by Linda Viertel –
The Rare Bit menu has undergone a transformation, while keeping all the popular signature dishes customers enjoy. With a different approach, not tethered to the British gastropub ethos, The Rare Bit is venturing forth with a variety of lighter fare and healthy choices. It’s still the same welcoming place for families coming in several times a week seeking reasonably priced meals that appeal to all tastes and ages.
To that end, owner Scott Broccoli and Chef Evan Kalogiannis have added lighter fare such as seared scallops, mussels pepperonata, and charred edamame to their appetizer election. Though chicken wings with a choice of sauces, octopus salad and the original popular scotch eggs still appear as choices, fattoush salad (a zesty chopped fresh vegetable salad with crunchy pita and a sumac/lime dressing), mustard greens and shaved Brussel’s sprouts enliven the salad selections. And, market fish, fried chicken, shrimp tacos plus two vegan choices – Beyond Burger and falafel – complement the house special fish & chips and the hearty TRB Burger.
Sides are varied and plentiful: duck fried rice, harissa roasted carrots, salt baked potatoes with garlic, Brussel’s sprouts with house-cured bacon, parmesan and mustard; tandoori duck skin, and braised collard greens — not only delicious complements to any entrée but a full offering for any vegetarian hoping for an eclectic tasting menu.
Children are treated to extensive offerings that are not printed on the menu. Everything kids like: pasta with red sauce, chicken strips, mac & cheese, burgers, even pasta with butter, keep them happy while their parents have ample opportunity to enjoy dinner and a bottle of wine.
It’s a family affair for dining, but there’s still a lively bar scene thanks to the draft cocktails changed seasonally. The Sunday Roast Dinner, a customized three-course menu is still available as are the “Bottoms-Up Brunches” on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Some things changed at The Rare Bit, and others stay the same — the best of both worlds in a local eatery whose staff and loyal customers call “home.”
23 Cedar Street, Dobbs Ferry
(914) 693-8000. www.therarebitdf.com