Nibbles, October 2011: Restaurant Openings, Closings, Kitchen Changes, and Food Events in Westchester County, NY

Openings, Closings, Kitchen Changes, Food Events



Yard House can store 5,000 gallons of beer.

The newly opened Yard House (One Ridge Hill Rd, Yonkers 914-375-9273; yardhouse.com) is part of a growing national chain known for its selection of 130 tap brews that complement an extensive menu of American dishes with Pacific Rim influences. The 130-item menu includes appetizers, salads, sandwiches, rice and pasta dishes, as well as steak (12-ounce grilled rib eye) and seafood (ginger-crusted Norwegian salmon) offerings. The 400-seat restaurant has a glass-enclosed keg room with capacity for 5,000 gallons of beer and also utilizes eco-friendly features such as waterless urinals, environmentally friendly cleaning solutions, and furniture crafted from plantation-grown teakwood. Yard House is open every day from 11 am for lunch and dinner; a separate happy hour menu is offered from 3 to 6 pm weekdays // Don’t look for French fries—or anything fried for that matter—at Energy Kitchen (energykitchen.com), a Manhattan-based health-conscious chain set to open this month at 40 Mamaroneck Ave in White Plains. The menu features wraps, breakfast dishes, salads, burgers, and entrées such as turkey meatloaf and salmon; all items have fewer than 500 calories and are cooked  to order. Locations in Rye and Bronxville also are planned // Ron Campanaro, previously head chef at Boe @ 324 in White Plains, is chef/owner at the new dinner-only Taste (265 Tate Ave, Buchanan 914-930-7866). Taste, which took over the space that once housed Four Doors Down, features a New American menu that changes daily. Dishes include homemade ravioli, ground-in-house Kobe burgers, Colorado lamb chops, Peking duck breast, and a “Best of Westchester” crab cake. Main courses range from $16 to $30; the international wine list features approximately 50 bottles ranging in price from $20 to $160. The dining room is small (36 seats), but additional seating is available on the patio (20) and in the bar/lounge (22). On Mon and Wed through Sat, Taste is open from 5:30 to “as late as diners come in,” says Chef Campanaro, and from 3:30 to closing on Sun // The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester (3 Renaissance Sq, White Plains 914-946-5500; ritzcarlton.com) is supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month with its Cupcakes That Care program.


Nessa is now offering wine deals and many new menu items.

Purchase a spiced-apple cupcake topped with a maple cream-cheese frosting ($3.50) and $.50 will go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation ($42 per dozen; $6 goes to charity) // Craft beer drinkers should head to Growlers Beer Bistro (25 Main St, Tuckahoe 914-793-0608), a beer-centric small-plates bistro that opened in a former Metro-North substation. Chef Ciaran E. Cullen, who studied at the French Culinary Institute, serves a menu of shareable plates of oysters, cheeses, charcuterie, salads, and bruschette. The bar has 20 tap lines, including three for red wine. The 50-seat bistro is open Mon through Wed, 2 pm until midnight, noon to midnight Thu and Sun, and noon to 2 am Fri and Sat  // La Piccola Gourmet Italian Deli (885 Yonkers Ave, Yonkers 914-751-8620; lapiccolagourmetdeli.com) is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. The market specializes in house-made sausages, sauces, and mozzarella; breads from the Bronx and Brooklyn bakeries Il Forno, E&V, and Addeo; and specialty Italian groceries // Explore the dining scenes of two terrific foodie towns at The New England Culinary Group’s Eating Greenwich & Port Chester Event (newenglandculinarygroup.com). From Sun, October 16, through Fri, October 21, more than 30 Greenwich and Port Chester restaurants will offer discounted prices on prix-fixe menus ($10-$18 lunch; $20-$30 dinner), plus other specials such as family-style dining, lunch buffets, early-bird dining, ladies-who-lunch deals, and wine-pairing meals. Diners will receive a 20-percent-off gift certificate good at any participating Eating Greenwich & Port Chester restaurant before December 1, 2011 (valid Sun to Wed only) // For the fourth year in a row, Morton’s The Steakhouse, which has a location in White Plains (9 Maple Ave 914-683-6101; mortons.com), has won Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence // Brady Duhame (Vox Bar & Restaurant, Picholine) has come on board as a consultant chef to revamp the menu at Nessa (325 N Main St, Port Chester 914-939-0119; nessarestaurant.com). Also new: Thursday is Wine Lovers’ night—half off from 6 to 8 pm on any bottle, glass, carafe, or quartino of wine // Opening some time this fall: a pan-Asian restaurant in the Village Green Center at 724 Saw Mill River Rd in Ardsley.

The Thai chicken wrap from Energy Kitchen packs its flavor into less than 500 calories.

A charitable cupcake at the Ritz-Carlton, Westchester

 

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