Spoon Asian Fusion has closed, and in its space is Mentor’s Mediterranean Steak (415 King St, Chappaqua; 914.861.2385; mentorssteakhouse.com), serving Prime, 30-day-dry-aged steaks. On the menu: grilled squid skewers, spanakopita spring rolls, watermelon salad with grilled feta, grilled Colorado lamb chops, chitarra cacio e pepe prepared in a Parmesan cheese wheel, and miso-glazed Chilean sea bass.
Cantina Taco & Tequila Bar (166 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; 914.461.3959; cantinawhiteplains.com) has opened where James Joyce Public House was. Apps include street corn, sweet plantains, and queso fondido. Approximately 12 tacos are also on offer (e.g., mango jerk chicken, rock shrimp, crispy pork belly), plus steak fajitas, garlic shrimp, and carnitas. Look for the cheeseburger empanada special.
The second county location (fourth overall) of Zero Otto Nove (16 Depot Sq, Tuckahoe; 914.337.6941; zeroottonove.com) debuted in late June where The Tap House was. Naples-style pies and other Southern Italian fare are on offer. The other locations are Armonk, the Flatiron District, and Arthur Avenue (the original).
Cuts of meat are sliced off skewers served tableside, with heaping portions of yuca fries, at the new Brazilian restaurant Downtown Steakhouse (5 N Division St, Peekskill; 914.293.0292).
In the space that once held Bollywood Grill is now The Prime Stk-Out (68 Wheeler Ave, Pleasantville; 914.239.8807; theprimestkout.com). Charred octopus, local burrata, Asian-style fried calamari, and raw-bar selections are among the starters. In addition to steaks, a Berkshire pork chop, short-rib rigatoni, shrimp limoncello, and seafood risotto are offered as mains.
Wine Spectator’s (winespectator.com) 2022 Restaurant Awards recognized six county restaurants, including Blue Hill at Stone Barns (bluehillfarm.com) and Crabtree’s Kittle House (crabtreeskittlehouse.com) as two of only 97 Grand Award Winners worldwide. The other 914 restaurants with either a Best of Award of Excellence or Award of Excellence were Moderne Barn (modernebarn.com), Fogo de Chão (fogodechao.com), Morton’s, The Steakhouse (mortons.com), and Saltaire Oyster Bar & Kitchen (saltaireoysterbar.com).
The Great American Cider Competition has recognized Thompson’s Cider Mill (335 Blinn Rd, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.271.2254; thompsonscidermill.com) with six medals for its hard ciders, including a gold for its Antique Apple Rose Hard Cider. The 6.8 abv ciders can be purchased at the Mill on weekends from September through Christmas and ordered and picked up at the Mill by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or texting 914.409.3433 during the remainder of the year.
Baked by Susan (379 S Riverside Ave, Croton-on-Hudson; 914.862.0874; bakedbysusan.com) won a New Product award for its BakeThisYourself™Pie Kit, at Specialty Food Association’s (SFA) 2022 Sofi™ Awards. The frozen pie kit comes with three bottom crusts pressed into a tin, three top crusts, fresh-frozen fruits bags, and sugar/spice mix bags; it can be purchased at BakeThisYourself.com.