Gwenael and Annie Goulet, the original owners of Buffet de la Gare (155 Southside Ave, Hastings-on-Hudson 914-478-1671), are returning to their charming French restaurant, which they founded in 1980. Luc and Nicole Dimnet, who took over in January 2006, are leaving. “Luc is going back to work at La Brasserie in Manhattan,” reports Annie, who will once again work the front-of-the-house. Gwenael, who has been battling colon cancer for the past seven years, will be the supervising chef. The Goulets’ son, Gwendal, formerly the director of Catering and Special Events at Benoit in Manhattan, will be the manager. The restaurant is closed for renovations and will open some time later this mont
➤➤➤ Chutney Masala (4 W Main St, Irvington 914-591-5500; chutneymasalabistro.com), a modern Indian bistro, has opened in the space that once housed Flirt Sushi. Navjot Arora, formerly of Café Spice Group in Manhattan, heads the kitchen. Popular dinner entrées (most of which cost between $18 and $23) are tandoori shrimp in a pomegranate powder and yogurt marinade, baby eggplant in a sweet and sour sesame-peanut sauce, lamb curry with malt vinegar, and coconut-flavored chicken curry. Chef Arora prefers using wild, not farmed, fish, locally grown produce, and antibiotic- and hormone-free meats. The bi-level bistro seats 100 and is open every day for lunch and dinner
➤➤➤ Chef Adam Sainsbury, a Johnson & Wales alum, who was last at Via Matta Restaurant in Boston, is now cooking up dry-rub barbecue and pub fare at Monster B’s Bar and Grille (489 Glenbrook Rd, Stamford, CT 203-355-1032; monsterbsbarandgrille.com). Signature dishes include half-pound sirloin burgers, vegetarian fajitas, baby back ribs, Parmesan-crusted haddock, and almond-crusted ahi tuna. Most dinner entrées cost between $10 and $20. The sizable restaurant (215 seats indoor; 85 on the deck) offers Wii Olympics, beer dinners, pool and dart tournaments, and live reggae, rock, and blues Thursday through Sunday. If you drink too much, the “Monster Bus” will drive you home in the Stamford area
➤➤➤ The recently opened The Peekskill Brewery Restaurant (55 Hudson Ave, Peekskill 914-734-2337; thepeekskillbrewery.com) offers entrées such as sheppard’s pie and seafood potpie (from $15 to $30). For dessert, try the chocolate-smoked porter cupcake with cream-cheese icing. The brewery is open every day for lunch and dinner
➤➤➤ Don’t confuse the cold dessert that comes out of the soft-serve machine at the county’s new (and lone) frozen-custard shop Abbott’s Frozen Custard (1143 E Main St, 845-282-1761; abbottscustard.com) with Carvel or Dairy Queen. Frozen custard, churned more slowly than soft-serve, is less airy, has a higher percentage of egg yolk and butterfat (18 percent) than regular ice cream (10 to 11 percent butterfat) and thus has a smoother, softer texture. Popular flavors include black raspberry, chocolate almond, pumpkin, butterscotch, and cookies and cream. The original Abbott’s was first sold at Rye Beach in 1902, decades before expanding into a national chain
➤➤➤ Provisions (209 Wolfs Ln, Pelham 914-738-6622; pelhamprovisions.com) and Blue Pig Ice Cream (121 Maple St, Croton-on-Hudson 914-271-3850) have teamed up to offer “cookiewiches” ($4.25), homemade versions of the Chipwich. Among the flavor combinations: oatmeal-raisin cookie and butterscotch ice cream, peanut butter cookie and Snickers ice cream, and chocolate chip cookie and vanilla or chocolate ice cream.
// John Bruno Turiano
Monster B’s rack of baby back ribs is smothered in sauce and served with french fries, coleslaw, and homemade baked beans.