Pivoting and reinventing have been the modus operandi for many chefs and restaurant owners since the pandemic began. And while the Hudson Valley has seen its share of closures — we’ve counted close to 30 since March across Westchester and Rockland —there are just as many openings, 37 by our count with more on the way.
Here’s the latest.
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Beer and coffee, along with other goodies, are on tap at this new family owned craft beer bar and bottle shop run by brothers JB and Chris Gomez. Open since Oct. 10, the cafe/bar features coffee from Onyx and Mighty Oak Coffee roasters along with lots of draught beer bottles and cans to go, with a focus on independent breweries. There’s also pastries from Croton-based Baked by Susan and Balthazar, as well as sandwiches and veggie chili from Dobbs Ferry’s Sweet and Savory. Indoor seating only.
Go: 78 Main St., 914-355-7108, climbingwolf.com
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What had been Stone Rose Steakhouse & Sushi Lounge in the Jefferson Valley Mall is now Flame Asian Bistro. It’s from same owners but has a new menu with a host of sushi and sashami options and opened in late September.
Go: 650 Lee Blvd., 914-962-3338, flameasianbistro.com
Gustico Latin Kitchen, Yonkers
Latin food is front and center at Gustico, which opened Oct. 7 with dishes such as Camarones a la Parrilla (mixed meat platter), Sopa de Camarones (shrimp soup), Espagueti con Pollo (spaghetti with chicken), Bistec en Salsa Roja (steak in red sauce) and two kinds of paella (seafood and Valencian style). It’s mostly takeout with a few indoor seats.
Go: 2215 Central Park Ave., 914-652-7744
This new bagel shop, which features more than 30 bagel varieties, including low carb and gluten free options, opened Aug. 18. Though it’s a franchise, it’s owned by White Plains resident Mike Stern. It’s the first LIBC in Westchester though there are negotiations to open another one in the county. Bagels are New York Style hand-rolled and baked fresh daily. You’ll also find breakfast wraps, coffee, sandwiches, paninis, salads and more.
Go: 365 Central Park Ave., 914-607-7172, libc.com
There’s indoor and outdoor seating at this Italian spot, open since Sept. 20. Expect handmade pasta such as penne vodka and ravioli as well as entrees such as chicken parmesan, salmon, and pork chops along with salads and antipasti.
Go: 501 Halstead Ave., 914-380-8704, osteriapadrepio.com
This grab-and-go shop is all about convenience. Owner Paul Sussmann opened Aug. 27 with the goal of providing the community with a place to get a little bit of everything. That means coffee, fresh daily baked goods, chips, cookies and other snacks, along with sandwiches, Bread Alone organic and Zurros Italian bread products, grocery items, newspapers and a walk-in beer cooler called “the cave.”
Go: 24 Woodsbridge Road, 914-301-5658, pauliesgrabngo.com
Rebecca’s Cafe, New Rochelle
This family-owned cafe, open since Sept. 27, specializes in Mexican street food, specifically from the state of Puebla. On the menu: Chiles Rellenos, enchiladas and fajitas. Indoor seating only.
Go: 673 Main St., 914-740-4403
Charlie Amchir, who owns Saw Mill Tavern in Ardsley, opened this classic pizzeria on Sept. 3. The “New York-style pizza shop” features a “crisp-no-flop crust” and serves a variety of pizza, pasta, calzones, wedges and pasta. It’s mostly takeout with a few self-serve tables inside and out.
Go: 20 Cedar St., 914-231-9678, sawmillpizza.com
This bar isn’t new, though it still qualifies as new-ish — it opened last December — but what is new is the food menu, featuring beets five ways, Wagyu sliders, beer-battered fish tacos, beef tenderloin and duck confit ravioli, among other dishes. All go well with the speakeasy’s inventive cocktails such as the “One Night Stand,” (Tito’s vodka, St. Germain, homemade blackberry puree, lemon and a mint sprig) and the “Overruled” (this place is near the courthouse), made with Elijah Craig small batch bourbon, Demerara gum syrup, Fee Brothers Black Walnut bitters and Angostura bitters).
Go: 174 Martine Ave., 914-607-2686
Chef/owner Constantine Kalandranis has rebranded 273 Kitchen into something more fun and casual, designed for the way people are eating now. That means lots of small plates (meze) meant for sharing (and good for takeout). Many of the dishes are similar to what he had at 273, just smaller — think creamy fava hummus, caramelized cauliflower and sunflower seeds, goat milk feta croquettes, fresh shucked oysters, and Spanish octopus.
