After months and months of anticipation (and lots of construction in the space that housed Hostaria Mazzei), Arrosto (25 S Regent St, Port Chester 914-939-7200), is set to open this month. The modern Italian eatery, owned by restaurateur Godfrey Polistina (’Cesca and Ouest on the Upper West Side of Manhattan), has as its chef Ardsley resident Shea Gallante, who has worked in the kitchens of Cru, Bouley, and Felidia. The menu features pizzas from a wood-burning oven, fresh pastas, grilled meats and seafood, and desserts by pastry chef Bjorn Boettcher, last of Daniel and Bouley. Entrées range between $16 and $24
The latest restaurant addition to downtown White Plains, Hudson Grille (165 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains 914-997-2000), offers such entrées as pan-seared Scottish salmon, duck confit in a five-spice sauce, slow-roasted Berkshire pork chop, and linguini with baby clams. Most main dishes cost between $17 and $28. Dine in the rear beer garden, which features a 40-foot granite bar. Hudson Grille is open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner
La Renaissance’s French apple tart.
This and next month, La Renaissance Pâtisserie Française (9 Harwood Ct, Scarsdale 914-472-0702) is preparing a special menu of fall harvest desserts including apple tart Tatin ($35), pear tart ($28), and pumpkin cheesecake ($30). Apples and pumpkins are sourced locally from Wilkens Fruit Farm and Outhouse Orchards, among other nearby farms
Joe Floriano has moved his bakery, Enrico’s (214 E Hartsdale Ave, Hartsdale 914-723-0340), a few storefronts down to a space three times its original size and expanded his offerings to include bagels, 15 housemade cream cheeses (caviar, blueberry, and apricot, among them), gourmet cheeses, and a full assortment of smoked fish
Somers now has a stop for all Italian things sweet and/or caffeinated: Mirabella Gelateria & Espresso Bar (30 Rte 118, Baldwin Place 914-519-6090). There are 16 flavors of gelato as well as traditional Italian pastries and espresso drinks
Kudos to The Rye Bar & Grill (One Station Plz, Rye 914-967-0332; ryegrill.com). It was one of 50 restaurants nationwide to win 2010 OpenTable.com Diner’s Choice Award for best kid-friendly restaurant. The restaurant reservation website based the award on five million online user surveys of approximately 12,000 restaurants
Sweets from Mirabella.
A new selection of mocktails (non-alcoholic drinks) are offered at Morton’s, The Steakhouse (9 Maple Ave, White Plains 914-683-6101): the pom-pom (all-natural lemonade, pomegranate syrup, mint, and raspberry foam); lemon-berry smash (lemonade mixed with smashed berries); ginger no-jito (ginger beer, mint, lime juice); and the pomegranate mixer (pomegranate syrup mixed with lemonade or iced tea)
Steve Cross, owner of The Cabin Restaurant in Elmsford, Striped Bass in Tarrytown, and Greenwich Lobster House, has opened The White Room (2 S Water St, Greenwich, CT 203-531-5658). The lounge and tapas bar, open Thursday through Sunday, offers small plates such as braised octopus with Gaeta olives, duck confit quesadillas, chorizo sausage and dried figs, lobster roll sliders, and ahi tuna sashimi ($6 to $21), plus a large selection of $12 martinis and $11 specialty cocktails
New menu items are available at Ichi Riki (1 E Main St, Elmsford 914-592-2220) including roast duck with yuzu miso sauce; fried flounder with sweet-and-sour vegetable sauce; a spicy lobster roll with mango and avocado; ichiban roll (salmon, white fish, eel, crab); and naruto roll (tuna, yellowtail, avocado, and caviar).