Did you know that the wait is finally over? Although we were lucky enough to visit on the first weekend of the restaurant’s long anticipated opening, that is often a set up for service blips. To the contrary, this fine dining experience was worthy of the Relais Chateaux property in… Read More →
Although L’inizio has not yet celebrated its one year anniversary (January 24), husband and wife duo Scott and Heather Fratangelo are still smiling! Opening their first venture in Westchester (aptly named L’inizio meaning beginning) after a very successful ten year run with their restaurant in Manhattan-Spigolo, this intimate restaurant is… Read More →
In 2009, food editor Liz Johnson wrote this post on Lubins N Links in Tarrytown. In honor of the lohud Hot Dog Tour, we’re bringing it out again. I tried out the new hot dog joint in Tarrytown for lunch today. I will answer your most pressing question first: a… Read More →
The Twisted Oak is located in the former Isabella’s on the lower half of Main Street. Chef Michael Cutney and co-owner Jason Parenti both grew up in Newburgh, and are now bringing exciting things to Tarrytown. The pair really took on a big challenge opting to participate in HVRW after… Read More →
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week Spring 2014 (HVRW) is almost here. I for one am very excited. Recently I stopped at Beehive in Armonk, NY to preview their menu offerings for HVRW, and had a chance to meet Valerie Ladis and Dean Modroukas, sibling co-owners of Beehive. I blogged them last… Read More →
Westchester has a new steakhouse. It is called The Stone Manor 101. The focus is Mediterranean influenced dishes. Owners Michael Casarella and Tommy Stratis have put much love into this new venture (they also own Casa Rina and Goldfish Oyster Bar). This building, which has been around for a very long time, has… Read More →
What could be more fun than buying one ticket, visiting four restaurants (each serving up a small plate of food) and meeting new people? Fashioned after the popular “pub crawls” Dishcrawl Fairfield County has put it all together for you. Recently, Patrice Costa, my husband , Evan Smith and I… Read More →
Mine eyes have seen the glory. The good folks at Peekskill Brewery have moved on up and let’s just cut to the chase – it rocks. My first Small Bites gig was covering this Northern Westchester joint for HVRW back in the fall and perhaps you’ll remember my enthusiasm for… Read More →
Burrata, a restaurant in Eastchester, is named after the creamy, silky cheese: a combination of mozzarella and cream. And though there are several dishes that feature burrara, the star of the menu is the pizza. It’s cooked in a beehive-shaped wood-burning oven, gleaming and glittering in gold tile, with the… Read More →
Italian Kitchen, the new restaurant in Ardsley owned by chef Shea Gallante, is giving Dobbs Ferry darling The Cookery some stiff competition when it comes to modern Italian food. Photos by Xavier Mascarenas/TJN But not to worry, there’s room for everyone. Look carefully and you’ll find a world of difference… Read More →
Chef Michael Psilakis has a video tour of his new restaurant, MP Taverna in Irvington: I suppose this is as good a time as any, then, to post photos of my recent lunch there. I had the lamb burger. Yes, it’s all that—and more. I love the tang and the… Read More →
The first time I went to Alain’s Bistro in Central Nyack, I knew I liked the food, at least what I could taste of it. I was pregnant at the time, and delectable and delicious dishes like salads with runny eggs, pate and foie gras were a no-no. (“No offal!”... Read More →
Hello, I’m guest blogger Araceli Piña and I’m back from my second dinner during HVRW! “Delicious”, “great” and “highly recommend” were just a few of the comments I heard back from friends when I mentioned I was going for dinner at Rosie’s Bistro Italiano in Bronxville. Such encouragement from my… Read More →
The food at Bistro Latino, chef Rafael Palomino’s new restaurant in Tuckahoe, is like Latino-lite: fun, delicious, addictive, a little spicy and not too out-there. I had lunch there the other day, and sampled a few of the small plates — none of the entrees, though — and came away… Read More →
Bill Cary reported and wrote this week’s Sunday dining column, Restaurant We Love. He says Trevi is especially great for big groups – so get one together and head over there! Here’s a look: If you’re among the legions of office workers who work in and around downtown White Plains,... Read More →
Hi all, it’s Patrice Costa, and Liz asked me to share this review which I originally posted on Food|Photography|Reviews, the terrific new food blog by my photographer friend, lunch partner and culinary cohort, Margaret Rizzuto. Enjoy! It was a damp and cloudy day outside, but one step into Café of Love and… Read More →
I recently edited the last piece of the summer by our intern, Jennifer Kessman. Jenny and her two editors — Karen Croke and I — had an absolutely terrific meal at China White in Purchase. Highly recommended. But I’ll let Jenny tell you: When you’re planning a nice dinner out… Read More →
Just in time for the Super Bowl, I’m finally getting a chance to post my photos from a trip to Hurricane a few weeks back. The chain, which started in Fort Pierce, Fla. in 1995, now has more than 40 locations — and this is the first in New York…. Read More →
Just before the holidays, I had brunch at a great little place in New Rochelle called Cienega. We only tried a few things, but every one of them led me to believe that the Neuvo Latino food there is nothing short of astounding. One particularly great dish was this dessert,... Read More →
The first time I went to Bellota, the new tapas restaurant at 42 at the top of the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains, I ordered a tasting of chef-owner Anthony Goncavles’ new menu, sampling dish after dish of his Portuguese-inspired small plates. I sat at a table for four on the… Read More →
After exploring the chili dogs of Newburgh, my traveling companion Michael Stern and I headed across the river to Beacon, a river town that, unlike Newburgh, has seen a huge revival (thanks in part to Dia: Beacon). Our destination was Poppy’s, a little burger spot on Main Street that serves… Read More →
Hi, Katherine Curry here, resuming my quest, begun this summer, for the best chili dogs in the lower Hudson Valley. Lots more pictures after the jump.
After some errands Saturday morning in Westchester, I decided to hit Aberdeen, the Chinese restaurant in White Plains. It does dim sum every day, but it’s especially popular on weekends.
The former Skylark International Cafe is now JohnnyCakes. It’s still a diner, but the owners gave it a good scrub, a fresh coat of paint and an updated menu. I was there for brunch the other day.
I’ve been meaning to try so many of our new restaurants this month, but fall is such a busy time, I just haven’t had the chance. So when a few colleagues and I forgot our lunches the other day, I saw an opportunity. We called over to the new chain,... Read More →
Hi everyone, Diana Costello here. I wish had discovered North Star Restaurant years ago! There’s a real mellow, hippie vibe running throughout the place, with just as much class as you would expect considering its Pound Ridge location. Truly, the decor is enchanting. And as I happily found out last… Read More →
In the 2003 New York Times Book Review’s write-up of Putnam Valley chef Marnie Henricksson’s cookbook, Everyday Asian, the reviewer says Henricksson “comes off like the Laurie Colwin of Asian food. Henricksson cares a lot about authenticity, but she cares more about the experiences of cooks who live outside America’s… Read More →
I met Small Bites correspondent Katherine Curry for lunch at Morgans in Rye a few weeks back. I hadn’t been there since its renovations, and wanted to check it out. It still has a similar layout, but feels much more casual.
I don’t say this about too many restaurants, but I walked out the door of my meal at North last week plotting my immediate return. This is not a real review — the restaurant had only been open 6 days when I went, and I’ve gotten to know chef-owner Eric… Read More →
Yes. There really is a mechanical bull at the new(ish) Smokin’ Bull in Valley Cottage. I’m told it’s so popular that the owners are considering getting another one to rent out for off-premise parties. And I would say that’s reason enough to go to the bar-restaurant. And the drinks, sure…. Read More →