Westchester's Newest Restaurants
The latest and hippest openings in the county food scene.
The owners of Halstead Ave Taqueria in Harrison are opening Taco Shack.
Billing itself as a “modern supper club” and owned by the same group behind Mulino’s of Westchester (White Plains) and Mulino’s of Lake Isle (Eastchester), Gigante Restaurant & Bar (660 White Plains Rd, Eastchester) is scheduled to open this month. Chef Patrick D’Andrea, who previously worked as a personal chef in the Hamptons and as executive chef at Trattoria Dopo Teatro in Manhattan, plans a menu of modern American cuisine with Italian influences.
Other openings anticipated by press time include: the refined yet eclectic Ùnico (10 Central Ave, Hartsdale), led by Chef Brian Sernatinger; Roman-cuisine specialist Pax Romana (171 E Post Rd, White Plains), reopening after a landlord quarrel at 189 E Post; Taco Shack (25 N Main St, Port Chester), a full-service taqueria with full bar by the taco mavens at Halstead Ave Taqueria; Grass Roots Kitchen (124 Widley St, Tarrytown), the fourth restaurant via Dave Starkey’s ERL Hospitality Group; from the owners of Wood & Fire, upgraded versions of Southern comfort fare at Southern Table Kitchen & Bar (39 Marble Ave, Pleasantville); and Z Prime Steakhouse (189 E Post Rd, White Plains; 914.682.0011), in the space that once held Pax Romana.
Opening in February was The Roaster Café (419 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck; 914.630.2955), a coffeehouse with killer Turkish coffee, breakfast fare, sandwiches, salads, platters (a good portion of the food offerings are Mediterranean/Turkish), and an industrial steel-copper-brick décor.
Asahi Shuzo, maker of DASSAI premium Junmai Daiginjo sake, is building its first US brewery less than a mile from the CIA campus in Hyde Park, becoming the first Japanese sake producer with a facility on the East Coast. The CIA, with assistance from Asahi Shuzo, will develop a curriculum, certification programs, workshops, and tastings revolving around sake. The brewery, scheduled to open in 2019, will feature a retail space and offer public tours.