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The Hottest News and Notes From Westchester’s Dining Scene


The Gramercy American Brasserie (345 Kear St, Yorktown Heights; 914.302.7189), a spacious and stylish 100-seat restaurant serving American-French plates has opened where Kirby’s Grill & Bar was located. Montrose resident Matthew Walker, previously executive sous chef at Great Performances Catering in Manhattan, is executive chef. “I have lots of relatives in the South, so there are regional influences from there on the menu,” he says. “But I’m classically French-trained [CIA], so that’s a big menu influencer, as well.” Breads, desserts, and some pastas are done daily, in-house. On the menu: a gluten-free crab-cake app (made with corn flour and masa) served with hearts of palm slaw; duck cassoulet; a dry-aged burger with New York cheddar and tomato jam; and mushroom ravioli in a white wine cream sauce.

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The grand opening for White Plains’ newest Mexican restaurant, Cantina Taco & Tequila Bar

Cantina Taco & Tequila Bar, with two locations in Harlem, has opened a White Plains location (166 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains; 914.461.3959) in the space that once housed Black Bear Saloon. “We like the little-big-city feel and all the development in White Plains,” says co-owner John Solo. The 84-seat restaurant serves Mexican American cuisine (empanadas, quesadillas, tacos on Yonkers-based La Milpa tortillas) within an interior awash in brick, colorful tabletops, teal walls, and farmhouse shutter doors.

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Chimichurri salmon at Iron Vine in Peekskill

Latin/Mediterranean small-plates specialist Iron Vine (992 Main St, Peekskill; 914.930.8507) has received a quasi-makeover, including a new GM (Justin Picone, previously maître d’ at Ousia in Manhattan), executive chef (Yoni Duarte, last Iron Vine’s sous chef, doing house-made empanadas, sauces, dressings, and desserts), and a revamped international wine program with two dozen wines-by-the-glass, plus bottles priced at between $30 and $50.

Casa Amore (65 First St, Pelham; 914.365.1044) has opened in the space that formerly held Villa Nova, after design renovations to the interior. The Italian restaurant offers wood-fired pizzas; raw-bar items; pastas, such as butternut-squash ravioli and Gulf shrimp linguine; and steaks with house-made sauces. For dessert: zeppole made in-house and Chianti-roasted pears over pound cake.

The Taco Project (Tarrytown, Yonkers) has debuted a third location, in Bronxville (65 Pondfield Rd; 914.356.8226).

photo courtesy of stew leonard’s

Stew Leonard’s began as a 17,000 sq. ft. dairy store carrying just eight items in 1969 and has since grown to what will be seven locations in three states as of fall 2019.

Stew Leonard’s is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with special pricing, giveaways, and in-store demos.