Village Beer Garden: Cheers to a fun addition to the Westchester food scene

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With summer in full swing, outdoor dining is a must. A  new restaurant, the Village Beer Garden  is a trendy alfresco spot located at the Port Chester Metro-North Train Station in Port Chester NY.  String lights hang in the open air and fireplaces flicker with flame. The space is filled with communal butcher block tables dotted with red patio umbrellas, and wrapped in steel-glass framing and green shrubbery. f

The restaurant/beer garden is right next to the Port Chester train station and contains two spaces, the indoor glass enclosed area and the spacious outdoor space decorated with string lights, outdoor fire place, ping pong table and dart board.  Both areas make for a great place to gather with friends and enjoy food and drink.  The night we visited we sat outside and enjoyed the warm summer evening as the sun slowly set.

This bustling location offers extensive local craft, imported beers and creative cocktails. We sampled their Sala Sangria, Garden Rum, Southern Lemonade and Montauk Driftwood Ale. Although all beverages were refreshing, the Garden Rum was our favorite. The Garden Rum is comprised of dark & light rum, velvet falernum, lime and pineapple.  Over 20 beers are available including European, domestic and craft offerings.

Bites and appetizers include homemade pretzel nuggets, house pickles honey (dill spears, sriracha carrots, and chili flake French beans), fried cheddar curds, German meatballs, and shrimp cocktail.  The menu is inspired by the fare you would expect at a German Beer Garden, but with innovation one expects from in a modern Westchester eatery.

While enjoying our beverages we munched on Belgian house fries, beer battered onion ring tower, German herb spaetzle (so good!)  and roasted Brussels sprouts & pistachios. The onion ring tower had the perfect crisp and had a sweet note with each crunch. The onion rings and Belgian house fries paired perfectly with a light refreshing  Montauk ale. Afterwards our waiter brought a German potato salad and tomato & cucumber salad to the table. On this warm and sunny day these salads were a great and light addition to the meal.

Sizzling Bratwurst and kielbasa sausages arrived with a tantalizing soft pretzel stick and homemade kraut. I also tasted the crispy chicken schnitzel sandwich. This was a nice and light sandwich on country toast and accompanied with a red cabbage slaw. Veggie burger and mini burger sliders were next on the menu. We raved how delicious the veggie burger sliders tasted. This slider consisted of black bean, mushroom, broccoli, onion, gruyere cheese and house sauce.   It was great to see that vegetarians or health conscious choices so everyone in your party can enjoy the great atmosphere of the Village Beer Garden.

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Sliders anyone?

The Village Beer Garden is the newest restaurant from the owners of Rye House (Port Chester), Rye House (NYC) and Sala One Nine (NYC), and is  worthy addition to the dining scene in Westchester.

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Village Beer Garden

3 Broad Street (at the Metro North Station)  Port Chester, NY     tel. 914.939.7500

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Annie: a fantastic family musical comes to the Westchester Broadway Theater

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A wonderful  musical for the whole family has opened at the Westchester Broadway Theater.  Annie,  the long running Tony award winning musical inspired by the comic strip Little Orphan Annie thrilled the opening night audience. As this year marks the 40th anniversary of the premier of the show on Broadway, this is the perfect time to see this performance.   The show runs at the WBT through September 10th.

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The orphans

Annie is the story of a little red haired orphan who was abandoned by her parents at an orphanage in New York City.  The play opens in 1933 during the depth of the Great Depression.   Despite the long years living at the orphanage under the harsh supervision of Miss Hannigan, Annie remains a cheery optimist who in her heart believes her parents will come back some day and they will be a family again. Her companion is her stray dog Sandy, who like herself is looking for a home.  The setting mirrors the era of the Great Depression where many people had given up hope that good times and prosperity would return.  But Annie embodies  the spirit of optimism and in her heart  she knows that tomorrow will bring a better day.   This is a wonderful inspirational  show and a true victory of the spirit over adversity.

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Annie is chosen to spend Christmas week at the home of the rich industrialist, Daddy Warbucks.  It is here that a bond is created by the cold business -like Warbucks, and the charming young orphan.  Warbucks’ assistant Grace, the staff and everyone who meets Annie is taken in by her charm and her spirit.  She even meets President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the two inspire each other despite the dark cloud of the depression hanging over the country.

When Daddy Warbucks offers a reward to find Annie’s real parents the intrigue begins when Miss Hannigan’s crooked brother Rooster hatches a plot to claim the award money.  The play comes to its conclusion with the unraveling of the plot and the realization that Annie has instead discovered a new family to call her own.

Opening night saw Payton Ella take on the role of Annie, a role originated on Broadway by Andrea McArdle.  Her young voice was clear and strong taking on the demanding lead role.  She charms the audience from  the very beginning of the show.  Kaylin Hedges plays Annie on Sunday performances.

Broadway actor Michael DeVries plays Daddy Warbucks  and has been in roles in Wicked and Hello, Dolly on Broadway.   Celeste Hudson last seen on the WBT stage in Show Boat plays the charming assistant Grace.  Susan Fletcher tackles the role of Miss Hannigan with comedic flair.  She was last seen at WBT in Always…Patsy Cline.    Rooster the con-man brother of Miss Hannigan is played by Adam Roberts who also appeared on  Broadway in Spiderman, Turn off the Dark and Pippin.

