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Everything You Need to Know About the Local Food Industry This Month

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Photo courtesy of La Botte


O
pened in December in the space that once housed Uno Pizzeria & Grill is La Botte Ristorante (14 Martine Ave, White Plains; 914.461.2950). Expect daily-made pastas, in-house desserts, wood-fired pizzas, and a well-appointed wine list at this sophisticated regional Mediterranean/Italian restaurant with a marble bar. Dishes to sample include grilled sea bass with clams and cannellini beans; Murray’s free-range chicken with green farro, pomegranate, fava beans, and lime crema; and linguine in a San Marzano tomato sauce with scamorza and zucchini flowers. 

In place of the shuttered Inka’s Seafood Grill is Casa Tequila Cocina & Bar (465 Main St, Armonk; 914.219.5777). The Nuevo Latino menu offerings put contemporary touches on traditional Mexican/Latin fare, including dishes such as slow-braised beef short ribs with mole sauce, Mexican cream, roasted carrots, sesame seeds, and sofrito rice; pan-seared North Atlantic Salmon over sautéed spinach, grilled corn, and yuca purée; and flounder ceviche with avocado purée, serrano pepper, and tempura flakes. The beverage program has more than 100 tequilas and mezcals.

Enriching the cocktail scene in White Plains is new speakeasy-themed lounge The Blind Pig (174 Martine Ave), open daily until 4 a.m. in the space that previously housed Tighe’s Tavern. Look for inventive cocktails made with house-made purées, syrups, and tinctures, plus small plates and a Sunday brunch. 

Dolphin South (39 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville; 914.579.2426) has opened in the space that formerly housed Tzatziki Greek Grill. Chef-owner Giovanni Abbate offers an Italian menu of “Grandma classics” balanced with some more contemporary plates. On the menu: fried ravioli, grilled octopus with a potato olive cake; pesto orecchiette with zucchini and asparagus; seared scallops and pancetta, and pan-seared branzino. Heading up restaurants runs in the family: Abbate’s parents own Katonah’s Blue Dolphin and his uncle owns Le Fontane, also in the hamlet.

Expected to have opened by press time is The Cube Inn (22 Main St, Tarrytown; 914.315.9218), a 40-seat Cuban restaurant from husband-wife team Robert “BeBe” Gonzalez and Megan Taney-Gonzalez, who previously ran Babalu’Q catering.

Adjacent to their Euro-style taverna, Boro6 Wine Bar, owners Paul Molakides and Jennifer Aaronson, plan to have debuted B6 Kitchen (547 Warburton Ave; Hastings-on-Hudson) by press time. Their latest project is a takeout/catering business that will offer ready-to-eat meals, soups, and daily specials, plus a small retail section of packaged house-made products.

 

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