Menu Movers: Where and How to Celebrate the Holidays, Part II
From Morris Gut
Here you will find further suggestions for your vacation pleasure, eating in, out or at home. Follow COVID-19 logs and stay safe.
One of the vans in the Ace Endico to Go fleet, the six days a week delivery service Ace Endico Marketplace, was launched shortly after the pandemic began.
Ace Endico take away
The Ace Endico story began years ago in a small grocery store in the Bronx. Today, after almost four decades under the leadership of co-founders William Endico and Murray Hertzberg, the company has developed into a major food wholesaler and distributor for the food service industry in the Tristate area. Now they also offer home delivery to Westchester and Putnam.
Ace Endico Marketplace accepts retail customers in its state-of-the-art headquarters in Brewster, just off I-84, and in its smaller store on West Lincoln Avenue in Mount Vernon. After the outbreak of the COVID-19 crisis, Ace Endico to Go was launched with a small fleet of new vans for home delivery. They sell a wide range of products: meat, produce, dry goods, dairy products, fish, poultry, cheese, canned goods, imported goods and beverages.
Free home delivery is available during the holidays with a minimum order of $ 100. Deliveries are made from Monday to Saturday. Your daily flyer is published on the website and is customer friendly.
We drove north to Ace Endico’s 200,000 square foot main warehouse and market on the outskirts of Brewster for alternative purchases. I had to see this for myself. It turned out to be a fruitful road trip.
The retail market is on the side of the complex and offers ample parking. We got a trolley and started combing the aisles. It was well stocked with a variety of goods – fruits and produce, meat and fish, frozen foods, paper goods, gourmet items, and kitchen supplies. Many items have been packed in bulk for wholesale buyers. Many goods were also sold in smaller quantities. For example, you could pick your own apples or potatoes.
The best part was that most of the prices were very reasonable compared to the mainstream markets. On a subsequent trip we bought fresh clams and halibut from the fish counter, which made for delicious meals. Either way, by the time we checked out, we had our cart filled with more than we expected which was fine. Some spontaneous purchases had found their way into our order.
Ace Endico is located at 80 International Blvd. in Brewster. Info: 914-347-3131 or 1-845-230-9886. Ace Endico, Mount Vernon is located at 188 W. Lincoln Ave. Info: 914-699-5592 or visit www.aceendicotogo.com.
The delicious oysters at KEE Oyster House in White Plains.
Untouched seafood at KEE Oyster House
Here’s a treat you might want to take advantage of this holiday season. Kenan, Ekren, and Elvi, owners of KEE Oyster House on Court Street at the corner of Route 22 in White Plains, continue to serve a delicious seafood menu. I recently watched the staff help peel a tempting lobster before serving. An immaculate selection of oysters is served with all ingredients every day.
I recently enjoyed a loaded lobster roll with a side of Old Bay chips for lunch. Their version of fried calamari tickles my palate, while a taste of their fried scallops with seafood risotto and brown butter sends me to foodie heaven. There are also dramatic towers with hot or cold seafood.
For you carnivores out there, a hefty, dry-grated 16-ounce sirloin is on the menu. There is also good beer and wine.
KEE Oyster House is located at 126 E. Post Rd. In White Plains. Open Monday to Saturday. Info: 914-437-8535 or visit www.keeoysterhouse.com.
Italian Latin fusion
Mother and daughter Miguelina Martinez and Gabriella Suriel opened Gabriella’s Italian fusion in the former Ernesto room on West Post Road. The extended kitchen serves a hearty mix of classic Italian and colorful Latin American fusion specialties.
Order the bulging wings with fries in Gabriella’s Italian Fusion, which combines Italian and Latin American cuisine.
I recently indulged in their plump chicken wings and fries. There’s a Cuban sandwich on Italian bread that has mustard, pork, ham, Swiss cheese, cucumber, and mojo, and burgers on a brioche bun. Pastas include fresh salmon farfalle (sliced smoked salmon, dill, and alfredo sauce) and lobster ravioli, including parmesan, butter, and sage sauce.
Gabriella’s large, hearty 24-ounce tomahawk steak, cooked with portobello mushrooms, truffle oil sauce, and yucca fries, comes with a complementary bottle of home-selected wine. A Spanish-style Paella Valenciana for two is served with rice mixed with seafood and meat. Traditional Puerto Rican mofongo combinations, served with mashed plantains, offer a choice of frutti di mare, rock steak, shrimp, pork skin, chicken or cheese.
Gabriella’s Italian Fusion is located at 130 W. Post Rd. In White Plains. Open seven days a week. Cocktail bar and lounge. Happy hour from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday brunch. Take-away and delivery. Info: 914-358-4416 or visit www.gabriellasitalianfusion.us.
Antipasti platters in La Bocca
Tony Spiritoso has worked as a chef and restaurateur in Westchester for almost 40 years. A meal at La Bocca Ristorante usually begins in its signature antipasti bar, which is loaded daily with tempting imported sausages, cheese and appetizing homemade salads. Spiritoso has brought his vintage slicers wherever he has been and they are ready to roll on the antipasto counter. Some consider La Bocca to be the most authentic Italian cuisine in the region.
The wine selection is among the best in the county. The dining room is filled with artistic columns and serving pieces. There is a new wine room for private events. Spiritoso and its experienced staff will take good care of you.
The antipasti platter in La Bocca Ristorante.
La Bocca Ristorante is located at 8 Church Street in White Plains. Open seven days. Info: 914-948-3281 or visit www.laboccaristorante.com.
Irish Cheer in Dunne’s Pub
Dunne’s is a neighborhood treasure, an authentic Irish tavern with all the traditional Gaelic decor. New owner Declan Farrell, who also runs Vintage on Main Street in White Plains, has modernized the premises but has gone to great lengths not to get into modernist mode. It’s a friendly, cozy place with a good kitchen that serves generous portions of traditional Irish cuisine at prices that leave some money in your wallet.
Farrell and his staff know how to pour that pint of Guinness while the crowd remains in lively conversation. One of the kitchen favorites is the Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich; Plain Jane Burger served on an Kaiser bun; fish and chips whipped with beer; grilled Irish crackers; and cheddar cheese meatloaf served with Irish beans and mashed potatoes. The sizzling steak is a delicious eye-catcher. Oktoberfest is celebrated on the first Thursday of the month all year round.
Dunne’s Pub is located at 15 Shapham Place in White Plains. Open seven days for lunch and dinner. There is also a Sunday brunch. City parking spaces available. Info: 914-421-1451 or visit www.dunnespubandrestaurant.net.
Morris Gut is a restaurant marketing consultant and former restaurant business magazine editor. He has been following and writing about the food and dining scene in the greater Westchester area for 30 years. He can be reached at 914-235-6591 or at [email protected]