Photo by Ekaterina Blech
Opened in late August, TAKO Mexican (High Ridge Plz, 1789 Central Ave, Yonkers; 914.652.7004; www.takomexican.com) features Mexican street fare with locally sourced vegetables and meats. The owner is Jeevan Pullan, who also owns Contemporary Mexican VEGA in Hartsdale.
The owners of Mission Taqueria have closed the Mexican eatery and in its place opened 105-Seventy Bar & Grill (472 Bedford Rd, Pleasantville; 914.741.5285; www.105seventyrest.com). The American restaurant, which serves tacos, salads, burgers, and flatbreads, is a sister to The Urban Hamlet in Bronxville, 105-Ten Bar & Grill in Briarcliff Manor, and 105-Twenty Bar & Grill in Croton-on-Hudson.
The group behind Le Penguin and Le Fat Poodle have debuted Orienta Restaurant (55 Lewis St, Greenwich; 203.489.3394; www.orientarestaurant.com), a French-Vietnamese bistro. Adrien Blech, who has experience working under Chef Eric Ripert at Blue, Ritz-Carlton Grand Cayman, and three-star Michelin Le Bernardin, is executive head chef.
Puerto Rican cuisine is offered at the new Salsa Bembé Bar and Grill (811 McLean Ave, Yonkers; 914.294.0096, www.salsabembe.com), including classics such as guava-barbecued ribs with potato salad; mofongo (mashed green plantains with choice of protein), ropa vieja, and creamy seafood stew with coconut rice. The three-story bar-and-grill also has shaved ice carts on each floor.
Health-minded Chigo (58 Saw Mill River Rd, Hawthorne; 914.495.3323; www.eatchigo.com), a takeout/delivery-only Chinese that debuted this summer uses organic, hormone-free chicken, pasture-raised pork, grass-fed beef, wild-caught fish, cage-free chicken eggs, Chinatown noodles, and organic vegetables. Delivery is available to 26 Westchester towns.
140 Grand (140 Grand St, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.271.1127; www.140grand.com), serving starters such as pork belly bao buns and smoked wings, plus salads and lots of handhelds (fig jam and blue-cheese burger, cured-brisket Reuben, buttermilk-fried-chicken sandwich between rosemary-cheddar waffles), has replaced the Croton Grille.
The spacious 175-seat Gabriella’s Italian Latin Fusion Cuisine (130 W Post Rd, White Plains; 914.358.4416; www.gabriellasitalianfusion.com) opened in July in the space that once housed Ernesto’s.
Growlers Beer Bistro (25 Main St, Tuckahoe; 914.793.0608; www.growlersbeerbistro.com) has reopened with new owners, a rotating line up of a hundred local craft brews, familiar gastropub grub, and an inventive menu of handcrafted cocktails to pair with Pat LaFrieda burgers, Rasta shrimp tacos, and avocado fries.
MIKU Sushi Bar and Restaurant (68 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich; 203.900.7676; www.mikugreenwich.com) has a pop-up sushi bar at Tony’s at the J House (1114 E Putnam Ave, Riverside; 203.698.6999; www.jhouserestaurant.com) until October 31.
Upon reopening for full dinner service sometime in 2021, two-Michelin-star-rated Blue Hill at Stone Barns (630 Bedford Rd, Pocantico Hills; 914.366.9600; www.bluehillfarm.com) will transition to a chef-in-residence format, with a new chef taking over every season. Chef/co-owner Dan Barber plans to step away from kitchen duties for the foreseeable future. A name change will take effect, as well.
Ibrahim Mohammed — formerly of Sapori Restaurant in Scarsdale and previously Manhattan’s Frederick Madison, Opia, Belgian Beer Café, and Brasserie Les Halles — is the new executive chef at Augie’s Prime Cut (3436 Lexington Ave, Mohegan Lake; 914.743.1357; www.augiesprimecut.com).
Expected to debut sometime this fall is Climbing Wolf (78 Main St, Dobbs Ferry; www.climbing wolf.com), a coffee-and-craft-beer bar using beans from Coffee Labs Roasters in Tarrytown.