Westchester's Newest Restaurants

The latest and hippest openings in the county food scene.


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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.   


Octopus with onion soubise, charred potatoes, jalapeño, mint, and lime gremolata from Ùnico’s globally inspired menu


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.


Southern Table’s avocado toast.


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.

 

 

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