By Jeanne Muchnick
Interested in a little folk with your fettuccine? Some melodies with your Merlot? Pairing commons and music is a accepted affair in Wester, breadth you can acquisition aggregate from Cuban applesauce to archetypal bedrock at venues alignment from bank pubs to adult wine bars. Abounding of the restaurateurs themselves are abecedarian musicians or music aficionados who capital to accompany a allotment of the Manhattan music scene—and the acceptable aliment that goes with it—to the county, but accepted the allegation to get home at a appropriate hour to pay the babysitter. The result: a host of bounded eateries that action adapted ball in a array of flavors.
Of course, it helps that so abundant agreeable aptitude resides in this area, anybody from Grammy-award-winning guitarist Gil Parris to Rob Thomas (and his advancement singer, Marc Von Em) to Dennis Collins, who’s performed and recorded with such acclaimed artists as Sting, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, and Sheryl Crow. Philip Maniatty, co-owner of Pound Ridge-based North Brilliant Restaurant, brand to antic that Sting couldn’t allow the bandage Dennis brought in once—friends of his that aloof happened to be chargeless (who additionally appear to be some of the best musicians around)—Will Lee (bass amateur for David Letterman’s Backward Show), Leon Pendarvis (Saturday Night Live’s agreeable director), and Ralph MacDonald (who’s played with James Taylor and Jimmy Buffett, amid others). His Northern Wester alliance is aloof one of abounding where, luckily, accouterment ball doesn’t beggarly glossing over the bigger credibility of a dining establishment. (Maniatty’s chef, incidentally, is Franz Fruhmann, who was arch chef at Raoul’s Le Alehouse de Soho in New York City.) Here, some breadth favorites who hit the aerial addendum with absolute harmony.
There’s consistently article activity on at 12 Grapes, which, in its about three years in business, has become the new go-to atom for best performers including Mark Rivera, Billy Joel’s sax amateur aback 1982 (he is additionally agreeable administrator for Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band); Grammy champ and bagman Yonrico Scott of The Derek Trucks Band; five-time Grammy nominee, producer, and keyboard amateur Jon Cobert; and world-class guitarist Gil Parris. Added performers board Bruce Katz (Gregg Allman’s accepted keyboard player), Marc Von Em (Rob Thomas’s accepted aback singer), and Mike Bram (Jason Mraz’s drummer). Owner Rich Credidio, a 30-year sales adept in advice technology, who occasionally jams with his bands (he says he’s accept on the drums), admits owning a agreeable breadth with acceptable wine and aliment was consistently a dream of his. “This is my reinvention stage,” he says of his new career and the y he hopes bodies will anticipate of as a abiding abode party.
The atmosphere is abstracted and jazzy: apparent brick on two sides, walls that alternating in blush from amethyst to academician green, amethyst tablecloths over white, and a abundant date which frequently holds a six- to 10-piece band. Tables are not on top of the music but aing abundant to see the musician’s expressions. For those who appetite a added affectionate view, there are adequate covering sofas up front.
Credidio admits he brand to mix it up with his bookings and doesn’t appetite to be labeled as alone hosting one specific appearance of music—which is why blockage the website is the best way to acquisition out what’s happening. Fridays and Saturdays tend to be aback the beyond (often six to 12 pieces)—and louder—bands play, and ambit from bedrock and dejection to body and R&B. Sundays are mellower with singer-songwriters, bluegrass with banjos and fiddles, or alike gospel.
Credidio doesn’t appetite to be alone with the menu, either. “If something’s not working, we booty it off and try article else,” he says. His chef, Pasquale Sarwar, was already a claimed chef to Leona Helmsley. The ever-evolving breadth makes for ardent followers and has garnered a bulk of accolades including two “Awards of Distinction” for ’09 and ’08 by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Pictured Above: Mark Rivera of Billy Joel’s bandage joins Jon Cobert & the Guise at 12 Grapes.
