11.19.20 - 12.3.20   vol. 16

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A Fall Drive To Ace Endico Marketplace In Brewster!

The Ace Endico story began years ago out of a small grocery in the Bronx. Today, after nearly 4 decades, Ace Endico under the guidance of co-founders William Endico and Murray Hertzberg, the company has grown into a major wholesale food supplier and distributor to the food service industry in the tri-state.

 

It was a beautiful day and we just had to get out for a while. We took a drive north on Rt. 684 from our southern Westchester haunts and the onset of fall was in full display. Our destination: Ace Endico’s 200,000 square foot main warehouse and marketplace on the outskirts of Brewster for some alternative shopping. I had to see this for myself. It turned out to be a fruitful road trip.

 

The retail Marketplace is on the side of their huge facility and offers plenty of parking. We got a rolling cart and once inside started combing the aisles. They were well-stocked with assorted merchandise from fruit and produce, meats and fish, frozen foods, paper gods, gourmet items, kitchen supplies, many items packaged in large quantities for wholesale buyers. There were plenty of goods also sold in smaller quantities. You could pick your own apples or potatoes, for example. The best part, most prices were very reasonable when compared to mainstream markets. On a follow-up trip, we came back with fresh mussels and halibut from their fish counter. They made for delicious meals. By the time we got to check-out in each case we had filled our cart with more than we had anticipated, and that was ok. Some spur of the moment buys had found their way in.

 

Ace Endico Marketplace accepts retail customers at their state-of-the-art headquarters in Brewster, N.Y., just off 84, and their smaller outlet on W. Lincoln Ave., Mount Vernon. Stemming from the coronavirus crisis, they have launched Ace Endico To Go with a small fleet of colorful new vans for home delivery in the greater Westchester area. They offer a wide line of products: meats, produce, dry goods, dairy, fish, poultry, cheeses, canned goods, imported items and beverages. Free home delivery is available with a $200 minimum. Their daily flyer is posted on the website. It is customer friendly.

 

Ace Endico, 80 International Blvd., Brewster, N.Y. 914-347-3131, 1-845-230-9886 & Ace Endico, 188 W. Lincoln Ave., Mount Vernon. 914-699-5592 www.aceendicotogo.com

 

WINE INDULGENCES AT ERNIE’S, BRONXVILLE!

 

Out of this tiny kitchen come laudatory renditions of American/Global dishes bursting with flavor. Oenophiles, take note. The carefully selected wines served here, many from small-batch independent producers, can be heavenly. It is a wonderful place to unwind, take in some music on special nights, and indulge. The small bar is great for networking, too. Recent food tastings here have included Luisanna’s amazing meatballs, cheese & charcuterie platter, Duck Wontons, Duck Confit, a wonderful Fettuccine Carbonara; Mushroom & Pea Risotto, and Baked Cod with Vierge Sauce. There is occasional live entertainment. Check ahead for updates. Open Monday thru Saturday for happy hour and dinner.

 

Ernie’s Wine Bar, 7 Pondfield Road, Bronxville. Municipal parking. Covid guidelines in place. 914-652-7859

 

(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: gutreactions@optonline.net)