2017 Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Hello Food Finders!

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is upon us and why not take advantage of some great deals on Prix-fix offerings from over 100 participating Westchester restaurants. Please check with individual restaurant’s websites for specifics and call ahead for reservations and potential black out dates and times.

Participating restaurants in alphabetical order below:

105-Ten Bar and Grill
121 Restaurant & Bar
273 Kitchen
808 Bistro
Aesop’s Fable Restaurant
Augie’s Prime Cut
Beehive
Benjamin Steakhouse
Bistro Z
Briar’s Restaurant, The
Brothers Fish & Chips
Cafe of Love
Caffe Regatta
Carlo’s Italian Restaurant
Cedar Street Grill
Cellar 49
Chat 19
Chat American Grill
City Limits Diner
City Perch Kitchen + Bar
Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant
Delfino’s Italian Restaurant
Di Nardo’s Ristorante Italiano
Dolphin
Dubrovnik Restaurant
Eastchester Fish Gourmet
Enzo’s Restaurant
Equus Restaurant at Castle Hotel & Spa
Fig & Olive
Frankie & Johnnie’s Steakhouse
Frankie and Fanucci’s
Gaucho Grill Argentinean Steakhouse
Graziella’s Italian Bistro
Hacienda La Paloma
Half Moon
Harper’s Restaurant & Bar
Harvest On Hudson
Hudson Farmer & the Fish
Il Castello
Il Sorriso
Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges
Juniper
La Lanterna
La Panetiere
Le Fontane
Le Jardin Du Roi
Le Provencal Bistro
Le Sirene Ristorante
Lenny’s Seafood & Steakhouse
Lexington Square Cafe
L’inizio
Little Drunken Chef
Lusardi’s
Madison Kitchen
Mariachi Mexico
Meritage
Mima Vinoteca
Moderne Barn
Monteverde at Oldstone
Morton’s Steakhouse
Moscato
MP Taverna
Mulino’s of Westchester
Pas-Tina’s Ristorante
Piccola Trattoria
PLATES
Posto 22 Restaurant & Wine Bar
Primavera Restaurant & Bar
Purdy’s Farmer & The Fish
Raasa Indian Cuisine
Red Hat On The River
Rela Cafe
Rini’s Restaurant
Risotto
River City Grille
Rivermarket Bar & Kitchen
Rosie’s Bistro Italiano
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
Rye House
Saint George Bistro
Saltaire Oyster Bar & Fish House
Sammy’s Downtown Bistro
Sam’s of Gedney Way
Sapori Italian Restaurant
Scaramella’s Ristorante
Sergio’s Ristorante
Sofrito
Sonora
Sunset Cove
Tagine Restaurant & Wine Bar
Tandoori Taste of India
Tarry Lodge
Terra Rustica
Texas de Brazil
The Cookery
The Hudson Room
The Melting Pot
The Old Stone Mill
The Twisted Oak
Thyme Steak & Seafood
Toscana Ristorante
Traditions 118
Tutta Bella Trattoria
Vintage 1891 Kitchen
Winston Restaurant
X2O Xaviars On The Hudson
Zero Otto Nove
Zuppa Restaurant

 

SPOT: EMMA’S ALE HOUSE-WHITE PLAINS

Hello Westchester Food Finders! Most of the spots we have been sharing have been great dinner spots. To change things up a bit we want to share one of our favorite lunch spots; Emma’s Ale house in White Plains.

Emma’s has a complete upscale pub menu great for lunch and equally robust for dinner. A nice well equipped bar and great selection of beers to on tap, make it a great spot to meet up with friends or neat casual place to have dinner with someone special without all the noise and congestion of a lousy bar. In short, Emma’s is a restaurant with a nice bar more than a bar with good food. Now let’s get into lunch.

Emma’s starts you off with their own, complimentary, hot pub pretzels and spicy mustard. If you are debating on getting a beer with your lunch, the first bite of pretzel will shift you towards picking off their great beer selection. Being lunch, we only though it fair to order one lighter lunch dish and one with a little more substance that way we could give a  we’ll balanced view of lunch.

I was lucky enough to win a hard fought game of rock, paper, scissors, so I ordered Emma’s stuffed potato skin burger. It was a special of the day and it was indeed very special. The burger was cooked to a requested medium rare and stacked with potatoes, bacon, chive, Emma’s sour cream based secret sauce, and melted cheddar cheese. That alone is a watering mouthful, but then wrap it all up in a hot pretzel bun and you learn to appreciate a whole new meaning to winning a hand of rock, paper, scissors.

