Restaurants Reopen Gradually in Mid-Hudson Region!
With permission from Gov. Cuomo and local officials in the Mid-Hudson Region of New York State, which includes Westchester, Rockland, Putnam and the Hudson Valley, Phase 2 reopening has been ongoing since June 9th. It allows restaurants to serve outdoor dining with restrictions. Phase 3 reopening began on June 23rd for limited indoor seating at restaurants within strict guidelines.
This is, of course, great news for the restaurant community which has been struggling for months since coronavirus dining restrictions were put in place. I hear restaurant owners have had trouble getting their outdoor dining permits in some municipalities. Perhaps this will now ease. Restaurants in nearby Fairfield County, CT., have already permitted outdoor dining. We have taken advantage, as have many New Yorkers crossing the border. I, for one, am anxious to get back out again to restaurants in the region. I miss the ambiance, conviviality, and the food. It will be a ‘new normal’, experts say. Follow the rules. We will keep you posted…
AL FRESCO BRONXVILLE!
Mayor Mary C. Marvin of Bronxville has expanded ‘outdoor village spaces’ with barriers to allow restaurants increased activity. Drive around the village and it looks festive, patio tables with colorful umbrellas wrapped around local eating places.
Owner Steven Palm of Underhills Crossing at 74 ½ Pondfield Road has been operating this restaurant with a distinctive hand since 1995 serving contemporary American specialties with pizzazz. Palm and his crew set up a big colorful outdoor café bedecked with colorful flowers. Open 7 days for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. New hours. Check ahead. Phone: 914-337-1200 www.underhillscrossing.com
Wayne Chessler of Park 143 Bistro at 143 Parkway Road, a veteran of the restaurant/hospitality field, has a beautifully designed outdoor seating area lush with shrubs and flowers. His seafood-centric menu is a treat. Open 7 days a week. Cozy bar and fresh-made cocktails. Major credit cards. Phone: 914-337-5100 www.park143.com
Just down the street is Coals Pizza where you can sit outside and order one of their popular grilled pies, a good burger, and a refreshing craft brew. www.coalspizza.com
On the other side of the Metro-North tracks, Bronxville Diner has outdoor table sprawled all along Kraft Ave. You can take in some retro-diner specialties. www.thebronxvillediner.com
Meanwhile, Tredici Social, a few stores down Kraft Ave., has put the finishing touches on their outdoor patio. Chef Giuseppe Fanelli’s contemporary Italian specialties are flavorful. www.tredicisocial.com
Nestled off Pondfield Road is Scalini Osteria, Angelo DiRosa’s charming spot offering both front and rear patios to enjoy a progressive Italian meal. www.scaliniosteria.com
The Bronxville Farmers Market has been drawing a crowd every Saturday by reservation from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can register on-line for a time slot. Covid regulations are in place. www.bronxvillefarmersmarket.com
PELHAM AL FRESCO!
Pelham Town Supervisor Dan McLaughlin is offering a lot of support to local restaurants. Patrons flocked to Macelleria Italian Steakhouse as soon as they set up their outdoor seating along Fifth Ave. Customers were obviously happy to see them back. Open daily. www.macelleriaitaliansteakhouse.com
Sergio’s, further up on Fifth Ave., created an outdoor patio in their rear parking area. Open 7 days. www.sergiosofpelham.com
The new Marcello’s, a few stores from DeCicco’s Market, has set up outdoor seating. www.marcellospizzeria.net
Villaggio is covering their section of sidewalk with tables as well. www.villaggiotrattoria.com
NEW ROCHELLE AL FRESCO!
Mayor Noam Bramson has successfully led the City of New Rochelle back from being one of the nation’s first coronavirus hotspots to a dining destination. Restaurants are showing off their colors.
Dubrovnik Restaurant on Main Street offers lovely patio dining overlooking their urban garden and farm. You almost forget you are in downtown New Rochelle. Jerry Tomic founded Westchester’s first eatery devoted to Croatian cuisine and atmosphere. Talented Chef Antonio Selendic mans the kitchen and he will transport you to the beautiful Adriatic on the Dalmatian Coast in flavorful style. Matt and his staff will be your guides. Most everything is house made from the bread to desserts. Specialties range from pristine fish and seafood to meats prepared on the woodfired outdoor grill. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner. Reservations suggested. Private party facilities. Valet parking. Dubrovnik, 721 Main Street, New Rochelle. 914-637-3777 www.dubrovnikny.com
Road foodies may remember Leno’s Clam Bar, also known as Greasy Nick’s, along Pelham Road in New Rochelle. It’s just down the road from Glen Island Park. I started going to Leno’s generations ago for their burgers, steamers, fried clams, grilled hotdogs, and corn on the cob swimming in butter. It’s a wonderful no-frills experience. Leno’s Clam Bar is at 755 Pelham Road, New Rochelle. Open daily during the season. Phone: 914-636-9869.
Owner Nicole Pirraglia-Piparo of Minis Latin Fusion on E. Main St. constructed a tented outdoor patio with palms right out front. Special menu for take-out and free delivery 7 days. Colorful flavorful contemporary Latin specialties. Free parking. 914-355-5609 www.minislatinfusion.com
(Morris Gut has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. Email: email@example.com)