Wine Spectator, the world’s leading authority on wine, has unveiled the winners of the 2021 Restaurant Awards, which honor the world’s best restaurants for wine. This year’s awards program recognizes 2,917 dining destinations from all 50 states in the U.S. and more than 72 countries internationally.
“American restaurants are back in business, as patrons are eagerly returning to dining rooms across the nation,” said Marvin R. Shanken, Editor and Publisher, WineSpectator. “In this year’s Restaurant Awards issue, we reflect on how restaurateurs navigated this incredibly difficult period, and look ahead, with every indication that the coming year will be one of the most promising in decades for an industry we all love. It’s been a long road back, and it feels wonderful to celebrate restaurants and all they bring to the world of wine.”
This year 5 Westchester Restaurants made the list:
Everyone and I mean everyone, needs a V-Day do-over this year after what we’ve all been through, so Fogo de Chão, the new Brazilian Steak house in White Plains, is helping spice up your love life with a great excuse to get out of the house and celebrate Brazilian Valentine’s Day on June 1st. This day is officially referred to as ‘Dia dos Namorados’ in Brazil.
Who needs to wait until next February to celebrate with your special someone, let the sparks fly June 12 and all summer long (and thanks to Fogo, it won’t just be the temps outside heating up!)
If you’re looking to enjoy a romantic re-do at Fogo for your very own Brazilian Valentine’s Day celebration or just need an excuse to try someplace new, I’m giving away a $150 dining card so you can enjoy a dinner for two (only valid on food and non-alcoholic beverages).
To reserve a table, please visit fogodechao.com
Don’t forget to follow @fogo on instagram for an additional entry.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you have seen me at Billy and Pete’s in Larchmont for dinner many weekend nights. I’ve gone with a group of couples for an outdoor dinner, my friends threw me a surprise bday dinner in one of their igloos in January, and Tom and I stopped by for a last-minute Saturday night dinner a few weekends ago. I have to honestly say, it is such a fun experience and the food and drinks are amazing too. If you have not been there yet, you really have to try. The Detroit pizzas are the best around, and the salads are huge and the choices are great. They have shishito peppers that are my favorite but they are really well known for their homemade donuts. Everyone I know who has been there raves about them. So much so that you can go to Billy and Pete’s and buy them on Saturday and Sunday mornings!!! Click HERE for the entire fab menu.
It’s time to take step off the treadmill and take a different path…and into a different era.
Back when Westchester was a different world from Manhattan.
When The Sound was the beach.
When cholesterol, gluten, and sodium were not invented yet.
When a little alcohol was the perfect complement to an evening or afternoon… or anytime.
Sometimes to take a step forward, we need to enjoy a few steps back…in time.
I asked Billy, the owner, for one of their great drink recipes. And how lucky….He sent me one for their popular for their Watermelon Sugar drink…..
2oz watermelon mint
.5oz Orange Liqueur
1.5oz fresh watermelon juice
Topped with Jones Lemon Lime craft soda
Since the Fall, over and over again, people have been recommending The Lila Rose, at Harbor Point in Stamford. I started following them on Instagram immediately and was in awe of the vibe and how incredible the entire restaurant was. I was dying to see the decor in person, and try the food, and fancy cocktails. It seemed like literally every day, there were more and more posts about the restaurant, from my kids, my nieces and nephews, other bloggers, and friends. Everyone LOVED this place. I had such FOMO and was desperate to try it out. I luckily was introduced to one of the owners, JJ and we made a plan.
First of all, when you walk into the restaurant, the entire decor is the most playful and pink with cool artwork on the walls. It reminded me of the Gallery dining room at Sketch London and if you know you KNOW. So already I was completely in LOVE.
I had seen the cool drinks that they served via all the Instagram stories, posts, and tic toks. Their cocktails come in whimsical glasses and each one was more exotic and delicious than the next. And I hear this is nothing compared to what they are planning for the summer!!!!
I have to say, they have also done a great job with keeping their patrons safe with outdoor dining and plexiglass barriers between every well-spaced table.
The menu is primarily made up of Tapas so it makes Lila Rose the perfect place to go with a group of friends. We were soooo into ordering a bunch of things because it all sounded so delicious. So JJ brought us some of their favorite dishes. I have to say it all lived up to the hype.
We tried the Gnocchi Pesto, the Calamari Chipotle, the Flat Iron Steak, the Tuna Taco, the Burger ( with melted Mozzarella poured on top!!!), the Lobster Roll, the Blackened Tuna and a few other things. Honestly, everything was really good. I almost want to get in the car and go back tonight!!!!!
We ended our meal with the raspberry cheesecake and an assortment of yummy truffles.
If you get the chance to visit Lila Rose you will not be disappointed. The staff was very friendly and accommodating. There was not one single detail over looked from the fresh flowers adorning the drinks, right down to the pretty gold flatware on the table.
Thank you JJ, we had the most amazing time!!! I cannot wait to come back!!!
PS If you want to make your own reservation, HERE is their special link.
The NEW Fogo de Chao, Brazillian Steak House, is located in the storied Bank of New York building, which is listed in the US National Register of Historic Places. on the corner of Main & Church Streets in White Plains. This is the 3rd New York Fogo location featuring an expansive dining room with soaring wine displays, a white Carrara Market Table, and an open kitchen window that showcases the Brazilian-trained gaucho chefs expertly fire-roasting each cut they serve. The White Plains location is furnished with a contemporary lounge-seating experience that elevates any occasion or gathering in the Bar Fogo and private dining room spaces.
In addition to the in-house dining menu, there is an all-day Happy Hour at Bar Fogo and in the main dining room featuring $4 Brazilian Beers, $6 South American Wines, and $8 Brazilian-Inspired Cocktails.
They are also offering the option to bring the Fogo experience to you. Order Fogo To-Go or Catering and let your guests enjoy a Churrasco experience of fire-roasted meats, Brazilian sides, seasonal salads, and more. Or try the Fogo Butcher Shop selections of ready-to-grill cuts.
Last week I was able to attend an amazing press event to introduce the new menu and location. Everyone was in awe of how incredible the restaurant looked, how good the food was and especially how delicious the cocktails were. I highly recommend checking out Fogo de Chao the next time you are looking to try a new place or want to take in something new! Here are some highlights of the great evening!!!