Now onto the lighter fair. My guest ordered Emma’s Caesar’s salad with grilled chicken. The salad was well seasoned and dressed. The in house made croutons and shaved cheese were plentiful and added depth and texture to the salad. There was no clear star of the dish, and we mean this as a compliment. Every ingredient married together well with the next. The grilled chicken wasn’t an after thought, but rather a true component of the salad. You can tell with your first bite that time and care was placed in marinating and tenderized the chicken. It wasn’t sitting in a hot bath waiting to just be added to a number of dishes, as is the case with other restaurants. You can see and taste the seasoning on the chicken just as you can taste the dressing that coats every piece of lettuce. That makes this dish just as complete as the last. Don’t take my word on it, go to Emma’s and enjoy one of our special spots for lunch!

Emma’s Salad

 

SPOT: WOOD & FIRE (FOR A CAUSE)

Hello Food Finders!

I cant help myself from promoting local Westchester restaurants for a good cause.

Wood & Fire is hosting a Brunch Party & Charity Event on March 26th to benefit Kids Walk for Kids with Cancer (Memorial Sloan Kettering For Kids With Cancer) and Hope & Heroes (Columbia University Medical Center)

Please make your reservation to enjoy a great party and help a great cause!

SPOTS:RESTAURANT WEEK MARCH 6 THROUGH MARCH 19

Hello Food Finders!

It’s time to forget winter for a few weeks, as restaurant week(s) are upon us. I have attached a list of participating restaurants. Be sure to confirm the specials before visiting or before making your reservations. The list is in no particular order.

Some of the below participants have reviews on our site. Check them out!

 

Lusardi’s

The Twisted Oak

La Cremaillere

Fig & Olive (Westchester location)

The Cookery

The Inn at Pound Ridge

Mill House Brewing Company

Madison Kitchen

Zero Otto Nove (Westchester location)

Saint George

Velo

Brasserie 292

Crabtree Kittle House

Clock Tower Grill

Communal Kitchen

Little Drunken Chef

Harper’s Restaurant

Tarry Lodge

Wood & Fire

La Panetiere

Hudson Ribs & Fish

Chat American Grill

Dubrovnik

Henry’s at the Farm

X2O Xaviars on the Hudson

Rivermarket Bar & Kitchen

Rosie’s Italian Bistro

Sam’s of Gedney Way

The Melting Pot

Texas de Brazil

Moderne Barn

Crave

Gaucho Grill

Mima Vinoteca

Terrapin Restaurant

Plates

Ruth’s Chris Steak House

121 Restaurant and Bar

Rye House

Dolphin

Sammy’s Downtown

Char Steakhouse

Benjamin Steakhouse

Sofrito

Piccolo Mulino

Ramiro’s 954

Moscato

Red Hat on the River

Chat 19

Café of Love

 

SPOT: MEZZA LUNA

So you are having a party on Sunday, you have your TV set for the big game, but you are not ready to attempt my pulled pork recipe. What to do?

 Visit our friends and sponsors page and try these two dishes and your party will have fiery and delicious treats.

 Let me introduce you to The Goodfellas pizza. This pizza packs a flavorful pepper punch in a crunchy crispy crust.  The broccoli rabe, sausage, cheese and mix of sweet and spicy peppers melt together to give you a perfect bite. The crust on all of Mezza Luna’s pizzas are just as delicious as your first bite. You will definitely enjoy this on game day.

Goodfellas Pizza

 Why stop the spice at pizza? Try an order or five orders of Mezza Luna’s buffalo chicken wings.  Crispy, spicy, and tender; everything you can ask for in wings. Mezza Luna serves these in hearty portions with blue and celery.

 Order these or any of their appetizers and make your party one to remember. Mezza Luna has regular orders as well as catering trays of chicken fingers, fries, mozzarella sticks, meatball sliders, fried zucchini and more…

 Check out their website below and put in your orders….

http://www.mlpizzeria.com/

Order yourself a Goodfellas Pizza today!

 

SPOTS: WOOD & FIRE (PLEASANTVILLE)

Hello Westchester Food Finders,

I just can’t help promoting local restaurants that offer their menus up for a good cause.

See the flyer below and check out Wood & Fire on October 23rd for brunch to dine your way to helping the cause. Proceeds will be going to the Susan Komen Foundation and St. Jude’s.

Please feel free to write in any questions, recipe suggestions, or places you would like us to visit and review.

 

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SPOT: FIG & OLIVE (SCARSDALE)

Hello Food Finders!

I want to tell you briefly about one of my favorite Westchester spots. Fig & Olive released a Pink menu to support The National Breast Cancer Foundation. They are offering  “Pink” Thursday drink specials and tasty bites from 7pm-10pm with a portion of each sale being donated to their cause.

