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The Westchester Foodie News You Need to Know This Month

Pink pineapple margarita at Kanopi Restaurant.
Photo by Andrea Goncalves

Kanopi Restaurant’s perch high atop the Ritz-Carlton in White Plains may be temporarily closed, but you can still enjoy Chef Anthony Goncalves top-rated dishes via Kanopi at Home (1 Renaissance Sq, White Plains; 914.761.4242;  www.kanopievents.com/kanopiathome).

The menu includes in-house-butchered organic meats, handmade pastas (e.g., semolina thick spaghetti, whole-wheat garganelli) and sauces (e.g., Marcona-almond pesto, mushroom Bolognese), focaccia garlic bread, veggie kebabs, a superlative Portuguese rice pudding, and even artisan cocktails. Orders are filled Thursdays and Fridays, require an $85 minimum, and curbside pickup or delivery (to much of Westchester and Fairfield) is available.

Kanopi at home. Photo by Andrea Goncalves

Kudos to those souls so bold as to debut a restaurant during a pandemic:

The city of Peekskill has two: Whiskey River (38 N Division St; 914.293.7550; www.whiskeyriverny.com), a craft-cocktail-and-whiskey specialist that opened in the space formerly occupied by McDonald & Peacock Cider House, and Apropos Restaurant & Bar (Abbey Inn & Spa, 900 Fort Hill Rd; 914.739.3546; www.aproposrestaurant.com), a farm-to-table restaurant located within a 42-room hotel and spa.   

Shots-to-go from Whiskey River. Photo by Dave Zucker

Also launching during COVID-19 was Jack’s Bar & Restaurant (219 Main St, Eastchester; 914.652.7650; www.jackseastchester.com), in the location that previously held Casa Brusco. The menu is British-pub-inspired, with a pork-and-leek sausage roll, Scotch egg, Irish lamb stew, chicken tikka masala, wood-fired Irish pizza (white Irish cheddar, hash browns, Irish sausage, Irish blood pudding, and Irish bacon on a Heinz baked beans base), and sticky toffee pudding.   

Finally, inside a garden center is a new coffee shop and market selling local foodstuffs, The Farmer’s Grind (Copia Home & Garden, 475 Smith Ridge Rd, South Salem; 914.533.7139; www.facebook.com/farmersgrind).

Founded in 1996, the top-rated Pie Lady & Son (125 Main St, Nyack) closed permanently in April.

Wegmans Food Market (106-110 Corporate Drive Park, Harrison; www.wegmans.com) has moved its opening date to sometime in the fall. The original opening was scheduled for June 7.

Also rescheduled from June is this magazine’s annual Wine & Food Festival (www.winefood.westchestermagazine.com). The new dates are September 22 to 27.