Michelin’s Bib Gourmands are among the most prestigious awards that any restaurant can receive. This year, just eight restaurants in all of Westchester County received this distinction, and two of them are in New Rochelle: Dubrovnik and Maria. That’s a pretty big deal for our local dining scene.
And while we’re celebrating New Rochelle eateries, congratulations also to Pepe’s Place, which was named by Southern Living as having the best Mac ‘n Cheese in all of New York State.
I’d been hearing raves about Juicy Chicken, the new Peruvian rotisserie restaurant on Division Street, so when Catie, the boys, and I visited my mother at the Skyline this past weekend for lunch, we decided to take-out.
Mmmm. The chicken itself was terrific — wonderfully seasoned and, in a credit to truth-in-advertising, juicy! (I often find rotisserie chicken to be better looking than tasting, and this was definitely a happy exception to my rule.) We also ordered an excellent ceviche, arroz chaufa (fried rice) with beef, and a side of fried plantains. Plenty for everyone, except for the plantains, which Jeremy scarfed down with minimal sharing.
The restaurant itself is warm and inviting. The owners clearly put a lot of thought into creating a comfortable, casual space. So even though our first experience at Juicy Chicken was take-out, this is definitely more than a take-out joint.
New Rochelle restaurants took double top honors at Westchester Magazine’s annual Burger & Beer Blast, with the North End Tavern winning first place in the Judge’s Choice category, and The Wooden Spoon taking the gold in the People’s Choice category, beating out more than thirty competitors. A great night for New Ro food. Read all about it.
Fresh local produce, yummy prepared foods, savory pickles, delicious cheeses, crusty bread, and lots of other tasty treats. That’s right — New Rochelle’s two farmers markets are opening again for the season.
If you like Caribbean cuisine, you will love the new Krave at 8 South Division Street. For dinner last week, Catie, Jeremy, and I shared cod fish cakes and pepper shrimp to start, then moved on to stewed oxtail, fried chicken, and ackee with red herring as our entrees, and finished up with two kinds of cheesecake for dessert. Cocktails and Red Stripe for me and Catie. Fruit punch for Jeremy. We left very happy and very satisfied.
The chef/owners, who built a devoted following at A Place to Go, have really outdone themselves in designing Krave — the interior is large and airy, tables and banquettes spaced very comfortably, a generous bar, and walls filled with artwork. Plus, there’s a glass-enclosed area suitable for private parties. The restaurant is immediately adjacent to the former Church-Division parking garage and is ideally positioned to attract customers from the RXR project now under construction at the site.
Had a great time this afternoon cutting the ribbon for a terrific new addition to downtown New Rochelle: Joey’s Cannoli Espresso Bar & Cafe. Delicious pastries, cookies, and cakes, gelato, and, of course, cannolis of every kind. I took a bunch of treats to go for the kids, but might just hoard them for myself. Stay clear if you’re on a diet — otherwise get to 18 Division Street right away!