If Thursday nights are not your thing, Fig & Olive is also offering a special pre-fixe menu featuring soup, choice of salad, an appropriate “pink” salmon, and something sweet to wrap it all up. During the month of October, their pre-fixe is $55 per person of which $10 is donated to The National Breast Cancer Foundation.  No spoilers here, find out more by visiting them at http://www.figandolive.com/

If their mouth watering menu options aren’t enough to entice you to drop in, visit often in October for their commitment to the cause.

I plan on visiting again this month with a pen and paper so that I can take notes on all their delicious offerings and report back….but don’t wait on me, go indulge yourselves!

 

 

 

SPOT: COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND CARNIVAL- LAKE ISLE EASTCHESTER

Hello again Westchester Food Finders!

I just wanted to let you all know about the carnival taking place this weekend (Oct 7th through Oct 10) at Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester.

It will be a good time for the whole family. Live music, dancing, rides, wine, beer, food, snacks, fireworks and a parade as well. Please check out the link below for Carnival hours, vendors, and a list of special events.

http://eastchestercolumbusday.bandzoogle.com/home

 

 

 

 

 

SPOT: MEZZA LUNA PIZZERIA & RESTAURANT

Hello Westchester Food Finders! I am pleased to share that one of my favorite restaurants has now become one of our first sponsors.

Last week we made dinner plans with another couple at Mezza Luna on Brook Street in Eastchester. The restaurant delivered as usual. Mezza Luna is our first choice for smart casual dining, whether with friends or with the little ones. The chefs offer a wide range of appetizers, pizzas, pastas, entrees and desserts.

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The couple we were with was hoping for a “pick at everything” kind of dinner, so we were happy to oblige. We started with an order of eggplant rollatini and a Caprese salad. The appetizers are generous portions and a wonderful warm up for the evening.

The eggplant is thinly sliced, gently fried, and stuffed with fresh well seasoned ricotta and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. This dish is topped with their in house marinara and melted mozzarella. When this dish gets to your table, you know you’ve ordered the right appetizer.

eggplant-rollatini

Eggplant Rollatini

 

The crispy eggplant and soft creamy ricotta gives you wonderful texture, and the marinara cuts the creaminess perfectly. When you order this dish, definitely have the wait staff place the warm bread on your side of the table.

Caprese Salad

Caprese Salad

We also ordered a caprese salad. The salad was a crisp, light appetizer with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, peppers and giardiniera. All the components of the dish were lightly drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and seasoned with freshly ground salt and pepper. The dish was perfect as a share, but can easily hold up as a delicious lunch option on a Saturday afternoon.

Next up we decided to share a pasta special of the day. The Gemelli alla Zia Maria were gemelli pasta tossed with smoked mozzarella, crisp asparagus, and diced tomatoes. They sauce is light, velvety, and smooth! We sprinkled it with some fresh Parmigiano and cracked pepper and we were very happy.

Gemelli Pasta

Gemelli Pasta alla Zia Maria

Keeping with the sharing spirit we split an order of grilled chicken with broccoli rabe. The dish comes with a side order of penne with house marinara or a house salad. The grilled chicken dish delivered on its promise. The dish had two large grilled and thickly slice chicken breasts on top of a bed of broccoli rabe tossed in garlic and oil. The dish is simple, and yet still perfect for those who may want a hardly meal and still have room for something sweet after dinner. Now on to dessert.

Cannoli!

Cannoli!

We were thrilled to have just enough room to order a few cannoli. This is a part of the meal where you may not want to share. We ordered two cannoli for the four of us. These cannoli are large. They are filled to order, so you are served a crispy crunchy shell stuffed with creamy, sweet ricotta filling that is restaurant made. Visit Mezza Luna for dinner, or place an order to take out. Their full menu is available for either option. They cater as well so keep them in mind for your next event.

Mezza Luna Pizzeria & Restaurant, 118 Brook St., Scarsdale, NY 10583 (914-722-4854)  http://www.mlpizzeria.com

SPOT: BRONX ZOO- BREW AT THE ZOO

Westchester Food Finders,

I wanted to let you know about a great event taking place 15 minutes away, on Saturday October 29th at 7pm.

The Bronx Zoo will be hosting its first-ever Bronx Zoo Brew. They will be having over 40 beer vendors and 100 varieties of beers to sample. The Zoo will host Food trucks, live music, DJ’s, A Glow in the Dark Party, Costume Contest, and some of our favorite animals.

Cost starts at 29.99 for designated drivers and works its way up depending on the package of your choice. 44.99 gets you into the tasting and 74.99 gets you VIP access!

More information below…

https://bronxzoo.com/brew