Table Hopping with Morris Gut
Prime Pub, Somers: It’s a charming town to visit. Proprietor Simi Polozani opened his latest gastropub on Rt. 202 at the entrance to Heritage Hills. The freestanding building sits right at the edge of a big pond which can be seen through large picture windows, a seasonal fireplace highlighted with wood and stone, an attractive dining room with well-spaced tables and contemporary lighting, and a semi-enclosed bar/lounge area for schmoozing and munching. Seasonal outdoor seating. Check out such menu specialties as Honey Goat Cheese Flatbread, a great Chef’s Salad, their blast from the past Beef Stroganoff, Braised Short Ribs, and decadent Burrata Burger. Kid’s menu. Craft beers. Prime Pub, 249 US-202, Somers. 914-617-9818 www.primepubgroup.com
Jack’s Bar & Kitchen, Eastchester: Owner Shane Clifford and his friendly crew serve delicious finger foods and generously plated specialties. Out of Chef/Partner Brandan Donohoe’s modern Irish American kitchen come great burgers, decadent Short Rib Mac N’ Cheese, pizzas out of their woodfired oven; freshly made salads; Buttermilk Chicken Sandwich; Berkshire Pork Chops; Jack’s Lamb Shank. Their full Irish Breakfast at brunch is a winner. Sticky Toffee Pudding for dessert is a must! Jack’s Bar, 219 Main St., Eastchester. 914-652-7650 www.jackseastchester.com
Wolf & Warrior Brewing, White Plains: Owner/Brewmeister Michael Chiltern brought White Plains its first microbrewery. He is now serving his brews and a new menu all afternoon and evening from noon, Tuesday through Sunday. The open-air backyard has been expanded with extra seating. A daily selection of brews is listed on a big colorful blackboard. Comforting new specialties include Birria Tacos, Blazin’ Wings, Hand Cut Free Range Chicken Tenders, a variety of Brew House Burgers, and Slammin’ Sandwiches like the South Paw Philly Cheesesteak. Octoberfest beers and games for the kids will be on hand. Wolf & Warrior Brewing, 195A E. Post Road, White Plains. 914-368-8617 www.wolfandwarrior.com
Jean-Jacques Culinary Creations, Pleasantville: The display counters and blackboards are filled with tempting possibilities, from sweet and savory crepes and sandwiches to fresh breads and cakes. It’s been 22 years and the place is still working at full steam. There are two dining rooms, one counter side, and a separate more formal section. French classics include Quiche Lorraine with salad, and a Croque Madame Croissant, oozing with fried egg, cheese, and ham. Outdoor seating weather permitting. Jean-Jacques, 468 Bedford Road, Pleasantville. 914-747-8191 www.jean-jacques.com
King Kone, Katonah: This retro fast food/dessert spot has been scooping it out for almost 70 years. The place is always popping with couples and families lining up out front. But it moves quickly. Share a large sundae with chocolate mint chip ice cream with plenty of fudge, topped with whipped cream and the ubiquitous Maraschino cherry. Enjoy the crowd from your picnic table. Menu items ranged from Corn Fritters, Lobster Roll Platter, Burgers, and a Crab Cake Sandwich. King Kone, 109 Rt. 100, Katonah. Open daily in season. 914-232-0571 They are on Facebook.
(Morris Gut 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. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)