9 Restaurant Openings We're Looking Forward to in 2017
From Peekskill to White Plains, we can't wait for these spots to open.
Since Alex Sze closed the original location of Juniper, we’ve been (not that patiently) waiting for him to reopen. Finally the new outpost of the Hastings restaurant is nearly here – with a major bar upgrade. Clark Moore, formerly of Harper’s in Dobbs Ferry, is curating the cocktail list (Juniper was previously BYOB), and the new menu is targeted toward small plates with great sharing potential.
Where: Port Chester
Opening in the space that was formerly nessa, owner Nordine Achbani is mixing his Moroccan heritage with more than 20 years of restaurant experience. His goal: to break misconceptions about this North African cuisine with familiar sweet-and-savory dishes like tagine, and lesser known options including B’stilla, a Moroccan chicken pie.
The Banh Mi Shop
Where: Downtown White Plains
Soon to be added to the city’s slew of new openings is The Banh Mi Shop, which will serve the iconic Vietnamese sandwich as well as traditional pho, boba tea, and a variety of grilled mains and appealing-sounding appetizers like lemongrass-garlic Brussels sprouts.
When: late February
Where: Main Street in Irvington
Houston ’cue king Russell Roegels acted as “barbecue Yoda” for Jacob Styburski’s new Rivertown shrine to Texas-style smoked meats. The menu features the Texas trinity – brisket, ribs, and sausage – plus classic sides and pudding cups (according to Styburski, “there have to be pudding cups”). Expect great interiors too: Styburski and his wife are designers by trade.
Cafe La Fondita
The owners of Lago in Harrison are also hard at work on this colorful Latin takeout café with an emphasis on fresh, locally grown (including from the owners’ own garden) and organic produce. The bright façade features an original mural based on owner Valerio Morano Sagliocco’s travel drawings.
Hudson Farmer & the Fish
Where: Sleepy Hollow waterfront
Just in time for warmer weather, the guys behind North Salem’s Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish are bringing us this supremely summery spot along the Hudson. An FDNY fireboat acquired at auction will dock next to the restaurant, and the open kitchen with steam kettles and a pizza oven will serve hungry patrons on the outdoor deck.
Photo Credit: John Fortunato
Where: Port Chester waterfront
Famous for its pizza-pilgrimage-worthy bar-style pie with hot oil, this will be the first Westchester location of the Stamford institution, which opened its doors more than 80 years ago. Port Chester just approved plans for construction to along the Byram River down the block from bartaco.
Photo Credit: John Fortunato
Where: Downtown Peekskill
One of two new ventures from restaurateur Louie Lanza in 2017, this Americana-style restaurant/bar is slated to open next door to The Hudson Room. The menu features food and drinks from different US regions (think Creole, low-country) and a stage will host live music.
Photo Credit: Bent Nail Productions
Where: Peekskill Riverfront
Lanza is partnering with Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.’s Scott Vaccaro to open this seafood restaurant and catering hall with a massive deck on the Peekskill waterfront — boat slips included! The sprawling complex will include family-friendly activities like a bowling alley and arcade.