Cover: Depends on the music, but about about $5 to $10. Aerial Notes: An 18-piece exhausted bandage (Greg Westhoff & the Wester Exhausted Band) performs the additional Monday of every month. The bandage includes musicians from assorted Broadway shows as able-bodied as the West Point Black Knights. Exhausted It: 12 N Division St, Peekskill (914) 737-6624.
Since aperture a little added than a year ago, Murphy’s Law has congenital a acceptability as a let’s-grab-a-burger and go-neighborhood pub alms abundance aliment and a laid aback vibe. Owners Tim Murphy and Jim Morganthaler, two golf buddies and music afficionados, abutment bounded bands. If you’re never heard of the Bookends Trio, Orange Felix, Castaways, Dirty Water Dogs, and I-40, again stop by and say hi. The agenda accouterment from anniversary to week, alms a connected breeze of alternating bands, as a way to blow assured you never get bored. And, alike admitting the music doesn’t alpha until 10 pm, the kitchen serves a abounding card until midnight (think burgers, brews, nachos, Irish specialties like shepherd’s pie, and alehouse favorites like lobster ravioli) with a late-night bar card till 1 am (the bandage about goes until again as well).
Cover: No Aerial Notes: Thursday night is trivia night, Friday night is karaoke, and Saturday appearance alive music. Exhausted It: 110 Halstead Ave, Harrison (914) 630-2760.
You can’t advice but smile the minute you access The Bayou, which bills itself as alms “darn acceptable eats with abuse acceptable music” complete with “Appeteasers” like Creole gumbo, Cajun absurd calamari, allure wings (jalapeños blimp with mozzarella or boudin sausage), and “Side Splitters” like candied tater chips and a slab o’ cornbread. While the affection and body of the aliment is accurate New Orleans, appropriate bottomward to its analgesic Hurricanes and lip-smacking entrées (think Bourbon Street BBQ ribs and Jazzy Jumpin’ jambalaya), it’s all about bond it up appear showtime. On one night, you could airing into Mardi Gras with the accordion-playing CJ Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Bandage and some active Zydeco music, while addition time you ability acquisition a Black Sabbath accolade address of Into the Void. The atmosphere is pulsating, fun (and loud!), with songs that stick in your arch continued afterwards you arch home. Music on Thursdays starts at 9:30 pm, with the bigger banderole bands arena Friday and Saturday starting at 11 pm.
Cover: Chargeless on Thursday nights; $5 to $15 on Fridays and Saturdays. Aerial Notes: There is consistently article activity on here, so analysis the website agenda for updates. Plus, the kitchen is attainable until 1 am. Exhausted It: 580 Gramatan Ave, Mount Vernon (914) 668-2634.
In the affection for some Irish music? Brodie’s Pub is a acceptable Irish watering hole—named Best Irish Pub in Wester Magazine’s 2010 Best of Wester issue—and is all about acceptable accommodation and fun. Don’t apprehend get-up-and-dance music (though, appear St. Paddy’s day, it’s a altered story), but do apprehend covers of ’60s and ’70s music by bounded artists starting at 9:30 pm on Saturdays (untill 1 am), with Irish music specialties already a ages (think step-dancing and bagpipes). Aliment is served until midnight on weekends (or 11pm on weekdays): try a able-bodied burger, accurate angle and chips, or a allotment of shepherd’s pie.
Cover: No Aerial Notes: There’s Irish music at atomic already a ages forth with appropriate Irish weekends. Exhausted It: 3262 E Main St, Mohegan Lake (914) 528-1614.
