Feb. 7th, 2013

Bistro Rollin Brings Fresh Dining Approach To Pelham's Food Scene

Photos Courtesy of Bistro Rollin
Tucked snugly in a brick storefront building circa 1910 and just a five minute walk from the train station on Pelham New York’s 5th Ave., Bistro Rollin recently opened in New York, garnering immediate praise from both the New York Times and local media alike. When asked about the opening, Bistro Rollin chef, Manny Lozano said, “5th Ave desperately needed something more than red sauce Italian and pizza.”
 Chef Lozano
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Chef Lozano should know—he got the cooking bug in high school working inside a family-owned Italian restaurant belonging to the parents of a friend. This curiosity and budding talent carried him to the position of sous-chef in the award-winning kitchen of L’Absinthe. Lozano worked there for six years before jumping at the opportunity to help develop an on-site restaurant for Relaix and Chateau property, Winvian. However, things fell into place when Lozano got a call from Arthur and Barbara Bratone, a couple just about to open a restaurant of their own in Lozano’s home turf, Westchester County's Pelham—a mere ten minute drive to the Bronx and a half hour train to mid-town.
 Farm to Table Dining
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Arthur and Barbara knew they wanted to source as much organic locally-grown produce as possible. Only wild or sustainably farmed seafood as well as meat products free of any unnecessary antibiotics and hormones would suffice, leading the Bratones to begin buying their ingredients primarily through Lieb’s Farm in New Rochelle and Pelham-owned Altobelli Farm in Kinderhook. Joining the Bratones, Chef Lozano used the award-winning French cooking techniques he learned in the kitchens of L’Absinthe to help develop a bistronomique menu. The result has been elegantly prepared, yet approachable dishes shaped from fresh, top-quality ingredients.
 New Orleans Style Crab Cakes
Photo Courtesy of Bistro Rollin

Bistro Rollin's signature plates are served in a dining area warmly finished with handcrafted wood panels by a local cabinetmaker. The interior also features white tin ceilings and large beveled mirrors, strategically placed on the wall to reflect and deepen the restaurant's overall historic vibe. Favorite dishes include seasonal salads ($15) built with a mélange of freshly roasted vegetables as well as Lozano’s New Orleans Style Crab Cakes ($16) packed with large chunks of tender crab, served on a bed of celery root slaw. I couldn't resist ordering their Risotto of the Day ($24), which is made from seasonal, chef selected ingredients.
 Bistro Rollin Interior
Photo Courtesy of Bistro Rollin

On my next visit I plan on bellying up to their handcrafted oak and granite bar, designed to invite intimate conviviality rather than homogenized bar room banter found at so many other neighborhood watering holes. The Bistro Rollin’s bar is also the perfect setting for savoring an ambitious selection of local brews as well as small batch artisanal liquors like Hudson Manhattan Rye Whiskey, Kings County Bourbon, and COMB gin & vodka from Port Chester’s Still the One Distillery.

 Roasted Vegetable Salad
Photo Courtesy of Steve Mirsky

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Carolyn Hsu
Carolyn Hsu is the New York Correspondent for JustLuxe and has been beauty, fashion, and travel editor at The Daily Obsession and a freelance writer...

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