Dining Scene News and Notes January


Duck-confit-herb gravy and Monterey Jack cheese smother the Hudson Valley Harvest Duck fries at Captain Lawrence Brewery.

Joseph Smith has been named executive chef at Captain Lawrence Brewery (444 Saw Mill River Rd, Elmsford, 914.741.2337; www.captainlawrencebrewing.com). He was previously executive chef at The Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island. Having spent summers growing up on Long Island’s East End with his father and stepmother (who was an avid gardener with a local farmstand), Smith says, “I was spoiled by the produce and great local proteins from my childhood, and I’m just as excited to have the rich bounty of the Hudson Valley available to our kitchen.” The menu includes fried cheddar-grits sticks, roasted cauliflower and broccoli in a cheddar-beer sauce, a Hudson Valley duck Reuben, and a beer-braised beef brisket hoagie, plus weekly specials, like burgers, tacos, and barbecue. The brewery also hosts monthly beer dinners, for which Smith creates an original pairing menu.  

At Barnes & Noble Kitchen at Vernon Hills Shopping Center, you can enjoy hummus and Merlot with your book. 

  Café La Fondita in Mamaroneck will open this winter.  

Retail bookseller Barnes & Noble has opened their first bookstore-restaurant-hybrid concept store, called Barnes & Noble Eastchester at Vernon Hills Shopping Center (680 White Plains Rd, Scarsdale, 914.472.0689; stores.barnesandnoble.com/store/3304). The 22,000 sq ft store includes the 2,600 sq ft Barnes & Noble Kitchen, serving salads, soups, and shareable starters including guacamole and hummus, and mains such as slow-cooked beef short ribs and brick-cooked chicken with potato purée (entrées range from $14 to $24). Wine and beer is served as well, including Hermann J. Wiemer Kabinett Riesling and Red Hook Seneca Lake Cabernet Franc from the Finger Lakes, and New York State craft brews. A 3,000 sq ft patio with a stone firepit and a bocce ball court are features of note. 

Longtime (26 years) pizza-and-pasta Port Chester restaurant T&J Italian Restaurant (10 Pearl St, 914.939.4134; www.tandjs.net) has moved from 227 Westchester Avenue to a larger space, with a patio and second-floor private-party room.

Red Zebra (31 Beekman Ave, Sleepy Hollow), serving modern takes on Italian fare with a focus on locally sourced ingredients, was scheduled to have opened by this month in the space that once housed Finalmente Italian Wine Bar & Restaurant. Expect hand-cut pastas, Italian small-batch wines, and craft cocktails.

Texas-style dry rub is coming to the Rivertowns when Revenge BBQ (48 Main St, Irvington; www.revengebbq.com) opens sometime this month in the space that previously held Uncle Silvio’s Pizza and Pasta. 

Argana Restaurant and Bar (325 Main St, Port Chester) will be the first Moroccan restaurant in the county since 2013, when Mamaroneck’s Zitoune closed. It takes the space that formerly housed nessa.  

The owners of West Harrison’s Lago Ristorante & Wine Bar are planning to open Latin takeout eatery Café La Fondita (406 Center Ave, Mamaroneck www.cafelafondita.com) this winter. 

The hearty fare of Cajun country (seafood boils, gumbo, etc.) is coming to White Plains this winter at Holy Crab (32 Mamaroneck Ave) in the space that once housed Impulse Hibachi.



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