Ave., Harrison. 914-835-1372. www.landandsearestaurant.net
Cappuccino-colored wood tables and ceramic floor tiles coupled with a burlap-and-mustard color scheme make for a modern, comfortable setting to enjoy the signature roasted peppers appetizer, half each of a red and green pepper. One is stuffed with a picadillo made of ground beef, zucchini, carrots, onions and green olives; the other is stuffed with a romesco sauce and goat cheese and served with a charred tomato salsa. Owner Ruben Ochoa Jr. also recommends the red snapper tacos, Black Angus sirloin and the lobster mac and cheese. There are about 50 seats, including the bar.
New for fall:?Spice things up with some hot Tex-Mex dishes. Featured is the chipotle corn-crusted salmon, roasted salmon, cilantro mashed potatoes and sauteed Swiss chard in a spicy chimichurri sauce. Enjoy with one of the restaurant’s assortment of specialty drinks, such as the Mamaroneck Martini, made with Absolut vodka, Bacardi rum, amaretto and pineapple and cranberry juices.
Insider tip: The name and the menu may suggest otherwise, but regulars know this is not just a Tex-Mex joint. Try the beer-braised beef short ribs with smashed red skin potatoes, sauteed Swiss chard and crispy onion, or the day-boat scallops in a tart cherry balsamic glaze with risotto and butternut squash.
Details:?320 Mamaroneck Ave., Mamaroneck. 914-341-1140. www.roastedpeppersny.com
The former chef for New York City Mayors David Dinkins and Rudy Giuliani has turned her passion for cooking into a passion for a homey restaurant that aims to please. The cuisine is Italian, from both the southern and northern regions (Anna Maria Santorelli, the chef, is from Naples), and has a contemporary flair. Winners include gnocchi alla Napolitano and sauteed duck breasts with Frangelico sauce. In the spring, there are outdoor tables that, at night, twinkle with gorgeous candles.
New for fall: Braised lamb osso bucco served with parpardelle; pumpkin gnocchi in a walnut gorgonzola cream sauce; and rabbit cacciatore served with creamy polenta. The spaghetti squash pomodoro would be a perfect complementary appetizer to all three dishes.
Insider tip: Anna Maria has created a “homey” atmosphere, with atypical dishes made to order. Only all-natural meats and fresh ingredients are used, and hand picked by the chef herself.
Details:?18 Chatsworth Ave., Larchmont. 914-833-0555. www.annamariascatering.net
The catch is always fresh at this nautical-themed crowd-pleaser. Chef-owner Anthony Labriole is always changing the fabulously creative seafood entrees, and occasionally you can find jazz nights and wine tastings to accompany your dining experience.
New for fall: Try the New Republic clams and mussels with andouille sausage. If you’re not in a seafood mood, try the duck breast with fava beans, chanterelle mushrooms and flowering marjoram honey. Enjoy either dish with one of Regatta’s 25 premium wines by the glass.
Insider tip: Don’t be afraid to ask for a specific dish to be customized, as Caffe Regatta prides itself on making what you like just the way you like it. Regulars are rewarded with lagniappes — the occasional complimentary desserts — or a glass of wine.
Details: 133 Wolfs Lane, Pelham. 914-738-8686. www.cafferegatta.com
Rosie’s on the River
A mural of the outdoors in Italy decorates the dining room, and flowers in window boxes transport you there, too. There are 140 seats in the brightly painted dining room and 13 stools at the bar. There’s also a little deck out back with five tables that look (over the parking lot) onto the marina.
New for fall: Anthony Rubeo, the new chef, has an all-new menu on tap for the season. The Branzino Siciliano is roasted in fennel broth with capers and olives, fresh herbs and tomatoes over creamy parmesan polenta. He’s also introduced a seasonal ravioli menu. (Some of those are pictured below.)
Insider tip: Try Rosie’s if you once enjoyed a meal at Stoneleigh Creek (now Blackboard Bistro) in Croton Falls or the Armonk Lobster House — Rubeo used to be the chef at both places.
Details:?23 N. Main St., Port Chester. 914-937-3200. www.rosiesontheriver.com
On the Way Cafe
It may say diner from the outside, but the wooden chairs and pendant lamps hanging over the counter give this place a sophisticated edge. But it’s still a great family spot to enjoy breakfast or lunch in a quaint atmosphere.
New for fall: Chef Joseph Mortelliti’s menu will warm you up with a hot pastrami sandwich on rye bread, or his sourdough bread grilled cheese filled with Gruyère and served with a piping-hot cup of homemade tomato soup.
Insider tip:?Check out the new bamboo wood floors. The old 1960s-style tile floor has been replaced, and the new look helps add to the warm, European cafe atmosphere.
Details:?34 Ridgeland Terrace, Rye. 914-925-0049.
Post Road Ale House
High ceilings, cherry-wood floors and a 25-seat bar, plus food by chef-owner Brian MacMenamin, formerly of MacMenamin’s Grill in New Rochelle and Larchmont Avenue Oyster House. The menu has steaks, pasta and fish, and a nice selection of craft beers. There are large-screen TVs and private seating areas within the 70-seat dining room.
New for fall: Pesto-crusted sea bass with roasted root vegetables and a pinot grigio lemon sauce; a Toulousian-style cassoulet with white beans, lamb, andouille sausage and crispy duck topped with seared foie gras.?For dessert, try the pumpkin cheesecake with pecan croquant.
Insider tip: Post Road Ale House offers great coupons to print and use through moneymailer.com, such as a two-for-one dinner entree special.
Details:?11 Huguenot St., New Rochelle. 914-633-4610.