Next Stop: Exit 4 In Mount Kisco

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Food halls are undeniably one of the latest trends in dining. While prominent in New York City, food halls are starting to make their way into the Hudson Valley. Exit 4 Food Hall is the first one to open in Westchester County. Take a trip to Mount Kisco to taste the amazing local and fresh flavors at Exit 4.

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This dining venue offers 9 food stations for customers to try. The restaurant prides itself in serving fresh and local food. Mt. Kisco Seafood, wood fired pizza made from scratch, homemade pasta, and even Myong Salad are the participating local food providers. The restaurant even offers beverages from local breweries and coffee purveyors. Stations include Rotiss-A-Q, Panini/ Sandwich/ Wrap Station, Dirty Roots (salads and smoothies), Fuoco Wood Fired Pizza, Inno Sushi, Piacci Pasta Bar, X4 on Tap, Charcuterie, and Rawsome Seafood Bar.

With 9 stations available, there is always something new and exciting to try. If you come with a group there is a dining option for everyone.

You can meet and converse with new people by sitting at one of Exit 4’s communal tables. Following the theme of sustainability, glass bottles with filtered water is also provided.

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We started our meal with a Bok Choi salad from Dirty Roots (Myong). This healthy yet dynamic salad was comprised of sunflower seeds, walnuts, dried mango, cranberries, and crunchy noodles drizzled in a light red chili vinaigrette.

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Bok Choi Salad

 

We then devoured brussles sprouts pasta from Piacci. The linguini is homemade and prepared daily at Exit 4. This certainly was the perfect summer dish; a very light pasta incorporated with brussles sprouts and butternut squash. The sprinkled pancetta made for a flavorsome topping.

From Inno Sushi, we tried the crispy rice sushi special. Even my-non seafood lover buddy couldn’t get enough of this delish fare. Spicy tuna and jalapeños were delicately topped on firm crispy rice. The contrast between crunch of the rice and zest of the sushi made for a party in my mouth. Inno Sushi devotes themselves to emulating the most popular and newest sushi trends. This includes the trendy sushi burrito and poke bowls.

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Our group then ordered a chicken bowl and brisket burrito from Rotiss-A-Q. In a crispy taco bowl were pieces of rotisserie chicken layered with guacamole, pico de gallo, rice, beans, cheddar, lettuce and roasted veggies.   The brisket burrito included rice, beans, corn, and lettuce. It was fresh and delicious.

I could not pass up trying the high quality fish tacos. These appetizing tacos constituted of tantalizing pico de gallo, luscious avocado and other tasty spices.

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Fish Tacos

We then noshed on a very flavorful and unique wood-fired fig pizza. This unconventional pizza included fig, prosciutto, caramelized onions, fresh mozzarella and Italian parsley. There are a variety of pizzas to choose: from traditional pizza to unique pies. Try the Stracciatella or Pistachio for something new and exciting.

To finish this spectacular meal, we unanimously decided to order the skillet cookie. A warm gooey cookie with large chocolate chunks was brought to the table. A scoop of refreshing vanilla ice cream laid perfectly on top of this marvelous creation.

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Skillet Cookie

For a fun and different dining alternative, make sure you stop at Exit 4 Dining Hall in Mt. Kisco.

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Exit 4 Food Hall

http://exit4foodhall.com/

153 Main St. Mount Kisco, NY 10549

(914) 241-1200

 

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Los Jalapenos: A new Mexican restaurant in New Paltz

 

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During a recent visit to New Paltz, I walked by this restaurant and decided to go in an give it a try. Los Jalapenos is a Mexican restaurant which opened in October 2015 and joins the many restaurants in the lively New Paltz dining scene. I had heard good things about this new restaurant and thought lunch would be a great time to explore their menu. The restaurant is a nice cozy place with a Mexican motif and sits about 40 patrons inside. When warmer weather arrives dining will expand onto the outside deck off the side of the building.
All of the menu items are fresh and made to order . There are typical Mexican dishes as well as some interesting specialties to try.

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Fresh Guacamole in a stone bowl

To begin with we sampled the homemade guacamole which is prepared table side with fresh avocados and is served in a unique stone bowl. The waiter who prepared the guacamole can adjust the flavor or amount of spice to your taste. We also tried as an appetizer the Grilled Chicken and cheese Quesedilla which was served with salsa, jalapenos and guacamole. Everyone at the table agreed this was a great choice.

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Chicken Quesadilla

For entrees I ordered the Shrimp enchiladas with a mild red sauce. There were large pieces of fresh shrimp inside a soft tortilla. It was a nice change from the regular Mexican restaurant fare, and the freshness of the ingredients made for a healthy choice.
The steak fajitas were another choice and was served on a sizzling platter. I was told it was extra spicy and served with pepper and onions. You can ask the waiter and they will modify your dish to your wishes (ex: less spicy, more sauce).


A Beef Burrito with cheese was another selection as was the Shredded Chicken Chimichangas which were fried, but were light and crispy and not at all greasy. It was served with salad, pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream. Al the dishes really hit the spot and are served with rice and refried beans which are made fresh daily. The meat is all marinated in advance and it makes all the difference in the flavor.

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Chimachanga

Although we were quite full, we shared a Mexican dessert called Bonuelo which is a flour tortilla with vanilla ice cream, maple syrup, cinnamon, bananas, strawberries and whipped cream. What a sweet and interesting conclusion to our lunch.

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The dishes at the restaurant are nicely presented and service was great. The freshness of the food and the presentation really sets Los Jalapenos apart. Wine and beer are also available, and a full bar is expected in the near future. If you are in the village of New Paltz for sightseeing, apple picking, hiking, mountain biking, or just exploring, come check out Los Jalapenos.

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Los Jalapenos
25 North Chestnut Street (RT 32) New Paltz, New York

845-255-9000

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