New on the Dining Scene: Palomino’s, Larchmont

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Chef and cookbook author Rafael Palomino has turned Pascal’s, an old French favorite, into his newest restaurant: Palomino’s. It’s a modern, airy space with a concentration on Southwestern fare.

He knocked down a wall to provide a contemporary, open feeling: it’s brighter and lighter, with a larger, more attractive bar and a ceiling that somehow feels higher. For decor, he chose dramatic lighting, brown chairs and peach-colored cushions.

Just steps from the Larchmont train station, Palomino has been steadily attracting foot (and car) traffic since opening in July. One of its big draws: the expansive front windows that give passersby a birds-eye view of the crisp white tablecloths that grace every table, the oversized lampshades that hang from the ceiling, and the striking paintings of palomino horses.

Just as enticing: the menu with its five types of sangria (red, white, pomegranate, cava and blood orange), and creative entrees that aren’t easily found at other Westchester establishments.

On the menu are such dishes as Austin sweet corn shrimp tamale, with lemongrass-corn chardonnay sauce and asparagus spears; Sedona shrimp and watermelon mint ceviche, served with plantain chips; and paella Palomino, jam-packed with shrimp, clams, mussels, chorizo, scallops and saffron rice in a sofrito sauce and served in the very pan the entrée is cooked in. Many dishes are gluten-free.

Another item that seems to grace every table: a glass (or pitcher) of the restaurant’s sangria along with the ever-sharable guacamole (offered in two sizes), a generous portion of fresh avocado, red onion, tomato, cilantro and lime juice. It’s one of those dishes whose very presentation makes you go “wow.”

The fusion of Southwestern and Latino cuisine is something chef Palomino, who also owns Sonora in Port Chester, Pacifico in New Haven and Bistro Latino in Greenwich (there was also an outpost in Tuckahoe), has become known for. “Larchmont is a great restaurant town, and we wanted to be here,” he says.

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Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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