Well, they had us at Mozart.
As we sipped ice coffee from Bluestone Lane, the sounds of the marvelously martial third movement of Wolfgang Amadeus’ Piano Concerto No. 24 in C minor wafted through the woodsy, blue, white and silver space — prefiguring Mozart’s great pupil, Beethoven; melting the centuries away; and signaling that Savor Westchester is a classy update of The Westchester’s former food court.
Part of Simon’s multimillion-dollar renovation of the mall, the versatile new 350-seat dining venue — accented by skylights, glass and stainless steel — features a fireplace, an event space and an outdoor patio overlooking White Plains.
“After many months of planning, it is so exciting to see Savor Westchester come to life,” Paula Kelliher, The Westchester’s director of marketing, said in a statement. “We look forward to the opening of more unique restaurants in the coming weeks.”
At the moment, you can select from four. Jonesing for java? The Melbourne, Australia-inspired Bluestone Lane serves blend and single origin espresso coffee, wellness lattes that include a beet latte and a new range of cold-pressed juices. And that’s not all. The eatery is the toast of toast, whipping up a classic avocado smash, tumeric sweet potato hummus toast, a smashed pea and coconut yogurt toast and a salmon toast. Should you go, don’t forget your plastic. Bluestone doesn’t do cash, making things oh-so-much easier.
’Tis the season for barbecue, so head on over to the Mighty Quinn’s Barbecue, the first of the metro-area franchise’s offerings in Westchester County. The Quinn’s all-natural meats and poultry are seasoned with spice blends and slow-smoked with wood, making every day Fourth of July.
Another first for the county is Whitmans New York, where country home meets Manhattan nostalgia. It’s comfort food with a twist as the Peanut Butter and Bacon and “Juicy Lucy” burgers attest.
Meanwhile, Tomato & Co. offers a taste of old Napoli with wood-fired pizzas, pastas, salads and gelato.
On deck are Juice Generation, with raw juices and foods, smoothies and organic bakery items, slated for this month; and Hai Street Kitchen, a theater-style eatery that allows you to watch your Shrimp Tempura, Sushi Burrito and Chargrilled Chicken being prepared, opening in August.
Adjacent to Savor Westchester are two entertainment spaces — PLAY, a 2,300-square-foot interactive, educational play area sponsored by Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital that uses the principals of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math); and CONNECT, a tech lounge with nine flat screens in a 16-foot by 9-foot viewing wall featuring news, sports and entertainment. It also contains complimentary charging stations for phones and iPads.
Sounds like there’s a lot to savor at Savor.
For more, visit simon.com/mall/the-westchester.