My husband and I recently grabbed a bite at the newly-reopened Juniper in Hastings. Set in a picturesque space along Main Street, a wall of glass doors open to the outdoors, the Rivertowns French bistro invites canoodling and lots of people watching. Chef Alex Sze closed for a year before reopening a couple months ago in its new home, and the food is just as interesting as we remember. Imagine a menu where K-Town Short Ribs meets Squid Ink Cavatelli. You’ll be charmed by the atmosphere, too, which is oh-so-Brooklyn cool. Juniper, 19 Main Street, Hastings; 914-478-2542
What’s interesting is that Juniper’s chef also opened a second restaurant next door, this one a seafood eatery inspired by an oyster house in Maine. Bread & Brine, which shares a kitchen (but not a dining room) with Juniper, offers a full raw bar as well as a menu featuring lobster rolls, octopus terrine, fried Ipswich clam bellies, and a tuna burger. We haven’t been here yet, so if you go, drop a note and let me know how it is. Bread & Brine, 19 Main Street, 914-479-5243
We’ve been eagerly waiting for Hudson Farmer and Fish to open for a solid year, and after the restaurant set a spring opening date, the floating restaurant (see above), docked in the Hudson, still hasn’t started serving food. (Ugh!) Apparently, they’re waiting on permits. That being said, a recent news story reported the owners were hopeful that the doors will be open for business by the end of summer, inviting patrons onto the barge for dinner and drinks. We’ll let you know when it does because Hudson Farmer and Fish will surely be the hottest new eatery in the county. A spin-off restaurant of the Purdy’s Farmer and the Fish and its Gramercy, NYC location, this Rivertowns restaurant will incorporate the same grown-on-their-own-farm menu the others are famous for.