Town House’s heirloom carrots, one of many stand-out dishes
For local food obsessives like me, this is a big deal. With Blue Hill- and Momofuku-trained (and New Rochelle-raised) chef Chris dos Reis at the helm, the new Town House on Main Street is serving some of the most inspired and inventive cuisine in our city. Judging by a recent visit, your only challenge will be narrowing down choices from a uniformly excellent menu.
Catie and I sampled sweet/crunchy/spicy kimchi tempura green beans, a pillowy pan con tomate, deeply-flavored squid in its own ink, a bracingly fresh radish salad, silky sea bass in a green garlic sauce, and perfectly roasted, amazingly bright heirloom carrots. (You can see I am running out of adjectives.) Another stand-out, which Catie foolishly refused to try, was fried pigs ears in a yuzu sweet and sour sauce — a bit like orange beef, but better, much better. There’s also a secret-ish off-menu burger, which could vie for best in the region. The cocktail menu is equally appealing, with the drunken koala a table favorite. A crazy good flan and squash (yes) donut rounded out our meal, along with some sort of smoky-lemony amaro of which I could happily have had three, but grudgingly stopped at one. You can see I am a fan, and am looking forward to returning to try everything else.
Town House is located in a charming and fully renovated building that housed Speckled Door years ago, but has been mostly vacant since. The owners have ambitious plans to use upper floors for event space, cultural and artistic displays, even podcasts. All-in-all, a really terrific addition to New Rochelle’s downtown.
Town House is open for dinner Thursday through Sunday. Business has been brisk, so make a reservation. Run, don’t walk.
An epic food tour of Union Avenue in New Rochelle’s West End, led by our own Council Member Martha Lopez and Lohud food writer Jeanne Muchnick. Sure to whet your appetite for some of Westchester’s most authentic and delicious cuisine. I blogged about my own food tour through the neighborhood a few years ago, but Martha and Jeanne seem to have topped me.
Love that three of the ten notable Westchester restaurant openings in this Lohud article are here in New Rochelle. A good indication that economic development is providing a real boost to our dining scene, with much more to come. Read here.
One of the great things about living in a diverse community is our access to truly authentic global cuisine. The West End of New Rochelle is a food-lover’s paradise, with amazing Mexican, Latin American, and international flavors. Come get a “Taste of Union Avenue” on Saturday, July 16th. Mmmm.
From June 10 through 17, the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District (NRBID) encourages visitors, families and residents to eat healthy when they dine Downtown. Through the “Bloom and Grow” program, more than a dozen New Rochelle Downtown Restaurants will feature Plant-Based Menu Specials along with Signature Floral Cocktails/Mocktails. More here.
With the Cafetero team
Coffee, tea, and pastry lovers should check out Cafetero at 111 Centre Avenue, a little south of Main Street, within the new Modera building. Founded and operated by the team behind the much-loved R Patisserie on Huguenot Street, Cafetero is bright, airy, comfortable, and elegant — a great space to relax, chat, and/or happily fuel up. Catie and I started there for a recent amble through the rapidly changing downtown, viewing murals from Street Art for Mankind, which line the wall just outside, and visiting the new public plaza at One Clinton Park, which is just a block away. It is truly exciting to see our vision for a more vibrant and welcoming city center beginning to take shape, with great, home-grown businesses like Cafetero a sign of things to come.