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April 2020

I have been making my usual culinary rounds from the start of the Coronavirus Covid-19 outbreak. I actually live on the cusp of the Containment Zone set up in New Rochelle. So, we are under the microscope here. This is how I see the food & dining scene at this writing…


Take-Out & Delivery Services During the Coronavirus Crises!


During this crisis, the restaurant business in the tri-state area has been whittled down to take-out & delivery during prescribed hours. For most, to 8 p.m. Many establishments offer in-house delivery and curbside pick-up. Some have chosen to completely shut down. It is a very difficult time for the restaurant community. If you miss a meal from your favorite eatery, you should call ahead directly, just to make sure they are still offering the service. Also, many restaurants subscribe to larger on-line delivery services you can check into in your area.


Uber Eats: uber.com


Grub Hub: grubhub.com


Door Dash: doordash.com


Seamless: seamless.com


Locally, here are a few suggestions for every palate. Most will serve to 8 p.m. as mandated. And do call ahead. (Information subject to change.)


Trattoria Vivolo, 301 Halstead Ave., Harrison


Take-out menu available for pick-up at lunch & dinner. Delivery, dinner only. Chef-owner and personable host Dean Vivolo serves his robust regional Italian cuisine out of a vintage diner. Surprising contemporary and traditional flavors emanate from his kitchen. Cocktails. Open 7 days.  Free parking.  www.trattoriavivolo.com


Cantina Taco & Tequila, 166 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, 914-461-3959

Take-out menu and cocktails available for pick-up starting at 3 p.m., from noon weekends. John Solo and his team opened Cantina last March. It has a bright aqua pastel façade. Tempting south-of-the-border specialties. The restaurant is open 7 days a week.  www.cantinany.com


Minis Latin Fusion, 237 Main St., New Rochelle 914-355-5609

Special take-out for pick-up and delivery menu available Tuesday thru Sunday. Drinks, too. Owner Nicole Pirraglia-Piparo serves colorful, flavorful contemporary Latin specialties. Open Tuesday thru Sunday. Free parking. www.minislatinfusion.com


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