My hubby Bradley and I have been blogging about restaurants for LoHud on HVRW since its inception a few years ago. Donna blogs as Chef’s Tip, and she is the co-coordinator for Westchester Community College Taste of Westchester program. She has come to know quite a few chefs in Westchester… Read More →
This is Antonella Pomilla guest-blogging for the second time for The Journal News. Since my first time participating in Spring HVRW 2011, I was accepted into the pilot MBA program in Food and Wine at the University of Bologna, have become an avid Yelper with a healthy following, and continue… Read More →
Movie-goers heading to the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville will soon have two new casual spots to get a quick bite before the show. Pony Express, known for its “saddle bags,” packed with two sliders, and a choice of salad or shoe string fries, is moving to the old… Read More →
There’s a song that has the line “June is busting out all over.” We at the WBC don’t really know what that means either, but it was the only June-related quote that we could think of. But you don’t want us to quote song lyrics, right? You want us to… Read More →
The vegan and omnivore diners are at it again! I’m JL Fields, guest blogger, back to share our “mixed” dining experience at Haven in Pleasantville. This was not our first visit to Haven. Last year my husband wanted to treat me to a vegan dinner for my birthday. I didn’t… Read More →
Pop up restaurants — which open and close in the blink of an eye, usually in a borrowed space — have been all the rage in big cities like New York and San Francisco for a while now, and they’re catching on in the ‘burbs, too. Chef Eric C. Korn… Read More →
Sorry for the delay on posts recently. Looks like Liz Johnson won’t be back until the beginning of February, so I’m going to continue on linking you to great restaurant news and other fun foodie stuff. My first thought for this week—it’s Sunday right now, but this certainly pertains to… Read More →
For new restaurants this fall, you won’t have to look much further than your own backyard. Neighborhood restaurants are popping up everywhere — and they aren’t leaving much room for the destination gourmet scenes of years past. Take Baumgart’s, above. The long-delayed new restaurant in Nyack has a family-style history:... Read More →
Members of Westchester’s pizza-making Zegarelli family, including Matteo Zegarelli Jr., below, are bringing their family’s secret sauce to their new pizzeria in Pleasantville. On the menu: pizzas, wraps, specialty vegetable slices, salads — such as a popular grilled chicken salad — and entrees including the much-requested Chicken a la Silvia… Read More →
Our intern Jenny Kessman has a very timely story in today’s paper: Cool drinks! She visited 6 local spots and recommends her favorites. Take it away, Jenny! The Miami Vice Smoothie at Beanberry’s Cafe in New Rochelle. Carucha Meuse/The Journal News The kind of blistering heat predicted for this week… Read More →
Owner and brewmaster Scott Vaccaro announced today that he is moving his brewery to an 18,000-square-foot location on Route 9A in Elmsford by the end of the year. “With our distribution continuing to grow, and the tasting room busting at the seams, it is time to make a move to… Read More →
Here’s a look at three new wine bars — and also the new wine program at Haiku, the Pan-Asian restaurant with branches in White Plains, Eastchester, Bronxville, Cross River and Mamaroneck. We asked for wines considered to be the best value — meaning the best wine for the dollar, not… Read More →
Pinot grigio — or chardonnay? Used to be those were the only choices when it came to wines by the glass around here. Unless, of course, you count their counterparts in red: merlot and cabernet. You know how these wines are served, too: poured from a big bottle into a… Read More →
Nothing makes me happier than enjoying a good meal, except maybe having the opportunity to tell someone about it! Patrice Costa, reporting in on my amazing evening at the Iron Horse Grill. Our meal was all about flavor and texture and how brilliantly chef Philip McGrath made it work in… Read More →
Elissa Fisher here, reviewing Haven in Pleasantville. My dining partner and I arrived for a 6:30 reservation on a Thursday evening. We were greeted warmly by manager Theresa McCarthy and seated immediately. The ambience was clean, simple, and inviting. Banquettes lined one wall, the comfortable bar with seating for six… Read More →
The Westchester Wine Experience will be held from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, March 12 at The Kessell Student Centerat Pace University’s Pleasantville Campus. Tickest are $45; $50 at the door. For information, call 914 310-0739 or visit westchesterwineexperience.com.