The interior has also been revamped with a new octopus mural on the wall (holding a martini), a colorful turquoise banquette (which Kalandranis calls “Greekish blue,”), new tile work and new tables meant for easier cleaning. There’s also a new ventilation system as well as outdoor heaters. The restaurant, which never closed, officially opens Oct. 14 and offers dinner only with lunch to come. For those who also know the chef’s Nyack restaurant, 8 North Broadway, that, too, has been rebranded and is also called The Greek•ish.
Go: 273 Halstead Ave., Harrison, 914-732-3333, thegreekish.com
Open since Sept. 8, this eatery is all about the Louisiana seafood boil experience. That means lots of sauces — think Cajun, lemon pepper, garlic butter, and the restaurant’s own special seasoning — for its various offerings of shrimp, clams, mussels and crawfish. The menu also features po’boy sandwiches, and sandwiches.
Go: 250 Main St., second floor, 914-848-4038, thekingcrab98.com
Ardsley residents Michael and Susy Glick took over the former Stars Bagels & Cafe Deli in January, but just relaunched The Shop Ardsley to offer breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Dinner (indoor dining only) service began Oct. 7.
This hybrid restaurant pretty much offers it all — coffee, smoothies, and bagels (they kept the deli’s 15-year veteran bagel maker) — to a full American menu of soups, salads, starters and entrees. Most popular so far: The in-house made rotisserie chicken. Other items include Country Fried Chicken, yellow fin tuna, and chicken parm.
Go: 711 Saw Mill River Road, 914-591-4321, theshopardsley.com
Caribbean and fusion cuisine including oxtails, rasta pasta, curry chicken and jerk New York strip steak are among the choices at this take-out spot. Mount Vernon native (and owner/chef) Steven Carrington had been renting a kitchen prior to opening his own space Aug. 7 and has two tables outside.
Go: 691 E. Lincoln Ave., 914-573-1653, theoxboxkitchen.com
Plus coming soon
- Bagels by Sofia in Larchmont is on target to open around Oct. 17 and will feature 11 different varieties of housemade bagels and 11 different kinds of cream cheeses in addition to sandwiches, fresh bread and more. 145 Chatsworth Ave.
- Broccoli’s Luncheonette should open within the next few weeks at 23 Cedar St. in Dobbs Ferry. The new take-out spot, owned by The Rare Bit’s Scott Broccoli, is all about quick meal options such as mac and cheese, chicken strips, burgers, salads and vegan meals. Lunch and dinner will be part of the menu to start with breakfast to be added down the road.
- Cafe Alaia in Scarsdale is moving to what had been Cooked & Co, at 128 Garth Road, by mid-November.
- Chazz Palminteri Restaurant & Pizza — yes that Chazz Palminteri (he happens to be a Bedford resident) — will take over what had been Anthony’s Coal-Fired Pizza. The restaurant will feature coal-fired thin pizzas along with other Italian specialties and should open sometime in November.
- Christopher’s by Chef Joe will open in Larchmont at the end of October at 2382 Boston Post Road where La Riserva and, briefly, Route One had been.
- The owners behind Colombian House in New Rochelle are opening a second location in the old Sofrito space at 175 Main Street in White Plains at the end of November.
- Meraki Taverna, Armonk: This Greek restaurant, at 450 Main Street (near CVS), is set to open within the next few weeks, merakitaverna-armonk.com
- The Taco Project, with locations in Yonkers, Tarrytown and Bronxville — and known for its fast casual style (and tacos) — will open at 465 Bedford Road in Pleasantville sometime in late November/early December, thetacoprojectny.com
And don’t miss
This organic mostly plant based menu features wraps, paninis and quinoa bowls along with egg scrambles, coffee and more. Owner/founder Sandra Marinelli is all about catering to diners with various dietary preferences and/or allergies and offer them “something delicious and nutritious.” Open since July 25, the eatery is open for breakfast and lunch and will be opening later once her wine and beer license goes through. 890 S Lake Blvd., 845-621-2655, bokmahopac.com
Jeanne Muchnick covers food and dining. Click here for her most recent articles and follow her latest dining adventures on Instagram @lohud_food.
This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: More Westchester restaurants open: 14 to check out plus 8 more coming