By Morris Gut
DINING– Autumn officially began on Sept. 22nd and it turns on my palate.
The air is a bit crisper. The apples falling to the ground at area orchards are just waiting to be picked. The trees put on their annual Technicolor light show along highways and byways. Area markets sell their late season harvest of squash, apples, pumpkins and hearty root vegetables. Restaurant kitchens are gearing up with the best the season has to offer. This always lifts my appetite to new heights. There are many comforting flavors awaiting us at area markets and eateries right now…
BRONX BREWERY TO MARK OKTOBERFEST, SEPT. 30TH!
The crew at 6-year-old Bronx Brewery are gearing up for a big ‘Bronxtoberfest’ on Saturday, October 30th from noon to 8 pm. It will be held in their rustic Backyard. There will be Oktoberfest-themed food specialties, entertainment and a few of their craft beers, for sure. I am a fan of their Pale Ales. Entry tickets range from $5 to $15. Bronx Brewery is located at 856 E. 136th Street, Bronx. Phone: 718-402-1000 www.thebronxbrewery.com
OKTOBERFEST MENU AT DUNNE’S PUB, WHITE PLAINS!
Dunne’s in White Plains will be serving their popular Oktoberfest Menu every Thursday during the month of Oct. Sean Dunne’s kitchen puts out fine versions of: Potato Pancake Appetizer, Sauerbraten, a hearty Triple Wurst Plate with all the trimmings, Veal Schnitzel, and Calf’s Liver, German style. There will be German beer, too.
Dunne’s is a neighborhood treasure, an authentic Irish tavern with all the traditional Gaelic accoutrements intact. Over the years, owner Sean Dunne has taken great strains not to get caught up in the modernist Irish mode so prevalent these days. It is a friendly, home-style place with a good kitchen to boot, dishing out generous servings of traditional Irish-style fare at prices that will leave some money in your wallet. Sean and his staff know how to pour that pint of Guinness while keeping the crowd in spirited conversation. You can also try such kitchen favorites as their fabulous Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich, and Beer Battered Fish & Chips. Their Sizzling Steak is a tasty eye catcher. There is an exciting live Irish music session every Wednesday night. Oktoberfest is celebrated the first Thursday of every month. Open 7 days for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Municipal parking. Dunne’s Pub, 15 Shapham Place, White Plains (914-421-1451) www.dunnespubandrestaurant.net
HEARTY POWER HOURS AT MORTON’S STEAK HOUSE,
Morton’s Steakhouse moved into new quarters in the City Center Building on Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains this past June and I am glad they brought their popular ‘Bar Bites &Power Hour’ menu with them. It is served Monday thru Friday from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm and from 9 pm to close; Sundays: 5 pm to 10 pm. Included are specially priced cocktails: beers $5.50; wines $8; and martinis $9. They offer a hearty selection of Bar Bites too starting at $8. I have indulged twice so far. Thumbs up to their Parmesan Truffle Matchstick Fries, Iceberg Wedge Bites, Mini Crab Cake BLT’s, Petit Filet Mignon Sandwich, and Filet Mignon Trio, each portion served with its own sauce: au poivre, béarnaise and blue cheese butter. So tender and tasty! Oysters on the half shell and Jumbo Shrimp are also available. The staff is very friendly, too. Morton’s Steakhouse, 5 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains. Open daily. Municipal parking. Phone: 914-683-6101. www.mortons.com/whiteplains
GRANDMA’S SUNDAY SAUCE AT OLDE STONE MILL,
Since the DiNapoli family, proprietors of Angelina’s Italian Restaurant in Tuckahoe, assumed ownership of the landmark Olde Stone Mill Restaurant in Tuckahoe they have
been busy refining the menu. It has evolved into an Italian/American kitchen with global overtones. A lush seasonal outdoor stone patio with flora and umbrella tables is a lovely setting for your cocktails or meal during milder months, weather permitting. The handsome bar/lounge is wood and stone. A passageway leads to the lovely 85-seat main dining room with airy picture windows, piano, warming hearth and beautiful table settings. The airy atrium room with red checkered tablecloths has become a popular gathering place, too. We recently enjoyed a hearty bowl of pasta called: Sunday at Grandma’s with our choice of rigatoni, sausage, meatballs & Nonna’s fresh Sunday sauce. Also delicious was Chicken Capriciosa, breaded chicken cutlets topped with arugula salad, served with a large Roman artichoke heart. Good pre-heated Italian bread. Portions are generous; we took half home. There are private accommodations for special events of every type. The Olde Stone Mill, 2 Scarsdale Road, Tuckahoe. Open daily for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch. Free parking. Phone: 914-771-7661 www.theoldestonemill.com
BURRATA MAC & CHEESE AT ARTIE’S, CITY ISLAND!
Owner Spiro Chagares and his staff offer patrons an inspired melding of traditional and contemporary dishes served with flair. Recently enjoyed their special Burrata Mac & Cheese with shrimp and it transported me to foodie heaven. It’s a knockout! The stuffed Asian Buns are terrific, too. Sit back in one of several dining areas and enjoy such changing specialties as: 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. Great bar/lounge, too. Open 7 days. Free parking. Artie’s Steak & Seafood, 394 City Island Ave., City Island, Bronx. Phone: 718-885-9885. www.artiescityisland.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: firstname.lastname@example.org)