Juan Rodriguez could not have picked a worse day to open Don Juan, his latest restaurant. Rodriguez, of Azteca in Mount Kisco and Pueblo Viego in Carmel, opened the doors of his third restaurant Dec. 27 — two days after Christmas and one day after the holiday blizzard. Photo by… Read More →
Good morning and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a nice, relaxing New Year’s weekend. We went out to dinner, took down the tree, did a little exercise and a lot of cooking. We started on Wednesday night — I know, a little jump-start on the weekend, but… Read More →
Emily Kratzer reported on restaurants in Northern Westchester. Veal shank at Village Social in Mount Kisco. Joe Larese/TJN After the jump, what’s on the menus at Village Social and 6 other spots in the community.
Philip McGrath Restaurants: Iron Horse Grill and Pony Express in Pleasantville Born: Dec. 2, 1957, Bronx Grew up: In the Riverdale section of the Bronx Culinary School: Culinary Institute of America Experience: Opening executive chef at the Castle at Tarrytown, and its Equus Restaurant. His resume includes positions at the… Read More →
Good morning and happy Monday. Did everyone have a nice fall weekend? Some of you are off for Columbus Day, I’m sure…. but not for we journalists. News goes on! I started the weekend out up at at the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze. But first — dinner at Umami Cafe… Read More →
The one thing Pleasantville has lacked for about a dozen years is a Mexican restaurant. Happily, Juan Rodriguez is about to open one in the Old Village part of town. He has completely redone the former 2 Broadway in bright shades of lime, yellow and ochre, installing a new tiled… Read More →
Katherine Curry’s Journal News Ice Cream Odyssey took her on a delicious journey all around the Lower Hudson Valley this summer. Here are her picks for great ice cream in Northern Westchester, and, when available, links to her original blog posts on these venues. Take it away, Katherine: La Tulipe… Read More →
The Pleasantville Farmers Market has among the best selections and the biggest variety of vendors I’ve seen around Westchester. Unfortunately, I’m a little late on this blog post — (I took these photos on June 12! So sorry!)— so some of the fruit and vegetables you’ll see here are no… Read More →
Hello there. Peter Rogovin, Chairperson of the Pleasantville Farmers’ Market Committee, guest blogging today from our market. It was a glorious day in the market; as great summer produce continues to roll in (happily eclipsing memories of last year’s rainy June), the market continues to grow and find its own… Read More →
Good morning and happy Monday. Bit chilly today, and while I’m no fan of the mizzle, it’s good for the plants, so let’s keep it coming, right? Hope everyone enjoyed the weather on Friday night — it was definitely the highlight of the weekend. I had drinks by the Hudson… Read More →
Howdy, everyone—Katherine Curry, back with a brief chili dog update.
Hello all and happy Tuesday. Sorry for the delay in this week’s links column. This weekend, I cooked a whole mess of pulled pork. Here are five pork shoulders (aka Boston Butt) on the smoker. I picked ‘em up from Steve’s Prime Meats in Congers on Saturday morning, and they… Read More →
Sally Veltidi, guest blogger from Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville: What a great way to start off Hudson Valley Restaurant Week! Iron Horse Grill, located on Wheeler Street in Pleasantville was an excellent dining experience from the time we were seated until the last bite of dessert. After parking within 50… Read More →
On Monday, March 22, Grgich Hills Napa Valley Winery and The Iron Horse Grill in Pleasantville are teaming up for a wine dinner with five wines — each introduced by Violet Grgich — and a five-course menu. It’s $120 per person. Call for reservations: The 411 on Iron Horse Grill.