Restaurant Openings, Closing, and Local Dining News in Westchester County for March 2013

Restaurants come, restaurants go. Chefs move from kitchen to kitchen and menus change seasonally. Check out all the latest Westchester County foodie news in our web-expanded Nibbles column.  



Tagine Restaurant & Wine Bar (120 Grand St, Croton-on-Hudson 914-827-9393), a French bistro with a smattering of Moroccan dishes, is the latest venture by Craig Purdy and Jonathan Pratt; the duo also own Peter Pratt’s Inn in Yorktown and ümami café in Croton-on-Hudson. On the menu: coquille St. Jacques (scallops in white wine sauce with mushrooms and Gruyère); duck confit; cassoulet; and a variety of tagines (beef, vegetable, or lamb, slow roasted in a clay vessel). Tagine is open every day for dinner only // Philip McGrath, chef/owner of Iron Horse Grill and Pony Express, is planning to open by April a third Pleasantville restaurant: Seahorse (30 Wheeler Ave, no phone/web as of press time). The 600-square-foot, mostly takeout fish-fry eatery will offer simply prepared seafood including fish à la plancha, fried cod, pollack, shrimp, and scallops (in either a wheat-based batter or a gluten-free corn coating), fish sandwiches, chowders, fresh-made coleslaw, and lobster rolls. A myriad of sauces will accompany the dishes. All menu items will cost between $7 and $19 // In the space that once housed Coyote Flaco is A Place 2 Go (273 North Ave, New Rochelle 914-365-2525; aplace2gowestchester.com), a 37-seat (plus 22 at the bar) modern Caribbean and American bistro serving oxtail stew, jerk pork, steamed snapper, and grilled salmon with herb-roasted potatoes (mains range from $9 to $20). For dessert, try the coconut rum cake. A Place 2 Go is open Tues through Sun for lunch and dinner // In the place of Pascal’s in Larchmont, Rafael Palomino (Sonora, Bistro Latino) is expected to open Palomino (141 Chatsworth) sometime this spring…Also in spring: the owners of nessa are renovating the space next door for a Italian coffee shop called Zeppoleme (321 N Main St, Port Chester). On the menu: sweet and savory varieties of zeppole (deep-fried dough), plus Stumptown Coffee Roasters coffee, paninis, salads, Italian sodas, tap beer, and wine // The owners of Traditions 118 in Somers plan to open, by the start of this month, The Rose Room (222 E Main St, Mount Kisco), an American/Italian restaurant in the space that once housed F.A.B. // Executive Chef Bill Rosenberg of NoMa Social (Radisson Hotel, 1 Radisson Plz, New Rochelle 914-576-4141; nomasocial.com) has added new items to his mostly small-plates offerings, including a grilled hanger steak tapas, wild mushroom wood-fired pizza, blood-orange salad, and a short ribs main course.

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