Not that an intrepid restaurant-goer ever needs an excuse to dine out on great food, but if you do, New Rochelle is the place and Restaurant Week – March 18-31 -- is the time. However, it would behoove you to make your reservations well in advance.
That’s right, the seventh annual Hudson Valley Restaurant Week is just around the corner. And this year, it’s bigger than ever. “We were just blown away,” says Nancy Gold, a spokeswoman for the event, of the overwhelming interest. “We’re up to 198 participating restaurants in seven counties.”
Participating restaurants in New Rochelle include Don Coqui, which serves authentic Puerto Rican fare. Owned and operated by third generation restaurateurs Jewelle and Jaleene Rodriguez, menu items include roasted pork (pernil) with pigeon pea rice; green plantains, braised oxtail (rabo guisado) with white rice and avocado and skirt steak (churrasco) with black bean rice and chimichurri sauce, as well as other regional specialties
But don’t limit your meals out during restaurant Week to only one venue. New Rochelle features other participating restaurants, including Cienega Restaurant, Fratelli Restaurant, Noma and Posto 22.
Eat out for lunch ($20.95) or for dinner ($29.95), and remember to tip your server. Tax and beverages are not included in the special price.
The list of other participating restaurants in nearby towns reads like a dining guide to New York State: Bistro Rollin (Pelham), Le Jardin du Roi (Chappaqua), Ruby’s Oyster Bar & Bistro (Rye), Tarry Lodge (Port Chester), Trevi Ristorante (West Harrison), Moderne Barn (Armonk) and hundreds more.