Little Kabab Station: Not So Little, Anymore; Wine vs. Beer at Birdsall House; DreamHome with Chef Peter Kelly and the Kittle House; and It’s Duck Fat Potatoes at Harper’s

Little Kabab Station to Debut Little Crepe Street

Earlier this year, when I reviewed Little Kabab Station, it was still barely a toehold on Mount Kisco’s Main Street. Its 12 or so seats meant that LKS was part restaurant (and mostly take-out counter), but it turns out that LKS’s stylish version of Indian food struck a chord with local diners. Several raves by Martha Stewart helped to raise its profile, as did recent celebrity visits by President Bill Clinton, Blake Lively, and Ryan Reynolds. This spring, LKS debuted a companion business, Little Spice Bazaar, an ingenious lassi bar that stuck a pin in the whole Pinkberry/Red Mango bubble by offering tasty, Ayurvedic yogurt drinks paired with craveable snacks of chaat.

But the odd thing about the twin businesses, Little Spice Bazaar and Little Kabab Station, was that they were separated by another Mount Kisco business, Smokers Harbor, at 29 E Main Street. Of course, the obstacle of the cigar store didn’t stop waiters from serving LKS overflow at LSB, and you would often see servers trotting down Main Street, arms loaded with curries. The demise of Smokers Harbor proved too good to pass up for Little Kebab’s owner, Bonnie Saran, so she’s teamed up with a new partner, Viktor Solarik, to debut Little Crepe Street, a 22-seat creperie set to open at the end of this month.

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One might be forgiven for assuming that Little Crepe Street will serve dosas, the crisp rolled Indian treat currently in the news, but Saran’s plan is to serve French-style crepes. “We’ll be offering some Indian fillings—it’ll basically be a choose-your-own-filling crepe, but mostly classic ingredients and locally raised produce from Red Jacket Farms. Actually, crepes are a new thing to me. I told this to Martha Stewart, and she invited me over to her home to show me how to make them! Isn’t that so nice?” Little Crepe Street’s menu will offer buckwheat and gluten-free crepes, salads, and (with the opening of one wall) Crepe Street will open to Little Spice Bazaar so that diners can also enjoy lassis.

Also new for Saran is Crepe Street’s coffee bar, which will offer BonJo coffee, locally roasted in Port Chester. “I’ve never taken a sip of coffee in my life! But we’ll be offering espresso and cappuccino, but none of those artificial sugary syrups.”


Hot Date

Benjamin Moore Designer Panel Color Cocktail Party for Westchester Magazine’s DreamHome
Thursday, October 25
6 pm – 9 pm
41 Hudson View Way, Tarrytown
Tickets $50 each; all proceeds to benefit Historic Hudson Valley

From the site, “Come meet the extraordinary designers from Benjamin Moore, who will discuss home interiors and the ‘color’ of things to come. Local culinary star Peter Kelly will make the evening a scrumptious and delightful event. Moderated by Linda O’Keefe.”  Tickets available here.

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Artists in Residence at Crabtree’s Kittle House, Featuring Ed Roth, Robert Hook, Alessandra Olanow, and Pamela Landau Connolly
Thursday, November 8
6 pm – 9 pm
Tickets $50 per person, with all proceeds to benefit Historic Hudson Valley

From the site, “With the majestic Hudson River as a lovely background, Westchester Magazine and Hudson Harbor will host an evening soirée featuring the works of local artists as well as world-class wines and gourmet food selections in celebration of American Dream Home 2012.” Tickets available here.

Wine vs. Beer at Birdsall House
October 18, 7 pm
$100 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

This event promises the ultimate pairing throwdown in which five beers and five wines are paired with five delicious courses. You decide: Which beverage reigns supreme? Sadly, at the end of all this, you might be too drunk to offer an opinion. Here are the menu details:  mâche and radish salad (micro greens, house-pickled vegetables, pistachio vinaigrette); seared scallops (pumpkin purée, candied pumpkin seeds, aged balsamic); venison and juniper sausage (celery-root purée, roasted apples); smoked duck breast (watercress, kabocha squash custard, wild mushrooms); Bobolink Jean-Louis cheese (creamy, tangy cows’ milk cheese; pear compote); and, to end, baked Alaska (pumpkin and ginger ice creams, gingerbread, brown-sugar meringue). Click here to book.

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Welcome to Fall: Duck Fat Roasted Potatoes at Harper’s

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Fall is here, so don’t be an idiot. You’ve got eight whole months before you need to air your pale, wobbly flesh again in public. It’s time now to throw on a few cozy layers and get down to some serious eating. This week on EDP, we’re pretty excited about this pile of autumn deliciousness: duck fat potatoes at Harper’s in Dobbs Ferry. Just look at them. They’re all golden-crisp on the outside and creamy on the inside, and, folks, they arrive tongue-scorchingly hot and salty—- but with an occasional dip from their generous topper of whipped horseradish crème fraiche, you won’t be able to stop eating. Crisp but creamy, hot but cool, painful but soothing… this is what eating is all about. I reached Chef/Owner Chris Vergara in his kitchen to talk about this dish and he admitted, “Yeah, everyone around here is pretty excited about winter. Guess what I’m making? I’m making blanquette de veau right now!”

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