Craft Brews, Comfort Food on Tap at Growlers in NY
By Morris Gut
They have enhanced the premises, located inside a renovated 1906 Metro-North powerhouse building, a new façade is in the works, and an updated menu of gastropub specialties is now being served.
Operating partner Joe Boscia, who worked for Restaurant Depot, has over 20 years of experience with wholesale food concerns in the tri-state area. He has partnered with Jack Yorizzo and Ron Eletto.
Growlers, founded in 2011, serves an ever-changing roster of international craft brews in a rustic 65-seat industrial space with concrete floors, walls, and steel girders. There is a busy cocktail bar, hi-top tables and a rear room with banquette seating. Growler bottles and jugs line the walls and ceiling. On occasion, you can hear the railroad train whistle its way past.
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There are 20 taps on hand daily, and Cicerone certified servers who are knowledgeable about their craft. A fine selection of wines and craft cocktails are also available. The eclectic gastropub kitchen menu is especially designed to pair well with the brews.
Great starters include: New York Style Fresh Baked Pretzel served with choice of dipping sauce; Hot Artichoke Spread, served with bread crisps; fantastic Wings; Crispy Fried Calamari, and Nachos with all the fixins’.
Bowls and fresh Salads include: Beef Chili topped with cheddar; Caesar Salad; Mac ‘N Cheese, with choice of buffalo chicken, or bacon; and Arugula Salad, with goat cheese, roasted red peppers, balsamic vinaigrette. Supplements to the salads include: chicken, grilled shrimp, or salmon.
Burgers and Sandwiches are always on hand: Turkey Reuben, on toasted rye, Dijon mustard, Swiss, sauerkraut and Russian dressing; Growlers Beef Burger with choice of toppings, served on brioche roll; Tuckahoe Cheese Steak, grilled beef with sautéed peppers, onions & cheese on toasted French bread; and Veggie Burger, spicy bean-based burger with tzatziki, lettuce, tomato and red onion on toasted brioche roll.
Seafood specialties include: fresh jumbo lump Crab Cakes served with coleslaw & spicy remoulade; Fish & Chips; and loaded Fish Tacos.
Happy Hours are Monday thru Friday, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., featuring discounted draught beer and appetizers. Check out Growlers new relaxing Sunday Brunch served from noon to 4 p.m.
Special Hint: Growlers are available for take home with your favorite brew and priced accordingly.
Trivia Nights are Tuesdays starting at 7:30 p.m. Wine Down Wednesdays are especially geared to wine aficionados. And, if you are a beer adventurer, you can participate in the house ‘Wall of Foam’. Ask for details.
Growlers Beer Bistro is located at 25 Main Street Depot, Tuckahoe, just steps away from Metro-North station. Open for dinner and cocktails from 4 p.m. daily. Lunch is served from noon, Thursday thru Sunday. Sunday brunch, noon to 4 p.m. Price range lunch & dinner: $7 to $21. Happy Hours: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Monday thru Friday. Occasional live entertainment. Take-out. Party facilities for up to 50. Seasonal outdoor seating. Major credit cards. Free & Municipal parking. Casual dress. Reservations suggested for groups of 6 or more. Phone: 914-793-0608. www.growlersbeerbistro.com
NEW PIZZA & VINO BAR AT MAMMA FRANCESCA!
Owner Nick DiCostanzo has installed a bright red-tiled woodburning pizza oven and counter, and the pizzas are delish. Had a wonderful crusty Arugula Pie here recently. Will check out the Margherita Pie next time. In addition, there is a talented kitchen staff preparing a seasonal menu of robust Italian specialties: fresh Ischia Salad; individual sized pizza; Giant Meatballs; good retro versions of Chicken, Veal or Shrimp Parmigiana; Mamma’s Chicken Breast Europeo, stuffed with prosciutto, mozzarella, mushrooms and spinach in a Marsala wine sauce; a big platter of Misto Frutti di Mare loaded with shrimp, clams, calamari and mussels in a red sauce over linguini; and Pork Chops or Sirloin della Nonna, served with sliced potatoes, peppers, mushrooms and onions. New Pizza & Vino Bar. Daily Happy Hours. Party facilities & off-premise catering. Free parking. Mamma Francesca, 414 Pelham Road, New Rochelle. 914-636-1229 www.mammafrancesca.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 the Bronx and Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: email@example.com)