Since 1928, Beechmont Tavern has filled its convivial, neighborhood hangout in New Rochelle with the aromas of classic pub grub, including burgers, golden brown onion rings, and entrees such as sheppard’s pie. The local has recently expanded their brand of toast-worthy cooking to a second location in White Plains.
Gemelli’s gourmet pizzas showcase tastes such as broccoli raab and sausage; chicken, celery, and hot sauce; and arugula and burrata cheese. Guests looking to customize can adorn a thin-crusted pizza with a number of toppings, such as eggplant or artichoke hearts, or leave the flavor combinations to the professionals. The recipes extend beyond the scope of the pies and include steaming plates of pasta with pancetta and porcini mushrooms or entrees of parmesan-crusted chicken and grilled skirt steak with spinach. The exposed brick walls and thick wooden floorboards add to the elegant dining atmosphere, aided further by the waiters wearing their best pizza-flavored top hats.
More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.
Since 1958, this Zagat-rated restaurant has plated authentic Italian cuisine handcrafted from the freshest ingredients in Chef Salvatore Cucullo’s kitchen. Open for lunch and dinner, the 50-seat eatery’s specialties range from spicy seafood dishes made with generations-old family recipes to saucy pastas and comforting chicken and veal entrees. Wines culled from across the globe lend meals an international flair and boast subtle notes of jet lag, and Fratelli’s catering services help satisfy packs of peckish minglers.
The Gnarly Vine doesn't have any trouble winning visitors' affections, perhaps owing to its romantic atmosphere, as described by Westchester Magazine, or perhaps because of its abundance of wine. Westchester Magazine ranked the relaxed venue as one of the best bars in Westchester and also named it the Best Chill Bar Spot in 2009. Featuring a menu of seasonal small plates and a wine list that rattles off more than a hundred vintages by the bottle, The Gnarly Vine inspires the sharing of dishes, toasts, and fire-safety reminders across candle-lit tables.
Chef Jorge Adriazola's imaginative dinner menu of small plates and entrees puts an exciting spin on Latin classics and earned Cienega recognition as one of Westchester's Best New Restaurants. Beginning with one of four types of ceviche—which splash fruity or Asian flavors over morsels of cold seafood—diners move on to pass shareable plates inspired by Mexican street food or classic Colombian dishes. Full entrees, meanwhile, mingle traditional Latin recipes with innovative garnishes such as tomatillo-parsley gastrique, or spiked tomato sauce, each of which can accompany sides that the New York Times says are "stars in their own right." During brunch, locally sourced eggs beget coconut-crusted french toast and chorizo-laden benedicts to reinvent morning meals better than the recent inception of unsliced bread. With its lofty ceilings, slick dark wood, and twinkly hanging lights, Cienega's contemporary interior offers the ideal ambiance for a first date or last supper before tomorrow's breakfast. Diners can drop in Sundays for meals accompanied by the sweet jazz serenades of a quartet of international musicians.