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January 2021

Winter Bites and Pieces

Hearty winter dishes are a good respite from the cold, and restaurants throughout the Sound Shore are putting out their seasonal best. Here are a few of my recent indulgences. Some old, some new…


New Chef at Artie’s

Owner Spiro Chagares and his new Executive Chef Aaron Bashy offer patrons an inspired melding of traditional and contemporary dishes served with flair. Chef Bashy has previously worked the kitchen at Quality Meats in Manhattan. New to the menu are family style whole roasts for take home or delivery like Chateaubriand, Pork Loin, Virginia Ham, or Prime Rib. There are hearty Seafood Chowders; Smoked Salmon Roll-Ups; Wood Grilled Jumbo Shrimp and Scallops; hunks of tender Short Rib; a massive Zuppa Di Pesce; tender Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb; Chardonnay Poached Salmon with seafood; and fresh Lobster prepared in a variety of styles. Big combo platters. Craft beers. Private party facilities. Off premise catering. Open 7 days. Free parking. Artie’s Steak & Seafood, 394 City Island Ave., Bronx. 718-885-9885 www.artiescityisland.com


A Taste of Dalmatia at Dubrovnik

Founded by Jerry Tomic, Dubrovnik is Westchester’s first restaurant devoted to the food and culture of Croatia, a multi-level 85-seat establishment with seasonal outdoor patio, state of the art temperature- controlled wine cellar (ask for Jerry’s wine from his family’s winery in Croatia), al fresco wood fire rotisserie BBQ, lush seasonal herb garden and bar/lounge. Talented Chef Selendic is in the kitchen and he will transport you to the beautiful Adriatic in flavorful style. Most everything is house made from the bread to desserts. Try the Warm Octopus Salad; Steamed Mussels; Bay Scallops on the Shell; Fresh Cod Filet with grapes, olives, pearl onions; Mama Tereza’s lobster, shrimp, scallops, fish, clams and mussels steamed in a seasonal broth over pasta; Rack of Lamb; or whole roasted fish prepared out on the BBQ.   Valet parking. Dubrovnik, 721 Main St., New Rochelle. Open daily. 914-637-3777 www.durbrovnikny.com


A Toast to The New Year at Ernie’s Wine Bar

Out of this tiny kitchen come laudatory renditions of American/Global dishes bursting with flavor. Oenophiles, take note. The carefully selected wines served here, many from small-batch independent producers, can be heavenly. It is a wonderful place to unwind, take in some music on special nights, and indulge. The small bar is great for networking, too. Recent food tastings here have included Luisanna’s amazing meatballs, cheese & charcuterie platter, Duck Wontons, Duck Confit, a wonderful Fettuccine Carbonara; Mushroom & Pea Risotto; and Chicken Parmigiana. Open Monday thru Saturday for happy hour and dinner. Ernie’s, 7 Pondfield Road, Bronxville. 914-652-7859 www.erniesbronxville.com


Italy Meets Argentina at Magno’s Grill

One of the best kitchens in Westchester! Filet Mignon w portobello, Port wine sauce & Lobster Tail stuffed with crabmeat, shrimp, scallops in scampi sauce. This talented group also serves Jurassic Tomahawk Steaks, and a fine version of Parrillada, hearty mixed grill with chimichurri sauce. Chef/owner Angelo Magno had put his talents to work at such lauded kitchens at Tango Grill, Milonga and Gaucho Grill. He has joined forces with his family at his own 60-seat spot featuring fine versions of Italian and Argentinean classics. Look for such house specialties as: fresh Empanadas, Chicken or Veal Parmigiana, hearty Paella, and hefty Pork Osso Buco.  Cocktail bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Happy Hours. Heated rear patio. Municipal parking nearby. Reservations accepted. Magno’s Grill, 108 Centre Ave., New Rochelle. 914-235-0008 www.magnosgrill.com


(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: gutreactions@optonline.net)