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.
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!
An interesting story on CNBC about COVID’s impact on the supply chain, including a focus on New Rochelle Farms, the new (and very good) market on North Avenue at Manor Place. The New Rochelle portion begins at about 6:00.
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.
As New Rochelle’s recovery continues, we are working with local restaurants to expand outdoor dining options and re-imagine public spaces for everyone’s enjoyment (and safety.) Here’s one great example: starting this Sunday, the City is partnering with the Chamber of Commerce and the BID to launch a two-week experiment on Division Street, closing the road to traffic and allowing multiple restaurants to establish socially-distanced seating. Al fresco dining will be available from 1:00pm to 9:00pm on Sunday, and then from noon to 9:00pm through July 5th. While the test is running, we can evaluate public use of the space, gauge impacts on traffic and business, and learn lessons that might apply to other restaurant rows. This press release has more information.
New Rochelle’s uptown Farmers Market at Thomas Paine Cottage opens today, but with special rules for physical distancing, as well as a new option for placing pre-orders to pickup. This flyer contains all the details.