From the team mind behind Purdy’s Farmer & the Fish comes Bistro de Ville (185 Summerfield St, Scarsdale; 914.574.6364; bistrodeville.com) serving French classics such as pâté en croute, steak tartare, moules frites, bigeye tuna Niçoise, and oven-roasted duck breast. For dessert: The espresso pot du crème is a winner. The location formerly housed El Barrio.
Longstanding Bernard’s has shuttered and in its place is The Benjamin (20 West Ln, Ridgefield; 475.275.6001; thebenjaminrestaurant.com). The 160-seat (plus 80 outdoors) restaurant offers French- and American-inspired plates by Executive Chef Benjamin Traver (last Chef de Cuisine at Chez Nick on the UES) including Polynesian tuna tartare, smoked trout rillettes, olive-oil poached halibut with herbed couscous; an 8-oz wagyu burger, and lobster risotto. A vanilla crème brûlée and strawberry mousse with vanilla shortbread crumble are among Pastry Chef Melissa Knauer’s top-tier desserts.
Situated in the space that once held Karamba Café is Asopao Cuisine Restaurant (185 Main St, White Plains; 914.428.4383; asopaocuisinerestaurantinc.godaddysites.com), a Dominican eatery serving mofongo (mashed plantains with chunks of protein of choice), octopus salad, fried red snapper, Caribbean seafood fettuccine, chivo picante (spicy goat), and batidos (fresh fruit milkshakes).
American cuisine is on order at Our Place Kitchen & Bar (334 Underhill Ave, Yorktown Heights; 914.302.7900; ourplaceyorktown.com), which opened in the location that formerly housed Furci’s Restaurant. On the menu: barbecue pork ribs, seasonal fruit, walnut, and arugula salad, a 12-oz New York strip steak, buttermilk fried chicken, braised short rib, stuffed peppers, and several taco selections.
Italian fried chicken, lemon-roasted Cornish hen with farro succotash, and roasted garlic pizza with mushrooms and truffle are some of the more interesting items on the menu at Via Veroli (2150 Central Ave, Yonkers; 914.961.3333; viaveroli.com), which debuted this summer in the space that once held Calabria Mia.
A standout NYC French bakery, maman, has opened a location in Greenwich (98 Greenwich Ave, 203.489.3162; mamannyc.com/locations/greenwich). In addition to pastries (don’t miss the pistachio chocolate croissant), cookies, and other sweets, savory breakfast and lunch items are offered.
By the Way Bakery (btwbakery.com), a dairy-free, gluten-free, certified kosher bakery with locations in Hastings-on-Hudson, Greenwich, Manhattan (UES and UWS), and Brooklyn, has its annual High Holiday menu available now. Among the selections: a chocolate truffle torte, chocolate-glazed seven-layer cake, apple cake, and new this year, a railroad cake (almond sponge cake with alternating apricot and raspberry fillings). Place Rosh Hashanah orders by Sept 10; Yom Kippur by Sept 19.
Celebrating its 20th-year in business, Tarrytown’s Coffee Labs Roasters (coffeelabs.com) is planning to debut a second location in Eastchester later this year. Owners Mike and Alicia Love travel globally to source their product and solidify relationships with coffee farming partners.
Wine Spectator’s 2023 Restaurant Awards (winespectator.com) were announced over the summer and include five county restaurants: Grand Award Winners Blue Hill at Stone Barns (bluehillfarm.com) and Crabtree’s Kittle House (crabtreeskittlehouse.com); Best of Award of Excellence winner Moderne Barn (modernebarn.com); and Award of Excellence winners Fogo de Chao (fogodechao.com) and Morton’s, The Steakhouse (mortons.com).
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