Marking his 7th year, proprietor Alex Ahmetaj, a veteran of the restaurant-hospitality field, has updated the menu at Alex’s Bar & Grille on North Broadway in North White Plains, a 120-seat restaurant and bar/lounge that offers big cuts of classic prime aged steaks and chops along with generously served Northern Italian/Continental fare. There is also a good happy hour networking scene in the bar/lounge evenings.
Customers enter the multi-section dining room thru the inviting lounge with its black industrial ceiling, banquets and soft lighting. The handsome dining room is split into cozy sections with white tablecloths, colorful deVelleneuve impressionist paintings, and warming sconces. Mediterranean clay colored banquets and chairs compliment wooden walls and plush beige curtained windows. There is outdoor patio seating, weather permitting.
The menu offers such tasty appetizers as: Baked Clams, Pan-Fried Calamari with Hot Cherry Peppers, Jumbo Broiled Shrimp, Crab Meat Cocktail, and Clams on the Half Shell. There is a Cold Antipasti Platter, too.
Fresh salads include: fresh Burrata, Alex’s Chopped Salad, Asparagus Vinaigrette, Fresh Mozzarella with Sliced Tomatoes; classic Caesar Salad, and Sliced Tomato and Onion. Warming soups include: Pasta Fagioli and Escarole with Beans.
Big bowl pastas include fine versions of Linguini ala Vongole with white or red sauce; Giant Shrimp Pasta; Fettuccine Alfredo with cream sauce; Gnocchi Bolognese with meat sauce; Penne ala Vodka, and Eggplant Parmigiana.
Hearty seafood, chicken and veal dishes include: popular Veal Parmigiana; Veal Campagnola; fresh Sea Bass prepared in a variety of styles; Chicken Portabella with sliced portabella mushrooms; Veal Portofino, rolled with prosciutto and mozzarella served over rice with shitake mushrooms in a brown sauce; Lemon Sole Marechiara with clams and calamari; Chicken Scarpariello prepared on or off the bone; and Veal Saltimbocca with prosciutto, eggplant and mozzarella. The fresh Branzino prepared tableside is a delicious indulgence. Daily specialties augment the regular menu.
Carnivores will enjoy selections From the Grill featuring such big value priced prime cuts as: Ribeye Steak, Filet Mignon, N.Y. Sirloin Steak, Lamb Chops, Pork Chops with sautéed green and sweet peppers, and Veal Paillard, and hearty Veal Chop Valdostana. Addicting sides include: hash brown potatoes, creamed spinach, sautéed broccoli, and asparagus. To complement your meal there is a fine wine cellar.
Desserts are house made daily and include such classics as Cheesecake, Tiramisu and Napoleon.
Special Hint: The bar/lounge is separated from the main dining room and offers a reasonably priced bar menu along with good spirited networking. Happy hours are Monday thru Friday from 4 to 7 pm. Specially priced drinks are offered along with complimentary house made potato chips. Drinks are 40% off and Martinis are $6. Dining is also encouraged in the bar/lounge. Four TVs offer the latest sporting and news events.
Alex’s Bar & Grille is located at 577 North Broadway, N. White Plains, N.Y. The restaurant is open 7 days a week from noon. Lunch is served Monday thru Friday: noon to 3 p.m. Main courses: $14.95 to $25.95. Dinner main courses: $15.95 to $54.95. Bar menu selections: from $9.95. Party facilities. Major credit cards. Proper casual dress. Free parking; valet weekends. Reservations accepted. Phone: 914-358-1444. www.alex577.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: firstname.lastname@example.org)