Billy Rattner, Wine Director of X20, in the WSJ


Billy Rattner, the wine director of the Xaviars Restaurant Group — X20 in Yonkers; Xaviars at Piermont; Freelance Cafe in Piermont and Restaurant X in Congers — is the source on a column about the difference between wine drinkers in the city and the suburbs in Lettie Teague’s wine column in the Wall Street Journal today.

Carucha L. Meuse / The Journal News

“I see more of a difference in how they eat,” replied Mr. Rattner. “A New Yorker might order three courses—that’s not a suburban tradition.” Otherwise, he said he hasn’t noticed much of a difference between the two. “There’s a tremendous wine sense in Westchester,” he added, as if to countermand any clichés about suburban ignorance. Or cheapness. In fact, he said he’d seen an increase in wine spending. The average sale at X20 is about $70 a bottle, though it’s a bit lower in Rockland.

Here’s the column: The City Suburban Wine Divide.

And speaking of Xaviars…. tomorrow, at Piermont’s Bastille Day celebration, the Freelance Cafe and Xaviars at Piermont will become even more sister restaurants than they already are. The same menu — a tres French one, bien sur — will be served at both restaurants, as well as sidewalk tables in front of each. On the street, the restaurants will be doing a full oyster bar plus shrimp, clams & hard shell crab (Fruits de Mer), plus a sliced Rosette de Lyon served with Baguette & cornichons as well as Brie de Moine.

The 411 on Freelance.
The 411 on Xaviars

The menu, after the jump.

Bastille Day 2012 Menu

First Courses

Soupe ala Ognon Gratinée – $8.50

Escargots ala Bourguignonne – $12.00

Coquille St Jacques – $12.00

Frise Salade aux lardons Avec Ouf Poche – $9.50

Pâte Grand Mere avec cornichons et Moutarde – $9.50

Vol au Vent Sauce Nantua et Champignon Sauvage – $10.50

Moules Marinières Pommes Frites – $10.50


Main Course

Coq Au Vin et Pâtes Fraîche – $22.00

Filet de Raie Sauce Grenobloise – $23.00

Ris de Veau Saute avec Morilles & Epinard en Branche -$24.50

CONTRE-FILET de Bouf aux Poivre – $27.00

Canard ala Oranges Riz Sauvage et Pommes Sucre -$25.00

Salmon aux Sorel Trois Gros -$24.00

Carre du Porc Rôti ala Normande – $24.00

Crevettes ala Duglere avec Riz Pilaf et Tomate – $26.00

Tartelette aux fromage avec Asperges et Olive Noir – $19.00



Marquis aux Chocolat avec Crème Anglaise

Crème Caramel

Crème Brûle « Classique »

Souffle Grand Marnier Sauce Vanille

Trois sorbet avec Amandes Tuiles

Trois Fromages avec baguette et compote des fruits

Epoisse / Saint André / Petit Basque


All Desserts $8.50 Each




About Author

Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and, 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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