Posts Tagged ‘croton on hudson’

And We’re Back…

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

Sorry for the delay on posts recently. Looks like Liz Johnson won’t be back until the beginning of February, so I’m going to continue on linking you to great restaurant news and other fun foodie stuff.

My first thought for this week — it’s Sunday right now, but this certainly pertains to Monday, too — is COFFEE. Lots of it. Most restaurants aren’t open on Mondays anyway (though if you are looking for some places to go tonight try Fig & Olive in Scarsdale, Taste in Buchanan, or Birdsall in Peekskill), so this is when I like to kick back at a cafe and my favorite is Black Cow in Croton-on-Hudson. Though, they do have a Black Cow sister in Pleasantville.

The Black Cow is everything a cafe should be: laidback, easygoing, casual. You’re almost guaranteed to run into someone from the neighborhood if you go. I love it. Here’s a recent photo:


You can see the old-time coffe roaster (I believe) and all of the community postings on the wall.


But most importantly on a Monday morning is the coffee — and the coffee here is strong! I stop in for a cup now and then, but more often than not, I stop in to pick up a few pounds of coffee. And they have plenty. Take a look:



See all of those bins, they’re full of different types of coffee from various parts of the world. Personally, I like the Black Cow blend (though the cafe could do a better job of stocking it, often it’s out!) and I buy two pounds when they have it because they tend to run out a lot.

Recently, I bought a ground pound of the Mingus Java, which is “half Colombian Supremo French roasted, half Panama full City roasted beans.” And if you don’t know what that means, I’ll sum it up: It tastes really good.

Do you have a favorite cafe in your neighborhood? What is it? I’d be curious to try it. In the meantime, if you want to give mine a try, here’s the info:

Black Cow Coffee Company, 51 Maple St., Croton-on-Hudson; 914-271-7544;

and here’s info on the newish Black Cow in Pleasantville.

Dave Tuttle’s Thanksgiving Pies

Thursday, November 17th, 2011


If you live in the Croton area — and perhaps even if you don’t — then you know Dave Tuttle’s pies are legendary. Decadent crusts full of farm-fresh goodness in every single one. But since Tuttle is basically a one-man show and gives TLC to each one of his pies, he can only make so many. That’s why if you’re interested in ordering one of his homemade desserts for Thanksgiving, you’d better get to it.

Tuttle is taking orders for Thanksgiving now. He says, “The best way to place an order for Thanksgiving pies is to stop by Grouchy Gabe’s in Croton and fill out an order form.” Can’t get there? Send a note to dave@tuttleshomemade or text to 917-991-7661. He’ll also be taking orders at the Peekskill Farmers Market this weekend. “Get your orders in asap,” he warns. “When I reach my threshold I will need to … stop taking … orders. Last year, he baked 250 pies. “That was crazy,” he says. “But for all of you to have my pies on your Thanksgiving table was well worth it.”

Need a little incentive to stop by Grouchy’s or pick up the phone? Here it is…


Dave Tuttle's Apple Sourcream Pie


Dave Tuttle's Apple Walnut with Bourbon Raisins


Others on the menu include: traditional apple pie; traditional pumpkin pie; apple pear pie;  gingered pear with ruby raisins; apple, dried cherry, and pecan; and of course, pecan pie. Pies run between $20 and $30 a piece.


Grouchy Gabe’s is at 8 Old Post Rd. South, Croton-on-Hudson; 914-271-9690.

What are you waiting for?