Scheduled to have opened in June is La Casa (7 Pondfield Rd, Bronxville), a Mexican restaurant using veggies from local, organic farms, ethically sourced meats, and tortillas made in-house with heirloom corn. The chef is Emily Gonzalez, previously at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, as a sous chef, as well as Cosme in Manhattan. Heading the beverage program is Julio Enriquez, also formerly of Blue Hill. La Casa is in the space that once housed Blue Moon Mexican.
In the space that formerly held Revenge BBQ is FarmEats BBQ (48 Main St, Irvington; 914.231.6646), a Texas-style barbecue restaurant serving smoked brisket, rib plates, pulled pork, and pulled chicken, among other pasture-raised, antibiotic-and hormone-free meats from Sweet Tree Farm in Schoharie County, NY. Pickles, mustard, ketchup, and coleslaw are done in-house.
Averna Italian Steakhouse (17 Purdy Ave, Rye; 914.305.5330) has opened in what was formerly The Nikkei of Peru. On the menu: Prime dry-aged steaks, grilled octopus, escargots, shrimp and wild mushroom risotto, and a raw bar featuring regional American oysters.
Via Venuto 26 Trattoria has closed, and new in the location is Bello’s Mexican Grill (8 City Pl, White Plains; 914.229.3700). Tacos al pastor, or tacos made with ribbons of shaved pork from a vertical rotating spit, is a signature item.
The fourth county location (and 109th nationwide) of Playa Bowls (3 Main St, Tarrytown) is now open. The chain specializes in açai, pitaya (aka dragon fruit), coconut, and other bowls, plus smoothies and juices.
Falafel Place, a Middle Eastern, counter-service eatery, has opened in White Plains (204 Mamaroneck Ave; 914.902.0062), serving hummus plates, pita sandwiches (falafel, roasted eggplant, hummus), shakshuka, and meze. The original location is in Yonkers.