The Bagel Loft's owners, Jimmy Pappia and Ralph Rodriguez, make their bagels the old fashioned way. Then, they are enhanced with a variety of sweet and savory toppings including eggs and cheese, white fish, and cinnamon raisin cream cheese. These bagels transcend their status as a breakfast food when sliced and used to bookend smoked turkey, grilled chicken, roast beef, and other sandwich fillings. Patrons can also pair their bagel bites with cheeseburgers, pancakes, or salads.
Just beside the Bronx River, an early-1800's stone mill stretches above the water like the Space Shuttle perched hopefully over Cape Canaveral. The Georgian-style fieldstone building currently won't tear off for the cosmos, however. Instead, it plays host to The Olde Stone Mill restaurant, which makes use of the centuries-old timber posts and beams to create a cozy pastoral atmosphere, which is exactly what NASA first imagined to be the scene on the moon. The eatery's staff marries steak-house cuisine with Italian dishes, pairing pastas and veal francese with generous cuts of rib-eye and filet mignon. As a testament to the quality of this cuisine, Westchester Magazine named Olde Stone Mill's truffle ravioli the region's best in 2012 for its aromatic medley of wild mushrooms, cream, and truffle oil.
A goldenrod dining room, containing the building's original stone hearth, sets the scene for linguine twirling or tearing into porterhouse pork chops. Behind the handcrafted bar, bartenders pour glasses of wine and mix martinis, one of which won Westchester Magazine's praise as 2011's best twist on a traditional martini. Antique lanterns accented by spirals of ivy illuminate the bar's surface, and on balmy days, diners can retreat to the stone patio and enjoy their glasses of wine with a spritz of sunshine.
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.
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.
Java Crave Caffe invites visitors to take a seat at one of its granite-topped tables for a cup of coffee or a fresh-baked pastry. Thanks to the floor-to-ceiling windows, the quaint cafe's hardwood floors and light mocha walls are bathed in sunlight. As visitors bask in the warm glow of the sun?which is a house cat's favorite activity, according to numerous Fancy Cat studies?baristas brew batches of coffees that are set out for self-service or create frothy cappuccinos and flavored lattes.
Rarely do two burgers at Burke's Restaurant and Bar ever look the same. Not only do diners get to choose from four buns?including pretzel buns and english muffins?but they can also crown their burgers with more than 16 toppings, such as chipotle mayo and Irish bacon. Burgers, however, are just one of many options available at Burke's, whose remaining menu sports everything from chicken parm sliders to Irish chicken curry. Bartenders complement hearty feasts with myriad libations, from 19 draft beers to liquor-spiked milk shakes, which visitors can sip while watching games on 14 flat-screen TVs and two widescreen projectors.