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Connecticut outdoor dining

Two weeks ago CT started having out door dining at selected restaurants that can accommodate outdoor seating and all the safety guidelines provided by the state to open.

I decided to check out Stamford, CT since it is the closest to me and I’m the most familiar with. Tables are outside 6feet apart and wait staff wear masks and gloves.

It was great to be out again and it felt normal to be out dining again. It still isn’t very busy at these restaurants because people are still reluctant to go out. However, I felt safe and enjoyed my time at CoalHouse Pizza which opened up outdoor seating and beer garden in their parking lot. The pizza at Coalhouse was delicious and so were the drinks. The wait staff was also top notch friendly and professional. They are also dog friendly and have a big beer list .

I also hit up Taco Daddy where I have been wanting to go to since way before COVID happened. They had a really cute outdoor setup with string lights and colorful wall art and a taco daddy neon sign. Service was great ..drinks were great too. King pao tacos and lomo Salvado tacos were delicious 🌮.The plaintains with a side of crema were very tasty too. I had margaritas that were great and strong af. They were very accommodating and made me a watermelon margarita. 🍉 🍹

There are a lot more restaurants that provide outdoor dining in Connecticut. I hoping to explore Greenwich and Norwalk too.

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Captain Lawrence Brewery

Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, NY is stepping up their game with a brand spanking new beer hall and distillery. The new beer hall is much more spacious  than it’s prior warehouse quarters.

The distillery is not up and running yet. However, the new Beer Hall is in full swing. I am a big fan of Captain Lawrence Beer and I can be a bit of a beer snob. A few of my favs are Galactic Fog, Hylo, and Red Stars and Strikes.

 

There is a new menu. A wide range of food to enjoy. Anything from tacos, BBQ, wings, oysters, and truffle fries. The pizza is amazing! That dough tho…

They have always had a great Beer Garden that has outdoor seating along with bean bag toss (corn hole), boccee ball, and jenga.  There are tons of picnic tables so there is ample seating inside and out. They have trivia on Wednesday nights, and live music on the weekends. They also give 30 min tours on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00pm and 2:00pm for only $7 pp, $2 dollars for a tasting glass that you get to keep.

They are extremely kid/baby friendly, so you don’t have to worry about finding a sitter. I already brought Emma and we both met new friends. However, leave the puppies at home they are no longer pet friendly.

Before you leave you can also pick up a 6 pack of  a limited edition beer such as Cookie Puss Birthday Beer Milk Shake IPA or Soft Swerve for you to enjoy at home.

LandMark’s

Sam’s Club Westchester Broadway Theatre, and Sport Time USA

444 Saw Mill River Rd.
Elmsford, NY 10523

tel: 914-741-BEER (2337)

Gitano NYC

Gitano in NYC is a pop up restaurant inspired by Gitano Tulum in Mexico. Their idea was to bring the Tulum Jungle to the Concrete Jungle of NYC.

Make reservations via OpenTable or else you will have a long wait to even get in the place!

When I stepped inside Gitano I felt like I was on vacation. I was surrounded by lush palm trees 🌴 and beautiful people.

We sat by the bar which has a big disco bar at the center of it.

Cocktails 🍹

We ordered the:

Jungle Fever 😝 consists of Gem and Bolt, chili, lime, and cilantro. It had a great kick to it. 🌶

Gitano Margarita Montelobos, lime, cucumber, and rosemary. It was very refreshing. 🥒

Food

We ordered the Guacamole which was very tasty and fresh.

The special of the night was Carne Asada. It was extremely tasty 🥩 with chimichurri sauce and shishito peppers 🌶

There are several seating areas spread throughout the restaurant and garden area where you can sit, drink, and lounge. It starts getting very loungey in the evening. Lots of people hanging out and sipping on cocktails.

Sabbia at La Birreria

It’s back ! Pop up restaurant at eatalys’s rooftop in the flat iron district in NYC. It’s a Winter alps themed restaurant with a retractable roof overlooking fifth ave.

Complete with a log cabin theme with string lights hung all around the bar/restaurant. lots of furs around for a cozy, warm feel.You don’t want to miss :

The Polenta bar- yum creamy polenta served on a wooden board comes out freshly prepared for you to enjoy. Polenta was seasoned with rosemary and thyme and Parmesan!

🧀 Cheese board how can you come to eataly and not get some cheese ?! it is so fresh and creamy! Great way to start your meal!<<<<<<<<<<<< you warm 🍷🍸🍹 like the Vin Brul'e (mulled wine, brandy, cinnamon, and anise)!and boozy hot cocoa, and a tiramisu martini. Fresh pasta 🍝 like the Fusilli and Gnocchi perfectly al dente 👌 Reservations highly recommended I booked mine thru the opentable app!
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200 Fifth Ave

New York,NY

Dekalb market – BK

The Dekalb Market in Brooklyn is super cool. It’s kind of like an indoor Smorgasbord.

