Bought tickets to a concert or other showing at Port Chester’s Capitol Theatre? For those of you in the habit of planning dinner by arriving at your evening’s entertainment and then whipping out your phone to frantically check what’s open nearby, here’s a conveniently curated itinerary to insure no one in your party has to go hungry or think too hard about where to eat.
1. Pop off the Metro-North at Port Chester Station.
I know what you’re thinking. “I’m already in Westchester, why don’t I just drive?” Here’s why:
Village Beer Garden. Located right next to the historic tracks is a classic, German-style biergarten! Grab a pint or a cocktail before dinner to start off your evening. Not into German?
…Then try McShane’s for a classic Irish pub. All your Old World favorites, with the added benefit of whiskey going quite well with most subgenres of rock & roll. (We recommend anything punk.)
Want to new-school it up? Rye House is a gastropub tweaking old classics with fun new twists. Examples include truffle grilled cheese and Korean fried chicken!
2. We lied; you have to think a little bit. For a sit-down meal try:
Coals has some of the best pizza around, and grilling it gives it an added flare that’s hard to come by. Still, they’re not a one-note joint: their grilled traditional buffalo wings were named the #1 choice by fans at our first ever Wingfest last year!
If seafood is more your thing, there’s no beating Saltaire. This oyster bar situated on the banks of a Long Island Sound inlet features fresh seafood and great drinks. They’re also great for private parties and events, making them an excellent choice for pre-show festivities.
For Italian, head to Tarry Lodge. A traditional trattoria, this venue is like a New York City secret given the breathing room that’s just not available on the island of Manhattan. Pizza, pasta, fish, and meat are all immaculately done and will leave you full and happy, just like grandma intended.
bartaco is a must for everyone at least once (though probably more). Overlooking the waterfront, bartaco serves up delicious tacos and Mexican dishes, as well as some sinful desserts. Other mouthwatering taco joints include El Tio and Taqueria La Picardia, both well-known standouts.
If you’re in the mood for steak (and a lot of it), Copacabana Steakhouse is an all-you-can-eat affair specializing in rodizio, slow-roasted meat carved right at your table. But if that sounds a bit too intimidating pre-show Cafe Brazil is just a few doors down, serving lighter fare all day long.
It’s also a little bit more of a drive, but Argana is a dynamite Morrocan restaurant and bar that is by far worth a short taxi ride.
For dessert, skip getting to your seats early and hit up Neri’s Bakery before they close and snag something sweet to nibble on as you stroll over to the theatre.
3. Stroll over to the theatre.
Westchester Ave., right between Broad and North Pearl Streets. Can’t miss it. Enjoy your entertainment for the evening, but be sure to stop by Garcia’s, the lobby bar, and raise one high to namesake and rock legend Jerry Garcia.
4. Late-Night Snack at Hubba’s.
Before you head home, you are legally required to drop into this proud greasy-spoon. Most dishes are chili-based, and perfectly suited to cap off a night of merriment. We recommend a classic chili cheese dog with “Hubba Water” (tap water with just a splash of Hawaiian Punch).
5. Head on home.
If there’s time before your return train, maybe have a nightcap back at the Beer Garden. After all, you’re already there; it’d be silly not to while you wait.