Openings, Closings, Kitchen Changes, Food Events
Partners Joseph Bastianich and Mario Batali are planning a spring debut of Tarry Fine Foods and Tarry Wines (both located at the corner of Mill and Main Streets in Port Chester). Sources at B and B Hospitality (the partnership between Batali and Bastianich) say Tarry Fine Foods “will be an Italian-focused market stocking organic, sustainably raised, dry-aged, ‘über-prime’ beef; house-cured salumi; the best cheese from Italy and the world; our own array of artisanally crafted breads baked on premise; the best gelato in America, and all the accoutrements for a gourmet experience.” A Bastianich spokesperson says, “Tarry Wines will purvey both value bottles and sought-after Eurocentric gems: food-driven wines, hand-picked to pair with the ultimate food shopping experience.” Greenwich, Connecticut, resident Bastianich owns three Italian vineyards and produces several critically-praised wines.
Moderne Barn (430 Bedford Rd, Armonk, no phone as of publication), a Livanos family project, is slated to open in March. According to chief designer Kim Nathanson (whose firm, Morris/Nathanson, is responsible for all Livanos restaurants, including Manhattan’s Oceana and Molyvos and local City Limits Diners), the new spot’s look pairs “urban country chic” with a heavy dose of industrial steel. It packs a double-height walnut barrel vault and a catwalk-accessed wine cellar over the bar. Look for an American menu with global influences—though a chef had not been appointed at press time.
Blue Moon has shuttered and in its place is Rainwater Grill (19 Main St, Hastings-on-Hudson 914-478-1147), a New American restaurant with an eco-friendly décor with a waterfall cascading over a bar mirror. On the menu: lemon-asparagus risotto, monkfish in a white wine-and-herb-butter sauce, and a 14-ounce New York strip steak (all mains except two are below $20). A separate bar menu, with offerings such as roasted beets with Gorgonzola, is available in the lounge. Lunch is served weekdays, dinner every day, and Sunday brunch.
Charles Gullotta, an honors graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, is chef and co-owner of the new Nevaéh Cuisine (146 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville 914-495-3440), an eclectic eat-in/takeout café. Panini, wraps, salads, smoothies and protein shakes, homemade soups, plus breakfast dishes (omelets, waffles, baked French toast, fresh muffins) are offered. Gluten-free specialties are available. The café is open Mon to Sat 8 am to 7 pm and Sun 10 am to 3 pm. Outdoor seating is planned for the spring.
Chef Sergio Arias, formerly chef/owner of Piccola Trattoria in Dobbs Ferry, is executive chef at the new Caffé Azzurri Wine Bar and Restaurant (20 N Central Ave, Hartsdale 914-358-5248). The 70-seat Italian restaurant, which opened in the space that previously housed Piave, serves entrées such as pan-seared sea scallops with pancetta; pork chop Milanese-style, and squid-ink linguini with mixed seafood ($18-$36). Desserts are made on the premises. An international wine list has bottles ranging from $30 to about $250 plus two dozen by-the-glass selections. Open weekdays for lunch and every day for dinner.
The Bayou (580 Gramatan Ave, Mount Vernon 914-668-2634) is now offering breakfast ($2.50-$13) weekdays 7:30 am to 11:30 am. On the menu: three-egg omelets, as well as eggs Benedict, Cajun eggs Florentine, fried chicken and waffles, and country fried steak and eggs.
Lusardi’s (1885 Palmer Ave, Larchmont 914-834-5555) is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. A renovation and new menu are planned for March.