As soon as you take the escalator down you see the famous Kats Deli. 😍<< ey also have a Fortina located in the Hall. Lots of choices so I had to narrow down my options. After a quick walk around this is what I chose: Potato Pierogis @ the Pierogi Boys topped with sour cream bacon and scallions ..cuz everything is better with bacon. 🥓 I've had my share of pierogis since my mom is full blown polish. But, these pierogis are super fresh and in a league of their own. Boiled to perfection. 👌 Icecream from Ample Hills Creamery 🍦 ooooey gooooey buttercake deliciousness. The word butter cake says it all! I was so tempted to take home a pint of it. However, we had a long drive home and I was afraid it would melt. Arepas de choclo from Arepa Lady came highly recommended. This was the main reason I stopped to try one. The corn tortilla and cheese melts in your 👄 mouth! Extremely filling ! Staff was super helpful and friendly!

I went into a food coma on my way home. 🏡😴

Burger Joint- Le Parker Meridian

Great no thrills lil speak easy fast food joint inside the upscale Le Parker Meridian in New York City. Cash Only. You seat yourself .. ya gotta be quick to snag a table here! Lines are typically long and didn’t move as quick as I thought it woul.

Burger was super juicy and tastey ..I wanted another but didn’t want to be greedy.. French fries were also fresh and delicious. This place is zagat rated and comes up on a bunch of lists as best burger in NYC. Is it the best burger I ever had ? Nah. but it was up there and I loved to look around at all the old posters and scribbling on the walls.

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Unicorn Special🦄🦄

After seeing enough yummy instagram posts of this adorable looking icecream in a fish cone I caved. The Unicorn Special had my name written all over it (And I say I’m not Basic)!

I finally took the drive down there after eating at Beyond Sushi , another Fab place.

The place is Taiyaki, which is the name of the fish shaped cake that they put the ice cream in. The icecream is pretty basic yumminess but the fish cake was to die for. I was told the red bean makes it so yummy. It was soft and warm like a freshly baked cake. And that, paired with the icecream was amazing! I’m sure the line can get long..however I went on a weekday night.

Taiyaki NYC

119 Baxter St

New York, NY

Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant

My love for good BBQ extends beyond the typical NY BBQ season. From Memorial Day to Labor Day, parks and backyards all across the state are full with hungry families wanting their fill of smoky good food. Luckily, in Portchester there is a BBQ joint that will satisfy your hunger all year round. It is named “Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant & Bar”. This place does come across as a typical hole in the wall style BBQ joint. However, it is a nice restaurant with plenty of seating and a full bar for you to enjoy your meal. I have tried several items on their menu. The stand-outs for me personally are the Chicken Wings and the Grilled Chicken Club sandwich.

Also, I have rated the items that I have tried on a scale of 1 to 5.

The ribs – 4/5

Collard greens- 4/5

Brisket- 3/5

Corn bread- 4/5

French fries- 4/5

Chicken wings- 5/5

Banana Pudding-3/5

Grilled Chicken Club-5/5

Mac-N-Cheese-2/5

House Smoke Sausage- 4/5


Q Authentic Barbeque Restaurant and Bar

112 N Main St

Portchester, NY

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Milk & Cream Cereal Bar🍦

With the warmer weather slowly approaching NY..I’m starting to crave icecream 🍦 However, this time I wanted to try something different. Torn between soft serve and rolled ice cream 🍦 I figured I would check out a new spot. Milk and Cream Cereal Bar. Here they combine your favorite cereals with icecream. There are instructions on how to order. I had a very hard time making my final decision and it seemed a lot of other people did too! I settled on cookie dough icecream mixed with captain crunch topped with Reese’s pieces and caramel in a birthday cake cone! Yum 👅 Absolutely 😋 Delicious ! They also have specials up with their own concoctions.

They are located at 159 Mott St New York, New York.

Cellar 49- Spring HVRW 2017

I made a Last minute decision to check out Cellar 49 in Tarrytown, NY for HVRW… and I’m sooo glad I did . Food and service is top notch 👌🏻

Reservation booked on OpenTable

This restaurant is a hidden gem. It is located on the grounds of the Tarrytown House Estate 🏡 As I walked down the stairs to a wooden door entrance and sat at the bar…I def got a speak easy vibe. Which I love ❤️. It was the “original” Cellar in the historic Biddle Mansion.

I started with the Truffle Burrata. It was drizzled in balsamic with pistachios and flatbread on the side. Delicious! 

🍽For Entree I chose the Flat Iron Steak that was cooked perfectly . It was paired with mashed potatoes and charred asparagus in a savory sauce. It was so tasty and one of the best steaks I have had in a while!

🍰The Dessert was a toffee almond cheesecake drizzled with caramel😋 (the main reason I chose this restaurant). It was heavenly! 

Everything was so amazing..I definitely recommend trying this place out. They have a three course pre-fix menu year round Mon-Thurs.

Tarrytown House Estate – Cellar 49

49 East Sunny Side Lane

Tarrytown, NY 10591

tel:(914)591-3143