Rosemary and Vine is a wonderful new restaurant that opened earlier this year in Rye New York. The cuisine of this newcomer to the Westchester restaurant scene is Mediterranean vegetarian with an emphasis on healthy organic ingredients.
The concept of the owners is for diners to try new foods and eat a different and healthy cuisine culled from regions around the Mediterranean and the Middle East. All the food is fresh and prepared in-house in the open style kitchen. Family recipes are incorporated in the menu and are perfectly seasoned to bring out the most of the unique dishes.
The restaurant is housed in a mid 19th century building on Purchase Street in downtown Rye. The interior space has been renovated and is light filled and casual with minimal decor yet artistic touches. The floor echoes the Mediterranean theme with its handmade Moroccan tile floor, interesting lighting, original tin ceiling and bistro style seating. There is a small bar, and a chalk board which informs diners of the particular farm fresh organic ingredients being used in the restaurant that week.
Starters: There are many fun appetizers to sample. I tried ‘The Tasting”, a nice selection of homemade dips that consist of a unique hummus, a Chipotle hummus, mohjamara( a dip with fire roasted peppers, pureed with toasted walnuts, olive oil, garlic, tomatoes, and pomegranate), and a family recipe Babaganoush (smoky fire roasted eggplant with tahini, garlic and lemon). The tasting is served with oven toasted Lebanese Pita chips. This is a great choice as a starter as it has many interesting flavors to please the senses.
The avocado crostini is another healthy starter and a delightful dish. Avocado is blended with Moroccan pesto (parsley, cilantro, cumen, coriander and garlic) and the combined with feta, peas and mint over toasted bread. The blend of spices in this appetizer are a delight. A light and summery dish and so healthy too.
Rosemary and Vine also offers many salads with certified organic offerings and cheese boards. The cheeses are sourced from a creamery in Vermont.
The Main course:
There are also grilled flatbreads made with 100% organic flour. We enjoyed “The Sarah’ a flatbread pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella, parmesan and basil. A crispy and light crust with robust flavor. This was a hit and a great choice for kids or someone in your party who is not adventuresome or into vegetarian dishes.
My favorite entree is the saffron scented Moroccan Tagine, a nice medley of chick peas, zucchini, butternut squash with toasted almonds and Moroccan pesto. A unique and flavorful dish that is so healthy as well.
Dessert: The desserts are all homemade and dairy free. The dark chocolate pudding is smooth as silk with 70% dark Valrhona chocolate, coconut milk and bourbon vanilla beans. Delicious!
I also recommend the warm chocolate cake served with sweetened strawberries and whipped cream. A light and fun way to wrap up your meal.
There are also many local craft beers and wines available on the menus and many of the wines are sourced from family owned Mediterranean vineyards. A fun and light cocktail I samples was The Americana, a fun version of the classic white wine spritzer served with orange peel. For a non alcohol alternative try the Persian Nectar ice tea with black tea and peaches.
Rosemary and Vine is healthy Mediterranean style gem of a restaurant and the perfect option for anyone looking for a new and fun option for dining. For healthy eaters who are concerned with the ingredients in your meal, this restaurant is a must visit. The small plates allow you to sample a number of dishes and enjoy the wonderful combination of spices and flavors. Try Rosemary and Vine and pick out something you have never tried before, and you will be in for a pleasant and healthy surprise.
Rosemary and Vine
29 Purchase Street Rye New York
914 481 8660
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