New Restaurant Preview: Little Drunken Chef
Chef-owner Bonnie Saran’s latest restaurant, Little Drunken Chef in White Plains, brings the cool with eclectic design, craft cocktails, and a menu of Indian-inspired tapas.
Chicken empanadas playfully presented on clothespins
photos by doug schneider
Enter Little Drunken Chef in White Plains, and it’s hard to decide where to look first. The sixth restaurant from chef-owner Bonnie Saran, her first in White Plains, is distinctly different from other eateries on Mamaroneck Avenue. One wall is covered entirely in graffiti-marked doors. The light fixture hanging from the ceiling is PVC pipe from Home Depot with “cheers” illuminated in different languages.
Upstairs, a lounge area boasts an intricate chandelier, couches, and big, comfy, jewel-tone velvet armchairs. The walls are papered with vintage posters, advertisements from early-1900s newspapers, and blown up Casamigos tequila labels — the last of which is surprisingly significant.
“There was no plan of being in White Plains,” says Saran, who opened this second location of Little Drunken Chef in June, in the space that formerly housed Canadian gastropub The Birch Collective. “There was a sign up, and I stopped to see what it was. It was nice but way too much for me to afford. I came back again and again. Finally, I had too much tequila and signed the lease — Casamigos on the rocks.”
The party atmosphere, eclectic design, well-crafted cocktails (the popsicle sangria is particularly popular), and globally influenced, Indian-leaning tapas menu is largely in keeping with the Mount Kisco original. Favorite dishes — like flaky, vegetarian cocktail samosas; crispy cauliflower florets in garlic-chili sauce (lasooni gobi); spiced lamb tacos with white sauce; and ultra-tender lamb chops — are also on the menu here.
But there are also new additions, including frankie rolls — chicken, lamb, or paneer wrapped in flatbread with spiced onions, free-range eggs, and mint chutney — which are straight off the menu at Saran’s Little Mumbai Market in Pleasantville. Bunny Chow, hearty bread bowls that soak up the spiced sauce from dishes like goat curry, chicken vindaloo, and gochujang tofu, are unique to the White Plains location.
“It’s something very new to the block,” promises Saran. “All these guys have great food, but it’s a different fusion of flavors.”
As for the Casamigos, Saran will be steering clear for a while. “I told everybody they should kill me if I even think about opening another restaurant,” she says. “I’m not drinking any more tequila.”
Little Drunken Chef
91 Mamaroneck Ave