Bonefish Grill in Yonkers at Ridge Hill opened last month, and has hit the ground running. Especially for a chain restaurant, we were surprised at the focused service, high-quality food and inviting atmosphere.
Bonefish Grill has a knowledgeable, well-trained staff, and the company prides itself upon providing a seasonal menu with the highest-quality, freshest ingredients. The menu is focused on seafood, of course, including a number of grilled items where you can select your sauce. There are also steaks and chops as well as pastas and what they call “hand-helds”: Tacos, burgers, sandwiches and the like. The kitchen uses a wood grill to impart smoky and delicious flavors.
The ambiance is warming with rich colors, and kraft paper on tables. The dining room has an open kitchen and includes a large energetic bar. Hardwoods and hand-blown glass create such an inviting environment.
The music vibe is upbeat but doesn’t interrupt conversation. Some patrons were seen swaying to the tunes in their seats! Some sample tracts were “Diamonds on the Inside” by Ben Harper, and “Soul Meets Body” by Death Cab for Cutie.
We started with the Wagu Dumplings which were pan-fried. The sauce is worth digging for to get the full impact of chilies, vinegar, and soy sauce. On a side note, chopsticks are available upon request.
The “Bang Bang Shrimp” is a house specialty. The shrimp are encrusted in a light Panko coating and served with a creamy and spicy sauce:
The ciabatta (Italian for “slipper”) bread was hot and crusty and a perfect canvas for dipping in olive oil and the fresh pesto. The pesto they serve is made with pepitas (pumpkin seeds) rather than the traditional pignoli — A nice twist.
The bar area, which is quite substantial, provides flat screens for viewing various genres from sports to food television. The menu has a progressive wine list, in addition to craft beers, and cocktails which are a mixologist’s dream.
Overall, we like “polished casual” to describe Bonefish Grill. Check it out, you will not be disappointed. As spring approaches, they will be opening sidewalk tables, too.