On January 6th, I had a delicious meal at North in Armonk, NY. This was my third time back, and I have to say North is quickly becoming one of my favorite restaurants in Northern Westchester. It is so nice to see restaurateurs from the “Danny Meyer Empire” come to Westchester and bring a level of sophistication, elegance and top quality food with them. My favorite dishes at North are the pan seared sea scallops (miso-braised bok choy, crispy potatoes) and the gluten-free spaghettini (black Tuscan kale, sweet potato, parmigiano-reggiano). For desert, I enjoyed a variety of the freshly baked skillets and blew out my birthday candles in the carmelized apple upside down cake, the “super awesome” chocolate chip cookie, the espresso chocolate fudge cookie and the red velvet cake. In case you missed it, read Stephen Mancini’s Reasons for Heading North in Julia Sextons “Eat. Drink. Post.” column. Mancini’s story about why he chose to head “North” to open his restaurant is inspiring, and it is nice to see a young restaurateur and entrepreneur bringing liveliness to the community!
In the New York Times “Diners Journal”, Mancini describes the opportunity he sees for restaurateurs in Westchester County. Mancini said, “Opportunity: What an opportunity in Westchester! Let’s think about the demographics. I would feel good about saying that 80 percent of Westchester residents have either worked or lived in New York City at some point in their lives. And if you take the median house income of the county (Bedford, Chappaqua, Armonk more specifically) we will find out that these people often hold high-ranking jobs in their chosen professions. What this means to me is that there is a client base of well-traveled, well-educated people who have dined out all over New York City or even the world. There are people here who know how to dine well and there are people who like great service that is not really available in Westchester. Tarry Lodge (owned by Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich) does over 500 covers on a Saturday night; Blue Hill Stone Barns is booked over a month out. It is just the beginning. Armonk is an amazing community, and an up-and-coming community at that. I am excited to be involved in that community and to be a part of something special.”
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Photos from North Restaurant Night Life Scene on 1/6