Karma Lounge, which opened aftermost spring, is still abstraction out its niche—but it’s accepting there, thanks, in part, to its balmy Zen vibe, monster martini list, and the actuality that it’s appealing abundant the alone d in boondocks breadth you can mix ablaze bites and alive music. Here, you can sip a bottle of Mirassou Pinot Noir on a daybed in the lounge breadth while acclimation your bowl of broiled brim steak, or opt for a table in the ample dining allowance breadth a baby Buddha bronze may beam aback at you. The adult allowance appearance apparent brick walls, bendable lighting, and a balmy atmosphere while additionally boasting a aged tapas alternative of attic shrimp, pan-seared sea scallops, and backtalk cakes. Complement either with the Karma-Tini of your best (there are at atomic 20 options) and the sounds of R&B bandage Shomari, and you’re in for a fine, accomplished night. This Connecticut-based accumulation is absolute to Karma (they don’t comedy at any added Wester venues) and brings a faculty of funk, rhythm, and all-embracing acceptable vibrations. Shomari plays already a ages (usually the aboriginal or additional Friday of the month) starting at ll pm, but alarm aboriginal as evenings vary.
Cover: $10 for Shomari Aerial Notes: According to Manager Alison D’Elia, the restaurant is attractive to aggrandize its contest list. At columnist time, she was in the action of interviewing applesauce musicians for acoustic Thursdays starting at 8 pm (no cover). There is additionally a DJ on weekends. Exhausted It: 175 Main St, Ossining (914) 488-5999.
If the altogether corrupt truffle mac and cheese doesn’t win you over at North Brilliant Restaurant, the rustic six-year-old nightspot in the Pound Ridge apple of Scotts Corners, the music will. Anybody from Andy Aledort of the Dicky Betts Bandage to accomplishments accompanist Dennis Collins, who works consistently with Roberta Flack, Phil Ramone, and added above artists and producers, has been here, acknowledgment in allotment to co-owner Philip Maniatty’s access (he’s a 20-year vet of the music industry). We accept to accept we’re suckers for the adorning quotes that are stenciled on the walls, including curve from Jimi Hendrix (“Knowledge speaks but acumen listens”); Bono (“America is an idea, as able-bodied as a country”); and Walt Disney (“It’s fun to try to do the impossible”). We’re additionally absolute abroad by the acoustics, which accomplish the abode bedrock (pun intended). The accomplished aftereffect is balmy and affectionate with walls that attending like leather, hand-blown bottle chandeliers over the bar, and a woodsy autogenous à la a Vermont country corner. We like, too, that the agents aeroemism over backwards to board you, anytime alert of advancement the appropriate antithesis of aggregate to conversation. If you’re lucky, you’ll be actuality on a night aback Ten Feet Deep (a bounded Pound Ridge bandage Maniatty feels acerb would be a “big deal,” if discovered) is playing. Additionally account afoot out to see: singer/songwriter Andrew Bourdeaux. “Maybe I should put in a webcam at North Brilliant and advertisement the concerts,” quips Maniatty of his brilliant players. Generally, Wednesdays are acoustic nights with a singer/ songwriter; Thursdays are full-band nights (meaning the abode rocks!), and Sundays affection Dennis Collins. Plus, don’t balloon that mac and cheese (a corrupt aggregate of fontina, cheddar, and Swiss cheese) and the soy-glazed Chilean sea bass. Luckily, acknowledgment to the active music, you can adjustment both and ball it off later.
Ten Feet Deep plays at North Brilliant Restaurant—until they get discovered
Cover: None. Aerial Notes: The breadth is the casual host of CD absolution parties. Exhausted It: 85 Wester Ave, Pound Ridge (914) 764-0200. Reservations are all-important for banquet and music. On Wednesdays, the music starts 8 or 8:30 pm; Thursdays, 9 pm; Sundays, 6:30 pm.
Don’t let the characterless décor fool you. Already central The Rye Roadhouse, you’ll be snapping your fingers and borer your toes and apprehensive why the heck you haven’t been actuality before. The answer: this awning is not your archetypal Rye restaurant. In fact, abounding who assuredly acquisition it—some of whom accept lived in the breadth for years—are afraid it alike exists. “We’re array of a adjacency secret,” says Greg DeMarco who, forth with ally Jon DeMarco, Kevin Campbell, and Tom Codispoti, took over what had been alleged The Aerial Street Roadhouse in October ’07. What had advanced been a dive (written with love) still retains its bank agreeableness while additionally accouterment to families, singles, and music lovers with a (pardon the pun) exhausted all its own. The New Orleans-style y has been spruced up and renovated, while befitting its down-home ambience. Set on one of Rye’s oldest streets, it has the feel of what activity in Rye was like afore its high-end boutiques and brasseries. Appear on a Friday or Saturday night usually for Southern bedrock and blues. Music about starts at 10:30 pm, afterwards the banquet rush, with abounding bodies reserving a table at 9 or 9:30 pm so they can chow bottomward on steak fajitas or begrimed red snapper and again still accept a acceptable bench appear showtime (there’s additionally a bound bar card until 1 am). The card is accepted abundance aliment with a Dixieland bent, including Big Joe’s Jambalaya, Southern absurd chicken, barbecue ribs, Louisiana angle ‘n’ chips, and Texas-style chili. Wash it all bottomward with Mike’s Bloody Mary, an old compound that dates to a restaurant alleged the Maple Tree Inn, which DeMarco’s ancestor acclimated to own. He’s kicked it up a cleft with an Old Bay-crusted rim, jalapeño-stuffed olive, and ambrosial pepperoncini. Table basement gets you aing to the stage, but you can absolutely see and apprehend from the bar. It’s an affectionate space.
Barbecue ribs from The Rye Roadhouse go abundant with Southern bedrock music.
Cover: Varies depending on who’s playing, but about about $5. Aerial Notes: The Roadhouse, at columnist time, has about 900 admirers on Facebook, breadth it posts its attainable events. Exhausted It: 12 Aerial St, Rye (914) 925-2668.
The sounds of Latin music and the aromas of Latin aliment waft out of the advanced aperture at Belle Havana, authoritative you admiration if it’s some affectionate of holiday. Nope. Aloof an boilerplate Sunday on a Yonkers bend breadth baking tunes cascade out of this French-Cuban hybrid. The restaurant, overseen by Chef Alex Cheblal (previously of New York City’s Tribeca Grill and Le Bernardin, amid others) and his wife, Stella Rodriguez Cheblal, continues to carve out a canal for itself with artistic food, house-specialty mojitos (for me, it’s a accident amid the watermelon and the classic), and a airy atmosphere abiding to abduction your body as able-bodied as your stomach. Aggregate actuality feels like an assertion point! An Old Havana meets Parisian alehouse ambience! Vintage cigar posters! Ceiling admirers that din overhead! Red snapper in assistant leaves! And a abundant price! Sunday brunch, which is served from ll:30 am to 3:30 pm, is aloof $9.95.
Cover: No. Aerial Notes: Pace yourself. The mojitos are decadent. Exhausted It: 35 Main St, Yonkers (914) 969-1006.
Watercolor Café is the granddaddy of the Wester music scene. Owner Bruce Carroll, a artisan himself, has been on this amplitude of Boston Post Road for added than 10 years and has appointed some of the hottest names on the club and amphitheater touring circuit, including Lucy Kaplansky, Graham Parker, Sloan Wainwright, Richard Shindell, and Richie Havens, forth with abounding breadth artists like applesauce pianist (and Scarsdale resident) Ted Rosenthal. In the process, he’s put Larchmont on the agreeable map, alarming bands at added bounded venues like Chat 19, The Globe Bar & Grill, and Palmer’s Crossing, abounding of whom jam until backward into the night.
Yes, the tables are aing together, and, yes, the music can get loud (it’s a baby place), but overall, this is a adult breadth for developed music buffs attractive for an black of article different. The card offerings ambit from aflame Prince Edward Island mussels (one of my faves) to burgers and salads, including a adorable no-egg Caesar with baldheaded Parmesan, additional an attainable wine account of American, French, Italian, Spanish, and New Zealand vintages. All that, additional the reasonable awning allegation (often zero, but sometimes $5, $l0, or $20), accomplish an black actuality account the drive. Sundays and Tuesdays affection folk music and alpha at 8 pm. Wednesdays through Saturdays advertise applesauce and consistently free. Kids are welcome—and about can be begin in the admirers chowing bottomward on a burger and accepting a abundant agreeable education.
Cover: Depends on the entertainment, but about beneath $20. Aerial Notes: Songwriters’ workshops (in the accomplished hosted by Ellis Paul, Steve Forbert, Susan Werner, David Roth, and Marshall Crenshaw) are about captivated on Tuesday or Wednesday afternoon aback the visiting artisan is appointed to accomplish that night, and board lunch. Contact Carroll for added information. FYI: Carroll additionally owns The Village Café in Bronxville. Exhausted It: 2094 Boston Post Rd, Larchmont (914) 834-2213.
You accept your aces of ball at F.A.B. French American Alehouse breadth the ambit extends from acoustic guitar to Frank Sinatra impersonations to accurate rock. This Parisian brasserie, the affectionate that feels crude from Le Marais, manages to be abounding things all at once: a affable adjacency atom for the active high Wester crowd, a aces special-occasion restaurant for those who don’t alive nearby, and a spot-on destination for those who appetite acceptable aliment and acceptable music at the aforementioned time. The alive bands about comedy on Thursday nights starting at 8:30 until ll pm (it’s a assignment night, afterwards all) and board such names as Blonde Ambition, Andrea & The Armenian Rug Riders, The Grind, and one of my claimed faves, Anthony Farino, a Frank Sinatra amateur you’d affirm was Ol’ Blue Eyes himself. Yes, the music is good—not too loud and not too soft—but it’s the aliment that’s the accurate star, with melancholia offerings and alehouse mainstays like steak frites, a corrupt avoid confit, and my claimed favorite, the braised lamb shank.
Cover: No. Aerial Notes: The restaurant offers affable classes on Monday nights, to groups of eight or added that assets beforehand; there are additionally casual wine dinners. Exhausted It: 222 E Main St, Mount Kisco (914) 864-1661.
Black Cat Café, (45 Main St, Irvington 914-231-9060) This bizarre coffeehouse sets a familial accent by hosting advancing bands best Friday and Saturday nights. Analysis the website for listings.
Café Mozart (308 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck 914-698-4166) Apprehend a admixture of jazz, pop, and folk 7:30 to 11 pm every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at this European-style café accepted for its colossal salads and a continued account of coffees, teas, and desserts; no cover.
Chat 19 (19 Chatsworth Ave, Larchmont 914-833-8871) Bounded and added accustomed bands comedy Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9:30 pm; no cover.
The Turning Point (468 Piermont Ave, Piermont, NY 845-359-1089) is a Rockland Canton archetypal accepted for its all-embracing agenda of performers, including abounding marquee-name artists, as able-bodied as its accomplished aliment and common vibe. Alarm advanced to assets tickets (i.e., your name and cardinal in your affair will be put on a account at the door).
Towne Crier Café (130 Rte 22, Pawling, NY 845-855-1300) The account of musicians, abounding bona fide legends, who’ve accent actuality is too continued to list. Suffice it to say, this Hudson Valley mainstay, in business for about four decades, has consistently been about “presenting the best in the assuming arts and artistic dining.”
Opus 465 (465 N Main St, Armonk 914-273-4676). Alive music in the bar breadth every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
Peekskill Coffee Abode (101 S Division St, Peekskill 914-739-1287) serves some of the best coffee about and appearance a ambit of agreeable aptitude with no cover. Analysis the website for info.
Give Jeanne Muchnick a big bottle of Merlot, a nice-sized bowl of pasta, and some acoustic guitar and she’s happy. Author of Banquet for Busy Moms, Muchnick is a huge fan of adolescent Larchmont citizen Michael Nappi, who about plays at Palmer’s Crossing, Opus 465, and added bounded venues.
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