William Mike Harden, the Coast Guard captain and licensed lobster fisherman behind four LobsterCraft food trucks, has opened three brick-and-mortar locations, including one in Greenwich (107 Greenwich Ave; 203.900.1555; lobstercraft.com). The others are in Norwalk and Fairfield. Harden, who has a lobster boat in Groton, sets his line of deep-water lobster traps east of Montauk in the Atlantic Ocean for fresh meat to fill six lobster roll offerings (e.g, the LBLT, filled with lobster, bacon, lettuce, tomato, and topped with garlic aioli; Surf N Turf, with marinated flank streak and garlic aioli; and the Heat Wave, with serrano-and-habanero-pepper-infused butter). Also on the menu: lobster versions of tacos, sliders, mac ’n’ cheese, grilled cheese, pot pie, and bisque.
Chef Fabian Marquez, owner of the Peruvian/Latin Latusion Food Truck (latusionfoodtruck.com; @latusionfoodtruck), has debuted the Galapagos Food Truck @galapagosfoodtruck), serving such Ecuadorian fare as maduro loco (sweet plantains topped with cheese, Ecuadorian pulled pork, chorizo, and drizzled with chimichurri aioli), shrimp ceviche, and parrillada (grilled steak, chicken, and chorizo served with crispy fried plantains and drizzled with chimichurri aioli). Plant-based, counter-service café Root 2 Rise (359 Manville Rd, Pleasantville; 914.769.8460; root2riseny.com), serving gluten-free, dairy-free, and refined-sugar-free fare, has opened. For breakfast, there’s offerings such as toasts, scones, and yogurt with granola; the lunch menu has a beet-and-walnut burger, gluten- and grain-free pizzas, grilled “cheeses,” and salads.
In the space that once housed Lalibela is now Monarca Restaurant & Bar (37 S Moger Ave, Mount Kisco; 914.864.0337; toasttab.com/monarca-restaurant-bar/v3), serving traditional American fare, such as a salmon burger, shrimp scampi, chicken Madeira, and penne in a creamy pesto sauce with shrimp.
Wine Spectator’s (winespectator.com) 40th Annual Restaurant Awards, which honor the world’s best restaurants for wine were announced in the summer and included Blue Hill at Stone Barns and Crabtree’s Kittle House in the Grand Award Winner category (only 103 total winners worldwide) and Alba’s Ristorante, BLT Steak, and Morton’s, The Steakhouse for the Award of Excellence category (1,673 winners).