The ensemble cast including all the young ladies who play the orphans do a wonderful job in their roles and boosting the sound of the many memorable songs including “Tomorrow”, “It’s a Hard Knock Life” and “Easy Street”.

A fun and great show for the whole family, right here in Westchester!  The theater requests that children be at least 5 years old or older.  Dinner is served prior to the performance.  Free parking.  Luxury Boxes are available for larger groups.

Music by Charles Strouse, Lyrics by Martin Charnin, and book by Thomas Meehan.  So come out and celebrate the joy of Annie, through September 10th at the Westchester Broadway Theater.

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Westchester Broadway Theater

One Broadway Plaza Elmsford New York    tel. 914.592.2222

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Best of Westchester Party 2017 returns to Glen Island Harbor Club

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It’s that time of year ! The Best of Westchester Party 2017 presented by Westchester Magazine returns to the irene phone bogoldcoast 054beautiful  Glen Island Harbor Club on Wednesday July 26th.

The Best of Westchester Party is a celebration of Westchester’s best and finest and is held at the gorgeous water side setting of the Glen Island Harbor Club in New Rochelle.  Close to 150 award-winning businesses will be present and 2000 guests are expected to attend the event.  Party guests will be sampling food from the best Westchester restaurants, enjoy wine, beer and spirits sampling, wonderful sweets, and learn about the great spas, shops, boutiques and other services.  There will be live music, entertainment and dancing

.Each of the winners of the Best Of Westchester are chosen by readers and the editorial staff of Westchester Magazine.  There are numerous catagories including best American restaurant, pizza, bagels,  bakery, pastries, bar-b-que, bar food, bistro, brewery, Farm to table restaurant and many more!  There are also non-food categories such as best spa, salon, fitness, trainers, home garden, best shopping and much more.


There are two types of tickets available, VIP ($110) which allows entrance to the party at 5:30 pm and General Admission tickets ($85) in which the doors open at 7pm.  The  party runs until 10 pm.

For more info on the winners, pick up the latest issue of Westchester Magazine on your newsstand now.  So come out and celebrate the Best of Westchester.  Guests must be 21 and over.  See you there!

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An Evening of One Acts 2017 at the Ridgefield Theater Barn


Now appearing at The Ridgefield Theater Barn  in Ridgefield Ct. is An Evening of One Acts 2017. The evening features 8 short one act plays that are written by local authors, and are acted and directed by talented local artists.  The plays are very funny and entertaining, and as always a great way to spend an evening.  An Evening of One Acts 2017 is a great showcase for the talent in our area and the evening  was a real success with much laughter and applause showered on the show on opening night.

Most of the plays are comedies and range from being witty to downright hilarious.  One of our favorites was The Computer Lesson  written by Myles Gansfried and directed by Kay Mayr which tells the touching and funny tale of Morey (Larry Greeley), his son Alan (Rick Haylon) and Sammy the computer tech (Roberto Perez).   Alan insists that his elderly father Morey who lives alone move to assisted living and give up his apartment, or learn to use a computer and the internet so he can  stay connected to the world.  Morey has no interest in computers at all but accepts his son’s ultimatum rather than move into assisted living.   When the computer arrives, Morey is more than flustered, and calls the computer Tech in India to walk him through the set up and his intro to computers.   Though they are separated by oceans, age and knowledge, the lonely Morey begins to bond with Sammy over the phone and a friendship ensues .  Each man finds that they are able to assist each other in some way, and Alan’s hope of opening his father’s world has come to fruition.  A heart felt, funny and wonderfully acted and directed performance.

Our other favorite was The Drive written by Tracy James,  direction by Nick Kaye with Eileen Fickes, Pamme Jones, and Nicole Veach.  This story involves three women who travel to Ireland. As they stuff themselves and their luggage into a very tiny rental car, they start out on their adventure on the narrow windy lanes of the Irish countryside.    They rely on the GPS provided by the rental agency to guide them to their destination.  The GPS (named Lucy) who speaks in a proper English accent announces each turn in the road.   However the comedy start when the distracted women miss a turn and the GPS comes to life and begins to correct the women, and eventually start insulting them in a dry but hilarious manner. The women start talking back and arguing with Lucy the GPS (voiced by Anna Frankl-Duval) but they are no match for her wit.  The  audience was laughing the entire performance.

The Evening of One Acts 2017 is filled with fun and fine moments like this and should not be missed.  The performances run through  July 15th 2017 with performances on Friday and Saturday nights at 8pm.  There is a Sunday Matinee on July 9th at 5pm.

Tickets are $25 each.   Doors open one hour prior and most guests bring dinner, snacks or drinks to enjoy prior to the performance.  Seating is cabaret style at tables.  So grab some friends, or a date and enjoy a fun evening of one act plays.

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Ridgefield Theater Barn

37 Halpin Lane Ridgefield Ct

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