Table Hopping with Morris Gut

Mike & Ali Nazzaro have premiered Laughing Horse, a casual coffee/tea house in the Harrison Playhouse Lofts, one of the newly constructed buildings on Purdy Street in Harrison.  Former music industry veterans who pivoted during the pandemic, the Nazzaro’s vision was to create a friendly casual space where patrons can gather, sip local, and be social. 

The menu includes a variety of locally produced products: coffees and teas as well as sweet & savory items, breads, gluten free baked goods, cookies, egg bites, and toasted breads such as Levin, wheat, or multigrain  with butter and/or avocado. One of their suppliers is the popular Balthazar Bakery in N.Y.C. Limited seating inside. There is an inviting outdoor patio. 


Laughing Horse, 6 Purdy Street, Harrison, short walk from Harrison Metro-North. Open 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays; Saturday & Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 914-488-6848 




Two of White Plains’ most popular food and drink venues are expanding. Michael Chiltern, founder of Wolf & Warrior Brewing on E. Post Road, has leased the space next door, a former beauty shop. According to Chiltern, he’s looking to have it operational by Thanksgiving. 


Meanwhile, Nick Fusco, proprietor of bustling Freebird Kitchen & Bar on Mamaroneck Ave., has taken the storefront next to his restaurant. Fusco says extensive renovations are planned, including another bar and banquettes. Nice to hear positive news. 

(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been covering the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. Email: