Bistros were introduced in America after French diplomats visiting the Continental Congress insisted on dining outdoors, breaking Ben Franklin's time-saving custom of eating while sleeping in the shower. Devote your attention to mealtime with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of bistro fare at Julianna's Restaurant in Cortlandt Manor.
The culinary architects at Julianna's Restaurant design a menu of robust dishes constructed from fresh ingredients. Kick-start a meal with unique appetizers including the Thai-style calamari ($10), which sends taste buds over a cross-cultural bridge of sweet chili sauce, peanuts, and friendship. The sizeable brunch menu regales guests with stories of peach-stuffed french toast ($13.95) and the butter-poached shrimp-and-tomato omelet ($12.95). Steak fritte ($23) arrives with an entourage of truffle fries and vegetables, and the seafood mac 'n' cheese ($25) sports pieces of shrimp and crabmeat, along with a gold medallion in a misguided attempt at impressing mashed potatoes.
By the time visitors place their orders at Julianna's Schoolhouse, they've worked up a fine appetite driving through miles of fresh air to get to the tucked-away bistro. Built before the Civil War, the pink clapboard building is still nestled in a quiet, rural region untouched by the hustle, bustle, and liquefied astronaut food of contemporary life. Inside, however, chefs concoct bistro dishes with a modern twist.
Their eclectic menu spotlights fresh produce, seafood, and herbs and high-quality cuts of steak and chicken, all transformed through classic French-, Italian-, Latin American–, and southern-style preparations. When they're not busy forging homemade chorizo and flatbread, chefs turn their DIY ethic toward desserts, such as a rotating selection of freshly churned ice cream.
276 Watch Hill Rd.
Cortlandt Manor, New York 10567