The Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway has finished a $50 million expansion that includes a pair of new restaurants with a decidedly New York State slant.
A craft cocktail lounge featuring retro-style bowling lanes, 30,000 square feet of additional gaming space and an upscale new casino entrance also are part of the refurbishing.
The new casual Pinch American Grill is a collaboration between developer Mark Advent, creator of the New York New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, and Ducasse Studio, the culinary consulting arm of Alain Ducasse Enterprise.
The other newcomer, Dan Rooney’s Sports Pub, is a take on the classic sports pub.
The Pinch American Grill features an open kitchen, raw bar and pastry counter in a vintage diner-style environment. Its beer program has more than 100 New York-made beers on tap, 25 large format beers including limited releases available seasonally and in small batches as well as beers brewed exclusively for the restaurant.
An 80-label wine list is comprised mostly of wines from New York and California, as well as France.
The Pinch menu, created by chef Fabienne Eymard, offers a mix of updated American and international classics, broken down into snacks and starters, soups and salads, seafood bar, house specialties, sandwiches, burgers and from the grill.
The new Dan Rooney's is inspired by the original Dan Rooney’s Cafe & Bar in the early 1900s in Pittsburgh by the family of Tim Rooney, the current owner and operator of Empire City Casino. It includes dual flame rotisseries, private “snugs” for intimate seating, two fireplaces, and live musical entertainment.
The Empire City Casino continues to offer Italian dining in Nonno’s Trattoria, trackside dining in the Empire Terrace Restaurant which overlooks the track, as well as the International Food Court.
The facility is located at 810 Yonkers Avenue (at Central Avenue) in Yonkers, Westchester County, (I-87 to Exit 2). It is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 4 a.m.