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January 2021

Winter Bites and Pieces

Hearty winter dishes are a good respite from the cold, and restaurants throughout the Sound Shore are putting out their seasonal best. Here are a few of my recent indulgences. Some old, some new…


Christopher's by Chef Joe Premiers in Larchmont: Veteran chef/restaurateur Joe Giordano has been working his culinary for 40 years in some of the finest kitchens in Westchester and Connecticut. He has taken over the former La Riserva and put his signature to a new restaurant called Christopher’s. Chef Giordano has worked such lauded kitchens as Valbella, Old Greenwich; Gabriel’s Steak House, Greenwich; and most recently partnered in the former Trattoria 160 in Pleasantville. The menu is eclectic Italian with big cuts of steaks and chops for you carnivores out there. Look for such specialties as: House made Gnocchi, King Salmon, Seafood Stew, Quail, Veal Chop Paillard, and Porter House for two. Christopher’s is located at 2382 Boston Post Road, Larchmont. Open Tuesday thru Sunday. Free parking. 914-787-8749 www.christophersbychefjoe.com


Igloo Dining at Billy & Pete's, Larchmont: Billy Bishop and Peter Smith opened Billy & Pete’s Social this past summer at the former free-standing sight of Plate’s Restaurant, and area family and friends have already made it a popular gathering place, with Covid guideline in place. Their chef-driven menu is eclectic and offers such flavorful options as crispy crust Detroit-style Pizza, Grilled Cauliflower, mildly spicy Shishito peppers, and comforting Cast Iron Meatballs. The festive outdoor dining garden with sparkling lights is a treat. Super friendly staff. A special surprise: ask for the ‘Side Door Donuts’ for dessert. There’s Chocolate Mousse and Tiramisu in a Mason Jar, too. There is partial indoor seating and heated outdoor dining ‘igloos’ for up to 6 guests. Reservations, of course. Billy & Pete’s Social is located at 121 Myrtle Blvd., Larchmont. Open daily. Nearby parking; free evening. Phone: 914-909-5289 www.billyandpetes.com


Curry on Purdy Opens in Harrison: Westchester’s newest Indian restaurant has opened on Purdy Street in Harrison. It is called Curry on Purdy and offers a large selection of meat and vegetable curry dishes along with specialties from throughout regional India. There is a Purdy Special Goat Curry, classic Chicken Tandoori out of the clay pot, Rack of Lamb seared in the clay oven, Saffron Shrimp Tikka, and Vegetable Biryani. Don’t forget the wonderful house baked Indian breads like Garlic Nan, or Onion Kulcha. Great for dunking into those delicious sauces and gravies. For dessert try the Special Kheer, or the Gajjar Halwa. Curry on Purdy is located at 7 Purdy Street, Harrison. Open daily for lunch and dinner. 914-600-8500 www.curryonpurdy.com


Follow COVID protocols and stay safe!


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