Bakers Mitchell Rapoport and Margaret Sapir—both 57-year-old MBAs who left their respective corporate careers to apprentice under baker Gerard Rubaud of Westford, Vermont—believe man can live by bread alone, one specific bread, that is. At their three-year-old bakery, Wave Hill Breads (196 Danbury Rd, Wilton, CT 203-762-9595;, you’ll find only one type of loaf to purchase: a three-grain (organic spelt, rye, and King Arthur wheat) artisanal French country bread. The round loaf is shaped by hand, using spelt and rye ground on-site. Anywhere from 300 to 900 loaves are baked every day but Tuesday. The 20-ounce loaf ($5.50-$6.50) is sold at Whole Foods Market in White Plains, Balducci’s in Scarsdale, and Plum Plums in Pound Ridge, as well as numerous locations in Fairfield County, Connecticut // Dining options at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester (One Renaissance Sq, White Plains 914-946-5500; have expanded.

Photo by Donna Mileti Benenson

There are new $13 small-plates options at the Lobby Lounge every day until at least midnight, including a shrimp trio, cheese plate, charcuterie plate,

tuna tempura, and avocado hand rolls. Special themed evenings also are offered in the Lounge as follows: Thursday from 6 to 9 pm is Sushi and Jazz Night; Friday from 6 to 11 pm is Chocolate and Champagne Night ($25 pp); and Saturday from 6 to 11 is Weekend Martini Night (live music, appetizers, and specialty martinis) //


BLT Steak’s lobster cobb salad, one of 11 salads on the new lunch menu.

 BLT Steak Restaurant (221 Main St, White Plains 914-467-5500;, adjacent to the Ritz's Lobby Lounge, has a new lunch menu with additional sandwich options. New salad choices ($9-$32) include the lobster cobb, tuna Niçoise, and Kobe skirt steak. Among the sandwich options ($14-$19) are prime steak and fontina cheese, organic chicken and sun-ried tomato, and fish and chips // Located across from the New Rochelle City Hall, new burger joint AJ’s Burgers & America’s Favorite Foods (542 North Ave 914-235-3009; is a favorite of politicians and at least one nearby chef, Brian MacMenamin of MacMenamin’s ChefWorks & Grill. The main draw? Burgers, including the grilled five-ounce burger ($4.99) and the cheeseburger slider ($1.49). Plus, of course, fries (AJ’s are fresh-cut, skin-on) and a thick shake (flavors choices are vanilla, chocolate, strawberry, or mocha).

// John Bruno Turiano




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