I’d like to hear what people are thinking about the review of Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square that ran in the New York Times today. Quite an evisceration, yes, and truly snarky. But really funny, too. It’s especially interesting, this utter takedown, considering that just a few… Read More →
On Easter Sunday, I went to brunch at the Hudson House. The problem at the Hudson House has always been a great one to have: do you get the amazing eggs Benedict or stray and try something else? Now the problem is even worse. The “something else” includes such tempting… Read More →
Juniper, the new bistro-cafe in Hastings-on-Hudson, is a gem of a neighborhood restaurant. It’s the kind of place you can stop for a coffee and a scone before work in the morning, enjoy a sandwich for lunch while you’re reading your book, or linger over dinner in the evening with… Read More →
Dan Foti, the man behind the former Baker’s Wife in Tappan, has opened Commissary, a New American restaurant, in the spot where Village Grill used to be in Tappan. I tried it recently and absolutely adored the food. There were a few kinks, but I have faith they will be ironed… Read More →
After Katherine Curry sent me a photo of her gorgeous-looking tacos at Los Abeulos a few months back, I knew I had to try it. Then I got an email from a former Texan, who said he’d been and adored it, too. That sealed the deal. (We Texans have to… Read More →
The other night I tried a few small dishes at Lolita Cocina & Tequila Bar in the Byram section of Greenwich — right across the bridge from the Tarry Lodge. I love the setting. It’s like goth meets biker and old saloon Mexican all rolled into one. The food is… Read More →
I promised I’d be back for further investigation. Melt Sandwich Shop, the new takeout place in White Plains, is doing amazing things. Owners Bill Hall and Kristin Mulrane make everything fresh daily — including the flat bread itself. This Cuban, with rosemary-mustard marinated pork loin, pickles, Swiss cheese and spicy… Read More →
After nearly two years of waiting for renovations to be complete, people at Comfort Lounge Wednesday night seemed very, very happy to be dining there. After digging into the food — simple, homey, delicious — so was I.
The week before I was off, I went to Morello Bistro for a big lunch. I hadn’t been since it was Gaia way back when, and though it looks sort of similar, it feels more relaxed now. (The owners are the same.) We shared several courses, including a delicious branzino:
Guest blogger Dina Braun got her sweet tooth on at the new Metro Desserts in Scarsdale last week. Gus Catechis and Steve Maravegas, whose also own Metro Deli and the Scarsdale Metro Restaurant, opened it on April 24 with their partner Tracy Katchis. (Gus and Tracy are not related; but… Read More →
Guest blogger Dina Braun, whom you may remember from her posts on Equus during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week and her appearance on Small Bites Live! from 42 that week, has filed this report from the brand new Bistro Citron in Scarsdale. The verdict? Very good indeed. This is her tuna… Read More →
I stopped by the new Sweet Grass Grill in Tarrytown last night and shared a few things with a couple of friends. By no means is this a full review, just a sampling, but I have to say I was impressed. My favorite dish was the chicken: Crisp skin. Juicy… Read More →
I have to admit, I was pretty skeptical about a meal at Zanaro’s. I’d eaten there once before — just once — and it was unpalatable. Seriously so bad I didn’t even bother to mention it here. Well, the restaurant got a new chef, and he has breathed new life… Read More →
I ducked into Bar Vivace the other night for a pizza and a pasta at the bar. I liked the pasta very much: It’s gnocchi, which they make themselves in house, with sausage and broccoli rabe. I think they’d figured out who I was by this point, so they dressed… Read More →
The Cookery, David DiBari and Michael O’Neill’s new restaurant in Dobbs Ferry, opened last week. I stopped by on Wednesday to make a video about the opening — and sampled some food when I was done. If you like simple, delicious food prepared by a talented chef who really cares… Read More →
I stopped by the other night just for a quick sample of the sliders. We ended up trying a few other dishes, too, including the signature farfalle pasta with sausage and kalamata olives: Delicious. A ton of new photos after the jump.
I tried out the new hot dog joint in Tarrytown for lunch today. I will answer your most pressing question first: a Lubin is a made-up culinary term. It’s the restaurant’s own creation of slow-roasted beef with spices served on a hot dog bun. It’s kind of like pulled pork,... Read More →
Wow. I can’t believe I’ve never been to Roma. Whoever says there’s no good pizza in Westchester is wrong. Dead wrong. This is crisp, well balanced and delicious. And going to the restaurant is a hoot. It’s a step back in time.
While having lunch with Doug on Thursday, we were discussing all kinds of food we love, including Vietnamese. It gave me a hankering, and it’s a real shame we don’t have more Vietnamese restaurants around here. See, I had just had an amazing experience at Thanh Nhi in Austin, Texas,... Read More →
The lamb confit sandwich was to die for. This photo does not do it justice. The confit was rich — almost creamy — but with enough lift from the acidity of tomatoes, and the contrast of basil mayo on light-as-air but just-chewy-enough ciabatta form Panadora in New Rochelle.
I recently had dinner at the Ocean House in Croton, where the oysters were silky, the tuna tartare was creamy and the mussels with green Thai curry made my heart skip a beat. Seriously. Owner Paula Galvin told me sometimes people who can’t get a table beg her to just… Read More →
I may have been the first paying customer at Five Guys for lunch today. By the time I left, the place was completely packed. I ordered the bacon cheeseburger with sauteed mushrooms and mayo. Wow.
UPDATE: The Nyack Burger Hop is now closed. The Nyack Burger Hop is open! I stopped in for lunch today. The burger was fresh, juicy and delicious, and the standard toppings — pickle, caramelized onions and ketchup — make it even better.
The owners of Turkish Meze in Mamroneck have opened a less-fancy but just-as-delicious new takeout place in White Plains. I stopped in the other day for lunch. I can never resist falafel:
I stopped by for cocktails with friends on Friday night. The drinks were very well crafted, especially my Spiced Pear. (But then again, I’m a sucker for brandy. And pear. And rum.) Well balanced; not too sweet. A great winter warmer. More cocktails — plus kobe beef corn dogs —... Read More →
The Pumpernickel Restaurant in Ardsley makes its own root beer, brewed right here in Westchester by our own Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. I’d heard about the fuss for a long time and finally got the chance to try it. It is delishy. Just a little bit spicy, a little bit… Read More →
The Farmhouse at Bedford Post — the restaurant owned by the actor Richard Gere and Russell Hernandez of Pound Ridge — opened this month, and in a few short weeks, it’s already earning its place as one of the best restaurants in Westchester.
Duke Ocean Grill, formerly a supermarket, is supermammoth. It seats almost 400 people and has a banquet room for 200 more. But somehow — probably because of the sushi bar and its cozy, low-hanging, boat-shaped chandelier — it doesn’t feel cavernous. Because of the waterfall wall in the grand entryway,... Read More →
Writing two posts about Scarsdale reminded me that I was remiss in not posting about my visit to Meritage a couple months ago. I should have remembered sooner. After all, chef-owner Chris Vergara sometimes stalks me. In a good way. He, e-mails me photos about the fresh, local produce he’s… Read More →
Speaking of all the Asian places popping up all over the place…. The other day I made my way to Mamaroneck for my first visit to any of the Haikus (there’s one in Bronxville and Cross River, and another is planned for White Plains). I didn’t realize it at the… Read More →