My first thought walking into 105-Ten in Briarcliff Manor for a solo lunch was that this is a woman-friendly bar.
As someone who relishes in a proper dive, there’s also a place for a bar feels welcoming to everyone, and 105-ten has a little something for all types. Grab a stool and watch a game with a Budweiser, or enjoy a gluten-free lunch with your friend. And for families, there’s a decent children’s menu, too.
The Hudson Valley Restaurant Week menu is a good sampling of what the new restaurant and bar does well: upscale American bar classics. No ingredients you don’t recognize or fruity-tooty cocktails.
You’ll find an easy going restaurant happily seeking out the locals, with reasonably priced drinks that includes local craft beers, an extensive wine list and cool specialty martinis. Sliders, wings and tacos are prepared by hand and flourished with in-house sauces. Thick avocado wedges with a crumbly breadcrumb coating are fried and served with chunky mango salsa and an addicting chipotle aioli, which appears in various dishes throughout the menu like a gourmet burger topped also with American cheese, smoked bacon and a fried egg.
With just enough kick to accelerate and not detract, the chipotle aioli is what made the fish tacos memorable. Basa fish, fried tempura-style, is appropriately mild over a tangy vegetable slaw in a warm tortilla. And a bananas fosters dessert was good, if maybe a little too sweet from a heavy hand on the caramel sauce, but the portion was thankfully light.
Can’t find anyone to eat lunch with you during Restaurant Week? Consider 105-Ten for solo dining made easy, by my good friends chipotle and caramel.
Go: 105-Ten Bar and Grill, 127 Woodside Ave., Briarcliff Manor. 914-236-3651, www.105ten.com.