Swirls of steam escape from homemade pasta. Waiters pluck whites and reds from a wine rack nearly 190 bottles strong. Canary and cream linens swathe waiting tables. The dining room at Luciano's immerses diners in classy atmosphere, complemented by a menu of hearty Italian eats. Proprietor and chef Luciano Savone fills the kitchen?s grills, stoves, and ovens with steaks, veal cutlets, chicken, and seafood to create classic dinner entrees or lighter lunch dishes. Friday and Saturday nights light up with live music, dancing, and laser-light shows that reenact The Italian Job.
Drinks flow and Gaelic feasts flourish in this Eastchester restaurant and pub, touted for its traditional Irish fare and relaxed neighborhood atmosphere. At high-top tables lining Mickey's photo-filled brick walls, earlier birds can browse Saturday and Sunday brunch selections, including Mickey's confectioner-sugared pancakes ($8.95) and create-your-own omelets ($8.95). Dinner delights diners seven days a week with an array of eats from across the pond, such as beer-battered, Dublin-style cod and chips ($13.95) and shepherd's pie ($14.95), thrown in the face of many a philandering sheep herder. A selection of beer, wine, and spirits are also available for palatable pairing. For the sportily inclined, televisions light up the evening hours with displays of athletic events of almost every variety.
In a converted brick electrical plant where machines once hummed and pumped power to the railroad, streams of craft brews flow into glass jugs branded with the Growlers Beer Bistro logo. The New York Times-praised gastropub has earned a spot among the 31 best bars in the county, according to Westchester Magazine, and boasts an ever-changing draft list that has featured Brooklyn Brewery reserves, Two Brothers? Midwestern suds, and Smuttynose ales. Bartenders funnel the liquid gold into pints as well as half-gallon growlers for at-home enjoyment.
Growlers? seasonal cuisine menu is designed to harmonize with the current selection of brews and features upscale pub fare, such as the Devils on Horseback?bacon-wrapped prunes stuffed with blue cheese and featured as Westchester Magazine's Dish of the Week. The hearty fare also includes a burger of beef, pork, and veal topped with a relish of bacon, onions, and pickles.
The building's industrial past shines through with accents of exposed brick and ceiling beams, complemented by decorative additions that include a polished concrete floor, a long communal table, and reclaimed barn wood that frame an illuminated wall. Along with their Tuesday?Friday "Hoppy Hour", the pub hosts regular events throughout the week, from Tuesday trivia nights to Friday ladies nights. Saturdays feature live music, while the kitchen cranks out its signature brunch dishes on Sundays. Brewery events are held every Thursday of every month while a Wednesday open-mic night rouses laughter-friendly crowds.
Situated on a one-way street, Tuck'd Away Bar & Grill is a cozy retreat that offers specialty martinis and craft brews served to guests relaxing at tables and in sleek club chairs and plush couches. Chefs encourage friendly bonding over a smattering of shareable dishes, including fried pickles, jumbo wings, and buffalo chicken flatbreads. Alternatively, diners on dates and at the annual meeting of archenemies can order their own platefuls of flank steaks, cheese-stuffed burgers, and shrimp and avocado wraps. On select nights, the bar hosts trivia tournaments and live acts that range from local musicians to traveling finger puppeteers.
When Arlen Gargagliano was a child, her parents taught her and her siblings a lot about international foods, whether by taking them to New York restaurants or having them help prepare meals for fabulous dinner parties. So it?s no surprise that as adults, Arlen and her brothers, Peter and Shawn, were able to conceptualize a restaurant with plenty of character. Peter designed Mambo 64?s dining room, warming it up with toffee-colored chairs and a pomegranate-hued ceiling. Shawn, a painter and sculptor, filled it with original art.
Of course, no decor compares to the art on Arlen's plates. Her dishes include beautiful tapas inspired by her travels throughout Spain, Peru, and the Caribbean, where even the geography is dedicated to sharing lots of tiny things. That background has resulted in her takes on Chilean ceviche?colored with salmon, mango, and roasted red peppers?or panuchos, toasted Colombian corn cakes layered with blood orange-infused onions, chicken, and black-bean puree. Her inventive recipes have made her a staple on Telemundo?s Buenos Dias Nuevo York, and she's penned books featuring her unique tapas and cocktails such as Mambo 64's Caribbean cosmopolitan with cointreau, coconut rum, fresh lime, and cran-raspberry juice.
In 1936, nearly three years after the end of Prohibition, Station Plaza Wine and Spirits opened its doors. And so long as alcohol has remained legal, Station Plaza has remained on Kraft Avenue, its shop stocked with top-shelf spirits including brandy, tequila, and sambuca.
Though it has a wide selection of hard liquor, the store really specializes in wine. Its collection includes more than 2,500 hand-selected labels from around the world. Wine consultants can help narrow down a patron’s search for the perfect bottle by wine type, region, or producer, and they can even steer customers in the direction of more hard-to-find varietals or organic wines. The Station Plaza team also champions wines that rank in their top-rated category. The discerning criteria for inclusion on this list are taste and seasonality, rather than whether it stains your lips an attractive color. To learn more, check out the wine blog one of Station's owners contributes to.