Spicy Buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders — all foods that make up a classic bar menu. Although traditional and delicious, there’s a new twist on the menu at North End Tavern that’s bringing new flavors beside the nachos and crocks of chili.
Everything he learned around the world he’s brought into the restaurant, putting his experiences to good use. From Asian flare to French techniques to Italian pizazz, he molded the menu in a way using all of those practices, and it’s been going strong.Jerry DeJesus, chef and a co-owner with more than twenty-five years of industry experience, came into the restaurant in April and had the drive to expand the menu. DeJesus was raised by generations of chefs, growing up in the industry. He took about four and a half years to travel around the world and has worked as a chef in places such as Australia, Brazil, Thailand, and other countries that expanded his culinary expertise.
“I love what I do, I’ve been doing this for so long. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else,” says DeJesus.
Some of their top dishes are on the starters section of the menu. Take a bite into a combination of sweet, spicy, and a little bit of salty with their jalapeño poppers. The melted pepper jack and cheddar sauce topped with crispy serrano bits takes this dish into OMG territory.
Share a basket of their crispy Kung Pao calamari that will give your mouth a little kick of Asian flare with their Asian sweet and sour sauce. There’s also steamed mussels with coconut milk and Thai chili. If you want something meatier, order a short ribs and corn bread appetizer. Drizzle over it with a sweet maple butter, combining a savory and honied explosion in your mouth.
For a main, North End Tavern has juicy 10 oz. burgers that will fill you up, including loaded options such as the chili cheeseburger or the truffle shuffle burger. With the cold months here to stay, DeJesus has tipped his menu slightly in the direction of heartier winter fare: sample classic comforts such as Momma’s meatloaf, beer-can chicken, and butternut squash ravioli in a brown butter-sage sauce.
“I want you to come, just sit and be comfortable,” says DeJesus.
North End Tavern
1301 North Ave, New Rochelle
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