New Rochelle diners celebrated the grand opening of Zabidury Cuisine Restaurant on Thursday, May 8, with Latin food, specialty drinks, music and rides on the restaurant’s mechanical bull.
Located at 8 South Division St. in downtown New Rochelle, Zabidury hosted the event and ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the Latin American restaurant’s official opening.
Mayor Noam Bramson cut the ceremonial ribbon along with members of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce and Zabidury owners.
Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and former WVOX radio personality Bob Marrone, who replaced Eli Gordon as the chamber’s executive director on May 5, welcomed Zabidury to the downtown scene and took a ride on the restaurant’s mechanical bull.
After coming under new management earlier this year, the restaurant, owned by Julio Landaez, was redesigned and reopened in March to include new lighting, a new sound system and a mechanical bull—Westchester’s only restaurant and lounge with a mechanical bull.
With the remodel, Zabidury also added live music on Friday and Saturday nights from different DJs playing tropical music and Top 40 dance hits. DJ El Padrino, a broadcast DJ from the Spanish language radio station X96.3 FM, frequently spins at the New Rochelle restaurant.
Zabidury also revamped its menu, adding a selection of tapas prepared by Executive Chef Frank Maldonado. Maldonado, who has been featured on CBS television and was the executive chef at Sofrito Restaurant in White Plains and Sazon Restaurant NYC, created a tapas menu with Puerto Rican flare. The new menu offers dishes like a quesadilla with bacon, manchengo cheese, dates and Spanish ricotta dip, and the Puerto Rican nachos—anacho chips with green plantains, cheese sauce, picadillo and pico de gallo.
Besides updating the food and drinks, Zabidury also installed the mechanical bull, nicknamed Manchita the Bull by restaurant patrons, which adds nightly entertainment to the restaurant.
Zabidury Cuisine is open Wednesday and Thursday 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 4 a.m., and Sunday 4 p.m. to 12 a.m.
-Reporting by Katie Hoos