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The sexy interior of City Perch, and the Black N Blue Pot Pie, one of its must-order desserts (below).
Opening May 15 was City Perch Kitchen + Bar at Rivertowns Square (1 Livingstone Ave, Dobbs Ferry; 914.348.7007), the 204-seat contemporary American restaurant connected to upscale movie chain iPic Theaters (which debuted in the village May 5). Three-time James Beard Award winner Sherry Yard, who most notably worked as executive pastry chef for Wolfgang Puck for close to 20 years, is chief operating officer for the restaurant division of iPic, which includes City Perch, as well as iPic theater concessions.
Dinner apps include oysters Rockefeller, brioche-crusted Maryland blue-crab cakes, tuna crudo, and cayenne and Parmesan popovers. For main plates, there’s shrimp and grits with roasted mushrooms, sea bass ratatouille, a grilled Berkshire pork chop, and roasted Long Island duck. A long list of imaginative cocktails is also offered. (Try the Tipsy Arnold Palmer with Rare Tea Cellar’s lemon berry meritage iced tea, vodka, and fresh lemonade.) For dessert: the Black N Blue Pot Pie has blackberries and blueberries in flaky puff pastry with blackberry crumble swirl ice cream.
The monkey bread babka and brioche French toast with ricotta, bananas, and candied pecans are popular orders at brunch on Saturday and Sunday.
Campagna, part of Michael White’s Altamarea Group, has closed at Richard Gere’s Bedford Post Inn, and in its place is Baldanza (954 Old Post Rd, Bedford; 914.234.7800). Owners Sandy and Angela Baldanza, of the well-regarded Baldanza Natural Market & Café in New Canaan, use locally sourced ingredients, organic when possible, and signature items include dishes from the wood-fired grill and handmade pastas. On the menu: duck breast with sweet potato and butter-braised cabbage; a prime grass-fed strip steak; and agnolotti with beet greens, ricotta, lemon, and brown butter.
Ocean Grille offers a mainly seafood menu at Oakland Beach in Rye.
White Plains-based Homestyle Caterers has opened Ocean Grille (94 Dearborn Ave, Rye; 914.921.6104), a steak-and-seafood restaurant at Oakland Beach. There are steamers, fried clams, fish tacos, octopus salad, seafood platters, plus St Louis ribs, burgers, and steaks. Seaside Johnnies had occupied the space for 17 years before closing in December 2016. In addition to lunch and dinner daily, a Breakfast on the Beach menu is offered starting at 7 a.m. until it closes for the season, in October.
Jamaican plates, plus a smattering of Italian and American dishes, make up the menu at Touch of Class Caribbean Fusion Cuisine (990 Main St, Peekskill; 914.930.7958), which opened in the space that formerly housed Wu’s Chinese Kitchen. Dishes to try include escovitch, or Jamaican ceviche; coconut shrimp; twin-tail curried lobster; pan-seared snapper in an orange glaze; jerk filet mignon; maple-smoked chicken in a honey-barbecue sauce; and black-pepper-seared ahi tuna with mango salsa.