Where to Hold Your Special Fall/Winter Event
By Morris Gut
DINING OUT– It might be a holiday gathering, wedding, birthday, anniversary, or a functional space for a business meeting. We’re always on the lookout for venues to hold that special event and be well catered to.
Here are a few suggestions in the Bronx/Westchester area…
MARIO’S RESTAURANT, 2342 Arthur Ave., Bronx 718-584-1188
Since 1919, five generations of the Migliucci family have worked the front and back-of-the-house making sure patrons are well served at this venerable Little Italy institution. There are private party and meeting facilities for 20 to 145 guests overlooking bustling Arthur Ave.
Amiable Joe Migliucci, the current patriarch, is there with his wife Barbara, daughter Regina and sons Michael and Mario. Joe’s mom, Mama Rose Migliucci, was considered to be ‘the first lady of Arthur Ave.’
This restaurant has a long 99- year history full of colorful chapters. The flavorful sauces and gravies produced in this kitchen are the stuff of Italian ‘foodie heaven’. And for those in the know, the old-world menu also holds many surprises. Through the years, celebrities from all walks of life and politicos galore have passed thru. Open Tuesday thru Sunday. Free parking lot and valet service. www.mariosrestarthurave.com
HURLEY’S STEAKHOUSE & PUB, 15 Division St., New Rochelle 914-738-6000
Seasoned restaurateur Paul Hurley has opened a handsome 90-seat gastro-pub next to the Avalon complex offering such amenities as a cozy fireplace, dark wood & brick walls, separate bar/lounge and full-service dining room featuring such specialties as a seafood Raw Bar, Porterhouse Steak for two, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Prime Beef Short Ribs, and a loaded 10 oz. ‘Queen of the Sound’ prime beef Burger stacked with lettuce, tomato, American cheese, fried oysters, sautéed mushrooms, smoked bacon on a brioche bun.
Daily happy hours from 4 to 7 p.m. feature $1 oysters. Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Municipal & valet parking.
ARTIE’S STEAK & SEAFOOD, 394 City Island Ave., Bronx
There are three dining rooms, each with its own color and flavor, along with a bustling bar/lounge. Private parties and meetings for up to 75 guests.
ArtEvents, their special off premise catering arm, can help you create a special function right in your home or office. The Zagat N.Y.C. Restaurant Survey designated Artie’s Steak & Seafood one of the best in the Bronx.
Owner Spiro Chagares and his staff offer patrons an inspired melding of traditional and contemporary dishes served with flair. 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. Craft beers. Open 7 days. Free parking. www.artiescityisland.com
MAMMA FRANCESCA, 414 Pelham Road, New Rochelle 914-636-1229
When Nick DiCostanzo was growing up on the Island of Ischia on the Coast of Naples in Italy, his earliest memories where of the simple seaside meals he would enjoy with his family, farm-to-table and of course sea-to-table. As proprietor of Mamma Francesca for over 30 years, located on the banks of Long Island Sound with 6-story views of the ‘Queen City’s’ seafaring boat clubs, this culinary philosophy still holds true, albeit with a sprinkling of contemporary taste.
There are private and semi-private party facilities for up to 100 guests and catering packages to suit your needs. There is a talented new kitchen staff preparing a seasonal menu of robust Italian/American specialties. Daily Happy Hours. Off-premise catering. New wood-burning pizza oven. Free parking. www.mammafrancesca.com
MULINO’S AT LAKE ISLE, 660 White Plains Road, Eastchester
From the same well-heeled crew that has been serving patrons at Mulino’s of Westchester in White Plains for the past 25 years comes Mulino’s at Lake Isle, a major state of the art multi-sectioned catering facility that underwent a multi-million-dollar renovation on the grounds of Lake Isle Country Club. Louis Gigante, proprietor of Mulino’s Restaurant, and Louis Gigante Jr. are in charge. When operating at full throttle Mulino’s at Lake Isle can accommodate up to 300 guests for all types of catered events and functions.
Gigante, their contemporary a la carte restaurant, recently opened next door. www.mulinosgroup.com
LA PANETIERE, 530 Milton Road, Rye 914-967-8140
Visit La Panetiere in Rye with its lush seasonal landscaping and the charm of the beautifully decorated dining rooms. Jacques Loupiac’s long-running bastion of French cuisine on Milton Road in Rye will help you create an unforgettable experience. Your special event can be held in the small private room for up to 20 guests, yet another larger room for up to 55, and even the main dining room which can accommodate up to 100.
The professional staff and Chef Dean Lupiac will help customize your gathering. Each course will be artfully plated. It feels nice to be pampered a bit in the Gallic way. It’s the best way to visit Paris without leaving Westchester. The dress code has been relaxed so smart casual is fine. La Panetiere is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch Tuesday thru Sunday. Lovely private party facilities. Catering. Bar/lounge. Take out. Major credit cards. Ample parking.
Reservations advised. www.lapanetiere.com
DUBROVNIK, 721 Main Street, New Rochelle 914-637-3777
Founded by Jerry Tomic, Dubrovnik became a sensation: Westchester’s first restaurant devoted to Croatia, a multi-level 85-seat establishment with seasonal outdoor patio, state of the art temperature- controlled wine cellar, al fresco wood fire rotisserie BBQ, lush seasonal herb garden and bar/lounge.
Talented Chef Selendic mans the kitchen and he will transport you to the beautiful Adriatic in flavorful style. Veteran restaurateur and operating manager Nada Bernic (previously of The Terrace in upper Manhattan), insists they use the finest ingredients in the seasonal marketplace.
Valet parking. www.durbrovnikny.com
(Morris Gut is a restaurant 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 over 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591.E-mail: email@example.com)