Appétit Bistro in Port Chester, NY- My New Go-To French Bistro in Westchester

Calling all friends and foodies of Westchester, there is a new and excellent French Bistro in Port Chester, NY! The food was fresh and outstanding. The menu was short and perfect. The location is easy to get to. After sampling Encore Bistro Francais in Larchmont and Rye (meh to ok in my opinion), Le Provençal Bistro in Mamaroneck (ok and expensive), Le Jardin Du Roi in Chappaqua (much better than the other two above), La Panetière in Rye (slightly over-rated and stuffy), Red Hat on the River (no written review but it was excellent), I believe Appétit Bistro in Port Chester, NY will be my new French bistro go-to. French bistro is my comfort food… this means a lot to me and it’s only because Appétit Bistro scored very high when I went at the end of August.Calamars á la Plancha: Tomato / Avocado / Basil Pesto. Delicious. The squid was tender and with a slightly they texture. The seasoning was perfect. Loved the texture contrast between the avocado and the squid.Baked Clams: Special that day. Really fresh. Really juicy.
Red Snapper: Yellow & Green Beans / Heirloom Tomato & Truffle Vinaigrette. I loved the beans and the sauce. Therefore, the fish was  also excellent.Moules-Frites: PEI Mussels / Mariniere or Saffron-Tomato / Fries. Who can say no to Prince Edward Island (PEI) seafood? The PEI mussels were as good as the PEI oysters, which are one of my favorites. I am a sucker for seafood and moules-frites when the mussels are clean and fresh and the frites are fried perfectly.These were perfect. Perfectly French.

I often write terribly when the food is real good. When I recall the experience, none of my descriptive vocabulary comes up. All I have are the bodily sensations of oohs and aahs. This is one of those times.

In addition to providing an excuse for sub-par writing, I want to state that I am not writing this post while hungry. I just had a 3am snack. Therefore, my recall is true to the outstanding food that I received that night. Highly recommend Appétit Bistro in Port Chester, NY.

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This experience took place at

Appétit Bistro

540A Willett Avenue,
Port Chester, NY 10573
Phone:(914) 690-2000

La Panetière in Rye, NY – Excellent Holiday Menu

This is #FrenchRestaurant post number 5 this week. To see the other posts, click here for  number 1 La Sirène in downtown Manhattan, number 2 Les Halles on 29th and Park, and number 3 Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte in New York, and number 4 Le Jardin Du Roi in Chappaqua NY.

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La Panetière in Rye, NY is a French restaurant that offers traditional French cuisine. I was there with a large party of work friends to celebrate the holidays. A special menu was created for us. It was a delicious meal and a very happy time. Many thanks to Paul, George, Dan, Gary, Mike, Lori, and Jason.

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COMPOSITION OF SEASONAL GREENS, TAPENADE VINAIGRETTE: Radishes, pickled carrots, walnut cracklings, burrata cheese. This dish received high remarks from the eater – you know who you are, Dave.

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BAKED ESCARGOTS: Garlic custard, hazelnuts, garden herbs. This was ok at best. I wish they had done the escargots the traditional way. I felt it was such a waste of the escargots.

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EMMENTHAL CHEESE SOUFFLÉ WITH DICED SUNCHOKES: Sunchoke velouté. This sounded like a good idea but I found the taste and the texture not to my liking. I felt like I was eating a sponge.

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GRILLED FILLET OF BRONZINO, GRENOBLOISE STYLE: Fennel purée, jardinière of vegetables. The Bronzino was excellent, very fresh and tender. With a touch of lemon, it was perfect.

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ROASTED RACK OF LAMB SIDED BY CANNELLONI OF BRAISED SHOULDER: Tiny zucchini, carrots, scallions. The lamb looked so yummy and received high marks from the eater – Wally.

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SADDLE OF VENISON POIVRADE SAUCE: Compote of Rosemary-Granny Smith apple, crusted endives with cubes of ham and Swiss cheese. I loved this dish. I heart it whole-heartedly. I strongly persuaded two friends to change their orders from the Bronzino to the venison.

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FRESH TAGLIATELLE: Mushrooms, primavaire of vegetables, parmesan. Unfortunately, this pasta dish seemed to have under-delivered. The general consensus is that it was just like any other pasta dish and why is La Panetière considered as one of Westchester’s best restaurants?

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Here is a special dish for George who can only eat blandly cooked chicken but is a black-belt in eating spicy food. Look at how sad this dish is.

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This is a trio of their house desserts. May I say that all three are pretty decent and more? I was extremely satisfied and happy with the chocolate mousse cake and the ice cream. The slice of Granny Smith apple really delivered the punch.

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This is the menu that was created for our luncheon.

Overall, the experience was highly memorable. The food was delectable (if you stick to the authentic French creations and not the bland chicken or Italian pasta). The desserts were sweet and the high notes to end the meal. The wine parings were great. Highly recommend it.

Gary – thank you for letting me sample all your food. 🙂

Oh – the photos are all yellow-tinted because the room we were in was kind of yellow and the lights were yellow.  🙂

This experience took place at

La Panetière

530 Milton Road
Rye, NY 10580
Tel: (914) 967-8140

Le Jardin Du Roi in Chappaqua, NY – Fantastic Sunday Brunch

This is #FrenchRestaurant post number 4 this week. To read the other posts, click here for number 1 La Sirène in downtown Manhattan, number 2 Les Halles on 29th and Park, and number 3 Le Relais de Venise L’Entrecôte in New York.

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Le Jardin Du Roi in Chappaqua NY is a cute little #FrenchBistro. I had been to this restaurant many times prior but have not returned since I moved back to NY. Finally, I took the time to revisit the place with a friend on a cold December Sunday morning. I was very pleasantly surprised by how good the brunch was.

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A simple bread basket and good butter. Good bread and good butter. A great way to start the brunch.

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Omelette au Saumon Chevre: With smoked salmon, goat cheese, and sautéed onions, served with home fries and a side salad. My friend ate so fast and was very happy with her choice. Her omlette and salad looked so good to me across the table that I was tempted to reach over and ate her portion.

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Œuf du Roi: Poached egg on a goat cheese potato cake over ratatouille. This was excellent. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Perhaps I was very hungry after the morning jog but it was more than that. Each ingredient on the dish was connected and balanced. I really liked the egg, and the goat cheese potato and the ratatoulle. Wait, that’s everything on the plate.  🙂

I highly recommend this place. It was a happy eating experience. The food was delicious. As a bonus, the sun shone through the windows and made our food look beautiful and brightened our mood.

This experience took place at

Le Jardin Du Roi

95 King Street
Chappaqua, NY
914-238-1368