Farmers Market Opens for the Season

New Rochelle’s Friday Farmers Market is back for another season at Thomas Paine Cottage.  I got my weekly fix of pickles and olives this morning, along with a carmelized onion and goat cheese quiche and a strawberry-rhubarb pie.  Mmmm.  The Market, sponsored by Down to Earth, will be open every Friday through the fall.  Enjoy!


Restaurant Value Week

Throughout the past year, in the face of unprecedented challenges, New Rochelle’s restaurants have continued to provide sustenance and pleasure to our entire community.  As we look ahead to recovery, a thriving restaurant scene will remain vital to New Rochelle’s success, so l thank the BID and participating restauranteurs for organizing “Restaurant Value Week” from March 1 through March 14.  See all the specials here.  Let’s take this opportunity to enjoy outstanding values and support great eateries throughout downtown New Rochelle.


Food Blog: Crotty’s Cheesesteaks

Catie is from Philly, so you can imagine that our family was excited when Crotty’s Cheesesteaks opened at the corner of Eastchester Road and North Avenue.  We didn’t wait long to place our first order, going with tradition — whiz and onions — although I topped mine off with the possibly unorthodox addition of hot italian peppers.  Gooey, warm, meaty, and delicious.  It must be admitted that these sandwiches require the temporary suspension of any diet you may be on, but they are well worth the calories.  Mmmm.

This morning I attended Crotty’s grand opening and met the father-daughter team responsible for the restaurant.  It’s not easy to start a new business in a pandemic, especially a service business that will depend, in part, on student traffic.  Fortunately, they were genuinely excited to be in New Rochelle, optimistic about their prospects for success, and justifiably proud of their great food.

Here’s the menu.  Enjoy!



Outdoor Dining on Division Street

A great look for Division Street today — closed to traffic, but filled with outdoor diners, as part of the New Ro Eats initiative.  Terrific job by the BID, Chamber, and participating restaurants, together with the City’s Business Ambassador, who put it all together.