By Karen Croke
With Thanksgiving and Hanukkah just a few weeks away, and Christmas not far behind, chances are you are going to be entertaining guests, or be a guest yourself. We asked some of our “My Neighborhood” residents for their suggestions on where to take an out-of-town guest.
Maria Carluccio: Grenadine in Dobbs Ferry. They have delicious crepes and they are really friendly and nice in there. (3 Cedar St., 914-341-2242, www.grenadinecreperie.com). For lunch in Hastings, French Press. Yummy lunch fare and I like that it’s a bit off the beaten path. (579 Warburton Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson, 914-693-7737).
Zilpha Starnes and Dania Abu-Shaheen: We like to eat where guests can do some people watching. So we hit Ron Blacks on “the strip” in White Plains. Who doesn’t like beer and wings? (181 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, 914-358-5811, www.ronblacks.com)
Aznehan Batirbek: The Turkish Cultural Center. We are trying to promote Turkish culture and language. We organize festivals that people can learn more about Turkey. We bring so many dance groups from Turkey; we bring whirling dervishes and most Americans are fascinated by that. (133 E. Main St., Elmsford, 914-418-5353, www.turkishculturalcenter.org).
Perri Schwartz: I love to hear music at the Performing Arts Center at SUNY Purchase. I am really avid about listening to classical music. (735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, 914-261-6200, www.artscenter.org)
Elise Graham: I love to take friends to Faraway Farm Alpaca Farm in Yorktown. It’s an enchanting experience to watch these fascinating animals and so much fun to browse around the shop with the owner and my neighbor Leda Blumberg. (Open by appointment and for special events, go to farawayfarmalpacas.com for more information).
Rich Marshall: I take out-of-town guests to Cold Spring. There are beautiful views of the Hudson River and valley, plenty of hiking and kayaking options and Main Street offers stores and restaurants and beautiful architecture.
Paul Guzzone: We have the Pomona Cultural Center, which is underwritten by the Village of Pomona and curated by the wonderful Tjokorda Gde Arsa Artha. He does four or five exhibitions per year featuring regional visual artists in all media. He also showcases a wide variety of music. We met Adam Falcon there and have become fans. (76 Route 306, 845-362-8062, www.pomonavillage.com).
Robert Klein: We have this place down in the shopping center, Capri. The Italian cooking is excellent. It’s not just a mass of red sauces. It is a wonderful little neighborhood place; they make a stracciatelle soup here, which is better than Fiorello’s in the city. (228 S. Highland Ave., Ossining; 914-944-8000).