The Restaurant at Bedford Post Reopens With Tavern Fare

June 5, 2024
Dining & Wine
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When post roads were horse and buggy interstates, the Bedford Post Inn, dating from 1762, was a rest stop. Its gracious restaurant is now reopening after renovations with the chef Sam Mason turning out tavern fare like oysters, onion tart, skirt steak and grilled chicken, not just his usual pastries. Like the rest of the inn, Sunday Hospitality, which also runs El Quijote and Cafe Chelsea in Manhattan, is managing it in partnership with the actor Richard Gere, an owner. Bedford Post Barn, a casual spot on the property for all-day fare and baked goods from BreadsNbakes nearby, is opening soon. (Opens Wednesday)

Bedford Post Inn, 924 Old Post Road, Bedford, N.Y, 914-292-9516,

A Cantonese-born chef, Ai Shin Wu, who has been working in the United States since 2001, is cooking, with input from Mandy Zhang, a New York restaurateur and an owner here. The menu includes dim sum and reconfigured Chinese American specialties like Coca-Cola chicken wings, plum sauce roast duck and lobster spring rolls. There’s a list of teas, and the cocktail menu offers Hong Kong milk tea and a lychee martini. The décor in the two level space with an open kitchen, has striped awnings and signage suggesting a Hong Kong street. (Friday)

244 Fifth Avenue (28th Street), 212-320-9311,

Amsterdam Avenue is not Palermo’s Via Roma, but in his grissini of a storefront, the genial Sicilian-born chef Salvo Lo Castro is doing his best. He produces espresso-based coffees (all $2.50) and Americanos hot or cold; cappuccino with pistachio cream is a signature. Freshly made pastries like cornetti are served. There is outdoor seating. Italian products, many from Sicily, line shelves. If you’ve never tried ultra-creamy peanut butter from Italy seasoned with Trapani salt, now is your chance. Mr. Lo Castro also offers a catering menu and sells prepared pastas and salads to go. Next month he will open another cafe at 66th Street and Madison Avenue.

473 Amsterdam Avenue (83rd Street), 917-691-7975,

The venerable Ukrainian East Village restaurant has opened an outpost in Brooklyn. Along with its usual specialties, there are new pierogies, called pastrogis, filled with Katz’s Delicatessen pastrami on the menu. (Wednesday)

646 Lorimer Street (Meeker Avenue), Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 917-781-4829,

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