After a year-plus hiatus due to COVID-19, Emma’s Ale House (68 Gedney Way, White Plains; 914.683.3662) has reopened. “I didn’t want to open again until the pandemic ran its course,” says owner Casey Egan, a lifelong White Plains resident. Staffing has been tough, according to Egan, saying, “people reconsidered circumstances. The industry doesn’t lend itself to family or having a social life because of the late hours and working weekends.” The menu has shrunk down slightly, but the offerings are still basic comfort American fare with a bit more flair: short-rib quesadillas, Jameson-battered onion rings, house-made warm pretzels, grilled-salmon BLT, and a deconstructed chicken pot pie. Emma’s first opened in November 2008.
Open in the space that once housed longtime Chinese restaurant Lum Yen is Baby Duke’s Seafood & Steaks (100 W Boston Post Rd, Mamaroneck; 914.698.6881). The Cajun eatery offers catfish nuggets, East Coast oysters, seafood boils, smothered pork chops, and po’ boys. House-made desserts include pecan pie, Key lime pie, peach cobbler, and cheesecake.
White Plains finally has a non-chain ice cream parlor: Ice Cream Social (481 Mamaroneck Ave; 914.358.4323). Serving Kingston-based Jane’s Ice Cream (a small-batch ice cream maker using dairy from hormone-free cows), flavors include black-raspberry chip, cappuccino Kahlua, pistachio, lavender, unicorn cake, and peanut butter munch.
Espresso-based beverages, medium-roasted espressos, cappuccinos, lattés, hot chocolate, organic hot tea, and treats via popular Croton bakery Baked by Susan are among the offerings at the new The Espresso Guys (914.459.1129) food truck/mobile espresso cart.
Mamaroneck-based Heimat New York, producers of liqueurs made with whole fruit, have added elderflower to its offerings. Using handpicked elderflower blossoms from a Hudson Valley farm, the liqueur is created once annually, when flowers are at peak blossom and fragrance.