While wine serves as the foundation of Pour’s repertoire—garnering Westchester Magazine’s Best of Westchester wins from 2009 to 2012—it’s the cafe’s whiskey list that the publication described as “read[ing] like Fantasy Baseball.” New York and Delaware libations share shelf space with rare indulgences such as a 23-year-old, limited-release Pappy Van Winkle, of which there are only about 1,200 bottles on the market. That said, the wine selection also stands up on its own as a who’s who of small-production, organic, and biodynamic wines, with bottles from France, Italy, Spain, California, Argentina, and Chile, to name a few. To accompany their extensive list of libations, which also includes absinthe and craft beers from around the globe, the kitchen staff prepares four flatbreads, three paninis, eight small plates, and rustic charcuterie such as wild-boar sausage and seven types of artisanal cheese. Miniature Sicilian–style meatballs come sandwiched between potato slider rolls, and warm white-bean dip is plated with grilled slices of Sullivan Street baguettes. A porch wraps around the restaurant’s early-19th-century house, whose Victorian exterior contrasts with the plush, modern furnishings of its interior. Come evening, wooden venetian blinds are closed to dim the room, whose chocolate-brown leather banquettes and wooden floors are gently lit by wall sconces and tabletop candles. Along the neutral-colored walls, framed posters of vintage European advertisements lend a colorful flair to the room, which can seat up to 49.
Even from the outside of its brick-walled building, Route 22 Restaurant and Bar echoes its 1930s gas station past with a garage door and the vintage car parked out front. The family-friendly eatery also shares its nostalgic roots by crowding the interior with historic pictures, a vintage diner counter, gas station signs, license plates, and old-time automobiles parked in the rafters by haunted tow trucks. A menu of classic American fare offers signature Danish baby back ribs, nine sandwiches, nine burgers, and myriad bottled wines and beers. Route 22’s kid-friendly selections earned them a Best of Westchester nod in 2005 from Westchester Magazine and live music performances earn lighter waving from across the outdoor patio.
Lauded by the New York Times for a "vision that stretches far beyond Asia," Neo World Bistro and Sushi Bar forges new cuisine out of Eastern and Western influences. Indonesian-born head chef Sianto Njotoatmodjo borrows liberally from Italian, French, and Indian culinary traditions, turning out new takes on classics including seafood risotto, chicken in teriyaki beurre blanc, and spicy tuna with avocado and mango in paratha-style bread. Decked out in shades of light green and chocolate brown, the sleek dining room lies adjacent to the sushi bar where specialty rolls are named for positive and inspiring feelings such as "hope," "humble," and "hey, this is tasty sushi."
Oishii owner Andy Mak is a native of Malaysia, but he's first and foremost a citizen of the world. He and manager Danny Ong scanned the vast continent of Asia for the inspirations behind their menu, leaving no stone unturned and no wok unexamined. The result is a seamless fusion of cuisines that hail from Thailand, Japan, China, Malaysia, and elsewhere. An appetizer of soft-shell Thai-style crab easily sets the stage for a main course of chicken in a wok-glazed ginger sauce or a specialty sushi roll. As is the tradition throughout Asia and specifically Japan, every dish is elegantly plated and passable as a work of art.
Kim’s Bagel Cafe indulges cravings throughout the day with a menu of fresh breakfast specialties and hearty sandwiches. Pop-culture-inspired items keep taste buds abreast of important trends, such as the Jersey Shore–inspired Mike the Situation sandwich, stuffed with hot sopressata, pepperoni and hot capicola. Toasted paninis, wraps, and rolls bear monikers that refer to local landmarks, such as the Ward Avenue chicken-salad sandwich and the West Main Street loaded with roast beef. After bidding adieu to the day and negotiating potential salary increases with the sun, dinnergoers can stock up on entrees such as mash and meatloaf or ziti and meatballs to enjoy in the comfort of their own homes.
We are bakers of bread. We are fresh from the oven. We are a symbol of warmth and welcome. We are a simple pleasure, honest and genuine. We are a life story told over dinner. We are a long lunch with an old friend. We are your weekday morning ritual. We are the kindest gesture of neighbors. We are home. We are family.