Chef Miguel was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, where he lived for six years before moving with his mother to Belize. In both locations, he absorbed knowledge of local spices, agricultural practices, and fishing communities. When he arrived in the United States as a young man, Miguel's early childhood passion for cooking—ignited by the diverse cuisines of Brazil and Belize—prompted him to pursue an education at the Culinary Institute of America. His restaurant endeavors have led him up and down the East Coast, from New York to South Florida and finally back to Karma Lounge in Ossining.
Called "a hidden beauty" by the New York Times and named one of the 31 best bars in the county by Westchester Magazine, Karma Lounge mixes upscale American fare with influences from around the world. Brick columns line the dining room entrance, leading guests through a dimly lit corridor that culminates in a stone fireplace. Evenings bring performances by jazz musicians, live bands, and DJs, who underscore meals and cocktails with their musical stylings, often playing three ominous notes when a diner has forgotten his reading glasses.
The chefs at Goldfish Oyster Bar & Restaurant cook fresh seafood with a Mediterranean flourish, earning Westchester Magazine's award for Best Prix Fixe in 2010. The raw bar's 17 types of mollusks converge from across the United States and Canada, including blue point oysters from Long Island and jorstad oysters from Washington. From the open kitchen, sights and sounds of baking shrimp, grilling steak, and searing tuna stoke the restaurant's lively ambiance.
Bartenders tend to a glowing blue bar, mixing cocktails and dispensing their trademark Goldfish crackers to luckless fishermen. On Friday nights, live music gets toes tapping and oyster shells clacking.
Impressed by the flavor and precision of Okinawa Hibachi Steakhouse's cuisine and chefs, respectively, the readers of Westchester Magazine cast their votes to name the restaurant the home of the area's best hibachi in 2011. Surrounded by the glowing reds and golden hues of the dining room, chefs sear and manipulate meats and vegetables at traditional teppanyaki tables, cooking steaks to order and cutting heads of broccoli to resemble arms of broccoli. At the sushi bar, a line of chefs assemble maki rolls and platters of sushi and sashimi. The trickle from the fountain in the dining room provides a soothing soundtrack for fully equipped eating contests.
Situated along the Hudson River, The Boathouse's chefs create dishes centered around fresh-caught fish and American bistro favorites inside the cozy dining room. In the warmer months, diners sidle up to the sailboat-turned-bar outside to enjoy a seasonal bottle of craft beer or a glass of wine, or head inside to peruse the menu. A selection of 'Strictly Summer' classics includes lobster rolls, soft-shell crab, and the daily catch dressed in a Hawaiian shirt. Aside from seafood, The Boathouse also offers entrees such as rib-eye, sirloin, and their signature stuffed burger.
Nevaèh Cuisine sates choosey stomachs with a hearty yet healthy menu of globally influenced gourmet grub. Made fresh every day, Nevaèh Chef Gullotta recoils from faustian-dealings with artificial flavors, coloring, or intelligence, and extends the kitchen-side ban to gluten, trans fats, peanuts, and hormones, catering to those with special dietary needs or those just looking for a healthy meal. Breakfasters can awaken taste sensors with a low-fat yogurt muffin ($3), a plate of chocolate chip waffles ($5.75), and a cup of Guittard Italian hot chocolate ($2.75–$3.75); late and later-er risers can exercise incisors on a grilled-vegetable-and-goat-cheese panini ($11.75) or a bok choy salad chock-full of grilled chicken, fruit, seeds, nuts, and chive coulis ($11.99). Specialty options include a lemon-chicken dumping ($4.50), turkey burger ($7.50), and crab cakes ($8.50) and vegetarian choices such as the earthking omelette ($8.50) abound to quell green-meat cravings. A slurpable selection of nonfat smoothies ($5–$6), fruit spritzers ($3–$4), and coffee drinks ($3–$3.50) are perfect for quenching meal-side thirst or celebrating a breakup with tonsils.