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Park 143 Bistro Opens in Bronxville!

Friday, January 27th, 2012

My friend, Jeanne, went to 143 Park Bistro in Bronxville yesterday. It’s just a week old! Here’s what she has to say about it:


“The former Village Cafe in Bronxville is now the sleekly redesigned Park 143 Bistro. And yes, you’ll be drawn in by the decor before you even sit down and order a drink (and oh what a cocktail list there is…more about that in a minute)

What you notice first: The Zebra print banquettes with red leather piping which lines the main dining room. There are also gorgeous silver-edged mirrors and shades of blue which mix with rows of box shade sconces.For a table with real privacy and panache ask for the elevated chef’s table in the back with its recessed seating and lipstick red stools. Very cool.

Enough about the decor, you say, what about the food? The restaurant, which incidentally just opened a week ago, is just as impressive. My friend and I sampled the soup to start: A very light, very fresh tomato soup and an uber-tasty mushroom truffle. (FYI: The smell of the truffle oil is enough to get you swooning and spooning).

My friend tried the Arugula salad with roasted beets, goat cheese, shallot vinaigrette and candied pecans. A nice mixture that again, felt like the right amount: not too big and not too small.”

“Craving the taste of summer, I opted for the lobster roll with drawn butter, chive, lemon and frisee. it didn’t disappoint though I did feel like it was a lot of bun.

For dessert, our server Chris “twisted our arm” for what he called “the showstopper: Chocolate chip cookie dough binded with a little cream cheese, served with waffle cookies and a caramel drizzle. if you want the grown up version of childhood, this is it.”


“Owner Wayne Chessler, the former general manager of Harry’s of Hartsdale and Underhill’s Crossing Restaurant, told me I have to come back for dinner. The pride of the restaurant, he says, is the small plates menu meant for sampling and sharing. Among the favorites so far: the gourmet crepes including duck confit, truffle Hollandaise; sweet shrimp, pesto, mango cucumber salsa; and wild mushroom, chive, creme fraiche and pecorino cheese. And oh yeah, about those cocktails: how about a Park Chipolte Margarita (mezel, chipolte syrup, fresh lime and zest) or a Park Peach Bellini with champagne and peach puree.

I’ll be back.”

Park 143 Bistro is open 7 days a week; 143 Parkway Road. Bronxville; 914-337-5100.





Taste in Buchanan

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

So, has anyone been to Taste in Buchanan yet? Ok, yet may not be fair — the restaurant did open last July. Still, it has taken a lot of people a while to try it just because it’s so hard to get a table on the weekend. That’s what we hear anyway. I did manage to get a table on a recent weekday night — Thursday night, Ladies Night, when the drinks are half-price. That was a nice surprise. And the food was terrific!

The decor is kind of funky. Take a look at these curtains…




But there are a lot of wines to choose from. On Wednesdays, the owners prepare a special wine list and offer bottles at half-price!




But most importantly, the food is really good. The menu is New American “with global influences,” and you can see the chef’s creativity just by a quick look at the menu. I opted for the chicken, which came with this sweet potato puree with vanilla that tasted more like a dessert than a vegetable!


Colorful isn’t it??? My husband had the salmon, which was great, too. So definitely give Taste a try. Just maybe not on a weekend.


Taste, 265 Tate Ave., Buchanan; 914-930-7866. The website is still under construction, but here’s where to look for it:



Must Try: Massa in Scarsdale

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Since this is the last week of filling in on this blog, I want to make great use of it and introduce you to some pretty exceptional places. The first is Massa in Scarsdale. It opened about a year ago in the Five Corners building — formerly occupied by Heathecote Tavern, Bachals, and Citron Bistro. The building has been gutted and looks like an Italian farmhouse: You’ll find huge rustic beams, a gigantic stone fireplace, and wood floors, tables, and chairs. It’s really stunning. Plus, the owners — the Coli family — are from La Villeta, a cozy Italian restaurant in Larchmont. When they outgrew their space, they opened in Scarsdale.

They say fish is the specialty, but everything from the pasta to the soup to the vegetables is delicious.

Here’s the artichoke appetizer. It’s braised in white wine and herbs. So good.





The root vegetable soup has every vegetable you can think of.



But yes, it’s true: Don’t miss the fish. Here, my dorado was topped with an olive, caper, tomato sauce and serve wiht spinach. It was outstanding. I’ll be back to give Massa’ another try. Will you?

Massa’ is at 2 Weaver St, Scarsdale; 914-472-4600;


This Weekend: Birdall House in Peekskill

Friday, December 16th, 2011

So this time of the day on Fridays, I’m thinking…where should we eat this weekend. And there’s no better Friday night hotspot than Birdsall House in Peekskill. The place is known for amazing craft beers and unconventional Southern inspired menu. Chef Matt Hutchinson was leading the charge in the kitchen until recently when he left to pursue his own entrepreneural endeavors. Now March Walker, another CIA hotshot who has worked in many of Manhattan’s renowned restaurants (the Grammercy Tavern among them), has taken over the reigns. So, is Birdsall still worth a Friday night?

