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Pinch Opens at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway

June 24, 2013 - by City Guide News Desk
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Named after the cooking vernacular, pinch has now opened at Empire City Casino (810 Yonkers Avenue) in Westchester County, New York, with a nostalgic interior design  inspired by 1950s classic vintage diners and the 1955 Bisiluro Damolnar Le Mans race car. The "diner-like" convivial 245-seat, premium casual restaurant is open for lunch and dinner daily.

Unique design features include a floating, glass-enclosed keg room suspended over the open kitchen overlooking the raw bar and pastry counter, a fifteen foot powder coat red tap wall with 100 beer faucets at the main bar and six booths equipped with one-of-a-kind custom designed and fabricated self-pour tableside tap dispensing systems which allow guests to serve themselves.

The menu, a mix of updated American and international classics created by Chef Fabienne Eymard [Taillevent in Paris, Caprice in Switzerland, Benoit in New York], is broken down into seven main categories: Snacks & Starters, Soups & Salads, Seafood Bar, House Specialties, Sandwiches, Burgers and From The Grill.

Appetizers include the signature pinch Macaroni & Cheese with Ham; Mini Beef Short Rib Tacos and Sweet & Spicy Glazed Chicken Wings. Soups like Gratineed Onion Soup with a lager shooter are offered as well as a variety of salads available to be ordered as a half or full portion. Seafood is featured with a raw bar display as well as a selection of unique ceviches such as Scallop with hot yellow pepper paste and fresh heart of palm salad, available a la carte or as a tasting of three.

A selection of 8 ounce Certified Black Angus Beef burgers such as the signature pinch Burger with crispy pork belly, red onion, arugula and a beer cheese sauce (with an optional sunny side up egg) appear on the menu along with over six kinds of sandwiches including an Herb Leg of Lamb Panini with eggplant and feta cheese and a Beer-Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak on a French baguette with Dijon mustard and watercress.

Other entrees (“House Specialties”) include Atlantic Cod Brandade atop a potato puree with lemon, capers, croutons and brown butter and Lamb T-bone Chops with Mediterranean relish and an eggplant tart. An assortment of Certified Black Angus Beef is prepared on the grill with a variety of sauces. Accompanying side dishes like Crushed Potatoes; Creamy Spinach and Wild Mushrooms can be ordered a la carte.

Formerly of Alain Ducasse’s miX in Las Vegas at THEhotel at Mandalay Bay, Executive Pastry Chef Tamber Weiersheuser’s dessert menu features contemporary interpretations of American classics. The menu will evolve throughout the seasons but will continuously include signatures like S’mores, Raspberry Sundae, Apple Tart Tatin served with crème fraîche, and Warm Chocolate Cake topped with pistachio ice cream.

Overseen by a Certified Cicerone, pinch boasts a significant beer program with 100 New York beers on tap, 25 large format beers including limited releases (available seasonally and in small batches) including beers exclusively brewed for pinch. Other unique beer offerings include “pour your own” beer taps fixed to a handful of tables and a “growler shop” near the entrance which allows guests to take home a daily selection of eight featured beers on tap.

A selective, dynamic 80-bottle wine list curated by the beverage director of DS, is comprised mostly of American wines from New York and California (75%), as well as France.

Roman and Williams Buildings and Interiors (Ace Hotel) designed the restaurant which is inspired by automotive interiors including glossy, powder coated metals with red accents, tailored banquettes and louvered screens. The main bar, with its impressive draft wall, has seating for 28 and serves both food and drink. The accompanying bar counter overlooking the raw bar serves food and drink as well. A semi-private dining room seats 34 people and a private dining room caters to parties of 10.

pinch is located on the mezzanine level of Empire City Casino at 810 Yonkers Avenue in Westchester, New York 10704. Lunch is served daily from 12:00pm-4:30pm. Dinner hours include Sunday-Thursday, 6:00pm-10:00pm; Friday-Saturday, 6:00pm-11:00pm. The bar is open daily from 11:30am-12:00am. For more information, please call (914) 457 2541 or visit

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