Soon-to-open Vintage 1891 Wine Lounge (2098 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont 914-834-9463) focuses on wine and libations—the wine list has more than 1,000 selections, including 25 by-the-glass, plus seasonal handcrafted cocktails using spirits from small-batch producers. But one can’t live on drinks alone. Chef Khadijah Smith, a CIA grad, cooks up small plates of fresh ricotta crostini with local honey and lemon balm, truffle deviled eggs, and green lentils with grilled venison sausage ($4 to $20). Homemade desserts tend to be retro: whoopee pies, baked Alaska, double chocolate bread pudding. The wine bar is open Tuesday to Sunday for dinner, and a lunch service will start in April. Craig Muraszewski, previously GM/wine director at PLATES, is the owner
Rosa Merenda, previously co-owner, with sister Rina Spadaro, of Spadaro in New Rochelle, has opened her own restaurant, La Scarbitta (215 Halstead Ave, Mamaroneck 914-777-1667). The 64-seat, white-tablecloth restaurant, housed in the space that Bar Vivace vacated, has a menu featuring “homemade regional Italian peasant cuisine.” Among the entrées: ricotta gnocchi with Bolognese or marinara sauce; swordfish with capers, olives, and cherry tomatoes; osso buco; and wild boar with pappardelle ($18 to $35). For dessert, there’s homemade ricotta cheesecake, tiramisu, and cannoli. The restaurant is BYOB. It is open Friday to Sunday for lunch and Tuesday through Sunday for dinner
Jack Ginty, formerly a sous chef at Maloney and Porcelli in Manhattan, is chef at the new steakhouse Byrne & Hanrahan (640 McLean Ave, Yonkers 914-476-2786). The restaurant, which opened in the space that once housed J.J. Mannion’s, features dry-aged steaks, shrimp scampi, shepherd’s pie, chicken piccata, and a variety of pasta dishes. Steaks cost $39.90 to $79.90, while other entrées range from about $18 to $27. Open every day for lunch and dinner and for brunch on Sundays, Byrne & Hanrahan is co-owned by Bronxville resident Mike Byrne, whose father was a co-founder of Smith & Wollensky in Manhattan
Chef/owner Eric Korn of gourmet sandwich shop Good-Life Gourmet (13 Spencer Pl, Scarsdale 914-723-3024) has started dinner service Wednesday to Saturday from 5 to 9 pm. A four-course, prix-fixe dinner costs $30. Expect dishes such as braised short ribs over sautéed greens; deconstructed potpie; seared crab cakes with pickled cherry tomato; and vegan eggplant pizza. Korn also has opened a second spot on Main Street in Irvington
Pan-roasted trout with summer bean salad from Eric Korn at Good-Life Gourmet
Sterling Sweets (914-502-0039) is a new e-bakery specializing in gluten-free sweets (using brown rice flour) headed by Ossining resident and French Culinary Institute grad Jennifer Sterling. Sterling bakes from commercial rent-a-kitchens in Mamaroneck and Chelsea in Manhattan, and her offerings include wedding cakes (passion fruit filling, vanilla buttercream, and fresh berries) at $8 to $16 a slice; five flavors of caramel popcorn (e.g., maple bacon, cookies and cream) at $11 for a 7-ounce bag; and myriad cupcakes at $2.25 each. Sterling Sweets delivers within the New York City and Westchester County area ($35 minimum)
A brown-sugar cupcake with peanut-butter frosting and caramel filling from Sterling Sweets will make any day a sweeter one.
To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the DoubleTree by Hilton-Tarrytown (455 S Broadway, Tarrytown 914-631-5700) is offering happy hour drinks (5 to 7 pm) from Monday to Friday at Bistro Z Restaurant at 1961 prices. On Mondays and Wednesdays, Rodney Strong by-the-glass wines are 50 percent off; on Tuesdays and Fridays, 6-ounce draught beers are 50 cents, as are Thursday’s select cocktails; Rodney Strong bottles are 50 percent off on Fridays. Plus, on Saturdays and Sundays, all wines are 30 percent off
Méli-Mélo Crêperie (362 Greenwich Ave, Greenwich, CT 203-629-6153) is now serving a new breakfast menu including fresh-squeezed fruit and vegetable juice, organic omelets (mushroom, Creole, fine herbs), Viennese specialty breads and pastries complemented by homemade maple butter, red fruit jam, and walnut butter, yogurt parfaits, and churros with thick Callebaut hot cocoa. Breakfast is served 6:30 am to 11:30 am weekdays and 8 am to 11:30 am weekends
Among the new offerings at Méli-Mélo are croissants, pain au raisin, and pain au chocolat
Owner Fernando Cabral is celebrating Caravela’s (53 N Broadway, Tarrytown 914-631-1863) 25th anniversary with specials throughout the month
Fish Cellar in Mount Kisco, Don Emilio at Lobo’s Café in Chappaqua, and Dragonfly Caffé in Pleasantville have all closed. Enzo’s of Arthur Avenue (2339 Arthur Ave, Bronx 718-733-4455) is scheduled to move into the Fish Cellar’s space, and The Black Cow Coffee Company (51 Maple St, Croton-on-Hudson 914-271-7544) is slated to open early this month in Dragonfly Caffé’s spot.