You bet. I stopped in recently and had a pumpkin beer (how seasonal!) that hit the spot. My friend had something darker.




Does that look like Friday night material or what?


Next, I tried my favorite thing on the Birdsall menu: the pulled pork nachos. They comes with black beans, barbeque pulled pork, and apple salsa. I love the roasted jalapenos they add, too. And I always ask for sour cream on the side.



They were just as good as I’ve ever had them at Birdsall. We also tried the corned beef sandwich, which was good but I loved the fries — fresh cut and delicious –even more.




So if you’re up for an interesting night out — one that includes a great beer and an off-beat menu — Birdsall is the place to head tonight. And if you miss it this weekend, no worries: Birdsall is one of the few places in the area that’s open on Mondays.


Here’s more on Birdsall.



Flying Pig to Close in Mount Kisco

Sunday, December 4th, 2011


The Flying Pig has a been a staple in Mount Kisco for 13 years. But it will close its doors on December 31. So if you’re interested in a farm-to-table meal—many of the meats and other ingredients are supplied by nearby Cabbage Hill Farm—at this Mount Kisco staple, you have til the end of the month.



The good news is that we hear that Leslie Sutter, The Flying Pig’s chef, will be running a new restaurant in the near future. And of course, we’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, treat yourself to a meal at The Flying Pig this month. We love the pizzas for lunch.

Want to know more about The Flying Pig? Here’s the 411.

Restaurants We Love: Chiboust in Tarrytown

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011


Just so we’re clear: I’m not posting this story, which ran in Sunday’s Journal News, to toot my own horn. Just wanted you all to know about a really great restaurant in Tarrytown.

Oh, and by the way, Liz Johnson became a mom yesterday: Samantha Grace Weber was born yesterday at 3:10 p.m. Liz promised to send me photos tomorrow.

Here’s why we love Chiboust:






Restaurants We Love: Chiboust

Look, I’m not knocking the farm-to-table movement—I’m just as obsessed with locally grown food as everybody else. It’s just that when I’m choosing where to eat on a Saturday night, I want a restaurant that can boast more than just greens grown next door. And that’s why I love Chiboust Bistro & Wine Bar—this dimly lit eatery, right across from Westchester’s famous Tarrytown Music Hall, has got it all: hip ambience, a terrific wine list, and a farm-to-table menu that’s full of surprises.

Chiboust has been around since 2004, serving French-Mediterranean specialties in a space that was formerly occupied by—can you believe it?—a Laundromat. And while washers and dryers may not conjure up images of glamour, today, the narrow square-footage, lined with tables separated by airy white partitions and backed by a long brick wall, feels romantic and cozy. It’s the perfect place for a pre-theater date, a long, leisurely meal, or to catch up with an old friend.

While the hip, but homey décor hasn’t changed much in seven years, the menu changes all the time—you can eat at Chiboust a few nights a week and never quite know what’s for dinner. And though much of the ingredients are accessible —they come from the Tarrytown, White Plains, and Ossining Farmers’ Markets, when they’re in town — trust me, few of us will cook up these wonders at home. Chef/Owner Jill Rose started as a pastry chef—she’s known for her outlandish desserts at New York City’s Aureole and Lespinasse—and since March 2010 she’s been heading up Chiboust’s kitchen, too.

On a recent visit, I started with the moules frites, mussels with a side of French fries. Steamed in a garlic-wine-herb-concoction, the mussels were so fresh I swore I could taste the salty air surrounding Canada’s Prince Edward Island, where they’re from. And the fries—a mix of sweet potatoes and regular old potatoes—were salty and crisp, but not overly so. Delicious. For dinner, I skipped the usual (if you can call them that) plats du jour, which included pan-seared Atlantic cod, little neck clams with chorizo, hangar steak with pommes frites, and lamb chops, and instead opted for the special: duck breast, in a bing cherry reduction, served with grilled asparagus over a sweet potato puree. The duck breast was tender and sweet thanks to the bing cherries; and the asparagus was charred crisp sporting that wonderful grill flavor you get from a expert sear. My husband opted for another special: Osso bucco, served over polenta, with haricot verts. The meat eased off the bone and had such a warming, hearty flavor it actually made me glad winter is on the way. The polenta was creamy without hitting that overly rich mark—as if you needed another reason to order this dish.

For dessert, the waitress brought out a tray with everything but the kitchen sink. Talk about hard to choose, there was an apple galette, flourless chocolate cake, a pistachio-and-white-chocolate tart, and a host of others. I opted for the chocolate cake and the pistachio-and-white-chocolate tart—both were good, but the flourless chocolate cake won for me, hands-down. Still, your dessert choices may be different than mine because like the rest of the menu, the dessert offerings are always changing, sometimes because of what the farmers are growing—and sometimes just because of the creative whims of the chefs in the kitchen.

For more Restaurants We Love, turn to the Sunday Life section in the Sunday Journal News.


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posted by Mary Lynn Mitcham