A Best of Westchester winner in 2003, 2004, and 2005 with votes from readers and editors of Westchester Magazine, Slave to the Grind's owners Andrew and Carol Marshall have remained focused on brewing great coffee since 1993. Within the coffee house's retro interior, eight different brewed coffees stand ready to pour into cups staged on a mahogany and stained glass bar back salvaged from the burned-down Hotel Gramatan. With more than 50 bean varieties to choose from, visitors can also pick up bags to brew at home, including certified Kona coffee beans, cultivated on the slopes of Hawaiian volcanoes that regularly erupt with delicious cream and sugar.
The cuisines of many cultures mingle in the kitchen of J & J Luncheonette Co. Chefs fry up everything from staple fish and chips to classic American burgers to coxinhas?fried chicken croquets commonly cooked by street vendors in Brazil. Breakfast ushers in such eye-opening eats as Spanish omelets, French toast, and bacon, egg, and cheese sandwiches on homemade corn bread. Of course, those in the know know J & J Luncheonette Co. for its empanadas, which are available stuffed with steak or chicken, cheese and jalapenos, roast pork, or Italian sausage.
At Bing?s Burgers, cooks focus their grilling talents into crafting flavors not found at a typical drive-thru joint. While diners at the newly opened Fort Lee location can indulge in four types of slider and Bing's own beer-battered fish and chips, the menu centers around a lineup of burgers topped with combinations of unique ingredients. The Cali Burger sports a dollop of fresh, homemade guacamole and low-fat ranch dressing, and Bing's Signature Burger layers sauteed onions, gouda, and garlic aioli while also signing for incoming shipments.
The newest incarnation of the Capriccio Family Style Restaurant, Cafe Capriccio builds a menu of Italian classics from chef Elio Sobrero’s library of Old World recipes. The fresh endives and crunchy fennel of the Bianca salad ($7.95) go skinny-dipping in extra-virgin olive oil before house wine ($8.95/glass) unfurls a red carpet for a procession of savory flavors. Rather than perplex grumbling bellies with unrehearsed showtunes, diners can please them with a hearty veal capriccio, which arrives steeped in truffle sauce along with prosciutto and mozzarella ($19.95). Like fairy-tale heroines, linguine vongole’s clam sauce ($17.95) comes in a choice of rose red or snow white. Finish the meal with a treat such as the Four Seasons chocolate velvet cake or white-chocolate mousse ($5.95 each).
With its wood-paneled walls and chalkboard specials, Troy's Cafe and Marketplace provides a cozy, wifi-enabled spot to sip on a coffee or enjoy a light meal. Breakfasts of pancakes, lunches of classic BLT sandwiches, and elevensies of made-to-order salads top tables, sided by hot tea or foamy lattes. On occasion, live music entertains guests (call ahead for dates and times). Patrons can even take their favorite flavors home?true to the second part of its name, Troy's packages entrees and sides ready to be enjoyed at-home or on-the-go, and they also offer delivery. Brunch is served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sundays.
Now an international brand of premium ice cream, H?agen-Dazs began as a humble, family-owned business in the Bronx. In the 1920's, Reuben Mattus sold his mother's fruit ices and ice-cream pops out of a horse-drawn wagon. For decades, the family business thrived, and around 1960, Reuben officially founded H?agen-Dazs. He chose the name to evoke Old World traditions and quality craftsmanship, the bedrocks of the brand. Originally, the ice cream came in just three flavors?vanilla, chocolate, and coffee?made from fine ingredients gathered from around the world, such as Belgian dark chocolate, hand-picked vanilla beans from Madagascar, and ice shaved from lunar glaciers. The resulting confections so delighted sweet teeth that the brand grew exponentially, leading to the creation of dozens of flavors and forays into sorbets and frozen yogurts.
Though H?agen-Dazs ice cream was immensely popular in grocery shops, their first parlor didn't open until 1976. Not far from the Mattus family's original ice-cream beat, the Brooklyn store sold ice cream as well as treats such as sundaes, shakes, and cakes. Shops eventually dotted the country and globe, wherein friendly ice-cream scoopers fill waffle cones, blend frosty coffee and ice-cream drinks, and wrap ice-cream cakes in bright ribbons.