The number of Port Chester and Rye Brook restaurants offering
outdoor eating has decreased by three from last year. However, at least one new
eatery with a lovely outdoor deck will be opening before the end of the summer
to replace one that closed last year. Assuming that occurs, the number will
rise from the current 36 to 37.
Rye House, the Port
Chester version of the New York City gastrobar which opened at the end of 2014
in the Stratmar building at 126 North Main St., has added an outdoor eating
component this summer. In keeping with its classy interior, the outdoor setup
features three round red metal tables for two and matching chairs on the
Willett Avenue side of the restaurant shielded by black barriers with white
lettering and another three tables in a similar arrangement on the North Main
Rye House, which specializes in artisanal spirits, craft
cocktails and domestic craft beers, serves American comfort food from various
regions of the country. Periodically it also offers live music.
Summer hours are dinner daily from 4 p.m., lunch Friday and
Saturday starting at noon, brunch Sunday starting at 11 a.m. There is a happy
hour at the bar from 4-7 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Clydesdale Pub &
Grill opened in May at 435 North Main St. where River House had been. Husband
and wife team Joe and Debbie Ribeiro have transformed it into “an American bar
with a British twist.” The Clydesdale offers American specialties, brick oven
pizza as well as English staples like shepherd’s pie and delicious, lightly
battered fish and chips. Debbie was born in Scotland but grew up in England.
It may not be readily apparent unless you ask, but a rebuilt wooden
deck off the back of the restaurant overlooking the Byram River is now open for
al fresco eating and drinking. Three square wooden tables and chairs for two,
the same as those inside, have been moved out to the deck along with two corn
plants and a few flowering specimens. The tables are shaded by four blue Bud
Light umbrellas attached to the railing. The view isn’t gorgeous—the Ribeiros
plan to eventually add an attractive fence and sea grasses—but it’s pleasant
The Ribeiros have continued River House’s tradition of serving
food till 2 a.m. The pub and grill opens at 11 a.m.
Instead of a few tables along the side of the building, Bagel Emporium at 211 Irving Ave. now
has a roomy brick patio out front with black metal mesh tables and chairs
seating 14 covered by two aqua and two red Tommy Bahama umbrellas where
customers can enjoy all types of bagels made on the premises and a large
assortment of bagel sandwiches.
At the tail end of August the long-awaited replacement for
Spadaro Ristorante is expected to open its doors at 23 North Main St. It’s not
going to be Patsy’s, as previously stated on these pages, but instead Brandi Pizzeria, one of the oldest
restaurants in Europe and inventor of the margherita pizza, dating back to 1760
with origins in Naples, Italy.
“We were going to do a Patsy’s but couldn’t strike a deal with
them,” said Ray Payne with the private equity Hospitality Group based at 1133
Westchester Ave. in White Plains.
Brandi will be a full service restaurant seating 100 on the
Abendroth Avenue side and a small pizzeria accommodating 12 on the North Main
Street side of the space, which stretches between the two parallel
There will be outdoor eating, approximately 50 seats, on the
lovely deck overlooking Abendroth Avenue.
The space has been totally gutted aside from the pizza oven, the
bar moved to the opposite side of the restaurant and enlarged and a second
pizza oven added. “The restaurant is done, finished and ready to go,” said
Payne. Hospitality Group is waiting on the liquor license, which they expect to
have by the end of August. Meanwhile they are hiring for all positions, as
signs in the windows indicate. If you’re interested, send a resume to
email@example.com or Collin@brandipizzeria.com.
Three restaurants offering an outdoor eating experience have
closed since last July and have not been replaced. Nessa Ristorante, located diagonally across the street from the
Port Chester police station at 325 North Main St., closed the week of Apr. 18.
The upscale enotecca or Italian sandwich shop, which opened in 2007, had
undergone a rebranding last fall which apparently didn’t help bring business
back to what it had been in the restaurant’s heyday as one of Port Chester’s
finer dining spots.
After 10 years in downtown Port Chester, Panera Bread did not renew its lease in the Waterfront at Port
Chester development and moved out in October 2015, leaving a definite void.
Not surprisingly, Bow
& Rose Café in the florist shop adjacent to Carvel at 604 North Main
St. closed at some point during the past year and became Bow & Rose
In addition, after many years placing a table or two outside, Frank’s Restaurant & Pizzeria at 23
Putnam Ave. hasn’t done so this year.
Tarry Market at 179
North Main St., which has an espresso bar as well as a new eatery called La
Cucina inside the premises, is among the nine eating spots that applied for
permits to create sidewalk cafés on the public sidewalks of Port Chester, Rye
House among them. Tarry Market’s has not been approved, however, because the
market is due for a fire safety inspection which has not yet occurred. Before
October rolls around, however, you may see several tables for two in front of
Tarry Market, as there have been the past several years, to enable patrons to
grab a bite and eat it outside.
Now that nessa is closed, Piccolo
Italian Gourmet at 321 North Main St. no longer has use of the lush patio
between the two restaurants for al fresco dining. In fact, the patio is locked.
Piccolo does have one high table for four on the side of the restaurant with
four tall wicker stools. In addition, the front of the restaurant opens up to
let the breeze in and create an outdoor feel.