We were in the mood for something different — a meal with a lot of flavor and a lot of choices. So my husband and I went to Park 143 Bistro in Bronxville to check out their menu of more than 25 small plates including six savory crepes.
Park 143 Bistro has a new chef: Jason Holmberg, the former Sous Chef and Saucier at Picholine Restaurant in Manhattan. He brings his own American/French fusion with Asian influences to the already creative and varied menu at Park 143 Bistro. We walked into the restaurant and immediately felt like we were back in the city, thanks to the zebra banquets, large mirrors and cozy lighting.
The seasonal cocktail menu was just the beginning. I ordered the Park Peach Bellini and my husband asked for a Park Passion. Imagine passion fruit juice infused with ginger, mint, and basil with vodka, but the fun part is when the waiter adds a fizzy foam with a CO2 whip cream canister. Pure delight. We almost ordered two small plates and 2 entrees, but our kind waiter gently guided us toward ordering all small plates. With six savory crepes, small plates of seafood, house made pasta, short rib mini burgers and more, how could we not want to taste everything? And taste we did.
The scallops were seared perfectly; crispy on the outside and creamy and soft on the inside. The shrimp and grits were rich with just a little heat and I could have eaten them all night. The braised pork belly was a luscious few bites of heaven, and we mopped it up with a garbanzo bean puree. My favorite crepe was the sweet shrimp with pesto and mango cucumber salsa. My husband closed his eyes and savored every bite of the wild mushroom with chive, crème fraiche and Pecorino cheese. The prosciutto, ricotta and spiced honey crepe was also worth a moment of silence.
For dessert we ordered the Snow Ball from Enrico’s Pastry Shop in Harstdale smothered in the chef’s fresh strawberry compote. We were so full we decided to take ours home to share with our girls. The next morning, we divided the Snow Ball into four pieces and dipped it in the strawberry goodness. I was blown away by the coconut cake and cream filling. Needless to say, it was a big hit with the girls, too.
We went on a Saturday and the restaurant was pretty packed, but we weren’t rushed and the noise level was never an issue. Our waiter was friendly and very knowledgeable about the menu. After we had been eating for a few minutes I noticed the owner, Wayne Chessler, talking with people and helping out the waiters. When he asked us about our meal, he was genuine, warm and talked passionately about his food.
Park 143 Bistro offers Crepe Wednesdays: six crepes with a glass of beer or wine for $20. Enjoy live music on Friday nights from 9 – 11pm. The restaurant is open every night for dinner from 3pm to closing. Lunch is Monday – Friday from 11am – 2pm and brunch is Saturday and Sunday from 9am – 3pm.
Park 143 Bistro: 143 Parkway Road, Bronxville; 914-337-5100