Openings, Closings, Kitchen Changes, Food Events
Greek eatery Eliá Taverna (502 New Rochelle Rd, Bronxville 914-663-4976) has replaced Italian restaurant Babbone. Chef Michalakis Sarris previously worked in Astoria, Queens, the Mount Olympus of Greek restaurant neighborhoods, at Telly’s Taverna, and Demetris Seafood. Traditional dishes such as gyros, grilled fish, mousakka, souvlaki, and kebabs will be offered ($11 to $19). The 45-seat Eliá is open every day for lunch and dinner. Reservations are accepted only for parties of six or more. Outdoor seating will be available in warmer temps. (For a heads’ up first-taste review of the restaurant, check out restaurant critic Julia Sexton’s “Eater”.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served at 20-seat Mexican restaurant Los Abuelos (38 N Highland Ave, Ossining 914-488-5874). Featured dishes include fajitas Los Abuelos (a combination of shrimp, chicken, and beef fajitas); parillada Los Abuelos (chicken breast, beef, and pork chops grilled in a tortilla); and chorizo tacos ($11 to $18). Specialty drinks include homemade horchata (made with ground almonds) and agua de pina (sweet pineapple water). Open every day; reservations are accepted but only shortly before arriving.
When the moon is full, receive a free drink at Full Moon Asian Thai Restaurant (124 E Post Rd, White Plains 914-328-7555), where you can also dine on wood-grilled tiger prawns, masaman curry, sautéed jumbo shrimp with rice noodles; and sesame-crusted salmon (most dishes cost from $16 to $26). Full Moon is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner and Sunday for dinner only.
Private chef and caterer Hannah Hopkins (who has been featured on the Food Network show Chopped), along with husband Kevin, have opened Dish (947 S Lake Blvd, Mahopac 845-621-3474), a 23-seat American bistro just across the county line. Ingredients from local farms are used in dishes such as rösti Alpener (Swiss-style potato cake), spice-rubbed flat-iron steak, and blackened catfish with black-bean tomato salsa. (Mains cost from $14 to $22.) All desserts, including coconut-vanilla bean jasmine rice pudding, are made in-house. The well-priced wine list (bottles range from $20 to $70) features small producers from the Rhone and Languedoc regions of France. Dish is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner.
SHELL SHOCKED: The moules pot ($16) at Dish has fennel, shallots, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and white wine.
Another over-the-county-line restaurant to check out is Café Barcel (162 Main St, Nyack, NY 845-535-3133), a New American restaurant with Latino-Mediterranean influences. Kevin Reilly, formerly the executive chef at The Water Club in Manhattan, is the chef. On the menu: slow-roasted (10 hours!) pork shoulder, hanger steak with chimichurri; house-made pastas, and pepper-crusted tuna (most entrées are $12 to $20). Café Barcel serves dinner Wednesday through Monday; lunch and weekend brunch are planned.
Mark Medina-Rios, formerly of Morton’s Club in London, is now executive chef at Morello Bistro (253 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT 203-661-3588) replacing Townsend Wentz.
A new menu, christened “5 at 5,” is being offered at BLT Steak (Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, 221 Main St, White Plains 914-467-5500) where items, such as Kobe beef hot dogs, crispy chicken wings, sesame-crusted asparagus, steak tartare, and barbecue pulled pork sliders, are available for $5 from 5 to 7 pm. Select beers and wine are also $5 each.
(Top): CHEAP—AND CLASSY—DATE: The new $5 menu at BLT Steak is perfect for the frugal dater.
For those with food allergies/issues and a sweet tooth, consider sweets from Gilbert’s Gourmet Goodies (gilbertsgourmetgoodies.com). Cinnamon-y snickerdoodles, chocolate chip or sugar cookies, pies, and cookie dough are among the products offered, none of which contain nuts, milk, trans fats, corn syrup, gluten, or preservatives. Order online or purchase at DeCicco Family Markets (Ardsley, Bronxville, Pelham, Scarsdale), Whole Foods Market in White Plains, and Mrs. Green’s (Briarcliff, Eastchester, and Mount Kisco).
Get ready for injera, the Ethiopian spongey sourdough flatbread, and wat, its thick stew, at Lalibela Ethiopian Restaurant, the county’s first Ethiopian restaurant. It is expected to open early this month at 37 S Moger in Mount Kisco.