* Click here for rating key
Plates Restaurant Review: If there is a recipe for restaurant success, Matthew Karp and wife Wendy Weinstein are following it. Owner-chef and marketing director, respectively, of Plates in Larchmont, the duo personify the culinary power couple in Westchester. Part business savvy, part nostalgia, the plates de nome are the forty from around the globe that adorn various parts of the restaurant --- some from as far away as Russia, others from their children's play kitchens. An American menu with the occasional diversion into the funky is highlighted by fresh staples: fish and meat. Appetizers include mini smoked beef short rib and brisket tacos with ancho chile glaze and cilantro, as well as grilled crostini with duck liver mousse sprinkled over with sea salt. Delicate sautéed sea scallops with tender asparagus, crispy kale chips, cauliflower and snow peas present differing textures, while the bacon and cheddar burger is as traditionally American as it gets. Desserts dabble further in the avant-garde with the giant Ring Ding, and two homemade cinnamon donuts accented by vanilla gelato. The wine list features artisanal and world-recognized labels that stand up to the menu. A bottomless barbecue brunch on Sundays underscores the restaurant's comfort food expertise and reveals its alternate casual side.