Scarsdale resident Bela Mehta has opened 20-seat Masala Kraft Café (206 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale 914-722-4300), a counter-service eatery offering home-cooked Indian cuisine. The café, located across from the Hartsdale Metro-North station, is open every day for lunch and dinner. The priciest items on the menu are the $8 daily specials (vegetable biryani, paneer makhani, chana poori). Regular menu items include spicy potato dumplings, crispy lentil patties, and six types of dosas. “I learned to cook regional Indian from my mother and grandmothers,” says Mehta. With the exception of a few desserts, everything is made in-house.
Jennifer Vellano, previously of Manhattan’s Per Se, and James Vellano, last chef du cuisine of Bouchon Bakery, have opened in-home culinary service Maison Privé (255 Huguenot St, New Rochelle 914-843-5068). The husband-and-wife team specializes in weekly custom home meals and multi-course private dinner parties in Manhattan, Westchester, and Greenwich, Connecticut.
In the space that once housed Southbound BBQ, NinaMaria’s Italian Restaurant & Bar (301 Columbus Ave, Valhalla 914-358-5000) has opened. The menu is “grandma Italian” with bread, pastas, and desserts all made in-house. Favorites include sautéed sausage and beef with puréed beans and escarole, salmon Florentine, and linguini with mussels. The majority of main dishes cost $10 to $20. NinaMaria’s is open every day for lunch and dinner.
Expect over-the-top presentations of sushi and sashimi at the recently opened Yoshino Asian Fusion (562 Gramatan Ave, Mount Vernon 914-699-9888). The restaurant serves more than 50 different sushi rolls, teriyaki and hibachi items, plus pan-Asian dishes such as Thai crispy tilapia, wok-glazed ginger beef, and chicken with Malaysian red curry. Mains cost from $10 to $20. Mention this editorial at Yoshino and you’ll get a free mochi ice cream!
The soft-serve frozen dessert served at the new Tasti D-Lite (Wykagyl Shopping Center, 1282 North Ave, New Rochelle 914-813-8188) may not be ice cream (not enough butterfat to qualify) or frozen yogurt (it has no fermented yogurt cultures), but it is all-natural, creamy, and tasty.
A new $26.50 prix-fixe fall/winter menu (subject to change) is now being offered at Jackie’s Bistro (434 White Plains Rd, Eastchester 914-337-8447). The three-course menu is served Tuesday through Thursday for dinner from 5:30 to 9 pm and includes a choice of appetizers; a choice of salmon and filet of sole combination, scallops with linguini, or chicken fricassee for main; and a choice of rice pudding, coffee roll, or warm apple cake for dessert.