I’ve stepped out of the city a few times to get up north. Westchester County and beyond is a haven for people who have decided on a life outside of the city, to raise families, have comfort of more than 600 square feet – and quite a few of them still commute to the city. With all of that talent moving out of the city, it is no wonder that there are some treasures up there. Last week I was invited up to Restaurant North in Armonk, NY – a new farm-to-table new american restaurant started by Stephen Mancini, former wine director/sommelier of Danny Meyer’s Union Square Cafe and more recently, Maialino. Shortly thereafter, he left to create North in Armonk, a small town devoid of a restaurant of this caliber.
The chef, Eric Gabrynowicz, formerly of Tavern, left his post to join Mancini and the dishes that he comes up with range between stellar and profound. Gabrynowicz is also a Danny Meyer alum. In fact, many of his staff has worked at USC at some point which explains why, after opening just 2 weeks ago, everything is running swimmingly. Now on to the pictures.
386 Main Street
Armonk, NY 10504
Wild Mushrooms & Lardo Flatbread
Peanut Butter & Jelly Foie Gras
Pan Seared L.I Dry Scallops
Soft Shell Crab with Bread Service (Bread service consists of a Biscuit and Ricotta and Oil Dipping sauce…it was different, in a very good way)
Soft Shell Crab with Peas
Orchiette with Lamb
Chocolate Chip Cake Skillet with Ice Cream
Stephen Mancini, Eric Gabrynowicz & Monique Berarducci – the founders of North, Armonk.
What does it mean to be sustainable? – Raising food that is healthy for consumers & animals, does not harm the environment, is humane for workers, respects animals, provides fare wage to the farmer and supports & enhances rural communities- North hearts sustainability.
Stephen P. Mancini – Restauranteur of North Armonk.
Captain Lawrence from Pleasantville on tap at North
Monique Berarducci pouring a pint of Captain Lawrence Brown Ale for me at North