Autumn is in full swing! The air is a bit crisper, apples falling to the ground at area orchards just waiting to be picked. Trees putting on their annual Technicolor light show along highways and byways. Area markets selling their late season harvest of squash, apples, pumpkins and hearty root vegetables. Restaurant kitchens are geared up with the best the season has to offer. There are many comforting flavors awaiting us right now…
BIG JUICY STEAKS AT MAGNO’S GRILL!
This newcomer to the county is now serving Jurassic Tomahawk Steaks, and a fine version of Parrillada, hearty mixed grill with chimichurri sauce. They are as tender as can be. Chef/owner Angelo Magno had put his talents to work at such lauded kitchens at Tango Grill, Milonga and Gaucho Grill. He has joined forces with his family at his own 60-seat spot featuring fine versions of Italian and Argentinean classics. Look for such house specialties as: fresh Empanadas, Chicken or Veal Parmigiana, hearty Paella, and hefty Pork Osso Buco. Cocktail bar. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Municipal parking nearby. Reservations accepted. Magno’s Grill, 108 Centre Ave., New Rochelle. 914-235-0008 www.magnosgrill.com
HEARTY BURGERS AT PRIME 16!
Prime 16 in Pelham espouses the virtues of ‘gourmet’ burgers, tavern specialties and craft beers which are updated regularly. Changing starters include: meaty Chicken Wings with choice of such sauces, and Ahi Tuna Tacos. Fresh prepared salads include: California Cobb and Kale Caesar. Delicious 8 oz. Burgers include: All American, topped with Vermont aged white cheddar, butterhead lettuce and sliced tomato, topped with Elm City yellow mustard & smoked ketchup; and The Smoker, topped with smoked Gouda, smoked Applewood bacon, sautéed onion, sautéed crimini mushrooms, romaine & sliced tomato with a side of garlic aioli. You can also ‘Build Your Own Burger’. There is a Craft Beer Happy Hour offered Monday thru Friday from 4 pm to 7 pm featuring ½ priced drafts, select wines and 12-piece wings. Prime 16, 156 Fifth Ave., Pelham 914-576-0700 www.prime16.com
A BREW BY THE FIREPLACE AT HURLEY’S!
Seasoned restaurateur Paul Hurley has opened a handsome 90-seat gastro-pub in New Rochelle next to the Avalon complex offering such amenities as a cozy fireplace, dark wood & brick walls, separate bar/lounge and full-service dining room featuring such specialties as a seafood Raw Bar, Porterhouse Steak for two, Colorado Rack of Lamb, Prime Beef Short Ribs, and a loaded 10 oz. ‘Queen of the Sound’ prime beef Burger stacked with lettuce, tomato, American cheese, fried oysters, sautéed mushrooms, smoked bacon on a brioche bun. Daily happy hours from 4 to 7 p.m. feature $1 oysters. Open daily for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Municipal & valet parking. Hurley’s Steakhouse & Pub, 15 Division St., New Rochelle. 914-738-6000 www.hurleyssteakhouse.com
(Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant trade magazine editor. He has been tracking and writing about the food and dining scene in greater Westchester for 30 years. He may be reached at: 914-235-6591. E-mail: email@example.com)