HVRW Fall 2014: Stone Manor 101 in Hawthorne

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This being HVRW we decided to pay another visit to this young restaurant (open just 16 months). It is still going strong doing upwards of 100 dinners on a week night and hosting many functions including weddings, Anniversary parties and Sweet 16’s as well as smaller functions. Nine of us chose to dine for lunch in front of the large viewing window, giving us a glimpse into the busy kitchen from the dining room. Here is a peek into the kitchen through the dining room window to see them in action. We were excited to see our entrees being prepared right before our eyes. P1030638Hi! Donna Monaco Olsen here, coordinator for the Taste of Westchester Continuing Education program for WCC to share with you from a wonderful meal during HVRW 2014. Being a food writer in Westchester, I have many favorite restaurants and chefs but I always recommend this particular place to those looking to host an event. The owner, Michael Casarella, is one of the most easy going and accommodating caterers in the business, paying attention to every detail. Along with partner, Chef Tommy Stratis, they own two other locations, Goldfish in Ossining, and Casa Rina in Thornwood. Casa Rina in Dobbs Ferry was formerly owned by Michael’s dad and that is were much of his love for the business began. Michael and his staff will guide you through a very easy event from beginning to end and always with a huge smile.

This location was formerly Tino’s Italian restaurant for many decades. Now having been fully renovated, Stone Manor 101 is filled with beautiful woodwork and soothing decor and includes an outdoor fire-pit visible from the dining room.IMG_5213Always accommodating, we asked manager Stephan Sardis to switch the music to Italian songs. Frank Sinatra came on to make my Auntie Mae start singing. Now its a party!

This is a steak house and many items on the menu are what you would expect to find as typical steak house fare. That being said, the meatballs are AMAZING.  Inquiring minds want to know what secrets are held in those giant spheres? P1030626Meatballs ~ Parmesan, Oregano, Traditional Tomato Gravy these meatballs were clearly the star of the show – lightly coated in tomato sauce with a sprinkle of cheese.

Mike told us that they trim their own beef and therefore have a tremendous amount of “scraps” if you can term them that way. They decided to grind all the trimmings to make the most delicious meatballs you have ever tasted. Two-thirds of my triplet nephews were so excited as they devoured the “appetizer portion” of two 4-ounce-each meatballs in the blink of an eye (minus a few bites from the crowd who ordered salad)! The magic includes Filet, NY Strip and Skirt steak remnants mixed with Brioche, garlic, oregano, raw white onion, Parmesan, salt and pepper and then formed and baked. Gargantuan in size, they are light tasting due to the Brioche bread incorporated within.  I am not sure if I would try to make them at home given Filet Mignon is an ingredient but a must try if you go. My nephews are hankering to grind a steak or two to make their own!P1030625Spinach Salad ~ Maple Glazed Walnuts, Crumbled Blue Cheese, Sliced Apples, Cherry Tomatoes, Balsamic Vinaigrette was fresh and clean tasting with beautiful walnuts to compliment the sweet apples. A wonderful lead-in to the steak offering. P1030627Stuffed Bell Pepper ~ Creamed Spinach and Artichokes was artfully presented as a different option not seen on any other menu. It was a beautiful presentation including its cap.

None of our big crowd ordered the Clam Chowder ~ New England Style but my hubby has enjoyed it on other occasions. The Pork Loin ~ Sliced Tenderloin, Apple Salsa and Bacon Cranberry Sauce was another choice not ordered.P1030645Salmon ~ Shaved Vegetable Salad, Citrus Beurre Blanc was cooked perfectly with a lovely seared crisp exterior over a bed of spinach. A large lunch portion enjoyed tremendously.P1030644My niece (other third of the triplets) enjoyed the pasta offering. Gnocchi ~ Broccoli Rabe, Pesto Cream Sauce and Crumbled Italian Sausage as it was creamy which mellowed out the basil pesto. The sausage was ground and dispersed throughout.P1030634Most of us ordered the steak (when in Rome as they say). We watched through the kitchen window as our many steaks were being seared to perfection on the grill.P103064212 oz. NY Strip Steak ~ Roasted French String Beans, Mushroom Marsala Sauce presented on stunning white deco plates. All steaks arrived at the temperature requested, perfectly cooked. Each was beautifully seared for a crispy outer crust and a generous portion size for lunch and the special HVRW menu. P1030639The meat was enhanced by a Marsala mushroom sauce but softened by incorporating a touch of cream. Absolutely delicious as an accompaniment to the crisp exterior of the steak. This diner opted for it on the side as was expecting the normal giant mushroom brown sauce usually described the same way but ate every bit and also dipped the truffle fries in it, which by the way are hand cut potatoes fried crisp with Parmesan and truffle oil drizzle. Heavenly! Another must try.P1030643 P1030651Desserts were nice with three options. Apple Pie ~ Vanilla Ice cream Ala Mode, Caramel Sauce  served warm. The apples were cut into little batons layered with brown sugar and spices. P1030650Pumpkin Pie ~ Cinnamon, Whipped Cream and Vanilla Sauce just right for the season.P1030648Strawberry Short Cake ~ Fresh Strawberries, Raspberry Sauce Whipped Cream fresh tasting and sweet.

We enjoyed our time and were made to feel most welcome. A generous lunch and even more options offered for HVRW dinner. This restaurant also offers a nightly Prix Fixe special for $31.01. They host many special occasions custom tailored to your specifications. Lovely decor completes this fabulous steak house. Check it out any day of the week but also keep it in mind for events with a fabulous flare!

Go to:  The Stone Manor 101, 101 Old Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY 10532  914.703.4112 (located across from the Hawthorne Multiplex Theater on 9A)

Open: Lunch ~ Monday thru Friday 11:30am – 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday (Open for private parties only), Dinner ~ Monday thru Wednesday 4:00pm – 10:00pm, Thursday, Friday 4:00pm – 11:00pm, Saturday 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Sunday 5:00pm – 9:30pm, Late night ~ Thursday thru Friday 11:00pm – 1:00am, Bar menu, lounge /Bar ONLY (Sunday thru Wednesday Not Available), Happy Hour ~ Monday thru Friday 4:00pm – 6:30pm, Happy Hour menu lounge /Bar ONLY (Saturday, Sunday Not Available)

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As a contributing blogger and the author of "Chef’s Tip", Donna Monaco Olsen recaps great cooking demonstrations from local restaurants. As the the coordinator for Westchester Community College’s Continuing Education program, named “A Taste of Westchester,” she writes the program, which offers more than 35 cooking classes each semester, and recruits chefs to do cooking demonstrations in their restaurants. She holds a full time position in the education field, and in her off time develops and contributes recipes for cookbooks. She is an avid baker and a former cake decorator who created many custom designed specialty cakes. Along with her husband, she reviews restaurants on Small Bites during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.

2 Comments

  1. This is a great write-up, well done! The photos are excellent and you mentioned items on the menu that your party didn’t order, so people can get a full idea of what was available. Other HVRW reviewers should read this post and learn from it.

    I had complained about another post this week and didn’t want people to think that I only complain.

  2. This is a great write-up, well done! The photos are excellent and you mentioned items on the menu that your party didn’t order, so people can get a full idea of what was available. Other HVRW reviewers should read this post and learn from it.

    I had complained about another post this week and didn’t want people to think that I only complain.

  3. Thanks Bill! Glad you are enjoying dining out for HVRW! You can also follow Small Bites on FaceBook for even more food tidbits. Be sure to share!!!????

  4. Thanks Bill! Glad you are enjoying dining out for HVRW! You can also follow Small Bites on FaceBook for even more food tidbits. Be sure to share!!!????

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