Westchester Restaurant Openings, Closings, Events and News in July 2013

Stephanie Landis joins Mambo 64 as chef de cuisine, Ridge Hill in Yonkers hosts a farmers’ market managed by Down to Earth Farmers Markets, and more.

Clockwise from top left: the interior of Mambo 64; grilling chops at The Farmhouse at Bedford Post; Morello’s Irish Twist features Jameson Irish Whiskey, lime wedges, and ginger simple syrup; dulce de leche French toast at Havana Central; Owner Robert Zalkin of Goldens Bridge Fine Wines (the farmhouse at bedford post photo by Guy van Grinsven)

Stephanie Landis, formerly of Don Coqui in New Rochelle, is chef de cuisine at Mambo 64 (64 Main St, Tuckahoe 914-222-9964; mambo64.com), a Latin American/Caribbean restaurant owned by cookbook author/cooking instructor (and, now, Executive Chef) Arlen Gargagliano. The menu is inspired primarily by Spanish, Peruvian, and Caribbean cuisines, and includes such dishes as jerk chicken with coconut rice; black-bean and tomato quinoa, shrimp sofrito, red snapper with pineapple salsa, plus a selection of tapas. Entrées range from $18 to $24 and tapas from $7 to $9.50. Mambo64 is open for dinner only Tuesday to Sunday until September, when lunch and Sunday brunch will be offered. Mondays are reserved for special event tastings and classes

Iain Falconer, previously chef at Tarrytown’s Sweet Grass Grill, is the executive chef at Cooper’s Mill (670 White Plains Rd, Tarrytown 914-631-1216; coopersmillrestaurant.com), a 216-seat New American restaurant located next to the Marriott Hotel. Many of the menu’s ingredients are sourced from local purveyors; dishes to order include a 20-ounce grilled rib-eye with broccoli rabe; a smoked turkey BLT, and flatbreads such as fig, duck prosciutto, and Gorgonzola. Don’t forget to try one of the rotating house-made ice creams in such flavors as honey beet, basil, bacon walnut, and strawberry rhubarb. The 22-seat bar offers New York State beers on tap, local artisan bourbons and vodkas, and features a wood-burning oven. Cooper’s Mill is open every day for breakfast, lunch, and dinner

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Celebrate America’s birthday at The Farmhouse at Bedford Post (954 Old Post Rd, Bedford 914-234-7800; bedfordpostinn.com) with a special three-course July 4th barbecue dinner ($49). Main plates include a lobster roll, hot smoked sturgeon, beef brisket, and Memphis dry-rubbed spareribs, all served with family-style sides of potato salad, melon salad, sliced tomatoes, and deviled eggs. For dessert: banana splits and red velvet cake

Also honoring the July 4th holiday is Cedar Street Grill (23 Cedar St, Dobbs Ferry 914-674-0706; cedarstreetgrillny.com), offering menu specials ($3 roast suckling pig pulled-pork sliders; $2 oysters) drink specials ($6 Arnold Palmers made with fresh-squeezed lemonade and Kentucky bourbon; $6 rose sangrias; and $5 craft beer drafts and well drinks); and a performance by rock guitarist and Tarrytown resident Jimmy Tate from 4 to 8 pm

Westchester’s Ridge Hill in Yonkers hosts a farmers’ market managed by Down to Earth Farmers Markets (downtoearthmarkets.com) and in association with Whole Foods Market. Among the Hudson Valley vendors: Little Seed Gardens, Ladle of Love, Pickle Licious, Go-Go Pops, Baked by Susan, and Migliorelli Farm. The market, which also features children’s activities, chef demos, and live music, runs every Friday, rain or shine, from 11 am to 7 pm through November 22

Irvington resident Missy Chase Lapine, founder of Tarrytown-based The Sneaky Chef (thesneakychef.com), has introduced the kid-friendly, healthy food company’s first products: pasta sauces made with eight vegetables ($3.99), and No-Nut Butter golden pea spread ($6.99). Lapine is most known for her Sneaky Chef cookbooks, including the New York Times bestseller, The Sneaky Chef: Simple Strategies for Hiding Healthy Foods in Kids’ Favorite Meals

Morello Bistro (253 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT 203-661-3443; morellobistro.com) has launched its summer cocktail menu ($13-$16) with such offerings as a white peach margarita and a Morello Old Fashioned (Makers Mark, black-cherry bourbon, agave nectar, bitters, lemon juice, grilled orange wheel)

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Havana Central (Ridge Hill, 238 Market St, Yonkers 914-423-5500; havanacentral.com) has a new brunch menu, served Sundays from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. Among the items: Cuban eggs Florentine, dulce de leche French toast, and huevos rancheros

Robert Zalkin is the new owner of Goldens Bridge Fine Wines (Goldens Bridge Shopping Center, Rtes 22 & 138, Goldens Bridge 914-301-5761; gbfinewines.com); the store has been renovated and free tastings of eight wines are offered daily

Slow Food Metro North (slowfoodmetronorth.com) is presenting a July 16th 6 pm screening ($25, rsvp necessary) of Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? about the disappearance of the honeybee and its negative consequences at John Jay Homestead (400 Jay St, Katonah 914-232-5651; marketmanager@johnjayhomestead.org). A panel discussion with several local bee-keepers, including author Marina Marchese of Red Bee Apiaries, follows the film; a selection of honey, cheese, and wine will be served.

Our Wine & Food Festival returns June 4-9!

Our Wunderkinds event takes place on May 23!

Our Best of Business Ballot is open through May 15!

Our Healthcare Heroes Awards event takes place on May 9!

Our Westchester Home Builders Awards take place on April 4!

Our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum is March 14!

Unveiled: A Boutique Bridal Brunch is February 25!

Our Best of Westchester Elimination Ballot is open through March 6!

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