The World’s 50 Best Restaurants, where 1,000 chefs, restaurateurs, food writers, and globetrotting gourmands vote on up to 10 restaurants they’ve visited in an 18-month span, announced its 2018 winners in June. Blue Hill at Stone Barns was #12 (down from #11 last year), and the Chef’s Choice Award went to the Pocantico Hills-based restaurant’s chef, Dan Barber. Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy, came away with the top position.
The Little Beet, the eighth location of the fast-casual mini-chain where guests craft a bowl by selecting a grain/greens base, two sides, a protein, sauce/dip, and garnish, and Melt Shop, a quick-service melted sandwich shop (owned by the same parent company as The Little Beet), are the newest food-court stations to open at Savor Westchester at The Westchester in White Plains.
Beau Widener, formerly director of operations at ERL Hospitality Group (Tomatillo in Dobbs Ferry, Red Zebra in Sleepy Hollow, and Sweet Grass Grill and Grass Roots Kitchen in Tarrytown) is the new executive chef at Crabtree’s Kittle House. Jay Lippin, who served as Crabtree’s chef for 5-plus years, is now executive chef at Baron’s Cove Hotel in Sag Harbor.
Angelo Magno, formerly chef and partner at various White Plains restaurants, including Tango Grill, Gaucho Grill, and Milonga, has teamed up with his brother Paz Magno (previously chef at Chatterbox 54 in Briarcli Manor) to open Magno’s Grill (108 Centre Ave, New Rochelle; 914.235.0008). The 60-seat, white-tablecloth restaurant serves Italian and Argentinean dishes, including empanadas, pork-chop Valdostana, gnocchi with broccoli-rabe pesto, and paella.
Argentinian steakhouse Gaucho Grill is closed and in its place is Via Garibaldi (1 N Broadway, White Plains; 914.468.1888), a traditional Italian restaurant run by the same owner as nearby Via Vento 26 Trattoria at 8 City Place.
Brothers/owners Edgar and Hector Brambila are opening their fourth Rio Bravo (296 Columbus Ave, Tuckahoe) location in the space that formerly housed the longstanding An American Bistro (which closed in July of 2017 after 25 years in business). The Mexican restaurant with a smattering of Tex-Mex dishes is also in Larchmont, Westport, and Fair eld.
In celebration of their 20th anniversary, Harvest on Hudson (1 River St, Hastings-on-Hudson; 914.478.2800) hosted 132 students from Hillside Elementary School with a tour, hands-on tomato planting, and a pizza-making demo. “We were pioneers in the garden- to-table movement,” explains Managing Partner Angelo Liberatore, “and teaching these students is an ideal way for us to pay it forward to this generation. It is a practice that is close to our hearts and the focal point of our business practice.”